Global Defence Technology: Issue 67

In this issue: Key outcomes from this year’s NATO summit, lessons to be learned from the Iraq invasion, inside the smart HQ, managing the MoD’s joint contingency plans, industry majors team up for the UK’s new fighter trainer, the Royal Navy catches up with unmanned capabilities and more.


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At the NATO summit in Warsaw NATO and the EU issued their first joint declaration on security cooperation, pledging to work together particularly in the fields of hybrid warfare and cyber warfare, as well as joint maritime operations to prevent illegal migration. We take a closer look at these policy decisions and ask how they will shape the defence landscape in the near future.

We also investigate the lessons that can be learned from the UK’s Report of the Iraq Inquiry, and hear from BT about the recent trial of a ‘smart’ command and control centre. Plus, we find out what a collaboration of QinetiQ, Thales and Textron AirLand is offering in its bid for the UK MOD’s £1.2bn Air Support to Defence Operational Training programme, and hear from BMT Cadence about the challenges ahead in the development of maritime underwater capability.

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In this issue

The Shape of Things to Come
At this year’s summit in Warsaw NATO and the EU issued their first joint declaration on security cooperation, pledging to work together in hybrid warfare and cyber warfare and maritime operations. Claire Apthorp finds out how these policy decisions will shape the alliance.
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Wrong Kit, Wrong Place
Seven years and £10m of public money in the making, the UK’s long-awaited Report of the Iraq Inquiry offers important lessons, but have they been learned? Dr Gareth Evans reports.
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The Smart HQ
Digital technologies are making businesses much more agile, but can they do the same in the defence sector? A pilot of a ‘Smart HQ’ during April’s joint UK-France Griffin Strike military exercise would suggest that the answer is yes, as BT’s director of defence Bill Holford tells us.
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Military Capability Planning
Situations requiring decisive military intervention can emerge in days, hence the need for immediate access to reliable information about the capability of the Joint Expeditionary Force’s units and equipment. Katie Woodward finds out more.
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The Race is On
QinetiQ, Thales and Textron AirLand have announced a collaborative bid for the UK’s upcoming Air Support to Defence Operational Training programme. Claire Apthorp finds out more.
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The Unmanned Future
In a bid to identify the significant opportunity presented by unmanned technology, the Royal Navy will look to further demonstrate the potential capabilities through industry collaboration. Craig Spacey, head of business development for submarines at BMT Cadence, tells us more.
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Next issue preview

SIPRI’s annual nuclear forces data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future. We find out more about trends and developments in the world’s nuclear arsenals.

Also in the next issue, we explore Germany’s ambitious plans to take on a leading role in global conflicts, complete with a new policy roadmap and budget increase, take a look at new ballistic shoot packs for the US military made from spider silk based fibres, and hear from the UK’s Air Capability Information Services about the importance of information in the age of digital warfare. Plus, we take a look at the Royal Navy’s upcoming Unmanned Warrior exercise and investigate the issues plaguing the US Navy’s Gerald R Ford carrier.

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