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South Korea says North Korea fired projectile to sea (Associated Press, Defense News)

South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile to its eastern waters as it continued a recent streak of weapons tests apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over a stalled nuclear diplomacy.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday did not immediately say what the North fired or how far the weapon flew.

South Korea says North Korea fired projectile to sea (defensenews.com)

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Australian small boat with US comms package in testing for Marine Corps urgent need (Megan Eckstein, Defense News)

The mashup of an Australian small boat designed for safety and an American sensors and communications suite that helped Marines secure the Kabul airport during the August evacuation may help fill a capability gap as the U.S. Marine Corps eyes distributed operations in the Pacific.

Australia-based company the Whiskey Project is pitching its multimission reconnaissance craft (MMRC) as a way to meet the Marines’ needs to “sense first, see first and strike first” — in a craft with a low enough signature that it’s hard to detect, but has powerful organic and remote sensors and a communications package that can report back to decision-makers, company officials say.

Australian small boat with US comms package in testing for Marine Corps urgent need (defensenews.com)

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The US must separate nuclear deterrence from biological weapons (Christine Parthemore and Andy Weber, Defense News)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call in terms of the security, economic and public health devastation infectious diseases can cause.

In addition to the mass death and global disruption caused by the virus, and the indirect security consequences of those dynamics, there have also been direct consequences for security, including the sidelining of aircraft carriers, infection of heads of state and the quarantining of military leaders central to chains of command. For those tasked with addressing biological weapons threats, these effects continue to raise questions of whether some actors could be more likely to consider deliberately weaponizing diseases.

The US must separate nuclear deterrence from biological weapons (defensenews.com)

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Senate appropriators back 5 percent boost in defense spending for FY22 (Leo Shane III, Defense News)

Senate appropriators on Monday unveiled plans for about $24 billion in extra military spending this fiscal year above the president’s budget request, the latest blow for progressive lawmakers who hoped to significantly curb defense spending.

The move amounts to a 5 percent increase in defense spending for fiscal 2022 over last year, and brings the appropriations bill in line with planned spending outlined in the House and Senate drafts of the annual defense authorization bill.

Senate appropriators back 5 percent boost in defense spending for FY22 (defensenews.com)

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Israel’s Smart Shooter to pitch ‘one shot, one hit’ tech at European defense shows (Seth J. Frantzman, Defense News)

Smart Shooter is headed to France and Spain to pitch its fire control systems to governments interested in counter-drone technology and bolstering their homeland security forces. The Israeli company is known for its SMASH family of solutions, and has already arrived in Paris with its Smash 2000 Plus and Smash Hopper light remote-controlled weapon station.

The company’s SMASH family of solutions can be integrated onto assault rifles, and the business specializes in what it calls “one shot, one hit” capabilities to confront small UAV threats, meaning that the system controls the fire of the rifle so that each shot is released when the moving target is in the sight.

Israel’s Smart Shooter to pitch ‘one shot, one hit’ tech at European defense shows (defensenews.com)

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Northrop Grumman has developed a next-generation signals intelligence architecture (Mark Pomerlau, Defense News)

Northrop Grumman executives say the company is now offering a next-generation signals intelligence architecture that has won at least one contract.

Bill Thompson, director of Northrop’s signals intelligence operating unit, said the company wanted to update the legacy system it had been providing, the Airborne Signals Intelligence Platform.

Northrop Grumman has developed a next-generation signals intelligence architecture (defensenews.com)

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US, Georgia sign military training pact amid Russian threat on the Black Sea (Joe Gould, Defense News)

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Georgian counterpart on Monday signed an agreement to extend U.S.-led military training for the embattled Black Sea ally as part of the secretary’s trip through the region to reaffirm support for eastern allies on the front lines of Russian aggression.

The action came on the first leg of Austin’s trip, ahead of visits to other Black Sea allies Ukraine and Romania to deliver a message of “unwavering” support for their sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian threats. Since Russia’s war with Georgia, it has had a 13-year grip on Georgia’s breakaway territories, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, that Austin decried on Monday.

US, Georgia sign military training pact amid Russian threat on the Black Sea (defensenews.com)