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UK Proposes Joint NATO Expeditionary Force

Britain expects to sign at the upcoming NATO summit meeting a letter of intent with six partner nations to form a joint expeditionary force, separate from the alliance’s plan to forge a very high readiness force to act as spearhead for the NATO response force, British officials said Sept. 1. Both projects stem from the deepening Ukraine crisis, as NATO ... Read More »

Chinese jet’s run-in with P-8 seen as pattern

When an armed Chinese fighter jet recently buzzed a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over international waters in the South China Sea, it was just the latest in a series of low-level confrontations between the two militaries. The spate of incidents is raising new questions about what is driving China’s aggressive posture and also prompting a new push to bring China ... Read More »

China confirms CH-4 UCAV in PLA service at ‘Peace Mission 2014’ drill

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) showcased a CH-4 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) during the multilateral ‘Peace Mission 2014′ exercise featuring Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) members in Inner Mongolia in late August. In a rare move, and indicating strong confidence in the platform, state media showed footage of a missile hitting a simulated enemy vehicle. Feng Aiwang, commander ... Read More »

Philippines Says It Foiled Anti-Chinese Airport Plot

Philippine authorities said they thwarted a plot to set off home-made explosive devices at Manila’s international airport and a nearby mall owned by Filipino billionaire Henry Sy, arresting three men who planned the attack to protest China’s assertiveness in the region. The suspects will be arraigned today and may be charged with illegal possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit ... Read More »

PLAN’s 17th Type 056 corvette begins sea trials

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appears to have begun sea trials for its 17th Type 056 Jiangdao-class missile corvette Suqian , based on photographs circulated on Chinese internet sources. The 1,500-tonne vessel (pennant number 593) was spotted on several occasions at sea in waters around Hangzhou Bay in the last two weeks of August. Suqian was built by Shanghai ... Read More »

Australia beefs up military GPS

Australia is beefing up the anti-jamming features of its military GPS systems.An A$30 million effort will enhance GPS on a range of Australian Defense Forces platforms “by providing either protection or redundancy capabilities in response to GPS denial activities,” said an Australian Ministry of Defense news release. Read More:Australia beefs up military GPS | C4ISR & Networks | c4isrnet.com. Read More »

2 South Korean Soldiers Die in Anti-Captivity Training

Two South Korean soldiers apparently suffocated during an exercise meant to prepare them for capture by the enemy, military officials said Wednesday.The two soldiers, both staff sergeants in a special forces unit, died late Tuesday at their base in Jeungpyeong, about 60 miles southeast of Seoul, according to a spokesman for their unit, who briefed reporters on the condition that ... Read More »

Another American doctor diagnosed with Ebola

A third American aid worker has been diagnosed with Ebola. The missionary group SIM USA announced Tuesday that one of its American doctors has been diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia. The doctor was treating pregnant women and those giving birth, in the capital city of Monrovia. He was not treating Ebola patients in the hospital’s isolation unit, however. The group ... Read More »

Video Shows Panic in Liberia as Man Wanders Out of Ebola Clinic

As Liberia struggles to contain the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, health workers say that fear of the disease, and the stigma of being identified as a possible carrier, is creating a hostile environment for possible victims of the disease. That terror was on display on Monday in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, where at least 270 people have already died ... Read More »

Boko Haram extends its grip in northeastern Nigeria

After a two-day battle against Boko Haram in northeastern Borno state, Nigerian forces have lost more territory to the surging terrorist group. Boko Haram has stepped up its offensive over the past few months, grabbing land to build its desired Islamic state. Just two weeks ago, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video in which he celebrated the group’s ... Read More »

Nigerian Troops Dig In After Boko Haram Attacks

Security forces fortified a strategically important city in the country’s northeast, following an audacious attack by militants on a nearby town that required helicopter gunships to repel. Sani Usman, a military spokesman based in Maiduguri, a regional center for commerce, said troops were strengthening defenses and imposing a curfew around the city following an attack on Monday on the town ... Read More »

France, UAE Close In on Spy Sat Deal

The United Arab Emirates and France are expected to finalize the Falcon Eye spy satellites deal within the coming weeks while looking into the purchase of 40 Dassault Rafale fighter jets. A UAE source close to the negotiations told Defense News that the discussions on the deal were completed and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected soon in ... Read More »

US Lawmakers Flag Bipartisan Support for Israel

Flagging their unflinching bipartisan support for Israel, leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee pledged strengthened cooperation in countering common strategic threats. Visiting here less than a week after Israel’s 50-day war in Gaza and just a day after it downed a Syrian-launched drone that had breached its northern border, lawmakers vowed to stand “side by side” with the “our ... Read More »

House Armed Services to get classified briefing on ISIS and Ukraine

The House Armed Services Committee will receive a closed-door briefing on the latest security developments in Iraq and Ukraine on Sept. 9, according to a House aide. The session will focus on “worldwide security threats with a focus on Ukraine and ISIS,” the aide said. ADVERTISEMENT The classified brief is slated to take place the first full day lawmakers will ... Read More »