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January 09, 2017
WATER WORLD
DARPA's networks of the sea enter next stage



Washington DC (SPX) Jan 09, 2017
DARPA's Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are knocked offline or otherwise unavailable. The program now enters the next phase, which calls for the demonstration of a prototype of the system at sea. TUNA seeks to develop and demonstrate novel, optical-fiber-based technology options and designs to temporarily re ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
NATO and Russia in game of cat and mouse in Baltic skies
French jets have been engaged in a game of cat and mouse with Russian fighters in the skies above the Baltic states, as NATO keeps a close eye on Russia's ambitions. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Hundreds protest as Sri Lanka launches Chinese industrial zone
Sri Lanka police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of people protesting the launch Saturday of a special industrial zone in the island's south that hopes to attract billions of dollars in Chinese investment. ... more
RAY GUNS
U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. ... more
RAY GUNS
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons
The U.S. Air Force has issued a request for proposal to develop laser protection systems for its fleet of tactical fighter aircraft. ... more
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Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment
Russia's military on Friday said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow's sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. ... more
SPACEWAR
SecAF highlights progress at AFA breakfast
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James addressed the Air Force Association's Air Force Breakfast Series Jan. 6, at the Key Bridge Marriot in Arlington, Virginia. James began her presentation by ... more
CYBER WARS
AF looks to ensure cyber resiliency in weapons systems through new office
The Air Force, through its Life Cycle Management Center, has stood up the Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems (CROWS). Although the office's primary operating location and senior leade ... more
THE STANS
Obama's toughest decision? 30,000-troop Afghanistan 'surge'
What was President Barack Obama's hardest decision during his two terms in office? A massive troop surge in Afghanistan, he said in an interview aired Sunday. ... more
THE STANS
Afghanistan welcomes return of US Marines to Helmand
Afghanistan on Saturday welcomed the Pentagon's decision to deploy some 300 US Marines to the volatile province of Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014. ... more


Taiwan president heads to US as Beijing watches

UAV NEWS
U.S. Army engineers use 3D printing for small drone
An unmanned aerial vehicle created through on-demand 3D-printing technology has been flight tested by engineers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. ... more
WAR REPORT
Iraq PM says Turkish troop problem solved soon
Iraq and Turkey's prime ministers held talks Saturday in Baghdad which both said reflected progress in resolving a bitter row over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. ... more

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S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China
South Korea is committed to deploying an advanced US missile defense system this year despite opposition from China, a minister said Wednesday, even as opposition lawmakers headed to Beijing with a different message. Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests - prompting s ... more
US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade

MBDA submits proposal for TLVS development in Germany

Raytheon to provide missile defense training for Qatar
Raytheon has received a $163 million foreign military sales contract to provide integrated air and missile defense training for the government of Qatar. Under the contract, Qatar Emir Air Force personnel will receive a series of pre-Patriot and Patriot training classes in addition to English language training. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, all work for the contract ... more
India test fires Agni-IV ballistic missile

Qatar, India, Italy purchase Raytheon Stinger missiles

U.S. Navy orders 214 Raytheon Tomahawk missiles


U.S. Army engineers use 3D printing for small drone
An unmanned aerial vehicle created through on-demand 3D-printing technology has been flight tested by engineers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The demonstration flight took place at Fort Benning, Ga., last month, the Army said, and was part of the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments program to showcase new technology. "We've created a process for converting soldier mi ... more
Small drone achieves flight endurance record

Thales suppying Spy'Ranger mini-drone system to French Army

General Atomics contracted for MQ-9 sale to Spain

U.S. Navy selects Raytheon for tactical radio production
Raytheon has received a $32 million contract to produce next-generation Link Level Communication Security 7M encryptors for U.S. Navy military radios. The encryptors are designed to provide enhanced security for Link 22 tactical radio systems used by the U.S. military and its international partners. The radios are slated to replace Link 11 systems currently in use. According to Raytheon ... more
Underwater radio, anyone?

Japan to Launch First Military Communications Satellite on January 24

Intelsat General to provide satellite services to RiteNet for US Army network

Safran to develop new bomb guidance kits for France
Safran Electronics & Defense is to develop and manufacture new modular ASSM air-to-ground block 4 bomb kits under a contract from the French military procurement agency, DGA. The ASSM family of kits, used by France and other countries, give precision guidance to standard bombs and come in several versions, depending on the type of guidance: inertial GPS, inertial/GPS + infrared imaging, ... more
Ukrainian army receives 50 BTR-3 armored vehicles

Oshkosh receives JLTV production modification

Kongsberg contracted for M1A2 CROWS configuration

Estonia consolidates military procurement process
A new Estonian government agency for consolidating the procurements of the Ministry of Defense and its subordinate agencies has been established. The Estonian Center for Defense Investments, which became operational Tuesday, also brings military infrastructure projects under its management umbrella. "The creation of the new institution frees the Defense Forces from having to perf ... more
Pro-Iraqi militias using arms from 16 countries: Amnesty

Croatia charges top official over military contract bribe

Saudi projects drop in defence spending

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Indonesia backs down in Australia military row
Indonesia appeared to back down Thursday from a decision to suspend all military cooperation with Australia in a row over teaching materials, with a senior minister saying only language training had been put on hold. The Indonesian military said Wednesday that military cooperation with Canberra, including joint exercises and exchange programmes, had been put on ice last month after teaching ... more
NATO and Russia in game of cat and mouse in Baltic skies

Obama urges military to make Trump transition smooth

Russia flags war games with US ally Philippines

Nano-chimneys can cool circuits
A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson found that putting a cone-like "chimney" between the graphene and nanotube all but eliminates a barrier that blocks heat from escaping. The research appears in the American Chemi ... more
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Suicide bombers kill 18 in Baghdad market attacks
Suicide bombings at two Baghdad markets killed at least 18 people on Sunday, the latest attacks to hit the capital as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in Mosul. Iraqi forces have pushed IS out of much of the territory the group once held, but a wave of recent bombings have highlighted the danger the jihadists pose to civilians even as they lose ground. Sunday's first ... more
Iraq launches offensive on IS near Syria border

Iraq forces in Mosul punch to Tigris for first time

Turkey PM heading to Iraq to ease tensions

S. Korea calls Trump's tweet 'clear warning' to North
South Korea said Tuesday that US president-elect Donald Trump had sent a "clear warning" to North Korea with a tweet dismissing Pyongyang's ballistic missile claims. "North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US," Trump tweeted. "It won't happen!" Trump's tweet came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a ... more
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China manufacturing accelerates at fastest for 4 years: survey
China's manufacturing activity expanded at its quickest pace in nearly four years in December, an independent research firm said on Tuesday, in a sign of improving health for the world's second-largest economy. The private Caixin Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an indicator of conditions at smaller manufacturers, beat expectations with a reading of 51.9 in December, up from 50.9 the previo ... more
Israel says China to send thousands of construction workers

China's Alibaba sues vendors over selling counterfeits

China manufacturing growth slows

Number of displaced in Mosul op passes 125,000: UN
More than 125,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the start in October of an offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, the United Nations said Wednesday. "Following the intensification of military operations in Mosul city on 29 December, the rate of displacement from Mosul has increased markedly, with over 9,000 people having fled the city in the space of four days," said the UN's Office fo ... more
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Mauritania, Saudi Arabia strengthen military cooperation
Saudi Arabia and Mauritania will exchange intelligence and increase cooperation on military training and logistics, Mauritanian media reported Thursday. Mauritania forms part of the Saudi-led military coalition currently battling Huthi rebels and Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen, while contending with its own jihadist threat at home. The west African nation has yet to send troops to Yemen, how ... more
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In Iraq, Hollande says IS battle prevents attacks at home

U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program



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