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December 21, 2014
Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS
London (AFP) Dec 19, 2014
Global defence spending is likely to remain constant for the next two years as tumbling oil prices cut the budgets of Middle East exporters, but swell the coffers of Asia-Pacific importers, defence analysts IHS said Friday. With Brent crude recently falling below the symbolic $60 dollar (48.8 euros) mark - a 50 percent drop since mid-June - the defence budgets of countries in the Middle East and North Africa are likely to fall to normal levels, having grown by almost 30 percent between 2011 and 20 ... read more

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Firms plead guilty to overbilling for food, water for troops in Afghanistan
Two foreign companies have pleaded guilty in court to defrauding the U.S. government by overcharging for food and water for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. ... more
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Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending
Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand thanks to Moscow's investments despite a downturn in global defence spending, a Stockholm-based think-tank said Monday. ... more
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BAE Systems plans purchase of spy products provider
BAE Systems plans to expand its portfolio of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products and services with the acquisition of a Texas-based company. ... more
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New Pentagon chief inherits friction with White House
President Barack Obama's pick to be the next defense secretary, Ashton Carter, will inherit a tense relationship between the US military and the White House that is unlikely to ease even with a fresh face at the Pentagon. ... more
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Northrop Grumman expands operations in Australia
Global security firm Northrop Grumman has established a permanent presence in Australia with a formal launch ceremony for its Australian subsidiary. ... more
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US House passes $584 bn defense bill, Senate vote due
The House of Representatives adopted an annual US defense spending bill Thursday which includes emergency funding for military operations against Islamic jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as requested by President Barack Obama. ... more
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Raytheon to provide Qatar with IAMD Command and Control System
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon an undefinitized contract action (UCA) for a Foreign Military Sales contract not to exceed $75.6 million to design and implement an Air and Missile Defense Operat ... more
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Kalashnikov fight Russia sanctions with fashion line
The makers of Russia's iconic AK-47 assault rifle are moving into fashion to get around Western sanctions on its weapons. ... more
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Pentagon chief Hagel out as IS war heats up
President Barack Obama announced the departure of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the Islamic State threat. ... more
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Greece asks U.S. to continue sustainment support for its F-16s
Greece has asked the United States to continue sustainment support through the Foreign Military Sales program for its F-16 fighters. ... more
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Nammo subsidiary buying Patria ammunition facility
The Finnish subsidiary of Norway's Nammo Group is acquiring an ammunition facility in western Finland owned by Patria. ... more
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U.S. lowers surcharge on Foreign Military Sales program contracts
Nations procuring military goods and services through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program are to pay a lower surcharge for contract administration services. ... more
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Britain seeks to improve agency for military equipment
Britain's Ministry of Defense reports it has offered contracts to three companies to help transform the way it acquires and supports military equipment. ... more
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Republicans will push for US military spending boost
By winning full control of Congress, the Republicans have the chance to pile political pressure on President Barack Obama over national security issues and possibly push through an increase in military spending at the expense of social programs. ... more
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Saudi, France seal $3 bn weapons deal for Lebanon army
Saudi Arabia and France sealed an agreement Tuesday for Riyadh to finance the delivery of $3 billion worth of French weapons to the Lebanese army, which has come under mounting jihadist attack. ... more
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Raytheon's field service support for Air Force intel system enters 15th year
Raytheon is to continue to provide the Air Force with around-the-clock field services to the warfighter at numerous sites worldwide. ... more
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How spending more on the military could make it weaker
To hear the anguished cries of critics of the Obama administration's defense plans, one would think the nation is disarming. ... more
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China to keep closer eye on military spending: Xinhua
China intends to improve efficiency in military spending through tighter monitoring of how funds are used, state media reported Sunday. ... more
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Sweden's defense export agency faces dissolution
The Swedish government apparently plans to close its arms and defense equipment export agency in the coming year. ... more
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Oshkosh Defense cutting hundreds of jobs
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US-led air war a boon for defense contractors
The US-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria is proving a boon to weapons makers, sending their share prices soaring and bolstering political support for higher defense spending. ... more
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Four countries request U.S. Foreign Military Sales deals
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BAE Systems cuts 440 jobs mostly in Britain
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German push onto world stage hit by defence failures
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