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Military & strategy links: Hagel in Latin America, naval drones, Ukraine, Gulf missiles and more



6 May 2014 17:00

  • While Obama visits Asia, Hagel visits Latin America, indicating a shift towards a renewed Pentagon role in assisting regional states in developing their internal security capabilities.
  • Anatole Kaletsky argues that the decision to leverage economic sanctions on Russia, rather than confront Moscow with deterrence on the ground, only serves to dissolve the normative power of sovereign borders.
  • In a parallel vein, Emile Simpson takes on what he perceives is the West's failure to craft an effective strategic frame on events in the Ukraine.
  • This week has seen Saudi Arabia engage in its largest ever set of integrated war games. Yet weaknesses in Riyadh's offensive and defensive capabilities remain.
  • Saudi exercises point to broader regional trends in both precision strike and missile defence.
  • Has the US Navy lowered the bar on the requirements for its next generation carrier-launched drone? Shawn Brimley argues that Congress needs to intervene.
  • Singapore's defence forces are widely regarded as a model of compact but effective military capability. Michael Raska explores the roots of the city-state's 'smart army'.
  • Finally, in response to your feedback on last week's cockpit video, here's another: US F-15 pilots record aerial combat training, aerial refueling and low-level flying with GoPro cameras.

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