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  • Arms Procurement and Corruption in the Gulf Monarchies

    The Burke Chair at CSIS is publishing a report by an affiliate of the organization. Dr. Zoltan Barany serves as a Senior Associate with CSIS, whose biography is summarized below. By its very nature, defense-security spending is the thorniest part of most governments’ budgets. Social scientists have long established a…

  • Britain and Japan join forces on next-generation fighter engine

    LONDON – Britain and Japan are joining forces in the development of an engine demonstrator capable of powering the separate sixth-generation fighters being pursued by both nations. The two governments have signed a memorandum of cooperation enabling teaming to take place on the engine demonstrator and possibly other, as yet,…

  • New in 2022: Can the Air Force find a smarter way to deploy?

    Air Force deployments could soon begin to look a little different as the service transitions to a new schedule for training and dispatching forces around the world. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr. said in August 2021 that after 20 years of nonstop combat rotations to…

  • Sweden creates agency to combat fake news ahead of September election

    Sweden has created a new agency to combat disinformation ahead of its upcoming parliamentary elections in September. The Swedish Psychological Defense Agency, which began operating on 1 January, was set up to “identify, analyse and respond to the impact of undue information influence and other misleading information”. The agency said…

  • Lookahead to 2022: a year for rebuilding

    Behind us, a year marked by Covid lockdowns and crises, fears and protests. Ahead, a Europe that would like to count for more on the world stage, but which is riven by internal conflicts. Let’s look now at what 2022 may bring. Covid is not going away Experts agree: Covid-19…

  • Italy’s small islands will be ‘exiled’ by vaccine restrictions, warn mayors

    Italy’s smaller islands will be left behind by the country’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, an association has warned. From Monday, Italy will only allow vaccinated citizens who have a “super green pass” to use public transport, such as planes and boats. The pass will only work for Italians who have been…

  • The EU’S Indo-Pacific Strategy Is Good News For ASEAN

    A few short years after the US embraced the term, the Indo-Pacific is now an irreversible regional construct, as recent actions by the EU indicate. Indeed, the EU’s adoption of the term may represent a significant step forward in promoting the values that underpin the free and open Indo-Pacific order.…

  • Cybersecurity Breach Raises Concern On Korean Bid For RMAF Light Combat Aircraft Purchase

    In June this year, the South Korean Aerospace Industries scrambled its intelligence upon learning that Seoul’s Defense Acquisition Programme Administration reported a cyberbreach. It was widely reported that the South Korea’s government-owned aerospace company had requested local authorities to investigate a possible hacking incident of North Korean origin. The breach…

  • Malaysia and Indonesia United On Concerns over Nuclear Powered Submarines Capability By Australia

    Military Equipment from Neutral Party Is Key To Avoid Raising Regional Temperatures stemming from the US-China TensionsMalaysia must be strategic on upcoming defence purchases, including Light Combat Aircraft, to protect national sovereignty Last month, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia announced the establishment of AUKUS, a new trilateral…

  • India, Sri Lanka seek closer and stronger military ties

    Comment: The question is can Sri Lanka be trusted? Would Sri Lanka’s ‘closer and stronger military ties’ with India favour India or jeopardise its relations and bilateral trade with China? Because China has established strong roots in Sri Lanka, investing billions during reign of the present prime minister and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.  The latest news…