Author: DFNS

490,000 Soldiers May Not Be Enough: Gen. Ray Odierno

AUSA: 490,000 may not be enough. Two years ago — before the rise of the Islamic State, before Russia’s stealth invasion of Ukraine, before Ebola erupted across Africa – Army Chief of Staff Ray...

Putin orders troop pullback from Ukraine border: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to pull thousands of troops from the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said ahead of key talks on a fragile truce in the ex-Soviet country....

UN documents shed light on African defence procurement

The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) recently released two documents that provide additional details of African defence procurement in 2013, including the numbers for some of the acquisitions that countries are known to...

Mefloquine – the military’s deadly malaria treatment

Developed by the US Army, the malaria preventative and treatment mefloquine, trade name Lariam, can cause strong psychotic reactions and has been implicated in several military incidents, including the Fort Bragg murder-suicides of 2002....

US Army receives first DAGIR from Lockheed

The US Army Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) has taken delivery of the first digital air ground integration range (DAGIR) from Lockheed Martin. …read more

Ukraine Puts Priority on Vehicle Protection

Responding to conflict in the country’s east, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is modernizing the military’s vehicle fleet, emphasizing improving vehicle protection. …read more

Army Should Build Ship-Killer Missiles: Rep. Randy Forbes

WASHINGTON: China has an arsenal of long-range ship-killing missiles, based on land but able to hit US warships hundreds of miles offshore. Now the chairman of the House seapower subcommittee suggests we give them...

Japan To Emphasize Military Mobility With MCV

Starting in 2016, Japan’s military will begin reshaping part of a tank fleet originally designed to repel a Soviet invasion from the north into a more mobile force aimed at a possible Chinese invasion...

France, UK Shaping Future Fleets

Britain and France this year will make major decisions about modernizing their armored vehicle fleets in projects worth billions of pounds and euros. …read more

South Africa Badger Testing Advances; 2016 Production Eyed

While most African countries remain focused on developing industrial capabilities to refurbish old military vehicles, the South African government has contracted local manufacturer Denel Land Systems (DLS) to supply 238 new Badger eight-wheel-drive infant...

Canadian Debate Continues: Wheels Vs. Tracks

The Canadian Army will soon begin work on a program to purchase more than CAN $1 billion (US $895 million) worth of armored support vehicles, but still faces the age-old military mobility debate: tracks...

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