A day after meeting with President Trump at the White House, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg discussed the unique challenges of a time when the line between peace and war is increasingly unclear.
“Before, it was easy to distinguish whether it was war or peace,” the Secretary General stated, during a talk on Thursday, at George Washington University. Now “there is a much more blurred line between peace and war,” he said, observing that in past conflicts, war occurred in identifiable geographical areas, and within defined periods of time.
In its recently updated “The Market for Strike Missiles” analysis, Forecast International notes the steadily increasing use of precision-guided munitions in military operations. During Operation Desert Storm, PGMs made up only 10 percent of the total air-launched weapons used. The figure increased to 31 percent after the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003). The use of PGMs reached a pinnacle during NATO’s air campaign over Libya in 2011: 100 percent of the munitions expended were precision guided. Continue reading →
On the evening of Friday July 15, an event occurred in Turkey that during the four decades prior to the new millennium would have been considered de rigueur inside the country: a military-led coup d’etat. Only this time the effort failed, unlike previous such efforts (1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997), which proved successful. Continue reading →
U.S. Army 120mm M121 (Soltam K-6) Mortar in Action Source: DoD
Like its European counterpart, the international market for mortars remains generally static. As the large number of World War II-era weapons still in active service clearly demonstrates, the simple, robust mortar often outlasts several generations of owners and users. The wide availability of serviceable old mortars continues to hinder significant investment in new production. Continue reading →
As there is a growing desire to shift our dependence from fossil fuels to renewable energies, the construction of wind farms has become a priority for many countries, especially in Europe. The Netherlands in particular has undertaken the development of Gemini, a large offshore wind farm located off the coast of Groningen. With the recent installation of the 50th turbine, the Gemini project has passed an important milestone. Continue reading →
2015 was another record year for Arianespace, with the launch consortium posting revenues of EUR1.44 billion. During the year, the company signed orders for 33 launches worth EUR2.5 billion, which increased its order backlog to EUR5.3 billion.
As the crisis in Ukraine unfolded in 2014, risk perceptions stirred across the European continent. Defense policy reassessments and heightened security footing skewed depending on geography, but across Europe in general there was a sense of renewed threat emanating from Russia. Continue reading →
AgustaWestland, now Finmeccanica-Helicopters, Lynx Wildcat. Source – U.K. Ministry of Defence
Under Finmeccanica’s latest “One Company” restructuring effort (effective January 1, 2016), the firm is now focused on the helicopters; aeronautics; space; and catchall electronics, defense, and security systems sectors. The company serves these sectors through seven divisions formed from the legacy companies of AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex ES, Oto Melara, and WASS. Previously, the headquarters of Finmeccanica acted as more of a holding company for the aforementioned operating brands. The aim of the restructuring effort is to cut costs by removing areas of duplication in areas such as R&D and to divest unprofitable activities across the board. Continue reading →
As the crisis in Ukraine unfolded in 2014, risk perceptions stirred across the European continent. Defense policy reassessments skewed depending on geography, but across Europe, there was a sense of renewed threat emanating from Russia.
The Czech Republic Ministry of Defense unveiled plans on April 28 for the expansion of its armed forces from the current size of 16,600 personnel to upwards of a 27,000-strong military by 2025. Further, according to local daily Mladá fronta DNES, the Czech government may revisit the practice of conscription, which had officially been scrapped by Prague on December 31, 2004.