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October 31, 2017
MISSILE NEWS
Iran says to continue developing ballistic missiles



Tehran (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Iran's president on Sunday said his country would continue building weapons including developing missiles as the United States prepares new sanctions over its ballistic missile programme. "To defend our nation and territorial integrity, we will build all the weapons we will need," Hassan Rouhani told parliament in statements broadcast on state television. Recent Iranian missile launches have triggered US sanctions and accusations they violate the spirit of a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and ... read more

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
16th SPCS Defenders of critical satellite communications
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
More than 1,800 unclassified spacecraft are being tracked as they orbit earth, according to Space-tracl.org, the public data base for such items. They are communicating with receivers on the ground ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China crowns Xi with name once reserved for Mao Zedong
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China's ruling Communist Party has dusted off a Mao-era honorific for President Xi Jinping, cementing his status as the most powerful ruler since the Great Helmsman himself. ... more
WATER WORLD
Lockheed Martin to design US Navy's Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV), Orca
Palm Beach FL (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Lockheed Martin will support the growth of the U.S. Navy's family of unmanned undersea systems under a design phase contract valued at $43.2 million for Orca, the U.S. Navy's Extra Large Unmanned Un ... more
NUKEWARS
NATO chief calls N. Korea 'global threat' during Japan visit
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg called North Korea a "global threat" Monday and said he backed tighter sanctions against it during a visit to Japan, which has been targeted by Pyongyang's provocations. ... more
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NUKEWARS
IAEA inspectors in Iran working 'without problem': Amano
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The head of the UN atomic agency said in Abu Dhabi on Sunday IAEA inspectors are doing their work in Iran "without problem", a day after Tehran was implementing its nuclear commitments. ... more
NUKEWARS
Vatican to host high-level push against nuclear weapons
Vatican City (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The Vatican is to host a high-level international conference on nuclear weapons in November set to be dominated by the escalating confrontation between the US and North Korea. ... more
NUKEWARS
South Korea, China seek to warm frosty ties
Seoul (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
South Korea and China tried Tuesday to improve a relationship strained by a US missile defence system, issuing strikingly similar statements, and with Seoul saying their leaders would hold talks on the sidelines of next week's APEC summit. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Brazil orders man-portable air defense system from Saab
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017
The Brazilian Army has ordered additional RBS 70 Very Short Range Air Defense systems from Saab Defense for delivery in 2018 and 2019. ... more
THE STANS
Bowe Bergdahl judge rejects charge of Trump interference
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The judge deciding the sentence for admitted army deserter Bowe Bergdahl on Monday rejected defense claims that President Donald Trump's negative comments on Bergdahl meant he could not get a fair hearing. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines will launch its first flight to Baghdad in 27 years on Monday, state media said, amid a thaw in ties between the Arab neighbours. ... more


Barzani: fall of the Kurdish 'lord of the mountain'

THE STANS
Pakistani, Indian military commanders trade barbs in rare call
Islamabad (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Indian and Pakistani military commanders fired off heated accusations Monday in a rare telephone conversation between the nuclear-armed rivals over repeated cross-border firing in disputed Kashmir. ... more
WAR REPORT
Santos condemns killing of indigenous leader
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday condemned the killing of an indigenous leader last week by the ELN guerrillas in violation of its ceasefire with Bogota. ... more
MILTECH
US court blocks Trump's military transgender ban
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
A federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's ban on transgender personnel from serving in the US military on Monday. ... more
MILTECH
CACI International to support Army C4ISR
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017
The U.S. Army has given a task order to CACI International for support to its Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center. ... more



Russia conducts ballistic missile tests
Moscow (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Russia conducted several ballistic missile tests on Thursday from "land, air and sea" as part of its strategic nuclear programme, the Defence ministry announced. A "Topol" intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from the Plesetsk testing ground in the northwest of the country and three ballistic missiles were launched by two nuclear missile submarines (SSBNs), two from the Okhotsk Sea, ... more
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
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin to develop missile defense tools under DoD deal
Brazil orders man-portable air defense system from Saab
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017
The Brazilian Army has ordered additional RBS 70 Very Short Range Air Defense systems from Saab Defense for delivery in 2018 and 2019. The RBS 70 system is in-service with the Brazilian Army. It is a man-portable system, which first came into service in the late 1970s. It has a range of nearly five miles and a flight altitude of about 16,400 feet. Saab Defense, which did not deta ... more
Tehran (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Iran says to continue developing ballistic missiles
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Lithuania buys Norwegian air defence system amid Russia fears
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
'How to survive a N. Korean missile' - in Japanese manga form
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The Pentagon announced Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, has been awarded a new $9.2 million firm-fixed price contract for spare and sustainment parts for the RQ-21A Blackjack. The RQ-21 Blackjack is a small tactical unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform used by the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. The RQ-2 ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
16th SPCS Defenders of critical satellite communications
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
More than 1,800 unclassified spacecraft are being tracked as they orbit earth, according to Space-tracl.org, the public data base for such items. They are communicating with receivers on the ground as well as each other. Who is watching to make sure none of those signals are nefarious, aimed at disrupting communications between the satellites and the warfighters in various theaters who rel ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NRL clarifies valley polarization for electronic and optoelectronic technologies
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Harris supplying tactical radios to Navy, Marines
US court blocks Trump's military transgender ban
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
A federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's ban on transgender personnel from serving in the US military on Monday. US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the government to "revert to the status quo" that was in effect before Trump ordered the contentious ban. At the same time, however, she allowed to let stand a block on military funding for sex reassignment s ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017
CACI International to support Army C4ISR
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
State Department approves Kuwaiti M1A1 tank deal
Washington (UPI) Oct 25, 2017
Lockheed gets Air Force production order for Paveway II kits
Lockheed, Navantia renew collaborative agreement
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Lockheed Martin and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia on Thursday renewed their 20-year agreement on surface ships and naval combat systems. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to recognize their history working alongside each other and to seal the renewed agreement, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced in a company news release. "The fundamental openness, trust ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Philippines' Duterte receives Russian assault rifles
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Whistleblower protection bill sent to President as complaints of retaliation grow
London (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
US releases Russian defense firms sanctions list
Washington (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
Under pressure from an impatient Congress, President Donald Trump's administration belatedly published a list of Russian firms and agencies Friday to comply with a new sanctions law. Trump had opposed the law, which restricted his authority to loosen measures imposed to punish Russia for its meddling in Ukraine and alleged interference in US politics. But he begrudgingly signed off on ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China crowns Xi with name once reserved for Mao Zedong
Brussels (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
NATO challenges Russia on military drill numbers
Berlin (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report
Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice University researchers. The antennas may offer practical advantages for aerospace applications and wearable electronics where weight and flexibility are factors. The discovery offers more potential applications for the strong, lightweight nanotube fibers ... more
Swansea UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New research explores the limits of nanomaterials and atomic effects for nanotechnology
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
New technique produces tunable, nanoporous materials
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Jumping nanoparticles
Terrain, geopolitics make for tricky last battle on IS
Beirut (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
The Islamic State group's empire has shrunk fast this year but the rump of its "caliphate" on the Iraq-Syria border is a hostile jihadist heartland where competing regional interests converge. After losing their main hubs of Mosul and Raqa this year, the noose continued to tighten around holdout IS fighters regrouping in the badlands where the organisation was born. On Thursday, Iraqi Pr ... more
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Suicide bomber kills 3 at Iraq funeral: army
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Canada pauses military assistance to Iraqi troops
IAEA inspectors in Iran working 'without problem': Amano
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The head of the UN atomic agency said in Abu Dhabi on Sunday IAEA inspectors are doing their work in Iran "without problem", a day after Tehran was implementing its nuclear commitments. "Our inspectors (in Iran) are discharging their responsibilities without problem," Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Abu Dhabi. He was speaking on the sidelin ... more
The Hague (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Dutch know-how may have gone into arms of mass destruction
Vatican City (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Vatican to host high-level push against nuclear weapons
Seoul (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
The devastating tolls of a new Korean war
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China's big four banks post solid Q3 results
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China's big four state-owned banks on Monday reported profit growth across the board in the third quarter, after President Xi Jinping emphasised the importance of the public sector earlier this month. Net income at the four banks - Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Bank of China (BOC), China Construction Bank (CCB), and Agricultural Bank of China - all grew in the low single ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China cracks down on fraudulent provincial growth figures
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China slams US aluminium foil tariff ahead of Trump visit
Beijing (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Business leaders bow to Xi as Communist Party pushes in
SATCOM and Disaster Recovery Plans Withstand Irma
McLean VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The recent barrage of hurricanes in the southern United States is a reminder of the need for all companies that operate critical services to have a solid disaster recovery (DR) plan. At Intelsat General Corporation (IGC), the unpredictability of hurricane Irma gave us an opportunity to execute our own DR plan and to provide uninterrupted service for our customers. As a satellite communicat ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
$129 bn in extreme weather losses last year: climate report
New York (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Displaced Puerto Ricans find refuge in New York
La Montabita, Colombia (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Fighting to farming: New life for Colombia's ex-rebels
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
China accuses Xi rivals of vote rigging
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China's ruling Communist Party says three of its top former officials rigged votes during earlier party congresses, in a move that sheds light on the fall of members of Xi Jinping's rival factions. The senior figures were removed from office over the last few years as part of Xi's sweeping corruption crackdown, which some analysts have called a political purge. An article published by Xi ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Xi takes short cut to China's Communist pantheon
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
Activists fear more crackdowns in Xi's 'new era'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Chinese universities start 'Xi Thought' institutes
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Second Niger team was out to kill or capture Islamic State leader
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
A second special operations team was on a mission to kill or capture an Islamic State leader before the Oct. 4 attack on a Green Beret unit in Niger, U.S. intelligence officials told UPI. The ambush, in which four Americans and five Nigerian soldiers were killed, may have been orchestrated by the leader of IS in the Greater Sahara, Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. Sahrawi, code-named "Naylo ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime
Sevare, Mali (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
African anti-jihad force makes first steps in troubled Sahel
Geneva (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
ICRC warns states against 'dehumanisation' of IS fighters
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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