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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

U.S.-S.Korean THAAD joint working group formed

A U.S.-South Korean joint working group to discuss deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) has been formed but S.Korean experts unclear on likelihood of its deployment.

US Sends Navy Warships to West Philippine Sea to Confront China

In response to China's disposal of an abandoned Filipino ship in Jackson Atoll to protect the marine environment, the United States Navy has sent an aircraft carrier and a fleet of warships with its 7,000 sailors to the West Philippine Sea.

China to announce lowest defense budget rise in six years

China to release its lowest military budget increase in six years following last year's announcement of a slimmer military.

Japan Halts Work On New US Military Base In Okinawa

Japan temporarily halted work on a controversial new US military base in southern Okinawa as talks continue with local officials opposed to the project.

Australia To Build New Naval Fleet in $65B Package

Australia has announced an AUS $89 billion (US $65 billion) shipbuilding package to construct new frigates and patrol boats locally, with a decision on an international supplier for replacement submarines to be made "in coming months."

Governments and 21st Century Technology to Control Civil Unrest

The level of police brutality varies and grows in some countries and so does the weapons of choice to disperse demonstrations. The problem is not weapons, it's organisation.

Saudi Arabia is on Nuclear and Weapon Shopping Spree

As the US-Iran nuclear talks wind to their conclusion, Saudi Arabia is on a shopping spree and loading up on nuclear and weapons inking deals with United States, France, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, Pakistan and Argentina.

Bankrupt gunmaker Colt is ‘now in a free-fall Chapter 11’

Bankrupt gun maker Colt Holdings has reached an agreement with its bondholders that will postpone the company's rush into a controversial sale to its current private equity owner while also providing much-needed cash.

Establishing Russian military base in Cyprus out of the question — Cyprus FM

The foreign minister stressed that Cyprus’ seaports and airports can be used by Russian warships and warplanes in non-military operations.

Russia in Talks With Iran on Tor-M1 Missile System Modernization

Russia’s Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol is in talks with Iran on modernizing the short range Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile defense systems.

Special Ops To Assume Greater NATO Responsibilities

NATO is incorporating special operations into all aspects of its operations and training due to Russia's annexation of Crimea and the ISIS threat.

How US pinpoints targets in air war

Before coalition aircraft bomb ISIS in Syria and Iraq, an array of US surveillance planes, satellites and spies on the ground gather intelligence to help pinpoint targets and provide a picture of the battlefield. Here is a basic outline of how America and its allies scoop up intelligence to guide the bombing raids, without a large ground force.

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