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Analysis: Top 15 most modern main battle tanks MBTs in the world (armyrecognition.com)

Army Recognition is presenting the 15 most modern main battle tanks currently in production or ready for series production to date (27 November 2018), a list that excludes the light and medium tanks of the 25-35-ton class except one, the Argentinian TAM 2IP, to have a South-American tank in the list. Other light and medium tanks would deserve to appear in this list, as they became or become operational during these last years, the most recent one being the Turkish-Indonesian Kaplan-Harimau … (read more)

Industry

Here’s how the Trump administration plans to increase American weapon sales abroad (defensenews.com)

WASHINGTON — As part of a broader push from the Trump administration to sell more weapons abroad, the U.S. State Department is planning to increase the size of its staff who handles arms transfers, roll out new changes to its International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR, restricted list and create new methods of financing foreign arms procurement, among other changes.

In July, the State Department announced it was implementing the new Conventional Arms Transfer policy, or CAT, per direction from the Trump administration. The announcement was criticized by some in industry as not having much … (read more)

army

The Army Is Slowly Building a New Way to Wage War (nationalinterest.org)

The Army is evaluating a series of emerging intelligence analysis technologies intended to integrate and organize a range of input sources to include drone videos, satellite imagery, enemy movement information, terrain data and crucial elements of battle planning.

Part of the initiative is aimed at leveraging the most advanced computer processing speeds, data analysis and technologies designed to synthesize information from otherwise disparate nodes. Bringing this to fruition, Army developers explained, requires extensive exploration of cutting-edge commercial technologies which can quickly be applied to military systems.

One system being evaluated, Raytheon’s FoxTen, uses commercially-developed software to … (read more)

Cybercom

Algorithmic Warfare: Analysts Laud New Federal Cyber Strategies (nationaldefensemagazine.org)

With high-tech adversaries increasingly targeting U.S. government networks, two recently released cybersecurity strategies are a step in the right direction, experts have said.

The National Cyber Strategy and a summary of the Defense Department’s Cyber Strategy were both released in September. The documents provided high-level objectives for the Pentagon and other federal agencies to better wrap their arms around cybersecurity issues.

In the National Cyber Strategy — the first of its kind in 15 years — President Donald Trump said the document explains how his administration plans to defend the homeland; protect American prosperity; deter and punish malicious actors; and expand American influence abroad to … (read more)

Industry

US Army’s modernization efforts foster boom in US-foreign partnerships (defensenews.com)

WASHINGTON — History has informed international defense companies that it’s difficult to play ball in the United States, but as the U.S. Army looks to rapidly modernize, both American and international companies are finding that partnering to bring readily available advanced technology and weapon systems into the U.S. is a win-win for both sides.

The formation of these partnerships appear to be in the midst of a boom in recent months following the advent of … (read more)

Training

After consecutive failures, watch US Navy intercept test missile with SM-3 weapon (defensenews.com)

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon intercepted a test ballistic missile with the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA system, the second time that weapon has been successfully tested — a relief for the department following two consecutive test failures.

The SM-3 Block IIA is a co-development between the U.S. and Japan, and is expected to be equipped on both the U.S. Aegis Ashore stations in Romania and Poland and the future Aegis Ashore stations in Japan — making it a keystone to America’s … (read more)

Defense

Navy recognizes electromagnetic battlespace (fcw.com)

A new Navy policy recognizes the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain “on par with sea, land, air, space and cyber.”

The policy pushes “an enterprise approach to all activities necessary” for Navy electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) operations, including the department’s “roles and responsibilities for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating Electromagnetic Battlespace programs, policies, procedures, and … (read more)

Air, Cybercom, Land

From Grey Spaghetti To Color-Coded Targets: Raytheon’s New Interface For Patriot (breakingdefense.com)

AUSA: Hollywood gives us the idea that US troops control their weapons with the latest video game-style graphics in glorious, full-color 3D. The reality is more like Pong — only with life and death at stake.

The mainstays of the modern Army, like the M1 tank or the Patriot missile, were introduced in the 1980s back when Atari cartridges were cool. While their electronics have … (read more)

AUSA

Army chooses Raytheon, Lockheed to mature new missile defense radars (defensenews.com)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has picked Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to continue on the path to develop a next-generation air and missile defense radar following a concept design phase that looked at four different companies’ technology, according to company representatives.

A year ago, the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium awarded contracts to four companies to come up with designs to help inform the Army’s requirements for the Patriot AMD radar replacement. Because of their previous involvement, it came as no shock both Raytheon and Lockheed received contracts for … (read more)

Industry

Pentagon spending could lead to consolidation of cybersecurity industry (fifthdomain.com)

Spurred in part by Russia’s campaign of hybrid warfare in Ukraine, the Pentagon will purchase more electronic warfare equipment, a move that could lead to consolidation in the cybersecurity industry, an analyst said in a new report.

Russia’s use of electronic warfare combined with conventional combat tactics during its 2015 invasion of Ukraine exposed how the Department of Defense needed to … (read more)