NEWS BRIEFS: INTERNATIONAL
14 March 2019 (NATO)
On 14 March, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented his Annual Report for 2018. The report, he says, shows that NATO continues to modernize.
13 March 2019 (CTV News)
The Russian military has commissioned more than 1,000 new aircraft and thousands of tanks in the past few years in a massive modernization effort amid tensions with the West, the nation's defence minister said Monday.
13 March 2019 (Breaking Defense)
The U.S. Navy plans to request a record $205.6 billion topline budget for 2020, money that will be pumped into ramped-up operations, buying new subs, destroyers and aircraft while pushing the fleet above the 300-ship mark for the first time since the early 2000s.
13 March 2019 (The New York Times)
President Trump announced that the United States was grounding Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, reversing an earlier decision by American regulators to keep the jets flying in the wake of a second deadly crash involving one of the jets in Ethiopia.
12 March 2019 (OCanada.com)
In defiance of President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday invited NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint meeting of Congress to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic alliance.
11 March 2019 (Janes Defence Weekly)
Russia will continue to confront the US and its allies across the domains of the modern battlespace but will actively aim to prevent war according to a speech given by Russia's Chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, at Russia's Academy of Military Sciences in Moscow on 4 March.
11 March 2019
China, Ethiopia and Indonesia have grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft while a number of airlines across the world are carrying out safety measures on the jets following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board.
8 March 2019 (The Telegraph)
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, says that the British Army must demand both mental and physical fitness if it wants to legitimately claim to "be the best", and he suggests it has been slow to implement full mental health training.
8 March 2019 (Breaking Defense)
A “loyal wingman” drone designed to carry weapons, jam radars, and if need be take a hit and die to save their human commander, made its first flight earlier this week. The XQ-58A Valkyrie was built by Kratos, a mid-sized defence firm with big ambitions for the drone market.
7 March 2019 (The News Minute)
Chinese hackers have targeted over two dozen universities in the US and Canada in an apparent bid to steal key maritime military research, The Wall Street Journal has reported. All the universities targeted, either studied underwater technology or had faculty with relevant backgrounds.