26 November 2019   (Defense One)
The Russian military is soliciting proposals on the use of robotics in urban and coastal combat for review by its Combined Arms Academy, which prepares commissioned officers. The RiaNovosti state news agency says the initiative is designed to address “the virtual absence of a unified concept for the use of military robotics,” likely reflecting President Vladimir Putin’s push for more effective unmanned systems.
26 November 2019   (Reuters)
Alexander Mikheev, head of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state arms exporter, hopes to supply Turkey with more S-400 missile systems in the first half of 2020, a move which could further undermine U.S.-Turkey relations. The U.S. has suspended Turkey’s involvement in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, pointing out that the S-400s are incompatible with NATO defences.
26 November 2019   (United Press International)
A $97.3 million contract modification for production and support of U.S. Air and Missile Defense Radar systems has been awarded to Raytheon. Designed and deployed since the end of the Cold War, the systems have been regularly updated and augmented.
26 November 2019   (Defense News)
As the incumbent Conservative Party in the U.K. prepares for next month’s general election, its newly-release campaign platform throws little new light on plans for the British military and defence industries. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace dismiss suggestions that the Army and Royal Air Force could be reduced in size and that plans for two new aircraft carriers could be reconsidered.
26 November 2019   (Military Times)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs want a House of Representatives committee to fast-track draft legislation which would enable outside groups to provide some mental health services as a key to reducing veterans’ suicides. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie says there is an opportunity to get the measure approved by Christmas even as he says is a “standstill” by Democrat Representatives.
26 November 2019   (Military Times)
U.S. plans to draw down its military presence in Afghanistan apparently are being undermined by inadequate indigenous capabilities to handle a war in which air strikes are a key tactic. A report by the Department of Defence Inspector General says that no more than 7.5 percent of strikes by Afghan helicopters and turboprop ground support aircraft involved any of the 46 Afghan tactical air controllers and 24 air liaison officers who help to develop target and strike packages.
26 November 2019   (CBC)
New research at the University of California's Center for Climate Science points to the Arctic becoming “functionally free” of sea ice by September 2044 and no later than 2067. September is when the icepack isat its thinnest as the effect of summer heat builds up. The researchers say they have improved and narrowed past projections which had ranged from 2026 to 2132.
26 November 2019   (Weekly Reviewer)
Two months after President Donald Trump’s administration orders their withdrawal, U.S. forces have resumed large-scale counterterrorism missions against Daesh in northern Syria in response to intelligence that the militants were mounting a comeback. The Americans and the Syrian Kurd allies effectively abandoned by Trump have conducted large-scale sweeps about 200 kilometres south of the Turkish border.
26 November 2019   (BBC)
A collision between two Europcopter aircraft in Mali has killed 13 French military personnel during an operation against Islamist militants. The aircraft were an RC664 Tigre attack helicopter and an AS532 Cougar transport. France has 4,500 troops deployed to support the forces of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad against the militants.
25 November 2019   (U.S. Government Accountability Office)
The U.S. Government Accountability Office says some companies doing business with the Department of Defense have opaque ownership structures which could hide fraud and national security risks. Recommending the DOD include contractor ownership details in risk assessments, the GAO says the current policy could mean that foreign interests could gain access to sensitive information through U.S.-based companies.