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Xi calls for world without nuclear weapons

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small. His speech at the United Nations in Geneva came at the end of a diplomatic tour that included a landmark address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, just days before Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Some experts have seen Xi's Swiss tour as a bid to capture the mantle of global leadership at a time when Washington…

You Can’t Talk About Chelsea Manning Without Talking About Julian Assange

Photo via U.S. ArmyShe’s inextricably linked to WikiLeaks’ global influenceby KEVIN KNODELLChelsea Manning will walk out of prison in May 2017. In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of the controversial leaker, whose actions played a key role in Wikileaks’ growth into a globally prominent organization that is widely feared, loathed and admired.In 2010, Manning, a U.S. Army soldier, gave thousands of purloined U.S. diplomatic cables and military documents to WikiLeaks. However, Obama…

AUDS counter-UAV system achieves TRL-9 status

Blighter Surveillance Systems' AUDS counter-UAV defense system recently achieved TRL-9 status following deployment with the U.S. armed forces. The achievement places the unmanned aircraft detection device at the highest technology readiness level, or TRL. The scale, used by the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA, ranges from 1 to 9 with 9 referring the most technology mature devices. "Achieving TRL-9 status is an important milestone for AUDS in the embryonic counter-drone market," AUDS team member Mark Radford said in a…

Northrop Grumman receives $140m BACN contract modification

Northrop Grumman has received a $140 million contract modification to provide Battlefield Airborne Communication Nodes for the U.S. Air Force. The modification is a follow-up to a contract initially awarded in June 2015. The agreement tasked the company with delivering Battlefield Airborne Communication Node Joint Urgent Operational Need, or BACN JUON. BACN is equipped on the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to enhance situational awareness capabilities. The device translates tactical data link networks, enables joint…

Canada sidelines a top admiral amid reports of leaks

The second in command of Canada's military, Vice Admiral Mark Norman, was relieved of duty Monday, reportedly after leaking highly classified information. The daily Globe and Mail said Norman's removal followed an investigation into leaked top-secret documents. It was not clear what information might have been revealed, and whether the alleged leaks might have gone to a foreign power or to a Canadian business or individual. The military offered no explanation. But Defense…

Thales supplying Crowsnest radar system to Royal Navy

Thales is to supply Britain's Royal Navy with a new airborne and surveillance capability under a subcontract from Lockheed Martin UK. The Crowsnest system to be fitted on Merlin MK2 helicopters is a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system. The system features touch-screen technology and an autonomous artificial intelligence-based tracking system, improved target identification, the ability to library match airborne contacts, inverse synthetic aperture radar and a…

Australia on the defensive offers hope of new MH370 hunt

Australia's transport minister Wednesday defended the suspension of the undersea search for MH370, after relatives of passengers slammed the decision, and added that it could resume if "credible new evidence" emerges. Australia, Malaysia and China -- where most of the 239 on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jet lived -- on Tuesday pulled the plug on the massive operation in the southern Indian Ocean almost three years since the plane vanished on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Transport Minister…

Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's Deir Ezzor

As the Islamic State group closes in on government-held areas of Syria's Deir Ezzor, residents said they are terrified of falling victim to the mass killings for which the jihadists have become infamous. Besieged by IS since early 2015, the regime-controlled third of Deir Ezzor city is home to an estimated 100,000 people. Since Saturday, IS has steadily advanced in a fresh assault on that part of the city, sparking fears among residents of widespread atrocities. "Civilians in the city are terrified and anxious, afraid that…

The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

RAAF C-130J-30, flares(click to view full) The C-130 Hercules remains one of the longest-running aerospace manufacturing programs of all time. Since 1956, over 40 models and variants have served as the tactical airlift backbone for over 50 nations. The C-130J looks similar, but the number of changes almost makes it a new aircraft. Those changes also created issues; the program has been the focus of a great deal of controversy in America – and even of a full program restructuring in 2006. Some early concerns from…

Israel army gets new ballistic missile interceptors

The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors that significantly upgrade the Jewish state's aerial defence systems in the face of "emerging threats", the defence ministry said. The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of 2015. A defence ministry statement said Israel and the US were dedicated to the continued development and enhancement of ballistic…