Key Developments

From the First Duke of Sussex to the Current Duke of Sussex: An Historical Perspective

02/21/2021
By Kenneth Maxwell

On Friday 19th February Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, would not…

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The Global Strategic Shift: 2017-2021

02/19/2021
By Robbin Laird

If you live inside the Beltway, the title of this piece can be answered simply: Donald…

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Japanese-UK Cooperation: Shaping New Combat Air Systems?

02/19/2021
By Bradley Perrett

A surprising defence-technology partnership is emerging between Japan and the UK. The cooperation is mostly preliminary…

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The U.S. Navy Prepares the Way for Unmanned Surface Vessels

02/18/2021
By LCDR (Retired) U.H. “Jack” Rowley

One of the most rapidly growing areas of innovative technology adoption involves unmanned systems. The U.S.…

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The Authoritarian States and the Direct Defense Challenge to Europe: The Perspective from the Baltic States

02/18/2021
By Robbin Laird

Lithuania has banned a Chinese tech firm on security grounds, while Estonia warned the EU on…

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Time to Reinforce Direct Defense in Europe

02/18/2021
By Robbin Laird and Murielle Delaporte

The question of the direct defense in Europe today is broader than that of the Russian challenge…

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Special Reports
01/11/2021
I first visited 2nd MAW in 2007, at the beginning of the Osprey era. There I saw a small...
Book Review
02/19/2021
For the last 20 years high-end training has continued to be a feature of major USN/USMC and USAF exercises. However the emphasis and the training has always been modified to take account of the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. While...
Featured Defense System
02/24/2021
By Australian Defence Business Review

The US Department of Defense has made a Milestone C decision and has granted approval for low rate initial production (LRIP) of the Northrop Grumman Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS). Milestone C approval comes after Northrop Grumman and the US Army successfully conducted seven ‘flight tests’ of the system under “operationally realistic conditions”. IBCS brings together various sensors and effectors through an integrated fire control network that builds a ‘kill chain’ through the acquisition, identification, and engagement of air and missile threats. Described as a “resilient self-healing network”, it provides decision-makers with a single integrated air picture of threats. “The decision by our senior leaders to transition IBCS from development into initial production reflects their confidence in the maturity of the system and its readiness...

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