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November 01, 2017
IRAQ WARS
Iraqi forces advance to edge of final IS bastion Al-Qaim



Habbaniyah, Iraq (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Iraqi forces on Tuesday battled up to the edge of Al-Qaim, the largest town still held by the Islamic State group in the country, as they pushed a final assault on the jihadists. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said government troops - backed by US air strikes and Sunni tribal fighters - captured the village of Al-Obeidi, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Syrian border on the eastern outskirts of the town. "IS fighters resisted the advance of the troops, but the majority retreated to posi ... read more

THE STANS
Iraqi army takes control of Turkey border from Kurds: Turkish PM
Istanbul (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Iraqi government forces on Tuesday took control of the key border crossing with Turkey in the Iraqi Kurdistan region after weeks of tensions between Baghdad and Arbil, the Turkish prime minister said. ... more
WAR REPORT
General's slip spotlights US troop numbers in Syria
Washington (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Pentagon officials scrambled Tuesday to clarify how many US troops are in Syria after a general put the number at a "little over 4,000" - far higher than previous tallies. ... more
TERROR WARS
Russia says its submarine fired missiles at IS base in Syria
Moscow (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Russia said Tuesday its submarine deployed in the Mediterranean fired three ballistic missiles to destroy a command post of the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province. ... more
TECH SPACE
Guiding the random laser
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
At its most basic level, a random laser is precisely what its name implies; random. It's random in the spectrum of light it produces and in the way that light is emitted, making what could be an ext ... more
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MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
First order for Elta ELK-1882T SATCOM network system
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries and its Elta subsidiary have received their first order for their satellite communication terminal with conformal electronic-steered antenna for fighter jets. ... more
WAR REPORT
Mattis, Tillerson make case to Congress for continued authorization of military force
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday cemented White House reliance on a pair of 15-year-old authorizations for military force as the legal cornerstone permitting the executive branch to stage counter-terrorism operations. ... more
NUKEWARS
EU, Japan ask UN to condemn N. Korea over rights abuses
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
The European Union and Japan asked the United Nations on Tuesday to condemn North Korea for gross human rights violations, drawing a link between severe hunger endured by North Koreans and Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs. ... more
NUKEWARS
200 dead in tunnel accident at N.Korea nuclear test site: report
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
More than 200 people are feared to have died when a tunnel caved in at North Korea's nuclear test site after its latest detonation, a Japanese news report said Tuesday. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Indonesia orders NASAMS air defense system
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
Indonesia has ordered an air defense system from Kongsberg of Norway, the company announced on Tuesday. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund on Thursday announced a $1 billion investment in British billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic. ... more


SpaceX launches Korean satellite, sticks rocket landing

TECH SPACE
Radio Pollution Creates Space Shield for Satellites
Boulder CO (VOA) Oct 31, 2017
People are big polluters, on the land, in the sea and even in outer space, that can include anything from a hammer that floats away from the space station, to radiation from a nuclear weapons test i ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
What Ever Happened to Sea Launch?
bv Launchspace Staff Writers
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017 Sea Launch was a unique space launch system intended to be an attractive way to launch geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites. It was developed as a multinationa ... more
TERROR WARS
Jihadists at large: 3 most wanted for Paris, Brussels attacks
Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
For French and Belgian investigators, the fall of the Islamic State group's strongholds in Syria and Iraq kindles hopes of ensnaring some of the ringleaders of the 2015-16 terror attacks in Paris and Brussels. ... more
CYBER WARS
China says social media companies must 'punish' employees
Beijing (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
China has ordered online platforms to punish staff who spread "illegal" content domestically, in the latest move by authorities to tighten policing of the web. ... 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
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 ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
Indonesia orders NASAMS air defense system
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017
Brazil orders man-portable air defense system from Saab
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Lithuania buys Norwegian air defence system amid Russia fears
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) Oct 31, 2017
First order for Elta ELK-1882T SATCOM network system
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
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
New research explores the limits of nanomaterials and atomic effects for nanotechnology
Swansea UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Research by scientists at Swansea University has shown that improvements in nanowire structures will allow for the manufacture of more stable and durable nanotechnology for use in semiconductor devices in the future. Dr Alex Lord and Professor Steve Wilks from the Centre for NanoHealth led the collaborative research published in Nano Letters. The research team defined the limits of electri ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
New technique produces tunable, nanoporous materials
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Terahertz spectroscopy goes nano
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Iraqi forces advance to edge of final IS bastion Al-Qaim
Habbaniyah, Iraq (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Iraqi forces on Tuesday battled up to the edge of Al-Qaim, the largest town still held by the Islamic State group in the country, as they pushed a final assault on the jihadists. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said government troops - backed by US air strikes and Sunni tribal fighters - captured the village of Al-Obeidi, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Syrian border on the eastern ... 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
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
EU, Japan ask UN to condemn N. Korea over rights abuses
Vatican City (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Vatican to host high-level push against nuclear weapons
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
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
New York (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' five weeks post-storm
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
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Jihadists at large: 3 most wanted for Paris, Brussels attacks
Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
For French and Belgian investigators, the fall of the Islamic State group's strongholds in Syria and Iraq kindles hopes of ensnaring some of the ringleaders of the 2015-16 terror attacks in Paris and Brussels. Among the most wanted IS figures sought for their suspected involvement in the slaughter, three are at the top of the list - though their whereabouts are unknown and they may even ha ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Russia says its submarine fired missiles at IS base in Syria
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Second Niger team was out to kill or capture Islamic State leader
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime
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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