25 Oct 2018

Italy plans to slash half a billion dollars from defense in 2019

“Italy will cut €450 million (U.S. $512.3 million) from its planned defense spending in 2019 by suspending helicopter and missile purchases and canceling an office move by the defense ministry to help shore up social welfare and tax cuts…Italy’s total outlay on defense in 2019 will be announced in parliament

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24 Oct 2018

Lockheed’s $15 Billion Saudi Deal at Risk After Khashoggi Death

“Lockheed Martin Corp.’s potential $15 billion sale to Saudi Arabia of its Thaad air-defense system may be the unfinished deal most vulnerable to growing congressional demands to stop providing arms to the desert kingdom after the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi. It also underscores that the $110 billion package of

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24 Oct 2018

The military could see big spending changes if Democrats win control of Congress

“In July, as lawmakers were putting the final touches on a $716 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2019, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus unveiled their own plans to severely slash Pentagon spending. The plan called for reductions in the base Pentagon budget, eliminating overseas contingency spending and ‘achieving

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23 Oct 2018

Here’s The Pentagon’s Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

An early draft from the Pentagon has sketched out a possible trajectory for the creation of a Space Force. The plan would see the movement of some service members from the Air Force, Navy, and Army into the force, while excluding “the transfer of [the] strategic intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance mission

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19 Oct 2018

3 Years After Attacks on Ukraine Power Grid, BlackEnergy Successor Poses Growing Threat

Researchers are calling “GreyEnergy,” an offshoot of the BlackEnergy group that conducted a massive cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015, an emerging threat to the Central and Eastern European power grid. Security firm ESET has released a report describing the group’s activities as focused on reconnaissance and espionage

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18 Oct 2018

Oil’s Most Dangerous Black Markets

“Much production is in volatile regions, and it comes as little surprise that production and trade in crude oil and refined petroleum products have produced a flourishing illicit market that presents socioeconomic, geopolitical, and environmental challenges, including deterioration of the rule of law. Oil is still the world’s leading energy

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16 Oct 2018

The answer to battlefield logistics problems could be IoT

“Global investment in the internet of things, or IoT, will top $15 trillion by 2025, according to analysts at Business Insider. The Defense Logistics Agency estimates more than 20 billion IoT devices will be in use by 2020 in homes, businesses and government, and the agency sees a military opportunity

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16 Oct 2018

NATO’s rapid reaction force coming into its own as an interoperability testbed

“NATO’s growing deterrence posture is pushing the allies’ interoperability problems to the fore in ways not seen since the Cold War years, but with a twist. It is less a matter of corps-to-corps identification of issues between the allies and more about what works or does not work in very

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16 Oct 2018

Reported L3, Harris merger would create seventh largest defense firm in the world

“A reported merger between L3 and Harris would create the seventh-largest defense company in the world, one which could become a prohibitive favorite for military communication contracts coming from the Pentagon. The potential deal, first reported Saturday by the Wall Street Journal, would be positioned as a merger of two

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12 Oct 2018

All US F-35s grounded worldwide

“The Pentagon announced Thursday it is grounding its entire fleet of F-35s, just days after the first crash of an F-35B led investigators to suspect there is a widespread problem with the advanced fighter’s fuel tubes. ‘The U.S. Services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the

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