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A Kiss for European Common Defense

“Meanwhile, common European defence plans were laid to rest in a bottom drawer” reports realcleardefense.com. Defence remains a national competency, and it is unlikely that a proper lone-standing European defense force is within reach—and political will—anytime soon.PESCO will allow the participating states to take on major plans to develop overall European defense capabilities and on a long-term outlook create EU-wide units and capacities accessible to every state participating. Source: realcleardefense.com Share This:

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UK and France may drift apart after Britain leaves EU – former ambassador

“Britain and France are in danger of drifting apart as a result of Brexit, undermining defence and security cooperation, according to Lord Ricketts, a former UK national security adviser and former ambassador to France” writes Ewen Macaskill for theguardian.com. He was speaking before a security summit on Thursday between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron at the Sandhurst military academy.Ricketts, who was ambassador from 2012 to 2016, issued the warning in a paper for the London-based defence thinktank the Royal United Services Institute, published on Monday. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Russia uses missiles and cyber warfare to fight off ‘swarm of drones’ attacking military bases in Syria

“The Russian military says it has fought an attack by a swarm of drones launched by jihadists against its bases in Syria” writes James Kirkup for telegraph.co.uk. Thirteen attack drones were launched against the Khmeimim air base and a naval facility in the city of Tartus on Syria’s western coast, the Russian defence ministry said.Russian forces shot down seven of the drones with anti-aircraft missiles while the other six were hacked by a cyberware unit and taken under Russian control, the ministry said. The attack appears to be the largest…

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson ‘wins compromise over defence spending’

“Gavin Williamson is on the brink of winning his first major battle as Defence Secretary as a spending review is set to be postponed following an outcry over proposed cuts to troop numbers” writes Gordon Rayner for telegraph.co.uk. Theresa May is expected to order a national security and defence review to be split in two, with the security element of the review proceeding as planned but the defence section put back by months.Mr Williamson, together with a vocal group of backbench MPs from all parties, has argued that any further…

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Market report: Ultra Electronics torpedoed by fears of delayed MoD review 

“Shares in troubled defence contractor Ultra Electronics were torpedoed yesterday on fears that the Government will delay its defence review, leaving future earnings hanging in the balance” writes Tom Rees for telegraph.co.uk. Its shares were also put under pressure by City analysts at both Berenberg and JPMorgan trimming their price targets.Berenberg analyst Charlotte Keyworth told clients to brace for management to deliver another gloomy outlook for 2018, adding that more earnings downgrades were likely. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Law Minister speaks out after social media users criticise judge, defence lawyer in Annie Ee case

“A large number of people had also criticised the sentencing of the two culprits, as well as the work of defence lawyer Josephus Tan” writes Jessica Lin for businessinsider.sg. Singapore’s Minister for Law K Shanmugam has spoken out against online criticism of a judge and defence lawyers in the Annie Ee case. Source: businessinsider.sg Share This:

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Ministry of Defence pledges to back arms companies’ export sales and draw in small businesses to the sector

“Measures to make it easier for companies in the defence sector to sell their products abroad and get more smaller companies involved in the sector will be unveiled later today” writes Alan Tovey for telegraph.co.uk. Gavin Williamson, the new Secretary of State for Defence, will reveal a “refresh” of the defence industrial policy, looking at how the Ministry of Defence’s £18.7bn annual spend on new kit can help Britain’s arms industry expand and deliver wider economic benefits to the UK. The MoD plans to engage with businesses earlier, helping them…

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Japan to expand missile defences in response to North Korea threat

“Japan formally decided on Tuesday it would expand its ballistic missile defence system with US made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors in response to a growing threat from North Korean rockets” writes Tim Kelly for independent.co.uk. North Korea on tested a new, more powerful ballistic missile on 29 November – that it says can hit major US cities including Washington, and fly over Japan’s current defence shield.”The threat posed to our country by North Korea’s nuclear and missile development has reached a new stage,” the defence ministry said in a…

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Pentagon admits running secret UFO investigation for five years

“The Pentagon has acknowledged that it ran a secret UFO investigation program for five years, wrapping up in 2012 when US defence officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities” reports theguardian.com. Its initial funding came largely at the request of former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat long known for his enthusiasm for space phenomena, the newspaper said.But the Pentagon was less clear about whether the UFO program continues to hover somewhere in the vast universe of the US defence establishment. “The DoD takes seriously all threats…

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Ottawa to buy fleet of 30-year-old fighter jets from Australia in snub to US

“Canada will purchase a fleet of 30-year-old F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets from Australia amid an escalating trade dispute with the US. Plans to buy a newer fleet of 18 Boeing Super Hornets were ditched after the US imposed an 80% tariff on imports of Bombardier passenger aircraft and Canada will instead spend about $500m on the fleet of vintage RAAF planes” writes Guardian Staff for theguardian.com. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, told ABC News the Australian jets would be an adequate stopgap measure…

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