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Australian Troops Join International Partners in Global Cyber Defense Readiness Activity

Australian cyber defense experts collaborated with counterparts from the United States and other international partners during the International Coordinated Cyber Security Activity.  The INCCA is hosted by the U.S. Cyber Command to strengthen global cybersecurity posture and improve cooperation with international partners through real-time information sharing between participating units.  The Australian Defence Force’s Defensive Cyber Operations teams deployed...

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DASA-Backed Company Flare Bright Brings Machine Learning-Powered Digital Twin Software for Drones to US, Spain

Flare Bright, a machine learning digital twin company based in the United Kingdom, has secured contracts from defense organizations globally, bringing its technology from Spain to the United States.  In 2021, the small business received initial funding from the U.K. Defense and Security Agency to explore the feasibility of true autonomy in drones. DASA followed...

US Approves Proposed $59M Sale of Tactical Missiles to Japan
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US Approves Proposed $59M Sale of Tactical Missiles to Japan

The Department of State has approved a proposed $59 million foreign military sale of AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles to Japan. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Tokyo wants to purchase 44 AIM-9X Sidewinder Block IIs and 29 AIM-9X Sidewinder captive air training missiles. The deal also involves providing Japan with missile containers,...

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Defense Allies Meet in Berlin to Discuss Advancing Space Collaboration

The Department of Defense attended the Combined Space Operations Initiative Principals Board meeting in Berlin, Germany, where participants discussed opportunities to advance operational cooperation and information sharing in space. The event brought together top defense officials from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. For the 2023 edition, CSpO...

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Australia Developing Intel Cloud Interoperable With US, UK Spy Networks

Australia is working on a top secret intelligence cloud system that would be interoperable with the United States and the United Kingdom. According to Andrew Shearer, director general of the Office of National Intelligence, the upcoming cloud infrastructure would function with the spy networks operated by Australia’s AUKUS partners. At an event hosted by the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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