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The Most Recently Promoted

New Russian general and flag officer promotees have been added to the list. They show 12/13/2014 for a date of rank. KZ ran a copy Putin’s ukaz. Some notes: The Pacific Fleet commander put...

ACAD-II-Photos

Logistical Information Media Registration Form(PDF) Participants Registration Form(PDF) Dr.Spanta’s Speech Agenda Conference Report(Soon) Video Clips (Soon) List of Participants Afghanistan-Central Asia Dialogue – II Afghanistan-Central Asia Dialogue – II 13-14 December 2014 Photos …read...

Papua New Guinea’s vanishing LNG export boom

PNG must adjust to lower LNG/oil prices to avoid a crisis. The PNG LNG project is still extremely important but many of the benefits of the production phase of the project have vanished because...

One Robot To Rule Them All

By standardizing too soon, the US Army risks missing the next new thing. Citing budgetary restraints and interoperability challenges, the US Army last month announced plans to scale back its robotics program, and transition...

Geolocating Tunisian Jihadists in Raqqa

Earlier this week a video was posted online showing Tunisian Jihadists claiming responsibility for the murders of two Tunisian secular politicians in 2013. It was claimed that the video was filmed in territory controlled...

Revanchism – Russians – Justice

This report provides a current analysis of foreign policy perceptions in Russia, and in particular within… …read more Read more here:: Center for Military Studies (Policy)

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offers Congress its most significant single opportunity to weigh in on defense policy issues. The bill authorizes funding levels, military end strength, and personnel levels, as well as...

Back next week, and back next year

Like much of Australia, The Interpreter is winding down for the Christmas-New Year break. We will be back for the first half of next week with less-than-the-usual number of posts, and after Christmas we...

ASPI suggests: Christmas edition

We’re kicking off the last round-up for 2014 with peek into the new year: our colleagues at CSIS have predicted five events that will shape Southeast Asia in 2015 including a ruling on the...

China: Lines blur between nuclear and conventional warfighting

China recently tested its WU-14 hypersonic device, marking its third flight test this year. These tests have elicited analysis for their impact on Beijing’s military capabilities, including their potential to break through missile defences....

The information war, or, editors as gatekeepers

Police reporting—a catalogue of the worst crime, murders and personal tragedies occupying our underworld—was big in the 1980s. So I knew I was being given a break when told I’d be spending a couple...

How Myanmar’s presidency will be won (part 2)

In my previous post, I discussed using the Presidential Electoral College (PEC; comprised of three groups of MPs: one from each house and one composed of military members) as a way of monitoring lobbying...

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