Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2020
Greg Noone talks to Professor Peter Roberts, director of military sciences at the Royal United Services Institute, about the strategic blind spots uncovered by the UK’s Integrated Review of foreign and defence policy, and what to do about them.
Andrea Valentino talks to David Audet, at the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Soldier Center, and Sam Bendett, a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, on how military exoskeletons are currently being used.
Armed forces have been deployed worldwide during the Covid-19 pandemic to reinforce civilian networks. Andrew Barnett asks Alexey Muraviev, associate professor of national security and strategic studies at Australia’s Curtin University, what lessons have been learned and how the pandemic might shape future military responses.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2020
Greg Noone talks to Matt Roper, chief of joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at NATO’s Communications and Information Agency, about how the alliance is plotting its advance into space.
Andrea Valentino speaks to Captain Evan Inglett at the US Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik of the Estonian Defence Forces about how land drones are transforming the battlefield, and what that means for the human soldiers left behind.
In November, the UK Ministry of Defence announced a gigantic new order for the Boxer, a modular mechanised infantry vehicle. Ross Davies investigates the implications of the deal with Ben Barry, senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2019
A technological revolution is under way in the defence industry. Across the sector, sophisticated computing tools are changing equipment, working patterns and training, and next-generation technologies are inspiring innovation in every sphere. New modelling techniques have the potential to significantly improve the processes of military logistics, while the use of open architecture ensures that military vehicles remain capable of offering troops the best and most up-to-date systems. Virtual reality is changing the way servicemen and women prepare for the challenges of deployment, while intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance are being transformed by the introduction of swarm tactics.
In this issue, NATO's ongoing commitment to countering cyberthreat is evident in our big interview with Ian West, cybersecurity chief at the NATO Communications and Information Agency. As well as online attacks, this issue of Defence & Security Systems International looks at how the defence industry can deal with an even more nebulous foe: a changing climate.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2019
The operational environment of today, and tomorrow, will look very different from that of years gone by, and using older vehicles may not be conducive to the future of combat in locations like urban areas. Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with Major General Gary M Brito about what the US Army is doing to ensure its fleet is ready for the future.
Also, simulated training environments can drastically improve operators' ability to develop complex skills, or they can become expensive albatrosses. Is eye-tracking technology going to sort one from the other, or will it too prove overpriced and underused? Tim Gunn talks to Matt Lewis, senior research scientist and professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School, about whether the eyes do, in fact, have it.
Plus, in this issue, Greg Noone talks to Professor Margaret E Kosal at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and Professor Rosa Zheng of Lehigh University, about how Pacific rivalries and advances in communications technologies could lead to the development of autonomous warships, and all the consequences that could entail. And: we consider how Active protection systems (APS) for defence vehicles is a hot topic. Andrew Barnett talks to Tom Newbery of the UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory about the proof-of-concept Technical Demonstration Programme established to maximise capabilities.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2018
Experts believe that the majority of the security threats confronting modern militaries over the next few decades will involve urban conflicts facing enemies equipped with nearpeer capable Chinese and Russian armaments. Neil Thompson talks with Dr William Suttie of the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory about the implications this has for the latest developments in the field.
Open architecture is something we hear a lot of within the technology sphere. What impact is it having on our military and how close are we to the so-called ‘holy grail’? Defence & Security Systems International looks at the UK for answers.
Plus, Neil Thompson speaks with RAF Wing Commander Keith Dear about the rapid evolution in drone abilities, and what this means for Western militaries. And, Simulation is finding a home in military training – whether it be in the air, seas or on the ground. However, as Andrew Tunnicliffe finds out, although it’s offering new possibilities, it brings with it some new challenges, too. Here, he speaks to Lieutenant General Thomas L Baptiste.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2018
EU member states have agreed to better collaborate on a raft of military and defence projects and strategies, as Andrew Tunnicliffe explains. However, the logistics of coordinating initiatives across the union to create numerous military and civilian operations are challenging. What is the union’s plan to improve this collaboration?
Lighter, stronger, smarter: new innovations are starting to have an impact on the armour that soldiers are wearing to battle and beyond. Claire Apthorp takes a look at the latest trends.
Also in this issue: In 2015, a European Telecommunications Standards Institute report warned of military and security dangers posed by quantum computing. But what is the state of play now? Dr Gregory Edwards of NATO’s Communications and Information Agency discusses the work his organisation has been doing.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2017
Today’s littoral environments are more dangerous than ever, with long-standing threats such as pirates becoming increasingly sophisticated. In this special report, Lieutenant Commander Steven Wills and Commander Graham Edmonds discuss some of the biggest threats facing patrol boats, and explain why vessels need to be fast, flexible and responsive.
An international coalition of lawyers will draft a manual setting out the legalities of warfare in outer space, including guidance on issues such as the legality of attacking satellites, firing lasers and what constitutes a space war crime. To find out more, Claire Apthorp speaks to lawyers working on the project from the University of Exeter’s Law School.
Also in this issue: Cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication. Newspaper headlines report the successful, large-scale incidents, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Defence & Security Systems International speaks to Kevin Scheid of the NATO NCI Agency and cybersecurity expert Piers Wilson about the threat these attacks pose. Plus, Graham McIntyre, chairman and CEO of the European Training and Simulation Association, compares simulations with live training environments and asks how much more we can expect from them.
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With tighter budgets, the aim of the armed forces is to be ever-ready but efficient and cost-effective. This is where training and simulation can play a major role. As threats evolve, so too must training and simulation, but how are they advancing with the likes of live and virtual capabilities? President of the National Training and Simulation Association Rear Admiral James Robb, US Navy (Ret), offers an insight.
Recent events have served to highlight the difficulties of monitoring and protecting our borders, physically and digitally. It has to be done with care, using the appropriate methods in the right way. Accenture's James Canham explains the challenges border officers and their surveillance counterparts face, and how the disciplines are being brought together.
Also in this issue: Abi Millar speaks to its Allied Rapid Reaction Corps to find out more about its ongoing journey to provide efficient logistics support at short notice and Defence & Security Systems International explores how new technologies are helping naval commanders to better respond to the challenges some missions bring.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2016
Defence & Security Systems International talks to Dr Eliot Cohen, Robert E Osgood professor of strategic studies at the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, about how the lessons of force projection under the Obama administration should inform the next decade of activity for US forces overseas.
The recent cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee, if premeditated, represents the first time that hacking has been used as a tool of political manipulation. Rod James looks at the significance of the incident, what constitutes best practice in security and why it is so hard to establish ground rules for online warfare.
Also in this issue: Colin Castle examines how the US military, world's most powerful fighting force, is adapting to the new normal - and considers whether President-elect Trump might shake things up. Plus, GCC states are sufficiently worried by Iran's missile tests to have begun work on an integrated ballistic missile defence system. Percy Ledger speaks to Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2016
As the military's remit broadens and threats become more unconventional, training systems have had to evolve. Elly Earls meets Steve Brittan of the UK Defence Solutions Centre, to find out how synthetic environments are playing an important role in preparing new recruits for real-world operations.
Without a boots-on-the-ground presence, the military intervention against IS in Syria and the Levant has been dependent on effective ISR operations to pick targets and get results. Oliver Hotham speaks with Christopher Harmer of the Institute for the Study of War about how this crucial ISR works - and what its shortcomings mean for the future of aerial conflicts.
Also in this issue: The Eurosatory exhibition showcases the latest in defence and security technology for over 1,000 exhibitors and 55,000 visitors from across the world. Communications director Daphné Lepetit takes us through what we can expect from this year's show. Plus, Defence & Security Systems International speaks to Air Force Space Command's Colonel Michael O Kinslow, chief of the SATCOM and PNT Division.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2015
With Japan set to allow its military to engage in overseas operations for the first time in 70 years, growing regional power politics and territorial disputes are on everybody's minds. Former British Ambassador to Japan, associate fellow at Chatham House's Asia programme and chairman of the Japan Society Sir David Warren talks about what this means for defence and security in east Asia.
The Ministry of Defence's Scout SV programme has reached its latest milestone, unveiling its first prototype vehicle in September and renaming the fleet AJAX. These armoured vehicles, dubbed the 'eyes and ears' of tomorrow's battlefields, will replace the CVR(T) vehicles and dramatically improve ISTAR capabilities. Defence & Security Systems International asks the MoD how the programme is progressing.
Also in this issue: We speak to Alessandro Vivoli, project officer of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at the European Defence Agency, to find out how European partners can pool their resources in this field, and David Jardine-Smith, secretary at the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), explains the federation's role in enhancing cooperation and interoperability between partners.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2015
During a multinational mission, it's important to provide multinational medical support. To date, however, EU member states have struggled to pool their resources. Giuseppe Azzena, medical project officer at the European Defence Agency (EDA), explains how the Multinational Modular Medical Unit (M3U) initiative could change the face of the field hospital.
The spread of Islamists across the Levant has seen a detente in relations between the US and Iran, but could this tacit cooperation soon become a more formal partnership? Peter James speaks to RUSI's Shashank Joshi and RAND's Bruce Bennett about unlikely alliances.
Also in this issue: Oliver Hotham speaks to President of Latvia and former Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis about how his country was adapting to the increasingly troubled situation in the Baltics; Frontex's Izabella Cooper discusses how member states cooperate on border control; and we preview Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), which returns on 15-18 September at ExCeL London.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2014
Finding a way to safeguard the defence industry, along with the revenue and jobs it generates, has become a priority. Peter James looks at how the security and income potential offered by budget offsets has led to a surge in their popularity, one that's set to continue for the foreseeable future.
The last few years have seen a revolution in how people share information through social media. Now advances in military network technology and off-the-shelf mobile phones are allowing the US to give soldiers similar tools to share data on the battlefield. Grant Turnbull reports.
Also in this issue: Naval experts gathered in Stockholm for a September workshop to explore the challenges and opportunities in the littoral regions of the world. Captain Edward Lundquist reports. Plus, Brigadier Alistair Deas and Lieutenant Colonel Greggs Hughes of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps discuss the logistical challenges and complexities of withdrawing troops and equipment from modern conflict theatres.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2014
In this issue of Defence & Security Systems International, we speak to Colonel Michel Maury of the French Armament Corps about the French Army's investment in FELIN, including its performance to date and planned upgrades, as well as Brigadier Ian Rigden, head of land and research at the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), to discuss the future of the UK's armoured vehicle fleet.
Also, the world of cyber-security is locked in a vicious circle; the latest protection suites hit the market, threat actors develop malware to bypass new defence features and software vendors break them down, creating more rigid systems. Any data of value is a target for criminals, from corporate technology patents to classified military documents. Chris Godfrey speaks with John Lyons, CEO of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), to discuss the incessant plague of "zero-day attacks" that are exfiltrating sensitive information from governments, armed forces, businesses and civilians worldwide.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 3 2013
The Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST) takes a holistic view of infantry equipment rather than simply procuring a series of isolated components. It is now delivering the considerable benefits of this integrated approach to the soldier, as Lieutenant Colonel Rob O'Connor of the dismounted close combat integrated project team at Defence Equipment and Support, UK MoD, explains.
Also in this edition, DSSI speaks to Hans øiom of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation about the special precautions and procedures that must be adhered to when transporting and storing sensitive cargo. And while defence is not renowned for its female-friendly credentials, the sector is undergoing a significant demographic shift. Karen Conti, director of business development at Raytheon and president of Women in Defense, tells Abi Millar how the times are changing.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2013
In this issue of Defence & Security Systems International, Nigel Ash speaks to retired Colonel Richard Hansen, former project manager, Soldier Warrior and PEO Soldier, at the US Army Defense Acquisition University about how technology will change the way future soldiers join and fight engagements. World-renowned counterterrorism expert, Major Chris Hunter gives Jack Wittels an insider's account of insurgent use of improvised explosive devices, discussing their technological evolution, the latest designs and the armed forces' response strategies.
Ross Davies speaks to Michael Sieber, assistant director research and technology at the European Defence Agency about the need for a collaborative approach in tackling this borderless crime. Elsewhere, Elly Earls meets CERDEC's Steve Goodall to discuss the groundbreaking technologies helping to improve tactical communications in the field.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2012
The growth of the internet has transformed our everyday lives. But with greater openness, interconnection and dependency comes greater vulnerability. The threat to our national security from cyberattacks is real and growing. Organised criminals, terrorists, hostile states and 'hacktivists' are all seeking to exploit cyberspace to their own ends. In this issue, Michael de Crespigny of the ISF advises how to negotiate the rocky landscape of cybercrime. Additionally, Brigadier Mark Gaunt helps reduce the burden of equipment on the dismounted close-combat and soldier Major General Mark Brown asks if Afghan security forces are ready for the departure of NATO troops.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 1 2012
The steps taken by the UK Government in the February 2012 'National security through technology' white paper and in balancing the Ministry of Defence budget mean that the defence acquisition outlook looks positive. This issue, TARDEC director Jennifer Hitchcock tells us about GSPEL, the division's new state-of-the-art R&D facility. Elsewhere, with work now underway, we take a look at the Canadian Army's extensive LAV III upgrade programme. We also hear from Major General (Ret'd) David Shouesmith, regarding the UK military's logistical challenges and their evolution.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol. 2 2011/12
In this edition, we take an in-depth look at the biggest threat facing maritime security today. Piracy, originating off the coast of Somalia, has been a growing concern since the turn of the century. Originally confined to the country's coastal zone, attacks are now spreading many hundreds of miles out into the open ocean. Back on land, we look at how a new standardisation agreement will allow radio interoperability between ground forces. We also find out how the Canadian Ministry of Defence's ambitious light armoured vehicle upgrade programme is progressing and QinetiQ gives us an insight into how the unmanned vehicles market is evolving.
Defence & Security Systems International Vol.1 2011
This issue coincides with announcements of the drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the war - and other operations, such as in Libya - continues apace at a time of ongoing budget cuts. Erich Weissenböck and Benjamin Fuchs explain the role of the European Defence Agency (EDA) in helping its 26 member states' defence departments to improve their military capabilities and cut procurement costs through interagency collaboration. Elsewhere, Rodolphe Paris of the EDA talks to editor Mark Brierley about Europe's milsatcom infrastructure, and Gordon Hunt of RTI tells us how the UK MoD has embraced interoperable open architecture.