Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:33
Indo-US military ties are closer than ever as America’s re-balance policy in the strategic Asia Pacific region is complimenting India’s Act East policy, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today as he praised India for helping strengthen Vietnam’s military capabilities.
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 06:36
The global defense trade increased at a record pace last year, with the value of the market expanding by $6.6 billion to be worth $65 billion in 2015, according to a new report by IHS Jane's. The U.S. held the top spot as the world's largest exporter, supplying $22.9 billion worth of defense equipment up from $12.9 billion in 2009.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 06:33
The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, will soon complete an assessment that is expected to call for more U.S. troops than the Obama Administration has planned. Current policy calls for reducing the U.S. presence in Afghanistan from today’s 9,800 troops to 5,500 by the end of this year. Security has deteriorated sharply since the U.S. ended its official combat role in 2014, however, and Nicholson is expected to favor slower U.S. drawdowns. If so, the general is right. But what’s needed isn’t a slower timetable for withdrawals – it’s the end of timetables altogether.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 06:22
Opaque, unaccountable defense spending threatens to derail the global development agenda. If the United Nations and its member states are serious about implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, they’re going to have to abandon their exceptional treatment of the defense sector and start asking what countries really spend on their militaries.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 07:21
The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year -- more, that is, than was spent at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 07:30
Denmark will strengthen its military contingent in Afghanistan with both personnel and investment to receive a boost in numbers. The current Danish presence of 80 people, who are primarily tasked with providing advice, support and training to the Afghan security forces, will be boosted by a further 16 military employees.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 07:09
The kidnapped son of Pakistan's ex-Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has been rescued in Afghanistan in a joint Afghan-US special forces operation. Pakistani officials said Ali Haider Gilani would be transferred to Pakistan after undergoing medical checks.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 06:39
The House Armed Services Committee’s defense policy bill, passed April 28, tees up clashes with the Senate and the Pentagon, chiefly over a plan altering the use of the wartime overseas contingency operations (OCO) account.
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 06:08
The Intercept recently revealed Erik Prince’s attempts to sell military services in Libya and other countries in Africa. He has done so even though his newest company, Frontier Services Group (FSG), has repeatedly stated that it only provides non-military, logistics, and aviation services, and if Prince is selling military services he is doing it strictly on his own, without their knowledge or approval.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 06:23
" We request that you require the Department of Defense to provide your Committee and the public with an annual, comprehensive, country-level budget justification for the approximately $10 billion in military assistance DOD provides to foreign governments."