Defence

The story behind Israel’s atomic explosion plan

In discussing Israel’s nuclear capabilities, even foreign publications have not gone back to 1967, to the war that transformed Israel from a state under siege and faced with annihilation into a regional empire. Ben Caspit AlMonitor The international community now believes that Israel has 90-200 nuclear warheads. According to foreign researchers, some are installed on Jericho missiles, while… The story behind… Read More »

India blocks Australian bid to join Exercise Malabar naval war games

India has declined an Australian request to take part in multilateral naval exercises in July over fears it could unnecessarily enflame diplomatic tensions with… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC For a quarter of a century military assets from the United States and India, and more recently Japan, have come together for joint annual defence drills — known as Exercise Malabar — north of… In 2007, Australia participated in Exercise Malabar but the Rudd government then withdrew from the ... Read More »

Can Germany Defend Europe On Its Own?

Most of NATO’s frontline members in eastern and southern Europe are doing their part. Germany is not. Salvatore Babones The National Interest German chancellor Angela Merkel has reaffirmed her position as the unlikely superhero of Europe’s liberal elites. Twelve years in power and facing a difficult election in September, she struck out at the least popular man in… Fresh from last week’s G-7 summit, Merkel took a… Can Germany Defend… Read More »

US to test first ICBM interceptor as tensions with North Korea reach boiling point

THE US is set to perform an unprecedented test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) interceptor amid heightened tensions with nuke… Fraser Moore Express In the first test of its kind, the US Missile Defence Agency announced it would fire a Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) interceptor from a military base in… Its target will be a custom-made missile resembling an ICBM fired from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific US to test… Read More »

Russia Has One Super ‘Cannon’ That Can Kill Cities

Russia maintains just one active battalion of eight 2S4s in service, with over four hundred in reserve. Sebastien Roblin The National Interest In 2000, Tyulpans played a prominent role in the siege of Grozny in the second Chechen war, systematically “leveling” the city from afar according to one analyst. 127 targets were reported destroyed by Daredevil laser-guided rounds. All together the Russian army claims to have… Russia Has One… Read More »

US ship entered our waters without permission’: China

The Chinese government charged on May 25 that a U.S. warship had entered its waters in the South China Sea “without permission”, prompting Beijing’s navy to warn the vessel to leave. Hurriyet The USS Dewey sailed less than 12 nautical miles from Mischief Reef – part of the Spratly Islands – on May 25, a U.S. official said earlier, the first freedom of navigation operation under President Donald Trump. “The relevant action taken by the… US ship entered… Read More »

PH, US Balikatan exercises open with fewer troops

The annual military exercises between the United States and the Philippines, called “Balikatan [shoulder-to-shoulder],” opened in Quezon City on Monday, but on a smaller scale, amid the government’s declared pivot to China and Russia. Philip C. Tubeza Inquirer  WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Philippine-US Balikatan military exercises at… Exercise Balikatan 2017, which… PH, US Balikatan… Read More »

North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missile

The South Korean military reports the firing of an unidentified missile by its northern… TheJournal.ie  NORTH KOREA HAS test-fired a ballistic missile from an area north of its capital Pyongyang, according to a news agency report, as the US pushes for tougher sanctions to curb the… “North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the… North Korea reportedly… © – AFP, 2017  Read More »

China launches first indigenous aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries, and… Taipei Times AP, BEIJING The 50,000 tonne carrier was yesterday towed from its dockyard just after 9am following a ceremony in Dalian, where its predecessor, the… Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction in… China launches first… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

US assembles missile defense in South Korea amid street protests

TV images showed local protesters hurling water bottles and police trying to block… By ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS The US military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a site in South Korea on Wednesday amid… Television footage showed military trailers carrying what appeared to be launch canisters being driven into the planned THAAD battery site, about 250… US assembles missile… Read More »

Grim warning on North Korea missile threat as Julie Bishop blasts regime

As military tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated further on Sunday, defence experts said Pyongyang could have the ability to strike Australia with an… James Massola Kirsty Needham The Sydney Morning Herald, with AAP, Reuters Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered a blistering rebuke to the hermit kingdom after it threatened a nuclear strike against Australia for “blindly and… And the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the… Grim warning on… Read More »

North Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line’, warns of nuclear strike

North Korea has issued a stern message to Australia, accusing the Government of “blindly toeing the US line” and warning of a… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC’s AM program that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a… A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a… North Korea accuses… Read More »

North Korean envoy at UN warns of nuclear war possibility

United Nations (CNN) – Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a… By Richard Roth, CNN North Korea has consistently issued threats of war toward the United States in recent decades, but the Trump administration’s announced end of a… North Korea’s UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, on Monday unleashed at a… North Korean envoy… Read More »

Nuclear weapons the ‘biggest threat facing humans today’

THE threat looms large with North Korea celebrating the birthday of Kim Il-sung and Donald Trump poised for a preemptive attack. Here’s how it could look. Debra Killalea News.Com.Au IF a major conflict broke out between superpowers and nuclear warheads were used, the consequences would be catastrophic. In the space of minutes, entire cities would be destroyed and between one and three billion… Nuclear weapons the… Read More »