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Kroenig: Why the U.S. needs its oversized nuclear arsenal

This week, President Obama gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, calling for the United States and Russia to reduce the size of their deployed nuclear arsenals by one-third to around 1,000 strategic warheads. The call for further cuts has been greeted with enthusiasm in many quarters, but these proposed nuclear reductions could […]

Turkey launches military exercise near Syrian border

The Turkish military launched a 10-day exercise at a base near the border with Syria on Monday, where fears of a spillover of violence and of the fallout of any chemical weapons use have escalated in recent weeks. The exercise at Incirlik, a NATO air base outside the city of Adana where U.S. troops are […]

Syrian rebels to receive training in Turkey

A Geneva-based NGO starts training military and legal officials in the armed Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the basics of international humanitarian law in Turkey’s southeastern provinces. Officials from Geneva Call, which aims to convince non-state actors to respect international humanitarian and human rights law, will conduct the three-day trainings for the Free Syrian Army […]

Eurosam steps up efforts for TSK tender

As one of the two most credible contenders for the estimated $4 billion T-Loramids Turkish contract, Eurosam is taking part in the IDEF 2013 exhibition in Istanbul showing on its stand a Launch Module and an Engagement module belonging to the Italian 4th Air Defense Regiment, the Italian unit which is now operational with the […]

UMTAS sets the bar high for Turkey’s new weapons

Hardly a day passes without a Turkish defense company proudly announcing that it has designed, developed and produced a weapon system the country would normally buy off-the-shelf from a foreign supplier. The most recent  indigenously developed Turkish weapon  is an anti-tank missile, the UMTAS. Turkish military officials are anxiously awaiting the first serial production and […]

Turkey develops electronic system for F-16 fighters

The Turkish Ministry of Defence along with the country’s Air Force intends to establish a military electronic system for F-16 fighters, the Hürriyet newspaper reported on Wednesday. Today this type of system is being created in only five countries in the world. The electronic combat system which is the foundation of military electronic systems for […]

Dangers of Greece’s Radical Parties

Greece has a long history of left-wing radicalism inclined toward violence.  The 1970s saw the rise of radical group 17 November, and more recent years  marked the rise of such groups as the Revolutionary Struggle and the Conspiracy  of Fire Cells. Given this history and the manner in which the current crises are producing  disaffected, […]

US firms seek Turkish defense contracts, partners

A mission of US defense and aerospace industry firms, which include Bell, Boeing and Sikorsky, will visit Istanbul and Ankara to seek local partners. The US commerce undersecretary will lead the mission. A large business mission of U.S.-based defense and aerospace companies, including world giants such as Bell Helicopter, Boeing, General Electric and Sikorsky, will […]

Three Turks wounded as Syrian jets bomb border

One Turkish soldier and two civilians were wounded today during clashes at the Syrian border, daily Hurriyet reported. A Syrian fighter jet today bombed an area near the Turkish border, causing several casualties, officials and witnesses said, The Associated Press reported. An Associated Press video journalist saw the plane bomb an area around the Syrian […]

U.S. Military Intel Spending Falls $2.5B

The U.S. military’s intelligence spending fell $2.5 billion in 2012, continuing its decline as operations in Iraq finished and operations in Afghanistan wind down. In all, Congress appropriated $21.5 billion for the military intelligence program [MIP], according to the Defense Department. The figure includes funding in the base budget and war spending accounts. “The department […]



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