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Since the financial crisis first plunged European budgets into the red, pundits have declared with mechanical persistence that "the time has finally come" for a fundamental shake-up of the EU’s defence initiatives. Each of these "epochs", usually coinciding with a...
Poland is unique among major European states in that its most pressing defence priority is homeland security. Relatively recent memories of Nazi and Soviet domination are kept alive by assertive rumblings from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Knowing it cannot counter Russia’...
Bucking the European trend, Poland is expected to increase its annual defence budget by around 2 percent to 32 billion zloty (US $10.4 billion) in 2014. The record-breaking budget is the largest the Polish Ministry of Defence has ever had at its disposal.
Poland plans to consolidate its defence industry by creating the Polish Armaments Group, according to Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The new group will bring together the stat-owned actors in the sector including Huta Stalowa Wola, Wojskowe Zaklady Remontowo-Produkcyj...
Poland has set aside $43 billion for its defence budget over the next ten years, marking the largest boost in military spending in its history. The new budget will see a record-breaking 7% increase in spending year-on-year with the 2013 budget now standing at $9.5 bil...
It really is a pleasure to be at RUSI once again and to have the opportunity of discussing such an important issue and at such an appropriate moment. And, to those from industry, I’m very glad that this event is focusing on you, and your businesses. Focusing on th...
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...
Chris Markey is the Chairman of the Defence Forum of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT). He provides advice and consultancy support in both commercial and defence sectors, primarily on supply chain and logistic issues. Ahead of his pre...
Defence related research and development (R&D) is a vital component of Europe’s technical industrial base. It not only provides the technological solutions that will power the next generation of high-performance platforms, but also contributes to the feedback loop...
Defence news: In a new Government White Paper entitled ‘Better Defence Acquisition’, the MOD has announced how it expects to save £200 million a year under new contract rules designed to allow for greater transparency in defence procurement. However, the question for...
European defence is still ailing from the ravages of the financial crisis. As operational performance in Libya and continued capability cuts illustrate, many European militaries have failed their health-check. Inappropriately structured for today’s operational chal...
Japan has changed its constitution. Or, rather, has "reinterpreted" it. Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet announced recently that it approved the constitutional reinterpretation to allow Japan a "limited" right to collective self defence. The decision was taken to overturn a 67-...
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