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US Issues New Sanctions on Entities Associated With North Korea

The Department of the Treasury has issued new sanctions against foreign-based agents of North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  According to the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Green Pine is responsible for about half of the North’s arms and related materiel exports. Green Pine is controlled by the DPRK’s Reconnaissance General Bureau. It...


QinetiQ in Exploratory Talks to Support South Korean Aircraft Programs

QinetiQ is in exploratory discussions to explore new opportunities in the Korea Aerospace Industries’ aircraft program such as developing advanced data processing methods. QinetiQ said the collaborative effort will also study the application of its testing, trials, training and evaluation expertise to support the aerospace and defense company’s projects. According to KAI President Kang Goo-young,...


Saab Books $76M Deal to Support South Korea’s Arthur Weapon Locating Systems

Saab has received a $76.2 million contract to provide support services for South Korea’s Arthur mobile weapon locating systems. Signed with the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the five-year deal also requires the Swedish defense company to deliver spare parts for Arthur. According to Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of surveillance business at Saab, the agreement...


New UK-South Korea Agreement Reaffirms Tech, Defense Cooperation

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is set to sign the Downing Street Accord with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during a three-day state visit to London, which commenced Tuesday. According to the U.K. government, the accord is a major agreement that redefines the two countries’ long-term relationships in such areas as supply chain, technology...


South Korean Frigate Tests Leonardo DRS Hybrid Electric Drive Propulsion System

The Republic of Korea Navy has completed a 10-day sea trial for its first Ulsan-class Future Frigate eXperimental Batch-3 warship using Leonardo DRS’s hybrid electric drive propulsion system. Leonardo DRS said on Monday that its technology supports the vessel’s anti-submarine warfare mission, with its advanced permanent magnet propulsion motors. The trials, which the service branch...


BlackBerry Secures Cybersecurity Deal With Malaysia, to Offer Cyber Training in Kuala Lumpur

BlackBerry is working with the government of Malaysia to secure the Southeast Asian nation’s communications agency and upskill the local workforce. The Canadian company recently signed a long-term software and services agreement to deploy its full cybersecurity suite to strengthen the integrity of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.  The cybersecurity provider offers BlackBerry SecuSuite, a...


Singapore Taps Idemia as HTX Partner in Forensics R&D

European tech company Idemia has entered a partnership agreement with HTX, the science and tech unit of Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs, on biometrics and forensics research and development. Under their Strategic Partnership for Innovation, Idemia and HTX will jointly design and test solutions to secure the safety of Singapore’s citizens, residents and visitors.  According...


US Looks to Indonesia to Bolster Global Semiconductor Supply Chain

The United States government is partnering with Indonesia to explore opportunities to diversify the global semiconductor supply chain.  On Monday, President Joe Biden met with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, in Washington for the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. During the meeting, the two government heads committed to cooperating on the development of the semiconductor industry...


U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Develop Resilient, Secure Infrastructure in Pacific

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. representative to the United Nations, has reaffirmed the American government’s commitment to the Pacific Islands’ sustainable development goals, which include building resilient and secure infrastructure. The ambassador made the pledge during the Pacific Islands Forum held in the Cook Islands, where she met with regional leaders and entrepreneurs.  Enhancing digital connectivity...


AFCENT Official: Progress Slow on Allied Intel Data Pool in the Middle East

A collaboration among the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East and neighboring areas to establish a common data pool on regional threats is making a “slow but steady progress,” a ranking U.S. Air Forces Central official, said.  AFCENT Deputy Commander Brig. Gen David Mineau told the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference on Sunday...

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