Defence

Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island

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Survivors and relatives who lost family members are suing the Australian government for negligence Ben Doherty “Complete chaos” in communications between customs, the navy and government officials in Canberra meant “at least 20 minutes were… Source: Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales

In allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Congress protected American jobs, U.S. companies and the wider defense industry. Oleg Svet Senators Paul Ryan and Chris Murphy recently proposed a congressional resolution to stop a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Their measure… Source: Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales | The National Interest Read More »

EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’

The Italian foreign minister on what member countries should discuss in Bratislava. By PAOLO GENTILONI ROME — From Syria to Iraq, from Daesh [Islamic State] to Libya, and the flows of migrants and refugees, the unrest in the Mediterranean represents a geopolitical priority for Italy. Repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists throughout… Source: EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’ – POLITICO Read More »

Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan

Advice to the next U.S. president. Group of Experts and Former U.S. Officials on Afghanistan Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has engaged in and with Afghanistan in pursuit of common strategic interests. Our cooperation with the Afghan government and Afghan people remains a… Source: Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan | The National Interest Read More »

Juncker calls for EU defense HQ

The European Union should set up a headquarters to coordinate efforts towards creating a common military force, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Sept. 14. “We don’t have a permanent structure and without that, we are not able to work efficiently and so we must have a European HQ and… Source: Juncker calls for EU defense HQ – EUROPE Read More »

US bombers in show of force against N Korea

Two huge U.S. bombers flew over South Korea on Sept. 13 in a show of force against the North as a top U.S. envoy said China must help close loopholes in sanctions following Pyongyang’s largest-ever nuclear test… PYEONGTAEK, South Korea – Agence France-Presse Source: US bombers in show of force against N Korea – ASIA Read More »

Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options

At the Army 2016 Forum the Kalashnikov Concern presented a series of new light small firearms for the Russian army, the National Guard and the FSB. In the words of Andrei Kirisenko, advisor to Kalashnikov’s general director, the new RPK-16 hand machine gun can even be used as a sniper’s weapon… Source: Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

China’s High-Stakes Korea Conundrum

A recent academic article hints at a possible shift in China’s approach on the peninsula. Lyle J. Goldstein Even the promising trilateral meeting recently of South Korean, Japanese, and Chinese foreign ministers could not dispel the dark cloud over the… Source: China’s High-Stakes Korea Conundrum | The National Interest Read More »

British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers

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Deployment of HMS Diamond part of EU crackdown as number of migrants trying to cross Mediterranean reaches record level Chris Stephen A British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in a dramatic attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers as the flow of migrants trying to cross the… Source: British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations. BY EMANUELE SCIMIA  Despite its efforts, the European Union (EU) has never been an influential actor in the geopolitical space ranging from the Eastern Arabian Sea to the Western Pacific… Source: Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia – Asia Times Read More »

Jean Marie Guehenno on European Defense After Brexit

What’s next for the European Union after Brexit? When it comes to defense policy, Germany and France need to step up to the plate. For Germany this will mean greater spending — and more foreign deployments… Source: Jean Marie Guehenno on European Defense After Brexit – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow

Ankara is carrying out a full-scale ground operation in Syria. This format has not been coordinated with Moscow and threatens to undermine the warming of Russian-Turkish relations… Source: Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

China gears up for missile warfare with US

China’s military is developing offensive and now defensive missiles in preparation for a future missile-dominated conflict with the United States. BY BILL GERTZ Beijing’s arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles… Source: China gears up for missile warfare with US – Asia Times Read More »

Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons

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Diplomats force a vote on a report to begin negotiations on a ban in 2017 that had been expected to pass unanimously Australia has attempted to derail a ban on nuclear weapons at a UN meeting on disarmament, by single-handedly forcing a vote on a report that had been… Source: Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Israel Almost Shot Down a Russian Drone

A red flag for Israeli air defenses. Michael Peck When Israel starts shooting at Russian aircraft, it’s time to worry. But that’s what happened last month, when a Russian drone accidentally—or allegedly accidentally—flew from Syria into northern Israel. Israeli forces… Source: Israel Almost Shot Down a Russian Drone | The National Interest Read More »

Pragmatic Primacy

It’s not a miracle cure, but provides the best chance to reestablish America’s purpose in a complex world. Barry F. Lowenkron, Mitchell B. Reiss THE NEXT administration will confront the paradox of American power: unparalleled strength, but a… Source: Pragmatic Primacy | The National Interest Read More »