An Update on the Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis on French Defense Industry: April 23, 2020

04/23/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris - Naval Group seeks to cut costs in a “savings plan” and conserve cash in response to a slowdown in shipbuilding due to the Codevi 19 crisis, the company said. “While the productive activity of all Naval Group’s shipyards has been reduced, Naval Group is launching…

Norway Releases its Long Term Defence Plan, 2020: Resilience as a Core Defense Capability

04/20/2020
On April 17, 2020, the Norwegian government released its Long Term Defence Plan. The plan reaffirmed Norway’s commitment to increased defense spending and joint force modernization. But it also underscored the continued efforts on national resilience which the current Coronavirus-19 crisis has underscored as a key requirement for national defense…

Shaping a Way Ahead on Military Strategy: The Need for Strategic Coherence

04/19/2020
By Robbin Laird With a growing array of single service initiatives designed to compete for “deterrence badges” in the great power competition, there is a clear danger of splintering deterrence rather than reinforcing it. In my recent discussion with Dr. Paul Bracken, the nuclear weapons expert, underscored the key importance…

Reshaping China Strategy: Reconsidering the Role and Place of the Military Dimension

04/14/2020
By Robbin Laird The Coronavirus crisis and its management by the liberal democracies is clearly and inflection point. Moving forward choices will be made shaping the decade ahead in terms of basic national strategies as well as with allies. A key aspect of shaping a way ahead clearly will be…

Disaster Resilience: Meeting the Challenge

01/06/2020
By John Blackburn As we deal with the ongoing bushfire disaster in Australia it is worth reflecting on the report the Department of Home Affairs National Resilience Taskforce did in 2018 on Australia's disaster risk and vulnerabilities. The aim of the report was to help understand where to prioritize collective…

Updating European Defense for the 2020s: Establishing a European Defence and Security Council

12/30/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - France seeks to maintain close ties with Britain after Brexit on a bilateral and multilateral basis, with the Macron administration proposing a European council for security and defense as an institutional link, a government official said. The Dec. 12th election resulted in the UK seeing…

Indian Navy Looks Ahead to Networking Manned and Unmanned Assets

12/18/2019
By Gulshan Luthra New Delhi. The Indian Navy is looking at futuristic, manned and unmanned ships, submarines and aircraft, says Admiral KB Singh. In an interview with India Strategic, the Navy Chief said that acquisition order for US General Atomics SeaGuardians with high Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability is on…