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Forget the S-500 or Su-57 PAK-FA. Russia's Military Has Big Plans for the Future.

Russia has started planning for the development of a series of next-generation weapons to follow-on to systems such as the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA and the S-500 surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery. These new systems—which the Russian government has not named—will be developed under future advanced State Armament Program.



“An important and key issue on our agenda is to define the beginning of the creation of yet another advanced state armament program,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting of the Kremlin’s Military Industrial Commission . Putin said that Russia has to start planning for its future defense needs now as it completes developmental programs that were funded under the current State Armament Plan (GPV-2027). “It is important for us to move further and start planning today the future development and production of advanced weapons and equipment that will define the image of the Russian Armed Forces in the long-term, for the next few decades,” Putin said. Putin …

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Fast Rifles

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Bing West, Small Wars Journal
Reproduced with permission of the Marine Corps Gazette - October 1967, pp. 38-44By Captain F.J. West, Jr., USMCRThe Marines had the fastest rifles in the village of Binh Nghia. It wasn't long until the second fastest belonged to their comrades-in-arms, the Popular Forces.No one was sure at first the concept would work--not in the summer of 1966. The village of Binh Nghia, in Quang Ngai province, was a battleground. The district chief at Binh Son was responsible to the province chief for the state of affairs at Binh Nghia and several other villages. He estimated that, during the past several... Read More
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New Video Shows Russian Fighter Within 5 Feet of U.S. Surveillance Plane

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USNI
The Navy released additional video footage of a fully armed Russian Su-27 fighter intercepting a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea on Jan. 29, 2017. The new footage clearly shows the armed fighter came within five feet of the Aries II during the encounter. Read More
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Air Force Maps Future F-22 Weapons Strategy

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Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven
The Air Force is rapidly pursuing a new agile software development strategy for its F-22 Raptor to quickly equip the stealth fighter with new sensors, improved radar and avionics, faster computer processors and greatly enhanced weapons technology, service officials said. The acquisition strategy, called Raptor Agile Capability Release (RACR), is led by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and is oriented toward implementing new hardware and software upgrades quickly- to keep the F-22 ahead of near-peer fighter aircraft. Read More
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Future Vertical Lift Poised to Get Army Out of the Acquisition Dark Ages

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WASHINGTON The Army has an ambitious plan to develop, build and acquire a new family of vertical lift aircraft expected to come online in the 2030s. But naysayers often point to the service's muddied track record in acquiring new weapons systems, particularly new helicopters.But this time it will be different, according to Brig. Gen. Frank Tate, the director of Army aviation in the service's Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for operations, planning and training. Read More
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Army Responds to DoD Report Criticizing New Sidearm Reliability

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The pistol the U.S. Army chose to become its new Modular Handgun System failed reliability requirements during testing while firing the Defense Department's most common type of 9mm ammunition, according to a new Pentagon report.The Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation recently released its fiscal 2017 report, criticizing the Army's XM17 and XM18 MHS models, made by Sig Sauer, for their performance firing 9mm ball ammunition during the Product Verification Test. Read More
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Mattis Considering Personal Cellphone Ban at Pentagon

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Defense Secretary James Mattis is reportedly weighing a ban on allowing civilian employees at the Pentagon to bring their personal cellphones to work.The deliberations come as the Defense Department reviews its policy on wearable electronics after reports suggested that a fitness-tracking app could put military personnel at risk. Read More
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What 'Back to the Future' Teaches About the Future of War

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Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat
The time travel adventures of Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly in a DeLorean time machine are useful in predicting a limiting feature of the future of war. Although it is widely viewed that technology determinism will regulate future hostilities, the modern penchant for scientific reduction fuels the beliefif not the hope that future wars will be driven if not dominated by new technologies. In its time shuffling thaumaturgy, the Back to the Future trilogy offers a counter-narrative to this somewhat misguided assumption.The character arc of Doc Brown in the trilogy is his gradual... Read More
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Lighter Army Tactical Network Getting Fielded After Successful Test

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Jen Judson, C4ISRNET
WASHINGTON The Army may be curbing the larger version of its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, but a smaller, lighter version lives on and the service is equipping a brigade with plans to continue fielding to priority light infantry units over the next several years, according to an Army spokesman.The first brigade to receive the fielding of both the WIN-T Tactical Communications Node-Lite (TCN-L) and the Network Operations Security Center-Lite (NOSC-L) is the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Paul Mehney, a spokesman in the Army's... Read More
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U.S., U.K. To Upgrade Ballistic Missile Guidance System

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James LaPorta, UPI
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Charles Stark Draper Laboratory was awarded a contract for submarine-launched Trident nuclear missile guidance systems.The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $65.5 million under the terms of a fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, which is a modification on a previous contract award. Read More
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Pentagon Getting 'Chief Management Officer' to Shake Up Bureaucracy

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DoD Buzz
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved by voice vote Tuesday, and sent to the floor for quick action, the nomination of John H. "Jay" Gibson II as the Pentagon's first "chief management officer [CMO]" with a mandate to shake up the bureaucracy."This goes to the fundamental restructuring of the department," Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told defense reporters last month in anticipation of the confirmation of Gibson, a former assistant secretary of the Air Force and former chief executive of XCOR Aerospace. Read More
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‘World enough and time …’: the strategic dialectic

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Strategic relations exhibit a sort of dialectic. Australia scans for regional developments that might affect its security, and regional nations assess Australia’s responses to its strategic environment and respond in accord with their own interests. ... Read More
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US Losing Its Advantage in Race for Hypersonic Technology: Selva

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Did the U.S. military miss its window of opportunity to beat out adversaries in hypersonics development?
That depends on what the U.S. chooses to build even as Russia and China are rapidly advancing the technology, according to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read More
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ACTUV “Sea Hunter” Prototype Transitions to Office of Naval Research for Further Development

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DARPA successfully completes technology demonstration vessel, a highly autonomous unmanned ship that could revolutionize U.S. maritime operations outreach@darpa.mil 1/30/2018 DARPA has successfully completed its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program and has officially transferred the technology demonstration vessel, christened Sea Hunter, to the Office of Naval Research (ONR). ONR will continue developing the revolutionary prototype vehicle—the first of what could ultimately become an entirely new class of ocean-going vessel able to traverse thousands of kilometers over open seas for months at a time, without a single crew member aboard—as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV). “ACTUV’s move from DARPA to ONR marks a significant milestone in developing large-scale USV technology and autonomy capabilities,” said Alexander Walan, a program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). “Our collaboration with ONR has brou…
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Zeytin Dalı Harekâtı'nda kullanılan Milli Savunma Sanayii Gereçleri

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Zeytin Dalı Harekâtı'nda terör örgütlerine karşı Türk Ordusu tarafından kullanılan yerli silah sistemleri ve mühimmatlarımız.
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Beretta presents its full range of APX semi-automatic pistol at Shot Show 2018

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The Italian-based Company Beretta presents its full range of APX semi-automatic pistol during the Media Day at Shot Show 2018 in Las Vegas, United States. The APX is available in 9mm and .40 S&W, with a capacity of 17+1 rounds in 9mm version. Read full article about Shot Show 2018 at this link ....
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National security expert to Congress: US not ready for warfare’s future

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If the United States wants to stay ahead of powers such as Russia and China, the Department of Defense will need greater investment in advanced networks to tie together the military spectrum, experts told a House of Representatives committee Tuesday, Jan. 30.

“The steps necessary to counter these threats are clear. Increase investment in long-range strikes, stealthy uninhabited aircraft to hunt mobile targets, advanced munitions, electronic warfare, and undersea strikes,” said Paul Scharre, a senior fellow and director at the Center for a New American Security’s Technology and National Security Program. He testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing focused on the future of warfare.Witnesses stressed throughout a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the military is currently ill-prepared to compete with rivals on the world stage. Read More
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US Army secretary holds Germany to its NATO spending promise

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The head of the U.S. Army has said he wants Germany to “live up to its commitments” within NATO, as the question of defense spending remains unresolved due to the European nation’s ongoing government talks.

“Two percent is the minimum,” Mark Esper told reporters at the U.S. Army Europe headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany, on Monday, referring to a common goal by alliance members to increase their defense spending toward 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2024.“It’s important we all live up to our commitments because if not, it weakens the alliance,” the Army's top civilian said.Read More
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Iran threat not enough to bring Israel, Gulf states together, experts say

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Strategic cooperation between Israel and Sunni Gulf states cannot be based merely on a shared threat from Iran, experts at an international security conference warn.
“We need to work in parallel with common threats and mutual interests,” Abdullah Swalha, director of the Amman, Jordan-based Center for Israeli Studies, told an annual gathering of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies.
The Iranian threat is a clear starting point for a prospective alliance, but it does not tell the whole story of Israel-Gulf ties or the covert alliance that Israel insists is borne from their shared interest in halting Tehran’s regional hegemony, experts noted. Read More
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DroneShield releases DroneGun Tactical product

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DroneShield releases DroneGun Tactical product - sUAS News - The Business of Drones: "DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the release of its DroneGun Tactical™ product, available for purchase from today to qualified end-users, where lawful.

The release of DroneGun Tactical™ continues to establish DroneShield’s lead in the counter-drone space, following on the release of DroneGun MKII™ in late 2017." Read More






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Ukraine successfully tested a new home-made cruise missile

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According to kyivpost, a new Ukrainian ground-based cruise missile underwent a successful test launch on Jan. 30, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov announced. Read more
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​A321LR departs on maiden flight

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PICTURES: ​A321LR departs on maiden flight: "Airbus has commenced the maiden flight of its new long-range A321LR, the aircraft having lifted off from Finkenwerder airfield in Hamburg at 11:08 local time.

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Australia taps Elbit Systems for Blue Force Tracker

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Australia has awarded a contract to Elbit Systems for services in support of the Battle Management System Command and Control, or BMS C2 system. The deal, announced Thursday by Elbit Systems, is valued at $150 million under the terms of a five-year base period, with built-in options to extend the contract up to seven years if exercised. The BMS C2, or what is known in the U.S. military as a "Blue Force Tracker," was designed to track the location of friendly units that are sending combat ... read more
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Dyncorp to provide aviation field services to U.S. Army in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan

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Dyncorp to provide aviation field services to U.S. Army in Germany, Iraq, AfghanistanDyncorp International has been awarded a contract for aviation field maintenance services in support of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. ... more

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Parachute training suspended after Marine killed in Arizona accident

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Parachute training suspended after Marine killed in Arizona accidentThe U.S. Marine Corps has suspended double-bag static line parachute jumps after a training accident claimed the life of a U.S. Marine in Arizona. ... more


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Russia is developing new anti-aircraft system on BMP-3 chassis

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Russia is developing a new generation of anti-aircraft artillery systems capable of taking out a wide array of aerial, ground and naval targets.

A visit of by a high-ranking Russian official to a military arms plant has ended up with eagle-eyed bloggers catching sight of an experimental 2S38 self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery system. The 2S38 is a 57mm mobile system capable of engaging a wide array of aerial targets by using passive reconnaissance and target tracking gear. Mounted on the BMP-3 amphibious armored vehicle, the 2S38 is designed to shoot down UAVs, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles, tactical warplanes and air support helicopters. Read more
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The Life and Tragic End of the Iranian Frigate ‘Damavand’

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The frigate Damavand was the Iranian navy’s most important warship on the Caspian Sea — a symbol of a modest but growing armed presence on the world’s largest enclosed body of water, and a force for Iranian flag-waving in a region full of oil and natural gas reverses. But on Jan. 10 as she approached her home port of Bandar Anzali, waves and high winds forced her into a rocky jetty protecting the harbor. Read More
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UAS West Symposium

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Emerging Opportunities, Needs and Challenges DoD has reported Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) growth rate between 2015 and 2035. It is expected that federal agency UAS fleets will grow from a few hundred to approximately 10,000, with over 90 percent of these vehicles categorized as Nano, Micro, or Small UAS. Ultralight, Light Sport, and Medium sized UAS will find a role with a number of agencies, such as Bureau of Land Management or Coast Guard, who need to survey large tracts of land or Read More
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Strategic Innovation and Great Power Competition

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Elsa B. Kania, Strategy Bridge
At this time of disruptive transitions, the new U.S. National Defense Strategy rightly recognizes that the character of warfare is changing due to the advent of a range of disruptive technologies.[1,2] In particular, the strategy highlights rapid advances in advanced computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomy, robotics, directed energy, hypersonics, and biotechnology, which are characterized as “the very technologies that ensure we will be able to fight and win the wars of the future.”[3] The emergence of and unique convergences among these technologies could transform current paradigms of military power in uncertain, unpredictable ways. In addition, since commercial developments have been a primary driver of recent progress in many of these disparate technologies, the diffusion of advances will occur much more quickly and prove difficult to constrain, especially with the free exchange of ideas and talent across borders. In rec…
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Pakistan: Graveyard of Strategy

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Robert Cassidy, Modern War Institute
For any Afghanistan strategy, the gap between theory and practice will remain vast until the full host of resources is employed to prevail upon Pakistan to stop supporting the Haqqani Network and the Taliban. Until Pakistan stops harboring and employing its Islamist proxies against Afghanistan, the key points of US strategy for Afghanistan will remain essentially theoretical, impossible to implement in practice. The three direct quotes above are from the most recent US report on Afghanistan, Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan. The facts they convey, combined with two... Read More
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How the U.S. and EU Can Thwart Iranian Missile Programs

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B. Taleblu, et al., FDD
In a last-ditch attempt to prevent President Donald Trump from exiting the Iran nuclear deal, European leaders have finally promised to work with the United States to address Iran’s ballistic missile program. If Trump is serious about fixing the deal, the transatlantic working group now tasked with forming a common U.S.-EU position must produce nothing less than a commitment to reimpose tough sanctions on Iran should the regime’s missile development and testing continue. Read More
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The S-400Pantsir 'Tandem': Russian A2/AD

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Sergey Sukhankin, Eurasia Daily Monitor
The Pantsir (NATO classification: SA-22 Greyhound), produced by the Russian Military Industrial Complex, is a unique mobile short- to medium-range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system that has no known analogues in the United States Armed Forces. On January 23, the Russian side stated that the Pantsir has been additionally equipped with a new type of missile, which, due to its small size, is nicknamed “gvozd” (a nail). The new missile is designed to deal with a range of small targets, with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) seen as the main priority. In the future, the gvozdis expected to become the main defense against high-precision aerial weaponry (Izvestiya, January 23). Read More
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Can the U.S. Military Handle Both China and Russia?

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Aaron Mehta, Defense News
WASHINGTON The Pentagon is in the opening stages of redesigning the force around the challenges of Russia and China, the department's No. 2 uniformed official said Tuesday while warning that America may not be able to afford preparing for two unique problem sets.The recent National Defense Strategy identified great power competitors as the major challenge facing the Pentagon, but Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that the plans required to counter each nation are naturally in tension with one another for resources. Read More
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Resolute Support Claims 'Human Error' for Withholding District Control Data

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LWJ
After the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) detailed it was ordered by Resolute Support to withhold key unclassified data on district control and the performance of Afghan security forces in its latest quarterly report, Resolute Support attributed it to “human error.” SIGAR countered with evidence that shows how Resolute Support – which is NATO’s command in Afghanistan – marked elements of the draft report that it did not want disclosed as “not releasable to the public,” and followed up with the U.S. military on the classifications. Read More


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Defending the Mekong Delta: Tet and the Legacy of the Brown-water Navy

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WotR

On Jan. 31, 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops attacked over 100 of South Vietnam's cities and towns. The offensive on the evening of Tet, the Vietnamese lunar New Year, came as a complete shock to both the United States and the Republic of Vietnam. Over time, the allies reconquered almost all of the lost ground and inflicted significant losses on the enemy, but the scale and ferocity of the attacks proved a major political blow for the U.S. war effort in Southeast Asia. Read More
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HMMWVs Get Critical Upgrades

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Vivienne Machi, National Defense Magazine
A portion of Michigan National Guard Humvees have recently been retrofitted with new braking and stability control systems developed by Ricardo Defense Systems. The aim is to reduce fatal rollovers, said a company executive.Ricardo, a Detroit-based subsidiary of global company Ricardo Plc, recently announced the successful completion of a pilot program to retrofit 10 National Guard vehicles with its optimized antilock braking system and electronic stability control to keep soldiers in Humvees and the populations around them safer, said Thom Green, company vice president of business... Read More
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Cryptocurrencies and National Security

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Ankit Panda, Council on Foreign Relations
In 2009, an anonymous software engineer using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency. In the years since, the market for Bitcoin and some 1,300 other cryptocurrencies has swollen to $500 billion; they are used in hundreds of thousands of transactions daily to buy everything from software to real estate to illegal drugs.

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The Limits of Japan's Cruise Missile Plan

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Rowan Allport, The Strategist (ASPI)
Japan’s plans to acquire cruise missiles for its combat aircraft are a step forward in its ability to provide for its own defence. But these weapons won’t give the country the capacity to pre-emptively destroy North Korea’s ballistic missiles because of the major weaknesses in Japan’s ability to locate mobile targets. Read More
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Build Teams with Board Games

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Joseph Arnold, Proceedings Magazine
Leaders are often at a loss to find successful team-building exercises, frequently falling back on stereotypical team sports or costly outside facilitators. Many modern board games offer an opportunity for team-based and cooperative play that can provide surprisingly innovative team-building. Unlike tired old family standbys such as Monopoly, Clue, or Sorry, these more recent games are tailor-made to be more challenging, more cerebral, and more likely to encourage repeat play. Furthermore, these games can help your team develop transferable skillsperforming complex tasks... Read More
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Securing the Digital Transition

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Carl Bildt, The Strategist (ASPI)
Every year, the World Economic Forum publishes a Global Risks Report, which distills the views of experts and policymakers from around the world. This year, cybersecurity is high on the list of global concerns, as well it should be. In 2017, the world witnessed a continued escalation in cyberattacks and security breaches that affected all parts of society. There is no reason to believe 2018 will be different.The implications are far-reaching. Most immediately, we must grapple with governance ofthe internet as well as on the internet. Otherwise, the opportunities afforded by digital... Read More
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Foreign Policy Takes a Back Seat in Trump's First State of the Union

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Cipher Brief
Cipher Brief experts found President Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech light on detail and substance. Trump promised to defeat ISIS, keep pressure on North Korea, and keep Guantanamo Bay open, among a grab bag of briefly mentioned national security issues ideas which most of our experts embraced, though it left them asking how?Lt. Gen. (ret) Jim Clapper, former Director of National IntelligenceTrump really didn't say anything new. In fact, I thought he was restrained, or maybe just tireda little low energy. There was no real direct threat to North Korea, no... Read More
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China's 'Soft Power' in Central Asia

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Paul Goble, Eurasia Daily Monitor
From one perspective, China has enormous “soft power” in Central Asia, the ability, as Joseph Nye defined it (Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, New York, 1990), “to persuade others to do what it wants without force or coercion.” It can and does present itself in the region as a non-European state without an imperial tradition—in contrast to the Russian Federation and the West. Moreover, it is capably presenting itself both as a counterweight to the influence of those countries in the region and as a rising power interested in promoting trade and development across Central Asia. Consequently, many young people in Central Asian countries want to hitch their fate to China rather than to anyone else, even though their elders retain from Soviet times a view of China as a threat to the region. Read More



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Erdogan Wins Friends at Home, but Risks Standoff With U.S.

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Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved one of his main goals by ordering the Olive Branch operation against the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin. He has won the support of most if not all Turks, who tend to close their ranks at such times.Journalist Fehmi Koru, who was once close to Erdogan, recalled in a recent article how left-leaning Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit had called snap elections after ordering the military to go to Cyprus in 1974, and won in a landslide. Koru also recalled, however, that Winston Churchill had lost the first elections after World War... Read More
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Altay'a 'Kurtarıcı' Geliyor

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Altay'a 'Kurtarıcı' Geliyor: "Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı (SSM), Altay tankından üretilecek farklı kara sistemleri üzerindeki çalışmasına bir yenisini ekledi. Geçtiğimiz günlerde, aynı gövde üzerinden Mayın Temizleme Aracı için bir Bilgi İstek Dökümanı (BİD) yayınlayan Müsteşarlık, ikinci adımı bugün attı. 'Tank Kurtarıcı Projesi' ile Altay tankından kule sistemi çıkarılacak; yerine başta vinç olmak üzere çeşitli kurtarma ekipmanları gövdeye eklenecek.

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BAE Systems awarded 40 Mk4 Naval Gun contract for Finland

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BAE Systems will produce and deliver Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the Finnish Navy and its Hamina Class Squadron 2000 fast attack craft, under a contract with Patria, the prime contractor for the vessel’s mid-life upgrade and overhaul program.
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Design of New Russian Maritime Patrol Aircraft Nearing Completion

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The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) continues fulfilling the contract with the Russian Defense Ministry to upgrade antisubmarine warfare Il-38 aircraft. They are operational in the Russian naval aviation. The Ilyushin Company is extending the life cycle of remaining aircraft and equipping them with modern onboard complexes. The aircraft are engaged both in defense and rescue operations. In the meantime, the Russian Navy plans to order a new-generation antisubmarine patrol aircraft. Its design for the naval aviation is nearing completion, the UAC said.
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Interim AOR M/V Asterix Completes Royal Canadian Navy Trials & Achieves FOC

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Davie Shipbuilding and Federal Fleet Services announced that following an intensive period of at-sea trials and testing, Asterix has been formally accepted by the Department of National Defence and has now entered full operational service with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
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Slovak Army new tracked armoured reconnaissance vehicle BPsVI based on BMP-1 IFV

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The Slovak Army has upgraded a number of BMP-1-based BPsV Svatava armored reconnaissance vehicles to the BPsVI (Bojove Prieskumne Vozidlo ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance) level. Read full article at this link ...
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Turkey | Syria: Recent Developments in Northwestern Syria (Idleb Governorate and Afrin District) (as of 30 January 2018)

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Turkey | Syria: Recent Developments in Northwestern Syria (Idleb Governorate and Afrin District) (as of 30 January 2018) - Syrian Arab Republic | ReliefWeb: "• Hostilities in north-western Syria continued with fighting reported in the southern and eastern countryside of Idleb Governorate, as well as Afrin district.

• Civilian displacement in Idleb Governorate continues as hostilities intensify. The Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster tracked a total of 272,345 displacements to central and northern rural Idleb as well as northern rural Hama and western rural Aleppo (some may be secondary displacements) between 15 December and 24 January.

• While IDP outflow from Afrin district remains limited due to the closure of the district’s three exit points, there are unverified reports of internal displacement of civilians from peripheral communities towards central Afrin district. Reports indicate that possibly some 15,000 people have been internally displaced since 20 Jan…
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