The Strategic Compass for the EU’s security and defence policy, to be adopted in 2022, must generate immediate action. The best way of ensuring that is to prepare new capability initiatives and, potentially, new operational engagements now, so that they can be launched simultaneously with the Strategic Compass. In that light, “the development of an initial-entry force as a pool of Member State forces that train and exercise together and are made available to the EU” (as summarised in an EEAS working paper), is one of the most promising ideas on the table. How to make it work?
An Indonesian Airforce’s F-16 Jet Fighter flies over Indonesian navy warship during an operation in Natuna islands, in the South China Sea in January 2020 [File: M Risyal Hidayat/Antara via Reuters]
Indonesia’s navy has increased patrols around its Natuna islands in the South China Sea after Chinese and US vessels were detected nearby in international waters, despite saying there the vessels had not caused any disturbance, a navy official said.
Five navy vessels, assisted by an air patrol, have been deployed in North Natuna Sea to secure the area, Indonesian Navy western fleet commander Arsyad Abdullah told reporters on Thursday.
Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton, who is visiting the US, said on Thursday that Australia will also be ‘significantly enhancing’ cooperation with the US on the development of missiles and explosive ordnance [File: Peter Parks/AFP]
Australia has announced that more US troops will rotate through the island nation and that the allies will cooperate on missile development, the latest joint steps amid shared concerns about China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
Australia earlier announced a three-way alliance with the United States and Britain in which Canberra will acquire nuclear-powered submarines, enraging France whose own key contract for conventional submarines was scrapped.
La Corea del Nord ha lanciato il 15 settembre due missili balistici al largo della costa orientale, non uno come detto in precedenza. Lo hanno riferito le forze armate sudcoreane, due giorni dopo che il Nord ha affermato di aver testato un nuovo missile da crociera nel suo primo test sulle armi in sei mesi. I due missili balistici lanciati da un sito nella regione centrale sono volati verso laorientale della penisola coreana mercoledì pomeriggio, ha dichiarato il capo di stato maggiore della Corea del Sud in una nota.
L’operazione di trasferimento del personale afghano in Italia “non si è conclusa”. Lo ha annunciato questa mattina in audizione alle commissioni Esteri e Difesa della Camera, il generale Luciano Portolano, alla testa del Comando operativo di vertice interforze (COVI) che ha gestito le operazioni di evacuazione da Kabul.
“Siamo in contatto con quasi tutti i collaboratori della Difesa, ma anche con tutti coloro che hanno fatto richiesta di aiuto, ma che non è stato possibile evacuare a causa del deterioramento delle condizioni di sicurezza sul terreno e dalle limitazioni imposte dal breve arco temporale in cui si è svolta l’operazione. Ciò in previsione di eventuali attività future che dovessero svilupparsi al miglioramento delle condizioni.
Leonardo ha annunciato il lancio del Team AW149 UK, la sua catena di fornitura onshore per l’elicottero AW149. Con oltre 70 aziende provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Galles e Irlanda del Nord, la catena di fornitura AW149 di Leonardo rappresenta uno spaccato del meglio dell’ingegneria e della produzione britannica.
Al Salone DSEI 2021 in corso a Londra Leonardo ha messo in luce nove di queste aziende, che stanno tutte supportando l’AW149 come “la scelta del Regno Unito” per il requisito del New Medium Helicopter del Ministero della Difesa.
The Marines are looking for a few older people—at least, a few years older than typical recruits. That’s because the Corps will need troops with new combinations of tech skills and mature judgment to meet the challenges and threats expected by 2030, according to the service’s trainer-in-chief.
“If we think about what the commandant is asking us to do as part of the inside force—a force that will live, compete, contest, and then have to possibly transition to crisis and conflict later on—we need very, very intelligent Marines,” Lt. Gen. Kevin Iiams, who leads the Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command, said during Defense One’s State of Defense event Thursday.
Just after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Gen. Mark Milley faced an impossible choice: should he allow President Trump to retain sole authority to start nuclear war, or should he intervene to block such an order?
Convinced that Trump had suffered “serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election,” Gen. Milley decided to intervene, ordering his staff to come to him if they received a strike order from the president.
The British Army is crafting its new Land Industrial Base Strategy, meant to move the service toward a more collaborative relationship with industry as it develops a force capable of fighting on the future battlefield, according to Col. Tobias Lambert, the British Army’s assistant head of industrial strategy.
“The challenge for me is working out how we grease the wheels of the machinery that allows us to work in concert from strategic planning … through the delivery and through life [cycle] management of our capabilities, through how we partner internationally, work collaboratively and do exports,” Lambert said at the DSEI defense exhibition in London on Sept. 15.