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  • April 23,2015 by Richard de Silva
    Special Forces Technology: Most Wanted

    The newest and most innovative infantry equipment often lands in the hands of the Special Forces first. While demands are often not vastly different to regular services primarily the need to reduce weight, size, power burden and cost there are a few specific technologies that are being eyed to further revolutionise the way Special Operations are conducted. Some of the following are under assessment. Others may already be in use..

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  • April 20,2015 by Candyce Kelshall
    Terrorist groups are not terrorists. They’re violent transnational movements bent on creating a new world order

    The creation of a new world system – not just a change in the current system – is arguably the raison d'être behind the rise in transnational terrorist threats. The fact that groups like Al Shabaab, Boko Haram and ISIL persist despite degradation attempts might indicate that our approach is based on an outdated definition of these organisations.

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  • April 20,2015 by Candyce Kelshall
    Hitting ISIL where it hurts

    The functional and institutional nature of hybrid terrorist groups reveals one of the key ways in which we can understand the changing dynamic of current state threats. The closest analogy that may help us understand the success of these violent groups is that of functional state regionalism. These violent social groups form arguably for the same purpose – a retreat from globalisation and cultural/ideological respite. They are a social construct designed to help states define and safeguard identity. Using regionalism theory may help to understand the nature of these violent social movements. State centric theory cannot account for their behaviour as they transcend statism by their cross border viability and apparent immunity from conventional state response.

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  • April 13,2015 by Ambassador Curtis A. Ward
    Cuba and Venezuela: Assessing United States Sanctions in the Hemisphere

    In response to my recent article, Assessing the Security Agenda in United States–Caribbean Relations, I was asked to consider the current bilateral political issues between the United States and Venezuela and their implications for the Caribbean. As the Caribbean region is impacted by the political, economic, and security responses of the United States to the entire hemisphere, I could not isolate United States-Venezuela relations from other geopolitical issues in the region, in particular United States-Cuba rapprochement. Given the relationship between Cuba and Venezuela, it is paradoxical if not strangely coincidental that as relations between the United States and Venezuela deteriorate United States-Cuba relations are headed in the opposite direction.

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  • April 7,2015 by Cem Tuna

    Defence IQ is an authoritative news source for high quality and exclusive commentary and analysis on global defence and military-related topics. Since being created in 2009, our online community and military forum has rapidly grown to over 92,000 defence professionals.

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  • March 27,2015 by Richard de Silva
    Why medical support operations begin and end with communication

    Alongside the establishment of AFRICOM, the United States and other Western nations have placed greater focus on a “long war” against terrorism, which involves bolstering weak and failing states so that governments possess the security and public confidence to stave off grass-root insurgencies. Dr. Charles Beadling from the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) tells Defence IQ how the organisation and other parties are contributing to the Phase Zero concept through healthcare.

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  • March 23,2015 by Andrew Elwell
    UK opens new innovation hub to accelerate growth as part of Defence Growth Partnership

    The Defence Solutions Centre, a product of the UK’s Defence Growth Partnership (DGP), was officially opened today in Farnborough. The new centre has been designed to bring together the leading authorities and the “best minds” from across the defence industry to develop innovative and cutting edge products and services for the Ministry of Defence and international customers. The UK DSC will act as an important hub for collaboration on research, design and technology in the defence market. It’s been created to maintain the UK’s global market share in defence and help accelerate its innovation and manufacturing base.

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  • March 18,2015 by Defence IQ Press
    Top 10 arms importers

    Which countries are most reliant on defence and security equipment imports? According to SIPRI data, India is again the largest defence importer, accounting for 15% of global deals in the sector. That is treble Saudi Arabia and China’s imports, which are the second and third highest respectively.

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  • March 17,2015 by Defence IQ Press
    Top 10 arms exporters

    Which countries have the highest volume of defence and security equipment exports? According to SIPRI data, The EU countries saw a dramatic downscaling in defence industrial output, accounting for just 12% of global arms sales during the period 2010-2014, down by almost half in just four years when it was 21% for 2005-2009. China overtook Germany as the third largest arms dealer, accounting for 5% of total sales.

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  • March 9,2015 by Richard de Silva
    5 steps militaries must take before deploying medical support

    What does it take for a military to provide medical support during times of crisis? Deploying forces to areas hit by natural disasters, civil conflict or the outbreak of serious diseases is a mission that has become increasingly prioritised among those with the capability, but doing so requires careful strategy. In this unofficial, illustrative step-by-step guide, we look at some of the potential considerations that armed forces must explore prior to placing boots on the ground.

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  • February 27,2015 by Andrew Elwell
    Why the recruitment and transition of military leavers into commercial jobs matters

    Four years ago Chris Recchia, a partner at global professional services firm Deloitte and non-executive director of the Veterans Council, began receiving more and more calls from people in the military wanting to know how to forge a career in management consultancy after leaving the armed forces. The tempo of operations was beginning to wane as the drawdown from Afghanistan picked up pace and, with the government’s intention to trim Army numbers down to 82,000 by 2020, more people than ever were considering a life outside the military and their next career step.

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