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November 20, 2017
NUKEWARS
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry



Seoul (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The South Korean foreign intelligence service has reported that North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program has hit a snag, as the communist country has run into difficulty developing reliable atmospheric re-entry technology that would allow their missile to return from Earth's orbit. The report came from the National Intelligence Service (NIS), who met behind closed doors with the South Korean National Assembly's Intelligence Committee on Thursday. According to an anonymous pa ... read more

NUKEWARS
US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike
Ottawa (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
The general in command of US nuclear forces said Saturday that he would resist any "illegal" presidential order for a strike and work to find an alternative. ... more
NUKEWARS
Chinese, N.Korean envoys discuss regional concerns: state media
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
A senior Chinese envoy discussed regional concerns with officials in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korean state media said, as the US presses China to help ease the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
NATO apologised to Turkey on Friday after Ankara pulled its troops from a military exercise in Norway to protest incidents deemed insulting to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". ... more
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SPACEWAR
Dunford: US Military Superiority Over Russia, China Markedly Decreasing
Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The US has been losing its military supremacy over its peer countries like Russia and China over the last 10-15 years and should step up efforts to increase its deterrence potential, Joe Dunford, He ... more
TERROR WARS
Nature's Silent Sentinels Could Help Detect Security Threats
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Few military requirements are as enduring as the need for timely, accurate information. To meet this demand, the Department of Defense invests heavily in the development of powerful electronic and m ... more
WAR REPORT
Renewed US-Russia rift threatens slim Syria peace hope
Washington (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
The latest US and Russian bid to find enough common ground on which to build some hope for Syria is in trouble, just days ahead of talks that could make or break the peace process. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Iraq forces retake last IS-held town in country
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
The Iraqi army on Friday retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group as the jihadists' self-proclaimed"caliphate" faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria. ... more
TERROR WARS
IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Its "caliphate" has imploded, its de facto capitals in Iraq and Syria have fallen, and hundreds of its fighters have either surrendered or fled. ... more
IRAQ WARS
After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis
Rawa, Iraq (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
"Islamic State - Euphrates Province" reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa. ... more


Fears of bombs, IS cells haunt Mosul months after 'liberation'

FLOATING STEEL
Satellite signals offer hope in hunt for missing Argentine sub
Buenos Aires (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Hopes of finding survivors from a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members aboard have been revived after the navy said it had detected what could be distress calls. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult
Brussels (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
NATO has taken 'disciplinary action' against an individual over an incident in which Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were portrayed as enemies, the alliance's secretary general has said. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US Scrambles to Assemble Space-Based Missile Defense System
Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The latest version of the US' fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill designates more funding to a space-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability, according to a new report. Lawmakers env ... more
UAV NEWS
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
The US military has quietly upped the tempo of its operations in Somalia, conducting a growing number of drone strikes against Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab militants and other jihadists. ... more



US Scrambles to Assemble Space-Based Missile Defense System
Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The latest version of the US' fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill designates more funding to a space-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability, according to a new report. Lawmakers envision developing a space-based sensor layer to detect incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as well as an interceptor to neutralize threats, C4ISRNet reported November 16. The intercept ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Boeing meets 2017 ballistic missile defense installation goal early
Stockholm (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport
Raytheon awarded contract for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile program
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a modified contract to exercise options to procure spares for the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, or ESSM, Block I multi-year production requirements. The ESSM is an upgraded version of the Sea Sparrow anti-ship missile defense system, which itself is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Navy and 11 other nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Org ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Lockheed Martin to test AGM-158 JASSM
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
Raytheon sale of AMRAAMs to Norway approved by State Department
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Turkey signs missile accord with Paris and Rome
Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
Dubai UAE (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) now has engine updates that will further increase its flight endurance, Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday. With the integration of the 1803 engine into the platform, engineering tests performed by the company indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours, making it one of the highest endur ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Alpha Unmanned Systems teams with Sightec for image stabilization and object tracking.
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Leonardo delivers Falco EVO drones to Middle East
US Navy accepts 5th MUOS Satellite for global military cellular network
Point Mugu CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" ... more
Luxembourg (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
SES GS Awarded US Government Satellite Solutions Contract
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
16th SPCS Defenders of critical satellite communications
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
First order for Elta ELK-1882T SATCOM network system
Raytheon, Saab to develop improved shoulder-launched weapon systems
(UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Raytheon and the Swedish aerospace and defense firm Saab will partner to develop new weapons for infantry forces, the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday. The companies said that they will first look to upgrading the Carl-Gustaf reloadable shoulder-launched weapon, an 84mm anti-tank recoilless rifle used by the United States, Britain and 38 other countries. Additional ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
MBDA Inc. to produce parts for Small Diameter Bomb
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Swedish army to buy BONUS ammunition from BAE
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2017
BAE receives $40M from Lockheed for sensor technology
Congress sends $700 bn defense bill for Trump's signature
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The US Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in national defense spending for next year, a substantial increase over Donald Trump's request, and sent the measure to the president for his signature. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 is a negotiated compromise between the two chambers of Congress. The Senate passed it Thursday on a unanimous voice vote, two d ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Lockheed, Navantia renew collaborative agreement
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
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NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
NATO apologised to Turkey on Friday after Ankara pulled its troops from a military exercise in Norway to protest incidents deemed insulting to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, himself Norwegian, moved quickly to say sorry after an angry intervention by Erdogan on an episode that risked cr ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult
Manila (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Duterte says Philippines owes China 'debt of gratitude'
Manila (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Trump says Philippines vital for military reasons
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide could make the preparation of micromotors increasingly cost-effective, opening up new avenues for their use, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Synthetic micromotors are tiny particles with dimensions less than the diameter of a human hair. Micromotors can undergo an autonomous motion in liquid environments, which can be driven by various mea ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Better, bolder printing with silicon nanostructures
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Practical superconducting nanowire single photon detector highly efficient
After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis
Rawa, Iraq (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
"Islamic State - Euphrates Province" reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa. A day after government forces ousted the Islamic State group from the last town it held in the country, the banner is now just a reminder of the vast "caliphate" the jihadists once ruled. Hamza Mahmud, 13, has seen the past three years of his young life dominated by the harsh ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Fears of bombs, IS cells haunt Mosul months after 'liberation'
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Iraq forces retake last IS-held town in country
Al-Obeidi, Irak (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Tribal justice awaits returning Iraqis who joined IS
Chinese, N.Korean envoys discuss regional concerns: state media
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
A senior Chinese envoy discussed regional concerns with officials in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korean state media said, as the US presses China to help ease the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons. The visit by Song Tao, described by Pyongyang as a special envoy of President Xi Jinping, is the first by a senior Chinese envoy for more than a year. Relations are severely stressed ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Japan, US stage naval drill amid N. Korea tension
Seoul (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
North Korean soldier stable, but riddled with parasites
Singapore (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea
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Panama opens embassy in China after cutting Taiwan ties
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Panama opened its first embassy in China on Thursday five months after cutting ties with Taiwan, which has seen its allies dwindle against the mainland's growing influence. In a speech heralding the embassy's "historic" establishment, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said his "commitment to the One China principle" was made with the benefits for Panamanian people in mind - alluding t ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Studies suggests link between testosterone, stock market instability
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
EU parliament toughens law to limit cheap Chinese imports
Dushanbe, Tajikistan (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
China to build $1.6 bn aluminium plant in Tajikistan
Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite
McLean, VA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico once again spotlighted the frailty of terrestrial communications services. Hurricane-force winds in the Florida Keys and Houston brought trees down on utility lines carrying telephone and Internet service and knocked out cell phone towers, while Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the terrestrial communications infrastructure of Puer ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Deadly Beijing fire prompts investigation and demolitions
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China is expected to achieve a "major breakthrough" in nuclear-powered space shuttles around 2040, according to a report issued by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation on Thursday. The achievement will be able to support large-scale exploration and development of space resources, and make mining on asteroids and space solar power plants possible, said the report, which outlin ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
China taps state firms to buttress pensions as society ages
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
China on Saturday announced a pilot programme to help pension schemes meet growing pressure from an ageing society by transferring shares of state-owned firms to social security funds. A document released by the country's State Council, or cabinet, said the programme would begin this year with shares of up to seven SOEs to be transferred. The plan is intended to help make up for shortfal ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Activists renew push for Hong Kong independence
Beijing (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
China tells 'aunties' to dance away from cemeteries
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
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IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition
Amman (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. "Since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria," Washington's envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said late Wednesday after a meeting in Jordan, using an ... more
Cairo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Egypt confirms death of leading jihadist in air strikes
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
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Baghdad (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters
Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
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
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