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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...


Thales Collaborates With Edge Group’s EPI for Precision Engineering

The Thales Group and EPI, an entity under the Edge Group, have signed a letter of intent to explore procurement opportunities for industrial parts and engineering services.  EPI is a precision engineering company supporting the aerospace, defense and oil and gas industries across the United Arab Emirates. The company provides manufacturing engineering, surface treatment, coating, repairing and...


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...


UAE, MBDA to Begin Smart Weapons Production in 2030

The United Arab Emirates, together with European missile manufacturer MBDA, will begin production of a new set of smart weapons in 2030.  It is the first collaboration between the Middle Eastern nation and MBDA since the company’s new missile engineering center opened its doors in Abu Dhabi in June. According to Patrice Hajjar, vice president...


Airbus, Satlantis Sign MOU to Offer Infrared Capability to Spanish Government

Airbus and Bilbao-based company Satlantis are collaborating on space-based infrared capabilities for the Spanish government and Ministry of Defence.  The companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate Satlantis-developed optical and thermal cameras on Airbus satellites.  The partnership aims to offer governments with high-resolution thermal observation and data collection to strengthen national security, assist in...


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...


AUKUS Maneuvers Test Warfare Capabilities of Uncrewed Undersea Vessels

The AUKUS alliance of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States has tested the warfare capabilities of their new uncrewed underwater vessels and related equipment and personnel. According to a news release from the Department of Defense, the naval maneuvers included the launch of the new Australian Defence Vessel Guidance, which featured a range...


BAE Systems Australia Completes Critical Design Review of Strix Drone

BAE Systems Australia has completed the critical design review of the Strix vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. According to the company, the CDR resulted in changes to key elements of the aircraft. The platform will be different compared to the models exhibited at the recent Avalon International Airshow and DSEI London. The multi-domain, multi-role Strix long-range...


Accenture Acquires UK Government Digital Transformation Firm 6point6

Accenture has agreed to acquire technology consultancy firm 6point6. The acquisition, once completed, will expand Accenture’s presence and capability to support customers in the United Kingdom. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. London-headquartered 6point6 was founded in 2012. It offers digital transformation, cybersecurity and data services to the U.K. central government. Among its major...


UK to Invest $121M on AI-Enabled Mission to Cure Life-Threatening Health Conditions

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has launched a new mission to develop innovative solutions for life-threatening medical conditions using artificial intelligence technologies. In a speech delivered Thursday, Sunak announced that the United Kingdom will invest up to $120 million in the AI Life Sciences Accelerator Mission to produce treatments that could prevent death. Under the...

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