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Pentagon Implements F-35 Engine Fixes

Engineers with the Pentagon’s F-35 program are implementing a series of short- and long-term fixes to the aircraft’s engine problems. …read more

Putin’s Playing with Russian Nationalism Already Backfiring

Staunton, October 31 – Like so many Moscow leaders before him, Vladimir Putin’s incautious and insensitive playing with Russian nationalism is backfiring in his multi-national country, raising questions about how well he understands its...

New East-West Tensions Leave Kaliningrad Out in the Cold

Staunton, October 31 – The situation of Kaliningrad, the non-contiguous part of the Russian Federation, has long been “a headache” for the Kremlin, but the recent rise in East-West tensions has so exacerbated the...

Conglomerates or Alliances?

The defense industry may not be headed for another merger wave, but something much more interesting. Bankers, lawyers, and other business advisors have been waiting for years for that coming wave of mergers amongst...

Recorders against the regime

“No matter how much the regime attempts to seal off the [South] Korean Wave, North Korean people continue to find new ways to penetrate the walls. One of the devices that allow North Koreans...

Congress, midterms and the TPP

US mid-terms elections will take place on 4November, with polls suggesting the Republicans will re-take control of the Senate. President Obama’s next steps on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), what his Administration says is...

ASPI suggests

Kicking off today is Russia’s attempt to cosy up to Indonesia. A week after President Joko Widodo was inaugurated, the Russian government announced it’ll support Jokowi’s maritime policies and offer Indonesia ‘various types of...

Reader response: Northern Australia

Andrew Davies invited a response to his recent post on Northern Australia. So I thought I would provide one. My sense is that the whole country was a ‘power projection’ base in World War...

The global proliferation of Chinese drones

In November of every other year, aviation experts descend on the Chinese city of Zhuhai for a rare look at the future of China’s air power. Over the last ten years, the International Aviation...

Australia and the AIIB: A lost opportunity

The debate about whether Australia should join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has gone beyond the realm of economic development and investment to hit at the core of Australia’s apparent security dilemma. The...

A maritime denial role for the Army

Earlier this month Army released a discussion paper on a Joint Archipelagic Manoeuvre Concept. It’s a brief document, so probably still a work in progress. An idea at its heart—the support of air and...

Movie trailer: Zero Motivation

Zero Motivation is an office comedy set in the Israeli Defense Force, and the trailer is a gem: [youtube:SV4ptfyaQFA] Looks like the movie itself measures up too, judging by the reviews. It started showing...

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