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Odierno Leaves Legacy of Uncertainty to Next Army Chief

When Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno retires this fall, he leaves to his successor a legacy of uncertainty in end strength, modernization, funding and the service’s role in an increasingly volatile world....

Litany of problems keep Iraqi army weak

Iraq’s leadership was indignant after US accusations that its forces lack the will to fight but assessments of the army’s ability suggest the rank-and-file have reasons to shy from battle. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter...

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

Russia was conducting huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a NATO drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region. The snap check launched on the orders...

US Army’s mid-tier radio advances battlefield network

With vehicles that are equipped with a new high-bandwidth networking radio, Soldiers can move across the battlefield, rapidly exchanging mission-critical voice messages, images and video with their commanders. Using line-of-sight communications waveforms that are...

Israeli Navy expands role of RHIB unit

The Israeli Navy is assigning more offensive roles to one of its three fast inflatable boat units that are traditionally used for port security missions, a senior naval source said on 27 May. The...

Canada releases second Defence Acquisition Guide

Canada has released the second edition of its Defence Acquisition Guide (DAG) long-term procurement planning document and formally confirmed that it will stand up a third-party panel to “review and validate” projects valued at...

India looks likely to scrap multi-calibre rifle contest

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is likely to scrap its 2011 tender for 66,000 multi-calibre assault rifles after four overseas vendors failed to meet the Indian Army’s qualitative requirements (QRs) in user trials that...

The future of arms control in Europe

Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) may well sound the death knell for a pact that has more or less remained intact since the Cold War. So where...

SASC Pushes Bigger Army Role In Pacific Vs. China

WASHINGTON: The Senate Armed Services Committee has joined the push to give the Army a much larger role in the Pacific. The hard part, ironically, may be getting the Army to go along. Why...

European Cross-Border Cooperation

Rheinmetall is set to play an important role in developing a new wheeled armoured vehicle for the Polish armed forces. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) has just signed a cooperation agreement with Polish...

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