Focus and Analysis

Libyan weapon stockpile fueling Sahel conflict

Map published in the report showing the documented flows of weapons and non-state armed personnel in the Sahel, 2011-present

Weapons have been found in six countries in Africa and the Middle East that “certainly, or very probably, originated in Libyan stockpiles,” according to research published by an arms monitoring group last month, which said a “particularly unexpected finding” of its investigation was “the prevalence of Ivorian-origin small arms across the region.” Conflict Armament Research (CAR), […]

MMP: an operational revolution

The MMP mounted on a PVP small armoured vehicle (photo credit: © L Guichardon MBDA)

The article below is a summary of an article written in French by Jacques Doumic and Vincent Guibout published in the armament engineers magazine n° 109 (  The Milan, with its 2,000m range, was fully satisfactory for many years based on its simple characteristics: efficient against tanks, guided by alignment, the shooter positioning his line of […]

Who’s that speaking?

(photo credit: Agnitio)

A “Mummy, look!” or “Daddy, watch!” shouted from the playground will only turn the head of the parent to whom the call was addressed as the other adults instantly disregard it, having recognised that the voice did not belong to their own child. Spanish company Agnitio, has developed a machine that will do the same thing as […]

CONTACT at the heart of collaborative combat


The article below is a summary of an article written in French by Laurent Morin and  Christophe Groshenry published in the armament engineers magazine n° 109 ( Are you familiar with Slack? Probably if you are a geek at heart or if you’re under 20. It’s the collaborative tool of the Facebook and Twitter generation. Slack offers […]

Trump on defence part 3/3


  Concerning NATO: “I will also be requesting that all NATO nations promptly pay their bills, which many are not now doing.” With this strange, even funny, declaration, which sounded much like a landlord calling in the rent, Trump probably meant that he would like all NATO nations to spend 2% of their GDP on defence. He was […]

Trump on defence part 2/3

130121-A-AO884-077	U.S. Army soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard” march in the Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2013.  DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade, U.S. Army.  (Released)

Trump promised his audience that “immediately after taking office [on 20 January 2017] I will asky my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS,” adding that “this will require military warfare but also cyberwarfare, financial warfare and ideological warfare.” But he gave no details.  Trump said he would ask […]

Trump on defence part 1/3

Donald Trump  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

with Nathan Gain     Exit the shock of the first few hours, the time has now come to be pragmatic. Yesterday Donald Trump was elected as the future president of the United States at the end of a vitriolic campaign during which he gave little away as to his programme. As Germany’s defence minister  Ursula von der Leyen […]

An ode to French soldiers

US Army soldiers with French Marine snipers and French Air Force JTACs, Firebase Morales-Frasier, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Fall 2009. Author is standing at left side of French Bretagne flag, wearing tan ball cap.

In 2009 Chris Hernandez, member at the time of the US Marine Corps and today a reserve soldiers with more than 25 years of military experience behind him, spent several months serving with French troops in Afghanistan, an episode he describes as “one of the highlights of my military career.” In July 2013 he wrote […]

The mortar’s centennial

Mortars precision -  MPM

The article below is a summary of an article written in French by Bernard Amrhein published in the armament engineers magazine n° 109 (   It was in 1915 on the front line and in the mud that Edgar William Brandt first sketched  the plans for a lightweight and mobile howitzer to provide close combat support […]

European defence cooperation is not an Army

Federica Mogherini answers journalists' questions at the end of the EU Defnce Ministers informal meeting in Bratislava on 27th September 2016

Despite the Brexit vote the UK is vowing to continue playing its full role in the EU and says it will oppose any attempts to create an EU army because it could “undermine” the role of NATO. However, not only has European Parliament President Martin Schulz said the UK would not have a veto over closer defence […]