Poland in Europe and Facing the Russian Challenge: The Perspective of Igor Szczęsnowicz

10/08/2021
By Robbin Laird The opportunity to attend the Defence 24 conference on Polish defense provided a significant opportunity to learn about Polish assessments of the current strategic situation and ways Poland should shape a way ahead. In addition to attending the conference, I had a chance to talk to Polish…

Shaping a Way Ahead for Polish Defense: The Perspective of Robert Czulda

10/06/2021
By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to Warsaw to attend the Defence 24 conference on Polish defense, I had a chance to talk with Dr. Robert Czulda (whose bio can be read at the end of the article). I had a chance to talk with him after the two-day…

Greece Signs Agreement to Buy French Frigates, September 2021

09/29/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France and Greece signed Sept. 28 a memorandum of understanding for the sale of three French frigates for defense and intervention (FDI), with an option for a fourth unit, in a deal worth some €3 billion ($3.5 billion), the armed forces ministry said. “This Tuesday…

Japan’s Minister of Defense Address to Vietnamese Defense Ministry

09/28/2021
On September 12, 2021, Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo delivered an address  at the Vietnamese defense ministry during his visit to the country. He referred to China's new law, which authorizes its coast guard to use weapons. Kishi said Japan will never be able to accept the law, which he…

France and the Australian Submarine: A Ministry of Defence Update

09/23/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - Australia has paid most of the €900 million (US$1 billion) due for work on the initial design studies for the Shortfin Barracuda attack submarine, with some payment still to be made, a French defense ministry official said Sept. 21. “There remains some to be paid,”…

Australia Changes its Submarine Acquisition Path: French Reactions

09/17/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France heaped bitter resentment on Canberra’s axing an industrial partnership to build 12 attack submarines for the Australian navy, while opting to order American-designed boats as part of a strategic alliance with the U.S. and the UK. The French foreign and defense ministers filled on…

The Wagner Group to Work with Mali Government?

09/16/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France has warned of pulling military support out of Mali following a media report of a prospective deal between Bamako and the Wagner Group, a shadowy Russian company of mercenaries seen to be expanding its presence in Africa. The French defense and foreign ministers told…