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November 22, 2017
THE STANS
US military opens new, but risky front in Afghan air war



Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
As the US military opens a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban's poppy-processing factories and dropping thousands more bombs, experts are warning of the risk of alienating the local population. The quickening tempo comes after President Donald Trump in August approved broad new powers for General John Nicholson, who commands US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Numbers reveal a massive uptick in air strikes already, with the US military on course to triple the number of ... read more

NUKEWARS
New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
The United States on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang, again raising the pressure on the pariah state to abandon its nuclear program. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Forbidden City and Vatican try 'art diplomacy'
Vatican City (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
China's Forbidden City and the Vatican Museums are set to swap 40 works of art as part of efforts to bolster diplomatic relations between the Communist country and the seat of the Catholic Church. ... more
UAV NEWS
Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes - but humans won't be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, ... more
NUKEWARS
Air China suspends flights to North Korea
Beijing (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Air China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state's links with the outside world, in what the government said was a business decision with no political motives. ... more
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NUKEWARS
Dramatic footage shows N. Korea defector's border dash
Seoul (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier's defection released Wednesday showed him racing across the border under fire from former comrades, and then being hauled to safety by South Korean troops. ... more
WAR REPORT
Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise
Beirut (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Syrian opposition figures will gather in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to form an overhauled delegation to peace talks that analysts expect will be more willing to compromise on key demands. ... more
WAR REPORT
Sanaa airport 'ready to run' after bombing: rebel govt
Sanaa (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Yemen's rebel government on Tuesday announced the country's main international airport was fully functional again, one week after a Saudi-led air strike destroyed the facility's navigation system. ... more
WAR REPORT
Philippines' Duterte cancels communist peace talks
Manila (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has cancelled all future peace talks with communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies, in a blow to efforts to end the half century-long conflict. ... more
TERROR WARS
Iran declares 'victory' over IS
Tehran (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday declared "victory" over the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria as the jihadists cling to just a few remaining scraps of territory. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Suicide car bomb kills 24 in town north of Baghdad
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
A suicide car bomber killed at least 24 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said. ... more


Anti-IS coalition strikes drop to lowest number

SUPERPOWERS
US soldiers removed from W. House detail amid probe: report
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Military investigators are probing whether three soldiers who worked in the White House had "improper contact" with foreign women on President Donald Trump's recent Asia trip, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
State Dept. approves potential Javelin missile sale to Georgia
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Officials at the U.S. State Department have approved a potential foreign military sale to Georgia for Javelin Missiles and Command Launch Units pending final contract approval from the U.S. Congress. ... more
CYBER WARS
Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Uber said Tuesday that hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year. ... more
CYBER WARS
Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Skype has apparently joined the lengthening list of internet communication tools on China's blacklist, with Apple saying Wednesday it was ordered to clear its download store of apps that violate national laws. ... 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
State Dept. approves potential missile sale to Poland
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
The State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale to Poland for an Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System with Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed-Martin being tapped to provide the services. The deal, announced Friday by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, is worth $10.5 billion and requires Congressional approval before the contract is fin ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
State Dept. approves potential Javelin missile sale to Georgia
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Raytheon awarded contract for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile program
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Lockheed Martin to test AGM-158 JASSM
Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes - but humans won't be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, put their work to the test recently. Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by artificial intelligence (A.I.) against a professional human pilot. The race, ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
Dubai UAE (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Alpha Unmanned Systems teams with Sightec for image stabilization and object tracking.
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
Saab to supply South African forces with field kitchens
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
The South African National Defence Force has awarded defense and security company Saab with a contract to provide for mass field feeding capabilities. The company announced the deal on Monday, providing few details on the amount of the contract, but saying Saab will provide South African forces with mobile containerized kitchen systems. "Saab is committed to supporting world clas ... more
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Raytheon, Saab to develop improved shoulder-launched weapon systems
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
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
Washington (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
US soldiers removed from W. House detail amid probe: report
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout
Vatican City (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Forbidden City and Vatican try 'art diplomacy'
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
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. The lightning recapture of the small Euphrates valley town of Rawa after an offensive launched at dawn came as the jihadists were also under attack for a second day in the last town they still ho ... more
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Suicide car bomb kills 24 in town north of Baghdad
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Mosul jihadist families sent to Baghdad 'for expulsion'
Rawa, Iraq (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis
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 do ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Chinese, N.Korean envoys discuss regional concerns: state media
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Chinese envoy ends N.Korea trip
Seoul (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Dramatic footage shows N. Korea defector's border dash
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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
Dushanbe, Tajikistan (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
China to build $1.6 bn aluminium plant in Tajikistan
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Post-hurricane rebuilding fuels jump in October US home construction
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
San Juan (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns
Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Deadly Beijing fire prompts investigation and demolitions
Moscow (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Russia denies nuclear incident after contamination reports
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
Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: Gay. Searching out suitors for such a marriage of convenience proved difficult, so she created an online matchmaking forum to help others like her conform with family and societal pressures in China, where same-sex marria ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
China taps state firms to buttress pensions as society ages
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
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Iran declares 'victory' over IS
Tehran (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday declared "victory" over the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria as the jihadists cling to just a few remaining scraps of territory. Iran is one of the main international backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has sent military advisers and thousands of "volunteers" to fight IS on the ground in Syria and Iraq. In a televised speech Ro ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Nature's Silent Sentinels Could Help Detect Security Threats
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters
Amman (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition
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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