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December 20, 2012
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Europe launches major British military satellite
Paris (AFP) Dec 20, 2012
A European rocket has launched a major satellite designed to expand telecommunications for the British military from the Kourou space base in French Guiana, flight operators said. Skynet 5D - the fourth in Britain's new generation of Skynet military satellites - was taken aloft by a heavy Ariane 5 at 2149 GMT on Wednesday, Arianespace said in an Internet feed of the launch. The 4.8-tonne satellite was partnered by a second payload, Mexsat Bicentenario, a 2.9-tonne telecoms satellite for the Me ... read more
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Commentary: Geopolitical malignancy
The only democracy Egypt has known in 5,000 years of recorded history lasted six years - from 1946, when the World War II British protectorate came to an end, until 1952 when Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser and his Free Officers movement dethroned and exiled King Farouk. ... more
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US to deploy newest weapons to Asia-Pacific
The United States plans to deploy some of its newest warships and other high-tech weapons to the Asia-Pacific as part of a strategic shift to the region, a US defense official said Wednesday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS

Outside View: Ticking time bombs
To most observers, irrespective of "sequestration" that would remove an additional $500 billion from defense spending over the next decade, the most dangerous of ticking time bombs at the Pentagon is budgetary. ... more
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Rights focus urged for EU-Russia summit
Human rights advocates are urging the European Union to demand at this week's summit in Brussels that Russia relent on its internal crackdown on dissents. ... more


MILPLEX

Ruag picks up Rosebank Engineering
Swiss technology group Ruag has bought Rosebank Engineering, which specializes in life-cycle maintenance, repairs and overhaul services for the Australian air force. ... more
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Japan's Abe voices security concerns
Pacific maritime security will be high on the agenda of Shinzo Abe, Japan's next prime minister, when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama. ... more
IRAQ WARS

Iraq president 'improving' in hospital: doctor
President Jalal Talabani, a key figure in Iraqi politics for decades who has sought to bridge political and sectarian divides, was showing "improvement" in hospital on Wednesday, a doctor said. ... more
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WAR REPORT

UN, Europe, Russia warn Israel over settlements
The United Nations and all UN Security Council powers except the United States on Wednesday condemned Israel's heightened settler construction in the Palestinian territories as a threat to flagging peace efforts. ... more
NUKEWARS

Outside View: The Foggy Bottom puzzle
Dated August 2012, Foreign Affairs, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, published a special edition comprising nine contributions on the Iranian nuclear bomb, tellingly titled "Solving the Persian Puzzle" and therefore paraphrasing Kenneth Pollack's work of art Iranian regime apology "The Iranian Puzzle." ... more
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Integrated soldier kits for more troops
A 10th infantry regiment of the French army will be using integrated individual soldier kits early next year. ... more
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US to open military ties soon with Myanmar: official
The United States is poised to take "nascent steps" to open up military ties with Myanmar as a way of bolstering political reforms undertaken by the former pariah state, a senior US defense official said Wednesday. ... more
THE STANS

Britain to pull nearly half its troops from Afghanistan
Britain will withdraw almost half of its 9,000 troops from Afghanistan next year as local security forces become increasingly able to take responsibility, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday. ... more
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Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

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WAR REPORT

Yemen's Hadi restructures army, removes Saleh cronies: TV
Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced on Wednesday the restructuring of the army and defence ministry, purging them of relatives and cronies of former head of state Ali Abdullah Saleh, state television said. ... more
IRAQ WARS

Iraq faces turmoil if ailing leader dies
If Iraq's stricken president, onetime guerrilla leader Jalal Talabani, dies or is permanently incapacitated following his stroke, the violence-torn country faces political turmoil a year and a day after U.S. military forces completed their withdrawal. ... more
WAR REPORT

Philippines, communists agree to new talks and ceasefire
Maoist guerrillas waging a decades-long insurgency in the Philippines have resumed high-level peace talks with the government after a 13-month impasse, it was announced Wednesday. ... more
WAR REPORT
U.S. seeks double Israel missile funding

NATO chief denounces Iran's allegations on Patriots

Russia shuts down Azerbaijan radar station: Baku


WAR REPORT
Brazil, S. Africa collaborate on missile

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Brazil invests in rocket technology


WAR REPORT
Mystery Air Force space plane launched

Boeing Demos Unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army

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WAR REPORT
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Europe launches major British military satellite

AEROSPACE

BAE says Saudi jet deal facing unresolved 'issues'
British defence group BAE Systems on Wednesday warned that a lucrative deal to sell fighter jets to Saudi Arabia was facing unresolved "issues" five years after an agreement was struck between the two sides. ... more
AEROSPACE

Embraer, Astronics collaborate on KC-390
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer will collaborate with New York defense firm Astronics Corp. as part of an effort to give the company's KC-390 tactical transport and tanker program a further push toward global markets. ... more
AEROSPACE

Upgraded MiG-29s supplied to India
JSC Russian Aircraft Corp. MiG has started supplying upgraded MiG-29 fighters to the Indian air force. ... more
AEROSPACE

Bulgaria to modernise air force
Bulgaria's government has approved plans to buy new or used fighter jets to replace its ageing fleet of Soviet-built aircraft, Defence Minister Anyu Angelov said on Wednesday. ... more
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MISSILE NEWS

Brazil invests in rocket technology

MISSILE NEWS

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MILPLEX

Boeing Raises Dividend 10 Percent and Resumes Share Repurchase Program

MILTECH

NGC Provides Attitude Heading Reference For Sikorsky's S-76D Helicopter

MILTECH

Lockheed Martin Wins Role on Army Software and Systems Engineering Contract

IRAQ WARS

World Bank sets $900 mn aid program for Iraq

WAR REPORT

Turkey urges Iran to pressure Syria for end to violence

THE STANS

Kabul sets ambitious 'roadmap for peace' with Taliban

IRAQ WARS

Iraq president in hospital after 'stroke'

SUPERPOWERS

China commentary questions Abe's sincerity

China politician 'little Hu' promoted

Brazil, S. Africa collaborate on missile

Russia: Businesses to fund Caucasus effort

New Japanese PM might tweek constitution

Iraq president hospitalised due to 'health emergency'

Afghan army beset by desertions as NATO pullout looms

Russia sends warships to Mediterranean: ministry

China resists moves to sanction N. Korea: diplomats

Russia and Libya: will they restore military and technical cooperation?

Russia's arms export plan exceeded

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German MPs oppose arms sales to Saudis

NATO chief denounces Iran's allegations on Patriots

UN sending chemical weapons kits to Syria monitors

Syria warplanes in action, camp residents flee: NGO

Wave of Iraq attacks kills 48 people

Gunmen kill Yemen intelligence colonel

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Google Maps driving Apple iOS upgrades

China property market revives despite controls

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