Too few planners understand what special operators can do today

[ad_1] U.S. special operations forces have a unique role to play in today’s strategic competition with China and Russia, yet—outside a niche community—understanding of what SOF do is limited, outdated, and under-appreciated. It’s time that changed. For global security challenges that transcend traditional boundaries and cut across theaters and domains, Defense Department planners should look … Read more

South Korean ministry plans single-seat FA-50 investment

[ad_1] 06 May 2024 by Akhil Kadidal The single-seat KAI FA-50 project intends to replace the aircraft’s second cockpit and crewperson with an additional fuel tank to increase the type’s combat radius. (KAI) South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has announced a plan to fund the development of the single-seat … Read more

US SOCOM and Marine Corps test new Polaris MRZR Alpha 6×6

[ad_1] An undisclosed number of Polaris Government and Defense MRZR Alpha 6×6 vehicles have been purchased by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) as part of a test and evaluation programme, company officials have confirmed. Speaking to Shephardahead of SOF Week 2024, a company official confirmed MRZR Alpha 6×6 … Read more

Russia says neutralised 20 drones, 2 missiles

[ad_1] Russia on Thursday said it had neutralized 20 drones and two ballistic missiles in areas bordering Ukraine, including Rostov where its command headquarters for the Ukraine offensive is located. “During the night, several terrorist attacks by the Kyiv regime were foiled,” the defence ministry said. It said it had neutralized 20 drones — 16 … Read more

How to monitor North Korean nuclear violations after Russia’s UN veto

[ad_1] For 14 years, a U.N. panel of experts documented evidence of North Korea’s nuclear violations and monitored U.N. member states’ enforcement of sanctions. Now, thanks to Russia’s veto of the annual reauthorization of that panel, this window into Pyongyang’s activity has been closed. Russia’s action eliminates an important means to induce international action against … Read more

US Army deploys midrange missile for first time in Philippines

[ad_1] The Mid-Range Capability missile has landed in Luzon, Philippines, as part of the Salaknib exercise taking place there, marking the first deployment of the new capability deemed vital for the U.S. Army’s strategy in the region. The 1st Multi-Domain Task Force brought the MRC weapon to the country on April 11, traveling more than … Read more

Austin speaks with Chinese counterpart in latest reopening of talks

[ad_1] U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke Tuesday morning with China’s minister of defense — the highest level of military communications to resume between the two countries. In a readout of the call, the Pentagon said they discussed the war in Ukraine, North Korea, operating in the South China Sea and U.S. policy toward … Read more

Anduril pairs with Korean shipbuilder to design new unmanned platforms

[ad_1] U.S. defense tech company Anduril Industries and South Korean shipbuilder HD Hyundai Heavy Industries said they’re teaming up to reimagine and expand American and allied seapower. The collaboration could take many forms, including pairing current Anduril software capabilities with Hyundai’s manned and unmanned platforms, according Anduril Chief Strategy Officer Christian Brose, who told Defense … Read more

Silvus and Kagwerks marry radios, chest rigs for battle communications

[ad_1] Defense contractors Silvus Technologies and Kagwerks unveiled a combination of their products they said will reduce the burden of gear on troops while also streamlining battlefield communications. The companies on April 16 rolled out their Dismounted Operator’s Combat Kit StreamCaster line of products, which marries a mobile ad-hoc network radio, a ruggedized tablet and … Read more

Air Force to get a head start on GPS, target tracking efforts

[ad_1] The Air Force is using new authority from Congress to get a head start on two development efforts yet to be approved as part of a formal budget cycle. Details on the programs are classified, but one is a Space Force initiative to improve the resilience of GPS satellites and the second is an … Read more