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October 23, 2017
SUPERPOWERS
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China



New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
India on Friday welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments that Washington would rather work with New Delhi than Beijing over the next century, saying it shared his optimism about their burgeoning relationship. Speaking ahead of a visit to India next week, Tillerson called Wednesday for deeper cooperation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia and said Washington wanted to promote a "free and open" region led by prosperous democracies. President Donald Trump's t ... read more

SINO DAILY
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. ... more
SPACEWAR
USAF Space Command wargames concludes
Nellis AFB NV (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The eleventh in a series of Air Force Space Command Wargames concluded here last week. Set in the year 2027, Schriever Wargame 2017 (SW17) explored critical space and cyberspace issues in depth. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report
Berlin (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
NATO would be incapable of rebuffing an attack by Russia on its eastern flank, according to an internal report by the alliance cited Friday by German magazine Der Spiegel. ... more
TERROR WARS
As Islamic State falls, has US missed bigger picture?
Washington (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The US-led campaign against the Islamic State group has scored a key victory, but Washington's narrow focus on the jihadists may have distracted it from the threat of wider war. ... more
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CYBER WARS
NATO states open counter-espionage hub in Poland
Warsaw (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
NATO states opened a counter-espionage hub in Poland on Thursday aimed at expanding the alliance's intelligence-gathering capabilities amid tensions with Russia, a senior Polish official said. ... more
CYBER WARS
Is facial recognition the stuff of sci-fi? Not in China
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
From toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crime-fighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial-recognition technology. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Japan may add SM-6 missiles to the country's future ground-based defense system to intercept missiles, Yomiuri Shimbun reported. ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
NRL clarifies valley polarization for electronic and optoelectronic technologies
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has uncovered a direct link between sample quality and the degree of valley polarization in monolayer transition m ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Lockheed Martin to develop missile defense tools under DoD deal
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin will develop lower-tier air and missile defense sensor prototypes under a Department of Defense contract. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Lockheed Martin missile defense sensor technology receives prototyping contract
Syracuse NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the technology maturation of Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) prototypes. ... more


Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

TERROR WARS
NATO chief hails defeat of IS from Raqa stronghold
Brussels (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday hailed the recapture of Raqa from the Islamic State group as an "important milestone" in the fight against the extremists. ... more
TERROR WARS
Despite Raqa victory, US says IS fight not over
Washington (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The United States praised local Syrian forces Friday for a "milestone" victory in driving the Islamic State group from Raqa, but warned the war against the jihadists is far from over. ... more
THE STANS
Kurd disarray highlights Iraq army's newfound prowess
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The speed with which Iraqi troops this week overwhelmed Kurdish forces in oil-rich Kirkuk, days after ousting the Islamic State group, marks a radical change in the balance of power, analysts say. ... more
SINO DAILY
Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over 'Xi thought'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
As the Chinese Communist Party gathers for its most defining congress in decades, a new catchphrase is echoing through Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People: Xi Jinping's "new era thought". ... more



Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion supports NATO Missile Defense Test
Sacramento CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne reports that its propulsion systems for Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IB (SM-3 IB) guided missile supported a NATO-led multinational naval operation off the northwest Scottish coast. Formidable Shield 2017, a live-fire exercise supported by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy, which started Sept. 24 and ran through Oct. 17, included 14 ships, 10 aircraft ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin to develop missile defense tools under DoD deal
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program
Syracuse NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Lockheed Martin missile defense sensor technology receives prototyping contract
'How to survive a N. Korean missile' - in Japanese manga form
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
"Cover your head". That's the advice offered in a manga comic published by local authorities in Japan describing what to do in the event of a North Korean missile strike. Officials on the northern island of Hokkaido, which has already had two missiles from North Korea fired over it, published the manga survival guide titled "In case a missile flies over" earlier this month. The four-page ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
State Department approves sale of AMRAAM missiles to Netherlands
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin test of ATACMS missile system successful
Seoul (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Missile test fears as N. Korea marks key party anniversary
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has received an order for its recently upgraded, multi-mission capable tactical Winch Aerostat Small Platform ("WASP") from an existing U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD") customer. The solider-operated WASP features support for advanced ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) equipment including the simultaneous use of communications and daylight and ther ... more
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
London (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
New long range drones expected in 2018
NRL clarifies valley polarization for electronic and optoelectronic technologies
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has uncovered a direct link between sample quality and the degree of valley polarization in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). In contrast with graphene, many monolayer TMDs are semiconductors and show promise for future applications in electronic and optoelectronic technologies. In this sen ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Harris supplying tactical radios to Navy, Marines
Luxembourg (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
SES GS to Provide More MEO-enabled SATCOM Solutions for U.S. Government
Northrop Grumman receives $13 million contract for munition system development
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., receives over $13 million in a new modification production contract for further development of the M7 Spider Increment 1 anti-personnel munition system. In a new award low-rate initial production contract announced Thursday by Pentagon officials, Northrop Grumman is slated to produce the M7 Spider Increment 1, a hand-emplaced, remote controlled, Man-in-th ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Textron awarded $332.9M contract for mobile strike force vehicles
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Kentucky business awarded Army deal for medium tactical vehicle transmissions
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Army spotlights newest M1A2 Abrams variant
Whistleblower protection bill sent to President as complaints of retaliation grow
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
In a rare occurrence amid the polarized Congressional body, a bill aimed at strengthening protection for government whistleblowers passed with overwhelming bipartisan support Thursday as retaliation cases continue to be problematic across the federal government. Senate bill 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-W ... more
London (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Leonardo opens new site in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Australia to upgrade submarines, frigates
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping opened the Communist Party congress. His upbeat speech was designed to set the stage for a ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Nominee for CIA inspector general grilled over retaliation claims
Long nanotubes make strong fibers
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
To make continuous, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it's best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist and chemical engineer Matteo Pasquali, which demonstrated its pioneering method to spin carbon nanotube into fibers in 2013, has advanced the art of making nanotube-based materials with two new papers in the American C ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from war-torn Mosul still displaced: NGO
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Sunday. "One year since the start of the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group (IS), some 673,000 Iraqis from the city and its surroundings remain displaced and unable to go back to their destroyed neigh ... more
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Shock Iraq torture photos raise ethical dilemmas
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. A ... more
Tehran (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Iran supreme leader dismisses Trump's 'rants and whoppers'
Seoul (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
N. Korea sends China Communist Party faint praise
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US
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China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing President Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a Communist Party conclave. The world's number two economy expanded 6.8 percent in July-September, but while the figures released on Thursday were slightly down from the 6.9 percent ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China's Xi vows open economy, investors want action
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor
ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable. Every six months, a different member takes the role of Primus Inter Pares - or Charter ... more
San Juan (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Mayor of Puerto Rican capital a fighter who took on Trump
Zurich (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Insured losses from hurricanes, Mexico quakes $95 bln: Swiss Re estimate
Zurich (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Zurich Insurance sees $700 mln in hurricane claims in Q3
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. But despite a nationwide propaganda blitz for China's most important political gathering, only a few scattered elderly comprise the noon rush at what is now a small museum, and visitor Cai Tian thinks he knows why. "Th ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over 'Xi thought'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop
Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'
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16 policemen killed in Egypt shootout with militants
Road To El Wahat El Bahariya , Egypt (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Sixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. Funerals were held in several provinces for those killed, whose coffins were wrapped in Egyptian flags. The official toll from the interior ministry was lower than a ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger
Brussels (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
NATO chief hails defeat of IS from Raqa stronghold
Washington (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
As Islamic State falls, has US missed bigger picture?
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced Oct. 5. "Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstrat ... more
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
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