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ITAR-Related Obstacles to Exports

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is known as the strictest export control framework ever imagined. It has caused a lot of ink to flow, and occasionally, even political tensions among allied countries. Two main acts underpin the US’ export control policy. ITAR Background The Arms Exports Control Act (AECT) (1976), implemented by the […]

Over the Horizon Sensing, Targeting, and Attack

When nuclear-armed powers discuss strategic attacks, they often refer to the use of nuclear weapons. However, due to the extremely high costs of total war, such confrontations are luckily often avoided through diplomacy. Nevertheless, large conventional arms have been used in strategic attacks and have remained an important part of warfare since the introduction of […]

Sensor to Shooter Chains Turn into Kill Webs

Western military powers rely on sophisticated and precise weapons to deter and defeat asymmetric and near-peer opponents. To be effective, such weapons are matched with accurate information regarding their targets, such as location and status. When time-critical targets are involved, this information needs to be provided rapidly, otherwise, the target may relocate. The process defined […]

Is a Europe post-NATO Still Possible?

The War in Ukraine brutally put military issues at the top of EU countries’ agendas again, boosting European defence budgets after more than a decade of under-investment. In a scenario that might seem ideal for affirming autonomous EU defence cooperation, NATO and the US will instead likely be the big winners. In a long interview […]

Battlefield Potential of Laser Communications

Free-Space Optical (FSO) Wireless, or laser communications, has been in use in the commercial sector for years. It’s potential on the battlefield, though yet to be fully exploited, is now being taken evermore seriously. Imagine a means of line-of-sight communications that is totally secure, cannot be intercepted, eavesdropped, or disrupted by EW and jamming. Well, […]

The Riot Act – Radio Monitoring

Radio monitoring technology could help enhance law enforcement during violent disturbances, provided the technology is used with forethought. As these words were being written, the United States’ House Select Committee on the 6th of January Attack was receiving evidence regarding the violent scenes witnessed at the US Congress in Washington DC in 2021. The committee […]

CBRN in Europe: Prospects and Developments

The overwhelming narrative in European defence and security is the war in Ukraine. In military affairs, the best news involving CBRN is that, in fact, there has been no news in CBRN. The ongoing conflict has not seen the use of CBRN weapons or materials. The handful of reported incidents have, so far, been erroneous reporting or […]

Finland’s Missile Defence Choice

The War in Ukraine has brought forth the need for credible air and missile defence capabilities for states that are in close proximity to Russia. This need is especially important for Finland, having applied for NATO membership earlier in the year, and sharing a land border with Russia that is far longer than that of […]

Features of Modern Military Logistic Trucks

In modern combat, often characterised by operations covering extensive areas, it is logistics – based on efficient trucks – that is one of the guarantees of successful action. Military trucks are benefiting from the ongoing development of civilian trucks, but they also require special features. Reliability, high transport performance, tactical mobility and, last but not […]

New Mortars for the Danish Army

When fighting a peer or near-peer adversary, there is always an imminent threat of counter fire in response to your mortars or artillery engagement. Radars and drones in all variants have proven to be effective assets in providing target information. To defend the counter-fire threat, the Danish Army will have to change the way we […]

Water Purification

The logistical need for water in modern conflicts is enormous. Various military operations in dry climate zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan require extensive water supplies. Napoleon famously, if apocryphally, wrote that an army travels on its stomach. However, an army might even fight for a day or three without any food. But an army […]

Digitisation Of Land Forces: The Military Embraces 4IR

The integration of communications and information is driving a worldwide transition that is being termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Armed forces and security organisations around the globe are embracing this transformation, by fielding digital communications networks and interconnected systems of systems, empowered by information services. The capabilities they deliver empower military forces, enabling smaller forces […]

Active And Reactive Vehicle Protection Systems

As anti-armour weapons have become more powerful, armies have reacted by increasing the thickness and resilience of vehicle armour. Modern ammunition, however, destroys even the strongest armour, forcing armies to develop reactive and active protection systems. The advent of potent shaped-charge warheads and kinetic-energy penetrators (KEPs) capable of defeating very thick armour forced armed forces […]

Arming The Attack Helicopter

Developed and fielded as a result of early US combat experience in Vietnam, the attack helicopter has become a vital tool on the modern battlefield, hunting down and engaging enemy vehicles or even personnel. Its armament can be a mixture of custom-designed weapons, or existing weapons that have been adapted for the airborne role. These […]

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