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General Atomics To Integrate Edge Smart Weapons Into MQ-9B SkyGuardian Platform

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has agreed to work with the United Arab Emirates’ Edge Group to equip its remotely piloted aircraft with precision-guided munition and guided-glide weapon solutions. According to GA-ASI, the agreement will lead to the deployment of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian featuring Edge smart weapons. The effort expands the existing defense cooperation between...


NATO, US Suspend Obligations Under CFE Treaty After Russia Quits As Signatory

Nearly two years into its war with Ukraine, Russia has officially withdrawn from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. In response, NATO is suspending operations for the Cold War-era security pact.  The CFE Treaty was ratified in 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and entered into force in 1992. The treaty...


Australian Workers Undertake Placement at UK Nuclear Reactor Manufacturing Plant

Richard Marles, deputy prime minister of Australia, visited Australian personnel working alongside their British counterparts at a Rolls Royce nuclear reactor manufacturing site in Derby, England. During his visit, Marles toured the facility and observed the fabrication of the first nuclear propulsion plant components of the SSN-AUKUS submarine trilaterally developed by Australia, the United Kingdom and the...


Switzerland Selects PAC-3 MSE Guided Missile

The United States and Switzerland have finalized an agreement for the Swiss Air Force’s acquisition of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles and support equipment from Lockheed Martin. According to the defense contractor, the deal makes Switzerland the 15th partner country for its PAC-3 MSE missiles, designed to defend against short-range warheads. The acquisition,...


Italy Approves $20.6B in 2023 Budget to Fund Weapons Procurement

The Italian government has allocated around $20.6 billion of its 2023 budget to defense spending for the acquisition of new weapons. Rome’s latest budgeting document shows plans to purchase new tanks, fighting vehicles and rocket launchers. According to Defense News, officials delayed the document’s release to accommodate the military’s updated requirements following Russia’s invasion of...


US, UAE to Address Increasing Cyber, Ransomware Attacks Through Enhanced Collaboration

The United States has signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to tackle increasing cyber and ransomware attacks through enhanced cyber collaboration. The deal was announced during a meeting between Todd Conklin, the Department of the Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Mohamad Al Kuwaiti, chief...


US, Singapore Start Tech Dialogue to Bolster Scientific, Research Collaboration

The United States and Singapore have launched a critical and emerging technology dialogue to advance their collaborative efforts on scientific innovations. According to a joint statement on the White House website, the two parties will exchange knowledge and information through the forum to bolster their research partnerships, which involve active participation from the government, industry...


Reuters: US Updating Restrictions on Exporting AI Chips, Chipmaking Tools to China

A U.S. official revealed that China has been informed of U.S. plans to update the rules banning the export of artificial intelligence chips and chipmaking tools to Beijing, according to a Reuters report. The rules were first implemented in October 2022 as part of Washington’s effort to address national security concerns, hinder China’s efforts to...


United States, Close Allies Publish Guidance to Counter Russian Sanctions Evasion

The Export Enforcement Five, or E5, partnership that groups the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has issued new guidance to counter Russia’s evasion of sanctions through the use of third countries. The document, available for download from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security website, identifies 45 prioritized...

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