Global News of Interest

A collection of weekly must-read external news, reports and insights

Pentagon Used Six-Bladed ‘Ginsu’ Weapon to Kill Iraqi Militia Leader

February 19, 2024

The Pentagon killed a Kataib Hezbollah leader in downtown Baghdad last week using a weapon that employs six long blades to shred its target and minimize civilian casualties, defense officials said. 

North Korea and Iran using AI for hacking, Microsoft says

February 19, 2024

US adversaries – chiefly Iran and North Korea, and to a lesser extent Russia and China – are beginning to use generative artificial intelligence to mount or organize offensive cyber operations,…

Russia’s Advances on Space-Based Nuclear Weapon Draw U.S. Concerns

February 19, 2024

The United States has informed Congress and its allies in Europe about Russian advances on a new, space-based nuclear weapon designed to threaten America’s extensive satellite network, according to current…

Former Indonesian general linked to human rights abuses claims victory in presidential election

February 19, 2024

A former general linked to past human rights abuses claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia’s presidential election, a result that would raise questions about the commitment to democratic values in the…

Army activates first overseas watercraft unit in decades

February 19, 2024

The Army recently activated its first composite watercraft company outside the United States in decades, a move that comes as the service seeks to expand its maritime capabilities in the Indo-Pacific theater.

Army was right to kill multibillion-dollar helo program, analysts say

February 19, 2024

Defense industry analysts said it has long been clear the Army needed to end its Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

Russia refits old tanks after losing 3,000 in Ukraine – research centre

February 19, 2024

Russia has lost more than 3,000 tanks in Ukraine – the equivalent of its entire pre-war active inventory – but has enough lower-quality armoured vehicles in storage for years of…

Kendall introduces sweeping changes to ‘reoptimize,’ modernize Department of Air Force

February 19, 2024

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall unveiled his plans to reorganize the department he leads in order to boost overall readiness and ensure the Air and Space Forces have…

Munitions stockpile issue persists 2 years into Ukraine conflict: Marine Corps general

February 19, 2024

After raising alarm bells to Capitol Hill near the start of the conflict in Ukraine, a top Marine Corps general here said he remains concerned about the service’s ability, or lack…

Unmanned systems seen as future of battlefield casualty evacuation

February 19, 2024

The increased demand for unmanned systems resulting from Russia’ war on Ukraine offers the potential to accelerate the exploration and transition towards remotely piloted platforms in a casualty evacuation role,…