28 Nov 2018

Japan to order 100 more F-35 fighters from US

Largely responding to China’s expanding capabilities and regional influence, as well as encouragement from President Trump, Japan is reportedly planning to order an additional 100 F-35 stealth fighter jets from the U.S., supplementing the 42 already planned. The additional planes will replace roughly the same number of F-15s currently in

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27 Nov 2018

Czech Republic to boost spending on land weapons in 2019

Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has announced the country’s plans to expand purchases for infantry fighting vehicles, helicopters, mobile air defense radars, and other systems as part of a broader effort to update its military’s inventory and replace older Russian weapons with more modern ones made locally and by its

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21 Nov 2018

State Department clears $944 million in missiles for Japan, NATO

“The U.S. State Department cleared a trio of foreign military sales Monday, with an eye on arming some of America’s closest partners. The potential sales, announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), include a package of SM-3 missiles for Japan at an estimated cost of $561 million, a tranche

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20 Nov 2018

Germany announces ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

“The German government has halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia and slapped a travel ban on a group of Saudi nationals in response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to news reports on Monday. German daily Die Welt reported that all exports of arms would be stopped, including deals

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16 Nov 2018

Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry

“Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry, with a long history and considerable ambition. Only three countries reached orbit before Japan did nearly half a century ago. Today, with questions about the reliability of relations with the United States (which some here view as a

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15 Nov 2018

These Companies Are Pitching AI to the U.S. Military

“While Silicon Valley workers continue to protest their employers selling artificial intelligence products to the U.S. military, the U.S. military is still looking to spend money on AI. The Army Research Lab, the Project Maven team, and the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will host technology companies later this month in

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15 Nov 2018

German prosecutors charge Chinese-born engineer in industrial espionage case

Prosecutors in Germany are charging a Chinese-born German national for stealing trade secrets in connection with his former position with chemicals firm Lanxess. German intelligence has warned firms that China may seek to uncover and export trade secrets and that it can be difficult to tell the difference betweens state

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14 Nov 2018

Pentagon to boost laser investments for missile defense

“The U.S. Defense Department is planning to increase investments in directed-energy systems used for missile defense over the next several budget cycles, according to the department’s top technology adviser. Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said Tuesday he expects to have usable directed-energy weaponry in the hands

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14 Nov 2018

US Air Force moves to fortify F-35 weak points against hacking

“The U.S. Air Force is devoting fresh energy to plugging cybersecurity holes in the F-35’s external support systems, as they are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers into the fifth-generation combat jet, according to a key service official. ‘It’s a software-based aircraft, and any software-based platform is going to

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13 Nov 2018

Rust Costs the Pentagon $21 Billion Per Year

“Rust costs the Pentagon more money annually than many of its most expensive weapons systems—up to $21 billion per year, according to a Defense Department-commissioned audit. The report indicates the corrosion of metals that make up modern weapons systems like fighter jets, ships, ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons can sometimes

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