zondag 16 januari 2022

Beëindiging onderzeeboot-capaciteit


Er zijn van die stukken die print je uit om later nog eens te lezen en vervolgens blijven ze liggen op een stapel. Eindelijk las ik de visie van Ko Colijn op een taakspecialisatie voor de Nederlandse krijgsmacht: Beter twee dingen goed doen dan drie dingen half.
Het kan en moet beter is de steeds terugkerende boodschap.

Verspilling

Een kort fragment vat goed samen waarom het geschreven is:
De Europese landen geven al jaren achtereen, na de VS, gezamenlijk veel méér aan defensie uit (in de orde van € 300 miljard) dan bijv. Rusland (orde € 70 miljard), een kloof die eigenlijk niet uit te leggen is, maar dat komt door nationale versnippering niet tot uiting in navenante krachtsverhoudingen. Nu zijn nationale autonomie en soevereiniteit vaak de rechtvaardiging voor deze versnippering, maar evengoed het eufemisme voor vérgaande verspilling.” Als alle landen alles zelf willen blijven doen dan zal dit niet veranderen. Vandaar dat niet alleen de luchtmacht zich moet beperken tot drie squadrons (3x12) F-35's (en vervangen vredesverliezen), maar ook de Nederlandse marine het expeditionair varend vermogen moet beëindigen en zich richten op: “a) patrouillecapaciteit voor het Noordzeegebied en de Middellandse Zee, b) bewaking van vitale onderzeese internetkabels, c) mijnenveegcapaciteit voor de Noordzee.”

Uitgaven

Voor nieuwe onderzeeërs is in dit beeld geen plaats. Daar zijn naast argumenten gelegen in efficiëntie en rationalisatie ook andere argumenten voor. Allereerst wijst Colijn erop dat er geen inzicht is in de reële kosten van de nieuwe onderzeebootcapaciteit. De Algemene Rekenkamer berekende dat “het budget tenminste € 730 miljoen hoger ligt dan in de vertrouwelijke bijlage van de B-brief staat vermeld.” Na het enorme F-35/JSF project is dit het tweede miljarden – inmiddels al € 5 miljardproject dat “niet slechts onderschat is, maar intussen ook in enkele jaren verdrievoudigd en tussentijds met ruim een miljard euro [om precies te zijn € 1,14 miljard] verhoogd is, en dat de AR zich verbaasd toont over het feit dat het ministerie van Defensie de kritiek gewoon naast zich neerlegt.” Het is wederom een project dat jarenlang een groot beroep zal doen op de financiële middelen van Defensie, waarmee andere plannen in de verdrukking komen.

Verblind

Het is verbazingwekkend dat de meeste Kamerleden naast zich neerleggen dat Nederland geen ervaring heeft met de bouw van volledige onderzeeboten. Colijn haalt uit naar de mogelijkheid ze aan te besteden bij werven die geen ervaring hebben, dat leidt tot schimmigheid en is niet rationeel. Bovendien:
“Ontwikkelen in eigen beheer met behulp van de eigen industrie, of het participeren hierin, heeft ons in het verleden een aantal keren weinig goeds gebracht, denk bv. aan de Walrus-affaire en de NH90-helikopter.” (Die laatste stuitte – na 40 jaar ontwikkeling – afgelopen week in Frankrijk nog op kritiek van de Minister van Defensie en moest het kortgeleden in Australië ontgelden.) Maar Kamerleden slaan graag een rood-wit-blauwe vlag om en die verblindt blijkbaar voor de realiteit.

Dan valt het doek

Als je voor een marine light gaat, dan ligt het voor de hand om hier geen onderzeeboot capaciteit binnen te hebben. Met het verdwijnen van de onderzeeboten vervalt ook de Nederlandse onderzeeboot-inlichtingencapaciteit vervallen,
“waar telkens op gehamerd wordt, maar die volstrekt niet transparant en controleerbaar is.” De huidige onderzeeboten van de Walrus-klasse mogen nog wel opgeknapt worden, de zogenaamde end-life update, maar aan het einde van hun levensduur valt het doek.

Strategisch

Overigens betekent dit alles niet dat Ko Colijn voor grote bezuinigingen pleit in zijn artikel, en zijn voorstellen sluiten geen 'strategisch autonoom europa' uit. Hij wijst er echter op dat als alle landen binnen Europa een soevereine Staat met een volledige krijgsmacht willen zijn dat de kosten groter zijn dan de baten.

Hij is echter ingehaald door de werkelijkheid van de nieuwe regering die meent dat niet alleen strategische autonomie van de EU moet worden nagestreefd, maar ook
“onze strategische onafhankelijkheid.” Je zou kunnen opmerken dat het de muis is die brult, maar als Nederland hangt aan die onmogelijke positie dan gaan specialisatie en rationalisatie naar het oud vuil. Dat maakt het tamboereren op de Russische dreiging niet alleen minder geloofwaardig, het is inderdaad een ongehoord “vérgaande verspilling,” waar een deel van de wapenindustrie garen bij spint.

Mogelijk ten overvloede: goed onderwijs, betaalbare en afdoende gezondheidszorg, en sociale voorzieningen bieden voor veel Nederlanders meer veiligheid dan straaljagers en onderzeeboten. De-escaleren en betekenisvolle dialoog worden daarbij momenteel zwaar onderschat.

maandag 10 januari 2022

Arms exports and new governments in the Netherlands and Germany

Germany and the Netherlands both have a new coalition government. France will have elections in April. What will this mean for EU arms export policy? For the German Traffic Light Coalition (SPD, Greens and FDP) arms export is an important subject. For the Dutch new government it played a minor role in the endless formation towards a right of centre government of Liberals (VVD and D66), and Christians (CDA, CU).

The new German government was confronted by an arms export legacy of its predecessors, who gave the green light for more than half of the record exports of last year, valued at over €9 billion, just a few days before it stepped down and was only in office in a caretaker capacity. A major part of this will go to Egypt: three naval vessels and 16 Diehl air defense systems. Will the new coalition let this deal go through? Al Monitor cites Hassan Nafaa, a professor of political science at Cairo University, who: “expects the deal to be frozen for now, as he does not believe that the new government will accept its passage now but could pass it at a later stage.” Egypt, even under the brutal Sisi government, seems to big a client to let it slip away. New orders are already prepared, and have to overcome political hurdles, the Welt reported.

De-minimis agreement


Another issue is Saudi Arabia. The embargo – not watertight so far (between January 2020 and June 2021 alone, the old federal government issued 57 export licenses for Saudi Arabia worth a total of 32.7 million euros) – is extended. But there are no traffic lights in respect to the de-minimis agreement with France: There are currently no relevant decisions pending and the government does not want to comment on a “hypothetical issue” a spokes person of the Ministry of Economics reacted. Russian Press Agency Sputnik concludes there are just no signs there will be brakes on joint NATO exports to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy, including the Eurofighter jet, a Franco-German collaboration. That would mean the Greens in government swallow already part of their position in opposition to arms sales to Riyadh. Even for a major arms exporter as Germany, sales of components is the Achilles heel when aiming for tighter arms export control.

The news that an arms export act is developed (limiting sales to non NATO/EU countries) meets stiff resistance from the arms industry. While those in favour already warn: “Hopeful signs were often followed by disappointments.” Those producing military equipment want a European harmonisation of arms export controls, according to a statement by the chair of the German Security and Defence Industries Association. He fears the Scholz government will entrench national arms export restrictions.

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German arms export
Total value of individual licenses for the export of military goods in billions of Euro




Dutch arms export

Aandeel vergunningen voor militaire componenten binnen totaal wapenexportvergunningen

Year

Main Category (A)

Overall (Cat. A + B)

2015

90%

87%

2016

96%

88%;

2017

70%

72%;

2018

82%

87%;

2019

81%

77%.

2020

90%

67%

Bron: Archief jaarrapporten wapenexportbeleid (https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/archief-jaarrapporten-wapenexportbeleid)

The Dutch Coalition Agreement somewhat cryptical remarks on the defence industry: “The Netherlands will be an actor on the European development of military capacities, and joins to the growing consensus on the reciprocal acknowledgement of licenses.”* Although a 'strategic independent defence-industry' is impossible – for all countries, but the United States – this refers to the Aachen Treaty between Germany and France to smoothen exports of common developed major weapon systems. Specifically the fighter jet (FCAS) and battle tank (MGCS) programs. The German critical stand on arms exports is a thorn in the flesh for Paris, Aachen is meant to tackle it. Not only to suit Macron but also in the interest of German military industry.**

The Dutch Foreign Affairs Advisory Board (AIV) and the Foreign Affairs Policy Evaluation Board (IOB) both advised to include the Treaty in Dutch arms export policy. It introduces a so-called de-minimis declaration, meaning that when less than 20% of a weapon system is provided by the industries of a country, in principle it refrains from export control influence.

Devastating effects

For the Dutch export control – and for many more smaller EU countries - this will have devastating effects, because the country exports mainly components for weapon systems. The current used system of global and general licenses to ease component exports for certain weapon systems like the F-3, for common production has almost the same effect. However this has at least the obligation to provide or deny a license. The former Dutch government took the position this was sufficient. The questions remains why sales of weapon parts to allies with loose interpretations of arms export control restrictions should be possible, just because they are part of NATO and the European Union? It will make arms flow through those countries with the weakest control and undercuts EU Common Policy.

The interests of the military industry are taken care of in both the Dutch and the German new coalitions. Angela Merkel left a large legacy of billions of major arms sales. As a commentator in the Sächsische Zeitung wrote: “If the German government is serious about a value-oriented foreign policy, then it must also include a more restrictive arms export policy. Because it does not go together to demand the protection of human dignity worldwide and at the same time allow arms deliveries.” The debate to create control on arms trade has been politically present since the mid seventies. Although we have a new superpower competition – it is now the United States and China aiming for world domination – the debate is still urgent. The European Union is still considered – maybe against better judgement – a block based on values. This is hard to combine with sales of military technology, either complete weapon systems or components, to the autocrats of the world.

Test case Putin

Another test case is the arming of countries in conflict – against the EU Common Position on Arms Export – with Russia. Russia is only a superpower because it has nuclear weapons; its military expenditure is at the level of that of Italy and its economic situation does not enable a big war. At the eve of the past year both the Netherlands and Germany took position against the export of non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine. According to BILD information, the weapon systems blocked by means of German vetoes and other delaying tactics are 90 Barrett M82precision rifles from the USA and 20 EDM4S-UA anti-drone rifles from Lithuania. Ukraine had already paid for both weapon systems at the beginning of 2021 through the Nato Support and Procurement Agency(NSPA) and was awaiting delivery. The Merkel government was opposed to this NATO-backed deal and succesfuly asked the Netherlands to join, much to the frustration of Kiev. Is more such cooperation possible? The new German government at least shows the intention to be strict and it was quick to block sales to Kazachstan. Although Putin playing a risky game, more military build-up is not the way to prevent more violence.

Watering down

Germany and the Netherlands both have an arms export policy which takes peace and human rights into consideration – not as often as one should want, but not ignoring it as some other European countries do. But it seems the policies of countries not taking the European Union Common Policy very serious and strict are used by German and Dutch governments to water down on control. The so-called level playing field should not be used for a race to the bottom. Peer pressure in the European Union and stronger civil society pressure for those aiming to keep their governments on account must be infused.

Notes:
* Original Dutch text: “Nederland speelt een actieve rol in de Europese ontwikkeling van defensiecapaciteiten, en sluit daarvoor aan bij de groeiende consensus over wederzijdse erkenning van vergunningen.”
** Last year I wrote a blog on how the VVD argued the German French treaty towards its own ends, without taking all exceptions in consideration.


Geschreven voor Stop Wapenhandel

woensdag 5 januari 2022

My tweets for January 2022

Latest on top (updated regularly):
(https://twitter.com/martinbroek

January 18

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Gamble at cost of tax payer? While the Dutch in the midst of a tricolore quarrel if inexperienced #Damen gets the costly chance to build 3-4 submarines, the Germans & Norway build theirs. Last year #TKMS was awarded €5.5bn to build two German and 4 Norwegian 212CD submarines. https://www.hensoldt.net/news/hensoldt-equips-norwegian-and-german-submarines-with-next-generation-optronics-suite/

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Two British C-17 transport aircraft carrying anti-armour weaponry to Ukraine were forced to fly around German airspace after Germany refused to supply defensive weapons to Ukraine https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-aircraft-avoid-germany-on-ukraine-weapon-supply-run via @ukdefjournal

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Congressional Report #CRS on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (#JSF) Program. Includes advise to limit the number of F-35s that could be procured based on the cost of operating and maintaining them. https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21180828/f-35-joint-strike-fighter-jsf-program-jan-14-2022.pdf

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There will be an arms export control law before the end of 2022 TAZ reported (Tuesday), citing State Secretary for Economic Affairs Sven Giegold. "Decisions on arms exports need a restrictive and clear legal basis," said Giegold. https://taz.de/Entscheidung-zu-Ruestungsexporten/!5828552/

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Contrary to German policy London embarks on adding glowing embers to conflict in Ukraine: UK supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, MPs told. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jan/17/uk-supplying-ukraine-with-anti-tank-weapons-mps-told

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Warn famine in Yemen will risk an entire generation. Meanwhile, arms companies are making billions of pounds from arms sales to Saudi Arabia, helping to prolong the conflict. https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/aid-agencies-warn-famine-in-yemen/

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Perspective

People who have died as a result of war in developed nations is down 50% this decade versus 90s.

In 2021, there were 20 African countries with armed conflicts. Result: over 25000 Africans were killed, an almost 10x increase from a decade ago. https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/how-wars-are-derailing-africa-s-progress-3685078

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#Uganda has written to the UN SC, detailing Uganda’s military hardware by type and numbers as well as infantry and air force support weapons used in offence against #ADF in eastern #DRC. (Newspaper has the full inventory but withholds details). https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/uganda-lists-arms-troops-in-adf-fight-3685162

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In Foreign Affairs a plea for NATO to change course by publicly & explicitly refusing to add any more member states. Ending NATO expansion would be an act of self-defense for the alliance itself, with positive result concludes the writer, Michael Kimmage. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2022-01-17/time-nato-close-its-door?

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Germany reiterated its refusal to send defensive weapons to Ukraine. This comes as part of a new German peace policy that aims at restricting arms exports and fostering peace via diplomacy. https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/news/germany-continues-blocking-arms-exports-to-ukraine-due-to-new-foreign-peace-policy/

January 17

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The arms bazaar. In a deal hailed as the biggest single defense equipment export ever by South Korea, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will reportedly buy a surface-to-air-missile system for 4 trillion won (US$3.3 billion). https://asiatimes.com/2022/01/south-korea-uae-strike-3-billion-missile-deal/

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Austrias Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner told she met with the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency Jiří Šedivý to discuss current projects and future cooperation between the EDA and the Austrian Armed Forces. https://eda.europa.eu/news-and-events/news/2022/01/11/ce-in-austria-for-high-level-talks

Saab to deliver the Carl-Gustaf M4 and ammunition to Lithuania. In 2014, Saab signed a framework agreement with the European Defence Agency #EDA to provide Carl-Gustaf ammunition to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland. https://www.army-technology.com/news/saab-deliver-carl-gustaf-m4-lithuania/

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By preferring to buy 36 F-35 fighter planes from the Lockheed rather than French Rafales, Bern has blurred its relations with Paris. A confidential note revealed that “France has severed all high-level diplomatic relations” since last June. https://www.lesechos.fr/idees-debats/editos-analyses/coup-de-froid-entre-la-suisse-et-la-france-1379308

January 16

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Business diplomacy firm LODI Consulting has walked away empty-handed after a lengthy legal wrangle (since 2018) with the ODAS, France's military exports office. [Paywall] Case shedded light on ODAS dealings & who was involved arms deals in Cairo and Ryadh. https://www.intelligenceonline.com/international-dealmaking/2022/01/17/lodi-loses-battle-for-damages-over-riyadh-and-cairo-odas-defence-contracts,109717002-art

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Remarkable Dutch dual use licenses in November 2021:

Nano observation satellites for #SouthAfrica, € 1.2 m. (Probably wild park control.)

Contribution to #Turkish (military) tech development. Cryocoolers for research into image intensifiers. € 80.560 https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/exportcontrole-strategische-goederen/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-dual-use-vergunningen

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Scrap plan for Ukraine ammunition factory. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canada-making-plans-to-build-ammo-factory-in-ukraine-amid-tensions-with-russia Instead of a deeper involvement with the international arms trade, Canada should take Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly's own advice: "de-escalate and engage in meaningful dialogue." https://www.pressreader.com/canada/ottawa-citizen/20220115/281724092914808

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Blurring the lines between civil and military. US multinational conglomerate holding company focused on transportation, e-commerce and services based in Memphis wants to fit some of its planes with anti-missile lasers. https://www.businessinsider.co.za/fedex-seeks-faa-approval-anti-missile-lasers-2022-1

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Airbus has been contracted to supply space start-up Loft Orbital with more than fifteen satellite platforms derived from the Airbus Arrow platform. https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2022-01-industry-first-loft-orbital-signs-agreement-with-airbus-to-procure Loft is seriously interested in becoming a service provider for the US military. https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/loft-orbitals-rideshare-sats-take-an-uber-to-space/

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While experts in #AI wrote an open letter to the new German government calling for a ban on autonomous weapons systems, the EU military industry is already developing such software. Industry representatives are openly promoting its development.

Welt am Sontag NR. 3 January 16, 22

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered a thorough investigation into alleged legal violations in the procurement of a defence satellite that inflicted Rp800 billion (€ 49 million) in losses to the state exchequer. https://en.antaranews.com/news/209573/president-orders-probe-into-defense-ministrys-satellite-project

January 15

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Ik kreeg de Militaire Courant met in 'n column de stelling dat #GroenLinks & #SP volledig ontgaat wat er in de wereld aan de hand is. Freek Jansen #FVD mag 'n Nationaal militair ruimtevaartprogramma bepleiten. Blad wordt verspreid via middelbare scholen, mbo, hbo & universiteiten. https://militairecourant.nl/column-niels-roelen-contrast/

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What a position.

10 yr AgustaWestland ban revoked after 6 yrs. It isn't in India’s interest to ban significant military firms an observer said. “Not only does it have a massive impact on competition, but it is also against national interest.” https://law.asia/agusta-westland-ban-revoked/ #corruption

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Dutch MoD has signed a 10-year lease agreement for a medium #RoRo ship, most probably the Finnmerchant of Finnlines (http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2431755), that will allow the military to move cargo and vehicles on strategic operations. https://defbrief.com/2022/01/14/dutch-lease-roro-ship-for-military-operations/ Name and 'F' are hidden. Why?

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Thailand's cabinet approved a plan to buy four fighter jets starting in the next fiscal year. The approval follows a recent expression of interest by the air force chief Marshal Napadej Dhupatemiya, in procuring eight F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2245879/air-force-eyes-b13-8bn-jets-purchase

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Leonardo has won 260 million euros ($296 million) in Eurofighter European Common Radar System Mk1 E-scan radar work from Germany’s Hensoldt, meaning the Italian firm now has a major role in all 3 of the new e-scan radars being built for Typhoon customers. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/01/14/deal-with-hensoldt-expands-leonardos-stake-in-eurofighter-radar-business/

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For India, Philippines’ BrahMos missile order is a win as LAC border dispute with China continues.

New Delhi is also talking to Vietnam and Indonesia about buying the supersonic cruise missiles as part of its efforts to ramp up arms exports.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3163456/india-philippines-brahmos-missile-order-win-lac-border-dispute

January 13

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Article by military historians on the recent use of #drones in warfare, most notably Turkish and Israeli drone tech, but also on counter measures by the US naval ships in the Middle East. Based on public available sources. https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2022/january/new-wrinkles-drone-warfare

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In the lawsuit filed by the Mexican government before a US court against illegal trafficking of 500,000 weapons a year, the country can defeat giant arms producers (Beretta; Glock; Sturm, Ruger & Co etc.) and distributors that feed criminal organizations. https://www.dossierpolitico.com/vernoticias.php?artid=260205&relacion=&tipo=Principal&categoria=12

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French MoD Parly will put on the table of the CEO of Airbus Helicopters the problematic maintenance of the Cayman heli's (French navy #NH90 version) whose availability under the supervision of NHIndustries (#Airbus Helicopters, #Leonardo & #Fokker) is bad. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/soutien-le-caiman-de-la-marine-nationale-boit-la-tasse-899907.html

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It is not a secret Damen Shipyards is building a naval shipyard in Kenya. But it has never been reported in the Dutch press. Not with and not without context. Kenya has its election violence cycles, oil and conflicts and is near Somalia. https://nation.africa/kenya/news/uhuru-kenyatta-makes-impromptu-visits-to-kisumu-port-mbita--3680458

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For years, #Egypt has been a major customer for #German arms exports. However, a policy reassessment is long overdue as the exports to Cairo are sending dangerous political signals.

Placing an embargo on all deliveries to Egypt would be a strong signal.

https://ip-quarterly.com/en/germanys-problematic-billion-euro-weapons-deals-egypt

January 12

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Which companies will visit March arms fair in Saudi Arabia, the WORLD DEFENSE SHOW 2022?

So far it is only one from the Netherlands: Microflown Avisa. But it is 20 from the UK, 13 from France, and 8 from Italy and 2 from Germany. https://www.worlddefenseshow.com/exhibit/exhibitor-list/

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Ah that's the tool we need to fight climate change and improve health standards.
Retweet @lauderdale_l: Last week, we released the first F-35 Fast Facts of 2022. The new look and feel showcases how @theF35 enables 21st Century Warfare. I encourage you to check out some of the links to see the F-35 in action! To see the latest: https://f35.com/content/dam/lockheed-martin/aero/f35/documents/F35FastFacts01_2022.pdf

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Vervang dan ook 't woord pemuda door jonge strijders. Zoals het woord nu gebruikt wordt, is 't alsof alle Indonesische jongeren rond liepen met rotan speren om mensen af te maken. Dat versterkt pas rassenhaat. Jongeren waren nog diverser dan het geweld. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/01/10/schrap-term-bersiap-voor-periodisering-want-die-is-racistisch-a4077367

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Came across this summary of Dutch industrial participation in the F-35 fighter program: Lockheed Martin Rolls out the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s First Operational F-35A Lightning-II (last column). https://www.defenceturkey.com/files/issues/5c6ef9ccb75bb.pdf

Netherlands Economic Impact The design expertise, development and manufacturing proficiencies Dutch industry bring to the F-35 will ensure future economic growth and national security for the Netherlands. Dutch Industry including 25 suppliers continues to benefit from the F-35 program with contracts awarded for high technology work. As estimated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the F-35 has already generated more than $1B in contracts for Netherlands Industry, creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs for this country over the next 30-40 years. Dutch industry is currently participating in high volume production, critical technology development and strategic structural design ventures that are integral to the F-35 program. Key industrial partners include Fokker Technologies, Aeronamic, Thales, NLR, Airbus Defense and Space, and DPCC. Dutch Industry will continue building F-35 parts for over 3,000 aircraft over the next 30+ years. The Netherlands was also assigned four major European regional sustainment projects: Engine Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul, and Upgrade (MRO&U), Landing Gear Component MRO&U, PTMS MRO&U, and Regional Warehousing.

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The #Bremen Port Act is used to deny harbour use for nuclear fuel transports. This also served as blueprint to prevent eg. arms exports. Has also this become impossible with the recent Karlsruhe decision that nuclear transport is a federal responsibility? https://taz.de/Karlsruher-Entscheid-zu-Atomtransporten/!5825099&SuchRahmen=Print/

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The US should draw a distinction between the Taliban as former insurgents and the state they now control.

This starts by beginning to lift sanctions on the Taliban as a group (leaving sanctions on some individuals and an arms embargo in place)

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/opinion/afghanistan-taliban-us.html

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Czech FA Minister announced that licenses for arms exports for Kazakhstan would be scrapped. In 2020 the Czech Ministry of Trade provided 11 export licenses. Companies have been able to export firearms, vehicles, chemicals and "riot control agents." https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/why-unrest-in-kazakhstan-strikes-a-nerve-in-the-czech-republic

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A UK South/Africa arms #corruption story of the 90's retold. "Given his complicity 20 years ago in the BAE/Saab fleecing of SA, perhaps Hain [a “Blair’s buddies”] might now prevail upon the present UK government to make restitution .. to the people of SA?" https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/letters/2022-01-11-letter-hains-bain-critique-applies-to-arms-deal-too/

"I was soon informed that it was [then] not illegal in English law to bribe foreigners, and therefore there was no crime."

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#Corruption claims threaten Emmanuel Macron’s fighter jet deal. Claims by defence consultant against #Thales brings scrutiny to #French arms deals with India. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/01/09/corruption-claims-threaten-emmanuel-macrons-fighter-jet-deal/

Is Thales corrupt? Oh we did know that already. But its only the French part.

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#Rafale's to #UAE may destabilize Europe’s efforts at defence collaboration. For it strengthens Dassault’s hand in the still-troublesome negotiations with Airbus’s German-based defence division over Europe’s proposed Future Combat Air System #FCAS. https://www.ft.com/content/095d4c62-f215-499e-9ea0-cd26e0f5b42b

Meanwhile, the new German government’s plans to codify into law the country’s tougher restrictions on arms exports — potentially limiting them to just NATO and the EU — is adding to tensions. Such constraints on exports “would be a deal killer”, said one French defence executive. https://www.ft.com/content/095d4c62-f215-499e-9ea0-cd26e0f5b42b

January 11

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Why France must not sell weaponry to India (a view from Islamabad):

1) it currently ruled by hawkish and insane leadership

2) already one of the world’s largest arms importers

3) it fuels regional tensions https://www.globalvillagespace.com/disturbing-trajectory-of-indo-french-defense-partnership/

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Japan's international arms sales never really have taken off. Uncompetitive, with high prices, aging technology and scant government support, arms makers in Japan increasingly are just withdrawing from the business. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-12-29/despite-defense-buildup-japans-arms-industry-struggles

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Arms sales to Kazakhstan are relatively small, but significant. Kazakhstan's energy wealth gives it money to spend. Israel and Kazakhstan signed a defense agreement in 2014, particulars have never been revealed but appear to deal mainly with weapons sales. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/oil-cyber-weapons-relations-israel-kazakhstan-protests-1.10527645

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How US policy on China and BDS-campaign against illegal occupation of Palestine have impact on the Middle Eastern Apartheid State.

Israeli arms exports, the best-known trademark of Israeli industry, were closely controlled by the US; China was off-limits. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/bds-israel-china-us-trade-policy

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Fighter arms race in Middle East. Now besides EU and US also Russia became more active. It showed off its SU-75 Checkmate jet fighter in hopes of getting Middle East business. Will it win contracts over the F-35, Defense News asks. (No, it answered.) https://www.defensenews.com/video/2022/01/10/will-the-russian-checkmate-jet-beat-the-f-35-actionable-intelligence/

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Information for sale. Retweet @AirbusDefence: Whether you’re looking for geospatial intelligence analysis or critical mission planning, #PléiadesNeo has the vision. When it comes to Defence and Security, our satellites deliver precise, reliable and continuous information to prepare, confirm and assess operations. https://www.intelligence-airbusds.com/imagery/constellation/pleiades-neo/#defence

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The technology developed by spyware firm NSO should be more strictly regulated but not discarded altogether, Israel’s cybersecurity guru said — though he acknowledged that the scandal surrounding the Herzliya-based firm was blackening Israel’s reputation. https://www.timesofisrael.com/dont-toss-the-spyware-with-the-nso-scandal-bathwater-says-israeli-cyber-guru/

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Members of the group Palestine Action celebrated victory on Monday as Israeli arms giant Elbit Systems sold off one of its UK factories.

The group has carried out a sustained direct action campaign at the site since August 2020.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/israels-elbit-sells-uk-arms-factory-targeted-activists

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‘Een groep van 60 leden van het Parlement vraagt de Commissie een streep te zetten door de associatie van Israël met Horizon Europe. Zij vinden dat Israël’s opstelling jegens Palestina niet in lijn is met de waarden van de EU. Zie verder: https://www.neth-er.eu/onderzoek/groep-meps-wil-isra-l-uitsluiten-van-horizon-europe

January 10

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Germany and the Netherlands both have a new coalition government. France will have elections in April. What will this mean for EU arms export policy? New blog by @martinbroek https://stopwapenhandel.org/arms-exports-and-new-governments-in-the-netherlands-and-germany/

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In South China Morning Post on Myanmar: Interviewees with the anti-junta fighters, activists and aid agency members suggested that without int. action being stepped up, including an arms embargo endorsed by the UN, such killings were likely to intensify. https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3162697/bound-gagged-shot-myanmars-military-massacre-women-children

Whichever country clinches the submarine deal, it is very clear that Russia or China have absolutely no intention of heeding US's recent call for a worldwide ban on arms sales to Myanmar. The geoeconomic stakes are too high for Moscow and Beijing. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/commentary-why-china-transferred-submarine-myanmar-2416416

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Does Berlin go American? US Joint Strike Fighter could become Germany's nuclear bomber (thus not Eurofighter); German government to reconsider purchase of US F-35 fighter as Tornado successor for nuclear bombs. https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/plus236130848/F-35-Ploetzlich-ist-der-US-Jet-eine-Option-als-Deutschlands-Atombomber.html

January 9

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Warships for the dictator; The Bremen-based Lürssen shipyard wants to build corvettes for Egypt's ruler al-Sisi. Trouble is programmed in the traffic light coalition. https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article236097286/Ampel-Koalition-Gruene-gegen-Plaene-zum-Bau-von-Kriegsschiffen-in-Aegypten.html

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Military industry has a bad reputation. GIFAS (French Aerospace Industries Association) worried about reluctance of the banking sector to finance military production. Strictly follow the arms trade export rules, don't produce nukes etc. & change will come. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/financement-un-mauvais-vent-souffle-sur-la-defense-guillaume-faury-gifas-899700.html

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Also military industry in Turkey negatively impacted by inflation. TAI, which will lead Turkish fighter aircraft project at the facilities inaugurated by President Erdogan, is experiencing a currency crisis with its subcontractors. [in Turkish] https://www.ogunhaber.com/genel/savunma-sanayisinde-kur-krizi-2260566h.html

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The Department of Aeronautical Maintenance of the French MoD awarded a contract to ensure the monitoring of all aerial surveillance equipment. Thales becomes its single point of contact. The contract over 10 years is valued +/- € 1.5 bn. https://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/air-defense/defense-la-france-confie-a-thales-son-systeme-de-surveillance-aerienne-1377662

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#Sogeclair, whose head office is located in Blagnac, and operates on aerospace (commercial aviation, business, space), simulation (automotive & rail) and defence (military vehicles), quietly liquidated its #Moroccan subsidiary in mid-December 2021. PayWall https://mobile.ledesk.ma/enoff/le-toulousain-sogeclair-liquide-sa-filiale-aeronautique-au-maroc/

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Worth reading on one of the major issues in International Polltics.

What Should the Left Do About China?

Progressive thinkers are developing a foreign policy approach that opposes military confrontation while acknowledging Beijing’s oppressive policies.

https://www.thenation.com/article/world/china-left-foreign-policy/

Rayhan Asat, a Uyghur human rights lawyer prefers an approach that the US should apply targeted sanctions against Chinese officials complicit in human rights abuses in Xinjiang. She's against a military buildup in response because the US has a credibility problem on human rights.

January 8

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Germany has temporarily halted arms exports to Kazakhstan, report German media based on a report from German news agency DPA. Last year, Germany issued twenty-five export licenses for weapons worth €2.2 million in total. https://www.paudal.com/2022/01/08/germany-stops-arms-supplies-to-kazakhstan-us-diplomats-are-allowed-to-leave-the-country/

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The U.S. has established a forward operating headquarters in Albania and will use the facility in the Adriatic Sea-facing country as a home base for missions in the broader Balkans. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/2022-01-06/albania-us-special-forces-forward-operating-headquarters-4202023.html

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An overview of military industrial meetings mainly in London, but also Hamburg and Washington DC. https://www.defenceiq.com/air-land-and-sea-defence-services/editorials/download-defence-iqs-event-calendar Looking for an arms fair in the Netherlands? Protest the NIDV-NEDS fair in February 2022 at Ahoy in Rotterdam. https://www.nidv.eu/agenda/

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Experts doubt the quality of the Chinese arms given the fall in China’s global market share of arms exports. Besides the hidden costs Chinese weapons are seemingly losing charms as they remain largely untested in real combats, unlike the western systems. https://nationalcybersecuritynews.today/why-chinese-weapons-are-fast-losing-edge-in-global-arms-export-market-despite-tall-claims-cybersecurity-cyberattack/

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Foreign arms sales plummet; F-35 deliveries rise. Lockheed delivered 142 F-35 fighters in 2021. That’s up from 120 it delivered in 2020, a no. well below the 141-aircraft goal due to the supply chain issues related to the pandemic.

https://www.defenseone.com/business/2022/01/defense-business-brief-foreign-arms-sales-plummet-f-35-deliveries-rise-leidos-sponsor-nascar-driver-and-more/360495/

https://www.state.gov/fiscal-year-2021-u-s-arms-transfers-and-defense-trade/

January 7

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Aselsan has been adapting the Sarp remote weapon station able to fire the Atom 40 mm high-velocity airburst munition. Atom Sarp was test-fired in June 2021 against dummies representing dispersed insurgents under cover, inside buildings, and in the field. https://www.turdef.com/Article/aselsan-s-40-mm-atom-is-ready-for-action/1110

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Elbit Systems’ Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A. won a contract to supply additional Hermes 900 UAS to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira). https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/aktien/elbit-systems-awarded-a-follow-on-contract-to-supply-hermes-900-unmanned-aircraft-systems-to-the-brazilian-air-force-10896057

January 6

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Zijn wij al wakker?

Wereldmachten spelen zeeslag in Azië.

‘De Australische vredesbeweging was klaar en duidelijk over AUKUS. Zij zeiden: “Dit is niet wie wij zijn. Wij hebben niets, maar dan ook niets te maken met dit nieuwe, witte kolonistenpact.”’ https://www.mo.be/analyse/wereldmachten-spelen-zeeslag-indische-en-stille-oceaan

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A New York federal judge on Wednesday set a fall trial date for a former adviser to ex-U.S. President Donald Trump who stands accused of an illicit lobbying campaign on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2JF1NP

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The #Qatar Air Force took delivery of the first #NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) recently, manufacturer Leonardo has announced. The first TTH version helicopter for land-based tasks was delivered on 11 December. https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/news-and-stories-detail/-/detail/03-01-2022-leonardo-qatar-s-nh90-helicopter-programme-marks-major-milestone-with-first-delivery

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Left in EP demands:

– a non-military CFSP that relies on diplomacy & maintains peace

– strict interpretation of article 41(2)TEU that prohibits to use EU-budget for arms industry or military ops

– sanction mechanism in Common Position on arms exports

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-9-2021-0358_EN.html

January 5

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CRS-report: Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations with e.g. information on the Bayraktar TB2s drones and arms sales policy. https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21173835/turkey-background-and-us-relations-in-brief-dec-30-2021.pdf

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An F-35A fighter operated by South Korea's Air Force made an emergency landing during a training session. SK's Air Force and the US military plan to initiate a joint investigation into what went wrong with the fighter produced by Lockheed Martin. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220104005053325?section=national/defense

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1/2 „Dictators over de hele wereld willen de Israëlische surveillance hebben, van Bolsonaro tot Orbán”, zegt Benjamin Baars, die voor de Nederlandse campagne Stop Wapenhandel onderzoek deed naar de Israëlische veiligheidsindustrie. .../2

2/2 „Maar ook Nederland wil Israëlische technologie, zoals drones en gezichtsherkenning. Toegang tot de Israëlische veiligheidsindustrie kan voor Europese landen een reden zijn om kritiek voor zich te houden.” https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/01/04/surveillance-industrie-israel-in-schijnwerpers-door-pegasus-schandaal-a4075654

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If the German government is serious about a value-oriented foreign policy, then it must also include a more restrictive arms export policy. Because it does not go together to demand the protection of human dignity worldwide and at the same time allow arms deliveries.

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Military sales also include satellite exports. #Airbus is ahead of its competitors in the field, French La Tribune argues. In recent Airbus sold (in cooperation with #Thales Alenia Space) to the #UAE and #Morocco. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/comment-airbus-va-croitre-sur-le-marche-mondial-de-l-observation-spatiale-898707.html

January 4

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Blind anger is often not the best advisor.

Heckler & Koch CFO Björn Krönert has no clue why his company is "being put in a half-silence corner by banks and the EU!" https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/neuer-eu-plan-angriff-auf-unsere-ruestungsfirmen-78715942.bild.html

Ever heard of Mexico? https://www.dw.com/en/court-heckler-koch-must-pay-for-illegal-arms-sales-to-mexico/a-57047654

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The cynical views from one of the largest military companies. Read and shiver. "Peace is not going to break out in the Middle East anytime soon," Raytheon's CEO said. "I think it remains an area where we'll continue to see solid growth."
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/01/02/business/they-have-massive-influence-how-raytheon-turned-potentially-hard-year-into-good-one/

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The German defence industry has expressed fears that it will suffer a significant competitive disadvantage as a result of the new German government's plans to restrict arms exports.
https://www.trtdeutsch.com/wirtschaft-inland/rustungsindustrie-warnt-vor-einschrankung-der-exporte-7580374

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Excerpts leaked to media of interim UN Panel of Experts report on Libya arms embargo indicate that that the embargo remained ineffective and existing stockpiles of weapons and ammunition in the country are sufficient to fuel future conflict.
https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/libya-situation-security-councils-january-agenda

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Tanker planes better protected in the air. Good news for UAE Air Force, Elbit and Airbus (+ shareholders), not so for victims of Emirati bombardments.
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-691394

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Military (industry) funded organisation give their opinions. At a minimum, media outlets should point out their contributors’ direct or indirect financial ties to the military when offering their opinion on the armed forces. A view on this from Canada. https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/of-course-these-experts-are-pro-militaryfollow-the-money

January 3

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The new German government wants to continue the arms export stop for Saudi Arabia in the coming year. However, it is still unclear whether, like the previous government, it will allow exceptions for joint projects with alliance partners. https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/waffen-ruestungsexportstopp-fuer-saudi-arabien-bleibt-bestehen-ausnahmen-aber-unklar/

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Employee of CMI Command proposes to expand military exchange with UAE, eg with Special Forces & Air Force. And points to the fact Dutch Defence attache in Abu Dhabi considers The Hague policy on Emirati human rights violations harmful to military relations.https://www.militairespectator.nl/thema/geschiedenis-internationale-veiligheidspolitiek/artikel/klauwen-van-de-valk

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Spanish news Larazon reports that #Morocco will soon be taking delivery of the #MBDA VL MICA ground based air defense missile system. The new system will complement the #Chinese-made FD-2000 air defense system. #endlessconflict #Algeria https://www.larazon.es/internacional/20211228/ixbrxbyqhverfkttxc44svsza4.html

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Royal IHC rondt verkoop bedrijfsonderdelen die niet tot kern behoren nagenoeg af. De werf blijft samen met de Franse Naval Group meedingen naar de de bouw van onderzeeboten voor de Koninklijke Marine. https://fd.nl/bedrijfsleven/1425412/royal-ihc-rondt-verkoop-bedrijfsonderdelen-die-niet-tot-kern-behoren-nagenoeg-af

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Turkey’s top defense industry official has reiterated that armed drones sold to other countries will never pose a risk to Turkey in the future, suggesting that engineers placed a kill switch on the exported versions of the drones. https://nordicmonitor.com/2022/01/turkey-may-have-planted-a-kill-switch-in-exported-bayraktar-armed-drones/

January 2

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While French President Macron visions a more federalized EU, his government has also made it clear that this goal does not apply to arms exports, on which its arms industry relies. https://europeanconservative.com/articles/news/france-wants-a-federalized-eu-but-not-for-arms/

So its up to the French NGOs to counter the arms sales.

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The political reasoning behind arms sales. Here the French example. Arms sales are the thermometer of a nation’s influence abroad: it gives the exact measure of its diplomatic, military, industrial and technological influence. https://miwi-institut.de/archives/1609

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1/6 De Nederlandse Commando Stichting klaagt over vooringenomenheid bij het onderzoek naar het Nederlandse optreden 1945/50 in Indië/Indonesië (alleen al dit laatste woord in deze tweet zal tot een zelfde veroordeling leiden. Men is het immers nog steeds niet eens met het gestelde dat Indonesië op 17 augustus 1945 onafhankelijk werd.). https://www.korpscommandotroepen.nl/stichting-nieuws/de-groene-baret-december-editie-2021-deze-week-in-de-bus/

2/6 Er bestaat een klankbordgroep die de onderzoekers gevraagd en ongevraagd van advies voorziet. Ze is naast het Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei samengesteld uit organisaties van en voor veteranen en Nederlanders uit Indië. De klankbordgroep heeft een zelfde kritiek, maar is zelf niet bepaald onafhankelijk van samenstelling.
https://www.ind45-50.org/maatschappelijke-klankbordgroep

3/6 Hebben Indonesische vluchtelingen een formele status om ongevraagd en gevraagd advies te geven of vredesorganisaties, oppositie groepen, politieke stromingen, de nazaten van de Doopsgezinden, Remonstranten, de dienst- en Indiëweigeraars?

4/6 In 1994 sprak ik de Indonesische activist en antimilitarist
Indro Tjahyono. Hij had een boek geschreven 'Indonesia was under boots' https://sangpemikir.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/indonesia-was-under-boots/ Die boots waren soldatenlaarzen. Hij wilde de historische context aangeven van waarin het repressieve regime van Suharto wortelde. Hij zelf ondervond de gevolgen aan de lijve.

5/6 In dat jaar las ik ook Harolds Crouch standardwerk 'The army and politics in Indonesia' https://books.google.nl/books?id=TJptHWc4i1EC&redir_esc=y en leerde dat de Nederlandse militaire acties na 1945 de opmaat waren naar het militaire regime en het idee van Dwi Fungsi. Het gevangen zetten van de politieke leiding betekende immers de versterking van de militaire tak van het verzet zowel politiek als militair.

6/6 Commentaar op het optreden van destijds is hard voor wie vochten en hun leven waagden. Die kritiek is echter nodig om Nederland eindelijk volwassen met haar geschiedenis om te laten gaan en niet gericht op de militairen, maar op hen die de beslissingen namen. Die de tekenen van de tijd niet verstonden en grepen naar militaire macht om te verdedigen was onjuist was. Nu nog niet zien dat Indonesië zelf bepaalde wanneer het onafhankelijk was, is alleen vanuit een verstarde visie te begrijpen. Er waren destijds al heel wat mensen die vonden dat Nederland onjuiste keuzes maakte.

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#Ukraine's state-owned arms exporter, Ukrspecexport, received 144 foreign delegations and signed contracts worth $332 million in 2021, the company's press service has said. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-economy/3378521-ukraines-state-arms-exporter-signs-332m-worth-of-contracts-in-2021.html

January 1

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#Berkel & #Rodenrijs gets #satellite plant to build earth observation satellites. The US-Argentine firm Satellogic plans to produce 25 satellites per quarter. [in Dutch] https://www.computable.nl/artikel/nieuws/digital-innovation/7297148/250449/berkel-en-rodenrijs-krijgt-ruimtevaartfabriek.html

Also for military and intel apps? https://satellogic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Satellogic_Solutions-for-Defense_Intelligence.pdf

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Will Germany freeze the arms deal with #Egypt? Spoiler alert: Berlin will not. The market is to big. https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/12/will-germany-freeze-arms-deal-egypt Maybe even more important Cairo is a crucial geopolitical ally, despite its terrible human rights record.

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Czech military to adopt new small arms including Belgian FN Minimi machine guns. Earlier this year, Norway also adopted the Minimi—and it has clearly become the NATO standard. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/czech-military-adopt-new-small-arms-including-fn-minimi-machine-guns-198826

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All over the world, countries are spending exorbitant amounts on national security, while spending on human welfare is declining.

Millions of children are out of school in Pakistan because its government doesn't spend similar resources on education. https://nation.com.pk/01-Jan-2022/guns-and-butter

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India's deployment will provide a major fillip to its air defence capacity as the weapon system is capable of neutralising assets from +400km away.

Next logical step is Pakistan aiming for more nuclear warheads, to keep its nuclear threat at same level. https://indianexpress.com/article/india/eye-on-china-pakistan-s-400-unit-deployed-punjab-7700617/

woensdag 8 december 2021

My tweets for December 2021

Latest on top (updated regularly):
(https://twitter.com/martinbroek

December 31

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The real winner of higher military expenditure is not security, but are the military industries. -> See chart. Security of citizens would be better off with investment in health, education, social expenditure, environment and infrastructure.

Retweet @stephensemler: Because ~55% of military spending goes to contractors, arms companies will likely get more money from Biden’s Pentagon budget than the public got through his $1,400 stimulus checks: https://stephensemler.substack.com/p/biden-sends-stimulus-checks-to-military

December 30

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1/2 The US Dep of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security #BIS recently published a Request for Public Comments regarding the newly formed Export Control Working Group of the US-European Union Trade and Technology Council #TTC.

https://www.hklaw.com/en/insights/publications/2021/12/public-input-requested-on-us-eu-export-control

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/09/29/u-s-eu-trade-and-technology-council-inaugural-joint-statement/

2/2 For this public comment request, BIS is specifically seeking input regarding the following issues.

  • Ways in which dual-use export control policies and practices can be made more transparent, efficient, effective, convergent and fit for today's challenges, especially as they relate to emerging technologies

  • Specific examples of ways in which convergence of U.S. and EU export control practices could enhance international security, protect human rights, support a global level playing field and increase joint technology development The deadline to submit public comments on these issues is Jan. 14, 2022.

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November jl. is 'n deel van VS-helikopterbrigade in het kader van Operatie Atlantic Resolve via Nederland afgelost. De Combat Aviation Brigade van de 1ste Infanteriedivisie uit Texas kwam en de Air Cavalry Brigade van de 1ste Cavaleriedivisie vertrok. #HNS http://troepenbewegingen.blogspot.com/2021/12/atlantic-resolve-2021-via-nederland.html

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China hits back in White Paper at ‘double standards’ amid US tech war. https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3161447/china-hits-back-double-standards-amid-us-tech-war-washingtons

But Beijings export control paper lacks much substance on arms control and eg a policy on Myanmar. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1243652.shtml

The paper foremost shows control is part of the new Cold War.

December 29

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Stop Starving Afghanistan

Why the West Should Release Its Economic Chokehold

"After generations of suffering, the Afghan people deserve better."
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/afghanistan/2021-12-29/stop-starving-afghanistan

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International deals, including a $72 million contract with the Indian military in 2019 for some 72,400 rifles, along with dozens of other police and military contracts, have allowed #SigSauer to grow and become the largest US exporter of #firearms. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-sig-sauer-became-largest-us-firearms-exporter-198670

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The US military budget infuriated progressive Democrats. Congress approved the all time largest US defence budget, at a time when expectations were that it would be reduced after the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the reduction of forces in Iraq. https://thetimeshub.in/8-priorities-for-the-highest-military-budget-in-the-history-of-battalions

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The US military wants to directly plug commercial imagery satellites into its forthcoming orbital networks, enabling soldiers in the field to access that data faster. https://www.c4isrnet.com/intel-geoint/2021/12/23/the-us-military-wants-to-plug-commercial-satellites-into-its-orbital-networks/

December 27

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Promises are easy to make, but more easily forgotten by those in power. When sellers of white goods should operate like that, they would be quick out of business.

Biden Went Soft on Saudi Arabia. Now Democrats in Congress Are, Too. https://www.thedailybeast.com/joe-biden-went-soft-on-saudi-arabia-now-democrats-in-congress-are-too

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The UNSC adopted resolution S/RES/2616(2021) to consider during mandate renewals the role peace operations could play in helping States to stem the flow of illicit arms in line with related arms embargoes. 12 votes in favor. China, India & Russia abstained https://www.un.org/press/en/2021/sc14751.doc.htm

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1/2 #Thales will work with Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company – EITC) to enhance the #UAE's telco provider’s Digital Trust portfolio and Cybersecurity #Defense Centre. What military activities will be protected? https://www.arabianbusiness.com/gcc/uae/du-partners-with-thales-to-enhance-data-security-processes-and-meet-evolving-regulatory-compliance-in-the-uae …/2

2/2 Recently it gained considerable experience through its military operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348993255_The_Evolution_of_the_Armed_Forces_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates

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Spending spree and Greece naval buildup seems to continue. Italians, French and Dutch are vying for the Navy's four-corvette program worth 3 billion euros. [in Greek] https://www.sofokleousin.gr/italoi-galloi-kai-ollandoi-ypopsifioi-gia-tis-tesseris-korvetes-t #Sigma10514, #Damen #DOHAcorvette, #Ficantieri #GOWIND #NavalGroup

December 26

1/4 German arms exports hit new record during Merkel's last days. The former government approved almost €5 billion in warships and missile defense deals as it prepared to leave office. .../2 https://www.dw.com/en/german-arms-exports-hit-new-record-during-merkels-last-days/a-60256034

2/4 Baerbock pointed out that arms exports cannot be viewed in purely economic terms. "It is also a question of foreign policy, of human rights, of int. relations." She also advocates for a joint arms export control at EU level: "a thick board." .../3 https://www.n-tv.de/politik/CDU-verteidigt-spaete-Ruestungsexporte-article23021711.html

3/4 First arms trade is a balancing act between economics, foreign relations, military strength and moral policies as laid down in the EU arms control policy. Arms sales to Egypt have been a policy tool for decades. It is thus more a policy issue: what is sound economic policy, what kind of foreign policy (included military) and how strict to interpret existing rules. .../4

4/4 ... what kind of foreign/military policy & how strict to interpret rules? But when even Berlin cannot get its act together it is no improvement to transfer the issue to Brussels to let it be watered down even more. An EU policy exist. Time to pressure for its implementation.

December 25

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Ultimately, the story of the Kyaw Thaungs - an Burmese-Irish clan - parallels that of Myanmar: a country of vast potential foiled by a ruthless military and the families willing to compromise themselves in pursuit of its riches. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/world/asia/myanmar-coup-military-tatmadaw-kyaw-thaung.html

“It’s civilian planes delivered to civilian companies, but they are used by a military force with a very bad reputation,” said @MartinBroek, an arms trade expert who tracked the delivery of Fokkers to the Tatmadaw. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/world/asia/myanmar-coup-military-tatmadaw-kyaw-thaung.html Hope it leads to more future carefulness.

For those who want to have more information on the Dutch decision making on this subject see this reply to a Freedom of Information Act request of July 2021 (not mine): https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/wob-verzoeken/2021/12/15/besluit-op-wob-verzoek-over-registratie-eigendom-en-export-luchtvaartuigen/bijlage-wobbesluit-luchtvaartuigen.pdf

December 22

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Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn moet stoppen met het beleggen van ons geld in fossiele brandstof, wapenhandel en bedrijven die ongezonde voeding produceren. Die oproep doet De Jonge Arts M+G, dat 500 artsen in opleiding vertegenwoordigt aan #PFZW. https://www.medischcontact.nl/nieuws/laatste-nieuws/nieuwsartikel/artsen-mg-in-opleiding-investeer-ons-pensioengeld-niet-in-onverantwoorde-bedrijven.htm

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Retweet @defense_news: Britain and Japan join forces on next-generation fighter engine
https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/12/22/britain-and-japan-join-forces-on-next-generation-fighter-engine/

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“The Flemish government is acting in violation of the Flemish arms trade decree by allowing transfers of military technology to #Turkey, despite evidence that this violates international arms embargoes,” a coalition of Belgian NGO's said in a statement. https://www.brusselstimes.com/eu-affairs/198784/belgian-court-hears-arguments-to-end-arms-export-to-turkey

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The Problem with Drones that Everyone Saw Coming
Just because drone warfare is less dangerous for American soldiers does not mean it is more effective.
https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/12/problem-drones-everyone-saw-coming/360025/

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It seems the 23rd annual report on arms exports is published by the EU, see for text in several languages: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.C_.2021.515.01.0001.01.ENG

Tweeted almost three months ago for the first time on the publication. https://twitter.com/martinbroek/status/1443468253184016386

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In Glasgow werd geëist dat de krijgsmacht zijn klimaatvervuiling vermindert. Intussen past deze vooral de strategie aan klimaatverandering aan, zegt Wendela de Vries van vredesorganisatie @Ctwnl. Het resultaat is ongeveer het tegenovergestelde van de eis. https://downtoearthmagazine.nl/het-leger-moet-vergroenen/

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#Switzerland’s arms industry is booming as globally countries increase their military firepower. But can a neutral country that prides itself on humanitarianism justify exporting arms at all? Pressure from civil society has forced policymakers into action. https://www.swisscommunity.org/en/news-media/swiss-review/article/swiss-arms-industry-on-the-defensive

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Retweet @Vredesactie: Wij daagden de Vlaamse overheid voor de rechtbank voor de export van militaire onderdelen naar Turkije. Vandaag vindt de zitting in de rechtbank van eerste aanleg plaats. Volg hier alle updates. https://twitter.com/Vredesactie/status/1473599996679311365

December 21

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In a huray mood, because the new Dutch government will spend billions more on the military, the Dutch defence lobby NIVD goes to arms fairs in

Berlin,
Chile,
Greece,
Korea,

London,
Malaysia,
Rotterdam and
Paris. https://www.nidv.eu/agenda/

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Kenyan Mombasa mixed military and civil Shipyard is just opened and was developed in partnership with Dutch #Damen. Kenyatta thanked the #Kenya Defence Force and its partner Damen for delivering the shipyard on budget and ahead of schedule. https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/mombasa-shipyard-commissioned-in-kenya/

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Finnish Company Patria, as the industrial coordinator of consortium FAMOUS (European Future Highly Mobile Augmented Armoured Systems), has signed an agreement with the EU Commission to start the development of the next generation armoured vehicles. https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_december_2021_global_security_army_industry/

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Leonardo owned Vitrociset (http://www.vitrociset.it/) contracting agency for study into space based situational awareness and space traffic management and coordination tendered by the European Defence Agency #EDA.

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The Indian government imposed a fine on French company Dassault Aviation last month over delays in offset obligations that were part of a 2016 deal for 36 Rafale fighters, Defense News has learned. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2021/12/20/india-fines-french-firm-dassault-aviation-over-offset-delays/

December 20

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They've mastered?

No it is mastered with and without consent by us all. "European aviation supported "decisions of many EU countries to increase their defence spending, Covid-19 notwithstanding, as well as the more ambitious EU initiatives, starting with EDF, albeit curtailed..."

Retweet @ASDEurope: The Covid pandemic entailed the worst crisis in the history of #aviation. Find out how the European aeronautics industry has mastered this unprecedented challenge and how it is at the same time moving forward on the route towards net zero aviation. https://www.asd-europe.org/news-publications/facts-figures

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At last in the mainstream press. Dutch major daily: UK activists who defaced an #Elbit Systems factory with red paint were recently acquitted. Despite its bloody image, the #Netherlands still does business with #Israel's largest private arms manufacturer. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2021/12/20/omstreden-elbit-blijft-leveren-aan-defensie-a4069553

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SpaceX launches civil/military #Turksat 5A (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BCrksat_5A) communications satellite for #Turkey. European firm #Airbus Defense and Space built the satellite in #England and #France, with significant Turkish contributions. https://spacenews.com/spacex-launches-turkeys-turksat-5b-communications-satellite/

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As the leading provider of military satellite communication services in Europe, #Airbus will offer new communication services utilising the OneWeb constellation to selected EU & UK armed forces, & civil protection and security forces, from the end of 2021. https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2021-12-airbus-and-oneweb-expand-their-partnership-to-connect-european

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The long life of military exports. In an #Iranian ceremony, a number of overhauled military aircraft, swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) and a destroyer have joined the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy one of those was a #Fokker F27 Friendship aircraft. https://en.mehrnews.com/news/181937/Overhauled-military-aircraft-SDVs-destroyer-join-Iran-Navy

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The #Korea Herald gives just the facts. S. Korea ranks 9th in world arms exports. No moral view, no hurays, just "Saudi Arabia was the largest importer, followed by India, Egypt, Australia, China and Algeria." Sales to the UAE & Egypt are in the pipeline. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20211220000634

December 19

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French DoD is renewing its relations with the Ariane Group to provide optical space surveillance services based on the GEOTracker system. In June 2021 the EU Commission selected Ariane Group to set up 2 space surveillance projects "Sauron" & "Integral". https://www.bfmtv.com/economie/entreprises/industries/l-armee-francaise-signe-un-contrat-de-surveillance-spatial-avec-ariane-group_AD-202112160202.html

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One of the policies to prevent refugees dying in Europe: Get arms sales out of the reign of opacity and secrecy; establish real parliamentary oversight and rigorously apply the ban on arms sale to regimes that would use them against the population. https://www.nouvelobs.com/tribunes/20211217.OBS52295/najat-vallaud-belkacem-les-morts-des-migrants-sur-nos-cotes-ne-sont-pas-une-fatalite.html

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Theatrics will only be credible if the US government is self-reflective about its own policies that enable human rights abuses around the world. Consider,

e.g that US arms sales continue to benefit rights-abusing Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. https://www.dailyadvent.com/news/5209b4b6aa3b19086d410e9a214054a8-Column-Biden-should-live-up-to-rhetoric

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Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Under #CAATSA the US has the authority to sanction countries that engage in “significant transactions” with North Korea, Iran, or Russia through the purchase of military equipment. How about #India? https://thediplomat.com/2021/12/the-problem-with-caatsa/

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Viewpoints can differ. Airbus Defence chief Schöllhorn: "Germany already has a very restrictive view of arms exports and very intensive review processes by state authorities." https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article235730170/Airbus-Defence-Neuer-CEO-Michael-Schoellhorn-fuer-europaeisches-Kampfflugzeugbuendnis.html

But Berlin is selling its arms to a range of clients https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutscher_R%C3%BCstungsexport.

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A decade of extreme violence in Libya. Weapons shipments from foreign backers have been flooding the country, despite a UN arms embargo, and violations of a tentative truce between warring factions have escalated. https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/libya-presidential-election-delay-violence-b1978212.html

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Drone tech becoming the way of the future for militaries. "The tide of the fighting turned only after Turkey ignored the UN arms embargo placed on Libya and implemented the use of the Bayraktar TB2 drones to combat Haftar's use of the Chinese Wing Loong." https://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/drone-technology-becoming-the-way-of-the-future-for-militaries/

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Egypt and Kenya agreed to localize Egyptian arms industry in Kenya and provide defence and civilian support to local Kenyan industry. https://tittlepress.com/recep-tayyip-erdogan/1380690/

December 18

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Asia continues to witness a boom in the manufacture of arms and ammunition led by regional superpowers keen on bolstering the growth of local firms while ignoring increasing disquiet across the continent. https://www.ucanews.com/news/asian-arms-industry-thrives-amid-regional-disquiet/

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"Germany’s national laws are confusing because they oscillate between a default permission — or a default ban — to export defense technology, depending on the recipient and the types of wares involved. " Why is it more so than the EU arms export policy? https://defensenews.com/global/europe/

December 16

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1/4: Militaire zaken in Coalitieakkoord:
Wie zijn die partners wat houdt het in?
"We versterken onze specialismen in ‘cyber’ en inlichtingen. Dit gebeurt in nauw overleg met onze belangrijkste partners."
https://www.kabinetsformatie2021.nl/documenten/publicaties/2021/12/15/coalitieakkoord-omzien-naar-elkaar-vooruitkijken-naar-de-toekomst



2/4: Militaire zaken in Coalitieakkoord:
Binnen de NAVO concentreert Nederland zich meer op de bescherming van de eigen regio.
Betekent dit geen wereldwijd inzetbare onderzeeboten, maar boten geschikt voor zeeën/oceaan hier? Flinke besparing #balasttanks.

3/4 Militaire zaken in Coalitieakkoord:
We versterken onze krijgsmacht en verhogen de uitgaven fors richting de drie grondwettelijke taken en internationale verplichtingen. Veiligheid is gediend met voldoende gezondheidszorg, niet met militaire ambities.

4/4 Militaire zaken in Coalitieakkoord:
Dit kabinet zet de benodigde stappen voor de bouw van 2 nieuwe kerncentrales.
Kernenergie heeft ernstige nadelen, zoals proliferatiegevaar. Nederland heeft 'n grote rol gespeeld bij de verspreiding van kernwapens. https://www.groene.nl/artikel/de-beer-of-de-hond

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According to SPIEGEL information, the old federal government approved the export of frigates and state-of-the-art air defense systems to #Egypt shortly before the end. The Greens feel taken by surprise. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/ruestungslieferung-an-aegypten-groko-genehmigte-noch-kurz-vor-regierungswechsel-heiklen-waffenexport-a-77fe32e9-6199-419f-b33f-64e3cb2e4291

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#Danish IT giant #Systematic exports to Bahrain. Sitaware is #software that provides a unique overview in war. According to several international experts, it is an "extremely effective tool for the regime in #Bahrain" because it can be used for repression. https://nyheder.tv2.dk/samfund/2021-12-15-dansk-it-gigant-eksporterer-militaer-software-til-berygtet-diktatur

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If ASEAN does not change its sail to US winds (and limit influence of 3 of 10 members) it will loose relevance, the analytical article "ASEAN Is In Danger Of Becoming Irrelevant In Regional Security' can be summarised. https://www.eurasiareview.com/15122021-asean-is-in-danger-of-becoming-irrelevant-in-regional-security-analysis/ Or aiming 4 #armscontrol #nuclearfree

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If Diplomats even deny the fact provided by their own governments. Canadian diplomat gets caught lying about Israel arms sales. https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/canadian-diplomat-gets-caught-lying-about-israel-arms-sales

What European countries did export to #Israel in 2016-2020 according to the ENAAT EU arms browser? http://enaat.org/eu-export-browser/overview?destination=israel&year_from=2016

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But what European company bribed the former South African president Zuma to to help "secure lucrative defence contracts"? https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/500933-south-african-court-orders-jacob-zuma-be-returned-to-prison-says-medical-parole-unlawful.html

(See for a summary of the case e.g.: https://www.smithbrandon.com/blog/160-jacob-zuma-and-thales-an-arms-deal-with-repercussions-decades-later).

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French MoD Florence Parly will be arriving in Delhi on Thursday. The focus of the visit will be on ongoing defence contracts and possible future defence contracts which could mean offering for Rafale fighter jets, it is learnt. https://www.wionews.com/india-news/french-defence-minister-florence-parly-to-reach-delhi-on-thursday-437229

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“The US wants to extend its alliance in space to create overwhelming superiority in the #space domain, which might result in the escalation of the space arms race, or even space militarisation,” Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator said. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3159702/us-space-war-games-allies-raise-risk-star-wars-style-arms-race

December 15

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Lekker. "Nederland speelt een actieve rol in de Europese ontwikkeling van defensiecapaciteiten, en sluit daarvoor aan bij de groeiende consensus over wederzijdse erkenning van vergunningen." Als Frankrijk wapens levert aan 'n dictatuur dan volgt Nederland? https://www.kabinetsformatie2021.nl/binaries/kabinetsformatie/documenten/publicaties/2021/12/15/coalitieakkoord-omzien-naar-elkaar-vooruitkijken-naar-de-toekomst/coalitieakkoord-2021-2025.pdf

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The Royal Moroccan Air Force is reportedly planning to buy 8 H225M Caracal helicopter from Airbus France. https://www.airbus.com/en/products-services/helicopters/military-helicopters/h225m Morocco is currently negotiating with Airbus for eight H225Ms. https://moroccolatestnews.com/uae-fighter-jets-caracal-helicopters-from-france-to-morocco/

#WesternSahara #Polisario

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Middenveldorganisaties roepen Jambon op om eindgebruik Vlaamse wapenhandel te controleren https://www.dewereldmorgen.be/artikel/2021/12/14/middenveldorganisaties-roepen-jambon-op-om-eindgebruik-vlaamse-wapenhandel-te-controleren

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Orban and Macron, the best enemies, meet in Budapest. On arms sales to Hungary Macron said that it had not been on the menu of discussions but that it could be the case "in the future". https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/12/14/orban-et-macron-les-meilleurs-ennemis-se-rencontrent-a-budapest_6105982_3210.html

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Ankara has a military base in Somalia. Morocco & Tunisia reportedly took their 1st delivery of Turkish combat drones in September. Angola became the latest to express an interest in Turkish drones. Ankara signed a military cooperation pledge with Ethiopia. https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211215-armed-with-drones-turkey-explores-african-arms-sales

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Not all - if true - is bad. Early 2021 Ukraine paid 4 arms supplies via the NATO procurement agency #NSPA, Bild reported. However Germany & the Netherlands opposed the deal and prevented sales. The Dutch allegedly sided with Germany at Merkel's request. https://english.pravda.ru/world/149879-germany_scholz/

Addition: Link to Bild article [pay wall] "Doch im Mai stellten sich ein deutscher und ein niederländischer Vertreter im Rat der NSPA gegen die Verkäufe und blockierten sie damit." https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/bild-recherche-merkel-blockierte-waffenlieferungen-an-die-ukraine-78529256.bild.html

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1/2 Political rights victim of strife for power in Asia. “The Vietnamese leadership knows that it can get away with jailing activists like Trang because #Vietnam has become an important component of outside powers’ strategies in East and Southeast Asia.” https://thediplomat.com/2021/12/why-the-west-has-gone-soft-on-human-rights-in-vietnam/

2/2 But what Vietnam tells us is that the U.S. takes a two-pronged approach. Countries that wholly or somewhat align with Washington’s rivalry with China, such as Vietnam, get off scot-free when it comes to their authoritarianism and human rights abuses.

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EU sponsored shipbuilding. Italian #Fincantieri, French Naval Group, their joint venture company #Naviris, & Spanish #Navantia have strengthened their cooperation to tender for European Corvettes #MMPC, a program launched by the European Defence Fund #EDF https://www.fincantieri.com/en/media/press-releases/2021/industrial-offer-for-the-modular-and-multirole-patrol-corvette-submitted/

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Military business' cash cow: the Middle East. 1st 2 of 28 #Eurofighters ordered by #Kuwait flew to the Gulf state, Italy’s #Leonardo announced. The EFA's took off in #Italy, where they were assembled. Saudi's bought 72, 15, Oman 12, Kuwait 28 and Qatar 24. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/12/14/kuwait-gets-its-first-two-eurofighters/


Only the US Hits 800,000 Covid deaths 22 months after the first. And still no one takes the patents for big farma away to vaccinate the world, also those without the resources or spend the amount for one aircraft carrier ($13.3 billion) to this end. https://www.statista.com/chart/26397/cumulative-covid-19-deaths-in-the-us/

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Turkish TRT on how profits of the military-industrial complex are growing by the global refugee crisis. The industry that has fueled and prolonged war & conflict around the world through weapons sales is earning on border security against asylum-seekers. https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/militarised-borders-are-a-bonanza-for-the-arms-industry-52630

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Arms sales: France and the United Arab Emirates, partners in the crimes committed in Yemen? https://www.fidh.org/en/region/europe-central-asia/france/arms-sales-france-and-the-united-arab-emirates-partners-in-the-crimes

Addition: Not just France. The Biden administration said on Tuesday it wants a "clear, mutual understanding" of the UAE's obligations before it finalises a $23bn sale of US-made F-35 fighter jets, Reaper drones and other advanced munitions. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-uae-f-35-sale-seeks-mutual-understanding-obligations

Additon2: And for those who think the Dutch government is transparent on its exports. It isn't! Dutch companies will produce for the F-35's and Reaper drones. The exports will be reported as aircraft components to the United States. No questions asked.

December 14

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AI Control or Competition? Organisational change at the Pentagon gets to the heart of the US Joint All-Domain Command and Control approach, which seeks to more seamlessly connect sensor information to shooters to allow for faster decision-making. https://www.c4isrnet.com/artificial-intelligence/2021/12/08/pentagon-creates-new-digital-and-artificial-intelligence-office/

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UK overhauls export control licensing regime and tightens controls on exports to China. @ButcherMartin https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:bk8II8A0yJ8J:https://www.worldecr.com/news/uk-overhauls-export-control-licensing-regime-and-tightens-controls-on-exports-to-china/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nl

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Het streven naar verhoging van de defensiebegrotingen van NAVO-landen tot 2% van het BNP met daarin minimaal 20% voor de aanschaf van nieuwe wapens zal onvermijdelijk leiden tot meer broeikasgas-uitstoot.

https://stopwapenhandel.org/militair-klimaatbeleid/

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#Egypt buys from Bulgaria mainly ammunition, small arms and light weapons, artillery ammunition, spare parts, batteries for combat vehicles, bulletproof vests, and more. https://www.24chasa.bg/novini/article/10461835 (via BBC Monitoring Europe).

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Shit happens? No military personnel will be punished for mistakes made in a drone strike that killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan in August, defense officials confirmed on Monday. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/12/13/no-military-personnel-will-be-punished-for-afghanistan-air-strike-that-killed-10-civilians/

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Not Just NSO: Israel fears US targeting all Israeli offensive cyber firms

The days in which NSO worked in secret with the active encouragement of PM Netanyahu and the intelligence community are over, never to return

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/not-just-nso-israel-fears-u-s-targeting-all-israeli-offensive-cyber-firms-1.10463087

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Norwegian environmentalists are complaining that the country’s new F35s, to replace F-16 fighters, will generate too many greenhouse gases: “fuel consumption for the new fighter jets is estimated to be as much as 60% higher,” according to daily Dagsavisen. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/next-threat-stealth-f-35-global-warming-92931

Extra: The F-16's are cascading to Romania. The Romanian MoD has asked the country’s lawmakers to approve the purchase of 32 second-hand F-16 fighter jets from Norway under a contract estimated to be worth about €454 million. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/12/13/romania-eyes-norwegian-f-16s-under-513-million-deal/

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Dutch naval vessel combat system exported globally. U.S. Navy as well as navies in Asia, Europe, the Gulf region, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. https://www.thalesgroup.com/sites/default/files/database/document/2019-04/Tacticos-v02.pdf

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Retweet @thalesnederland: 38 Tacticos operational users, people we rely on to make the world go round, are participating in the Tacticos User Days in the Netherlands. They rely on 200 Tacticos engineers. Thanks to the system’s open architecture, new functionalities are added every six months.

December 13

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October the Dutch government gave an export license for ML communication systems destined for #Italy but #Egypt was the end user. Valued € 2,362,000 (over the 2m threshold to report to Parliament which didn't happen). Is this about systems or components? https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-uitvoer-militaire-goederen/Cumulatief-ML-uitvoer-rev09122021.csv

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Commercial market survey expects autonomous weapons sales to reach US$ 30 billion in 2030. https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/press-release/autonomous-weapons-market.html

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The US has rejected an Israeli request to fast-track the delivery of two Boeing KC-46 tanker aircraft which had been ordered by Israel, as plans for a possible military option against Iran's nuclear plan move forward. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/us-rejects-israeli-request-for-tanker-aircraft-as-iran-plans-advance-688600

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Israel rejected a proposed arms deal from the United Arab Emirates due to recent rapprochement with Iran, an Israeli newspaper revealed on Sunday. https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/israel-refuses-sell-iron-dome-uae

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The government has brought in new rules for the arms trade that experts fear will make it easier to ignore human rights concerns when deciding whether to allow international sales of UK-made weapons. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/12/new-rules-on-uk-arms-trade-make-it-easier-to-sideline-human-rights

December 12

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Question by Die Linke on the size of arms transit (and stopped transports) in the Harbour of Hamburg (https://dserver.bundestag.de/btd/20/002/2000214.pdf).

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A Greenpeace study into the policies of Germany, Italy and Spain shows (based on publicly available documents) that Europe is not afraid to send its soldiers for to protect its fosil fuel interests in North Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and the Middle East. https://www.fr.de/meinung/gastbeitraege/militaerischer-schutz-fuer-oel-und-gas-91169336.html

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Greece-Turkey maritime delimitation dispute continues; a new period of escalation might be on the horizon. France also views the dispute in the region as a golden opportunity for arms sales & gather more profit for its arms companies, states Turkish TRT. https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/how-the-eu-can-help-de-escalate-greece-turkey-tensions-52510

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Overview of thought on China - Taiwan (and US) relations. 'The largest, most impactful war the world's ever seen': Can the US, China avoid Taiwan face-off?

Channel NewsAsia, December 11, 2021 https://www.channelnewsasia.com/cna-insider/largest-most-impactful-war-worlds-ever-seen-can-us-china-avoid-taiwan-face-2369936

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De F-35 wordt gebouwd door een consortium, waar ook in Nederland gevestigde bedrijven aan meewerken. Zo worden verschillende onderdelen die GKN Aerospace (waar het vroegere Fokker deel van uitmaakt) aan Lockheed Martin levert, in Nederland gefabriceerd. https://fd.nl/politiek/1422826/gkn-fokker-profiteert-van-finse-keuze-voor-f-35

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Nigerian Navy commissions large number of new vessels included two Damen FCS 4008 patrol vessels (NNS Kano and NNS Ikenne) built by Damen Song Cam shipyard in Vietnam and delivered around June/July this year. https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/nigerian-navy-commissions-large-number-of-new-vessels/

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Inter-NATO arms sales rivalry. French authorities have fired a shot across the bow of another US attempt to sink one of its foreign defence contracts, after the loss of the submarines sale to Australia. But this time the US gave France advanced notice. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/not-this-time-says-france-to-us-over-rival-frigate-offers-to-greece/news-story/45be2f8348115c20141b7aebbf2d96ee

December 11

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The U.S. Air Force has donated C-130 Hercules airlifters to Jordan and Niger to help boost their airlift capabilities. Niger received the second of a planned transfer of three C-130Hs on Dec. 7. https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/budget-policy-operations/former-usaf-c-130s-transferred-jordan-niger

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In addition to Afghanistan, US commandos deployed — and in some cases are still deploying — to Iraq and Syria and parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. #SOF https://www.businessinsider.com/what-socom-learned-in-afghanistan-means-for-future-fights-2021-12

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Why is there so much pressure for higher EU defence industrial funds, when major arms are bought in the US?

Finland picks the F-35 as its next fighter, continuing the US warplane’s inroads in Europe

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/12/10/finland-picks-the-f-35-as-its-next-fighter-continuing-the-us-warplanes-inroads-in-europe/

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Which allies don't want to see the US adopt a "no first use declaration"? Can they be named so they subsequently can be shamed. https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2021/12/10/defense-bill-orders-biden-nuclear-briefing-for-congress-on-probing-allies/

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Australia plans to ditch European Airbus Taipan helicopters for US Black Hawks, months after Aukus pact. https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/3159177/australia-plans-ditch-european-taipan-helicopters-us-black

Addition: #Dutch industry affected by Australian heli decision. The MRH90 Taipan, named after a deadly venomous snake, is an Australian-specific derivative of the NH90, developed in Europe by NHIndustries, which comprises Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, & GKN #Fokker. https://theaviationist.com/2021/12/14/australia-retires-mrh90-taipan/

December 10

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US support for authoritarian governments. The US continues to support a number of non-democratic states in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, providing them with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons deals. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/arab-activists-us-biden-democracy-summit

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Malawi corruption: Eyebrowse raised over how SF International continue to win multi-million euro's contracts with the Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police to supply military equipment. https://www.nyasatimes.com/sf-international-goes-to-bed-with-security-top-brass-amid-eye-brows/

December 9

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Post-shipment on-site inspections enable a state to perform checks on exported military materiel after they've been delivered. SIPRI Policy Brief is intended to inform on various national processes currently underway that are connected to such inspections. https://www.sipri.org/publications/2021/sipri-policy-briefs/post-shipment-site-inspections-military-materiel-challenges-and-responses

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Afghanistan: Kassa voor de wapenindustrie. De politiek wil de slachtoffers van twintig jaar falend beleid vooral buiten de deur houden, voor de wapenindustrie betekent dat nogmaals aan hun ellende verdienen. https://stopwapenhandel.org/afghanistan-kassa-voor-de-wapenindustrie/

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Dassault owned Le Figaro on resolution against EU eco-label which aims to exclude firms with a military production share of +5%. Industries find it hypocritical to spend money on arms & regard weapons as not ecological. But are they environmental friendly? https://www.lefigaro.fr/international/taxonomie-ou-ecolabel-ces-projets-europeens-qui-inquietent-les-industriels-francais-de-la-defense-20211208

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"We have to export peace, not arms."

German trade unionist on the arms industry: It isn't a determining factor, unlike the automotive industry or the health sector, for example. A "few thousand depend on the arms industry." https://www.badische-zeitung.de/gewerkschafter-wir-muessen-frieden-exportieren-nicht-waffen

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US implemented restrictions on military sales on Cambodja because of China. Aim of the 'embargo' is to ensure that defense-related items aren't available to Cambodia's military and military intelligence services without advance review by the US government. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/09/us-orders-arms-embargo-on-cambodia-cites-chinese-influence.html

Addition: And an outburst of anger in Pnom Penh. Leader Hun Sen ordered the country’s military to destroy any US weaponry or dump it in warehouses, after Washington imposed an arms embargo over human rights concerns. https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2021/12/12/destroy-all-us-weapons

Addition: Long reaction to Biden's policy on Cambodia. Potus has a long history with the country. Advice do not let ghost from the teapot dictate US policy in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. https://menafn.com/1103349076/Bidens-failed-Cambodia-policy-a-ghost-from-the-past

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#US partner in the Middle East armed even more. The US Senate rejected a resolution on Tuesday that would have prohibited the proposed sale of advanced medium range air-to-air missiles, missile launchers and other weapons and support to #Saudi Arabia. https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/us-senate-back-sale-missiles-saudi-arabia-2021-12-07

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The submission of paperwork for certain dual-use goods items subject to the Wassenaar Arrangement will be waived in South-Korea. https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/biz/2021/12/488_320173.html

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The US DoD acquires and licenses intellectual property #IP—such as computer software and technical data—for its weapon systems. Yet, DOD often does not acquire the IP it needs to operate and maintain those systems, which can lead to surging costs later. https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-22-104752

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#Turkey has chosen an US-made engine for its future fighter TF-X, but the country will also work with Russia to locally produce aircraft parts, Turkey’s top procurement official said.

Analysts say Congress most likely won’t endorse engine sales to Turkey. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/12/08/could-turkeys-future-tf-x-jet-include-a-mix-of-american-and-russian-tech/

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Egypt’s Defense Ministry is launching the country’s first naval defense exhibition in September 2022, dubbed “Naval Power,” according to the commander of the Navy. https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/12/08/egypt-to-host-its-first-naval-defense-expo-in-2022/

December 8

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Norman Friedman noted the French loss of the Australian submarine order "may be a hint that it should offer its own nuclear submarine technology to prospective buyers." And thus expand the submerged arms race even stronger to nuclear powered #submarines. https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2021/november/australia-and-nuclear-powered-submarines

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When in military doctrine offensive & defence "exist simultaneously as "necessary components of each other and the transition from one to the other is fluid and continuous", (https://www.marines.mil/portals/1/Publications/MCDP%201%20Warfighting%20GN.pdf?ver=2019-01-31-110543-300) why are we calling Ministries of Military Affairs, still Ministries of Defence?

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Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies & Technologies Ruslan Pukhov said #SIPRI misses - not intentionally - information. #Russian arms exports are not dindling, but "the entire global arms market, including the Russian segment, is on the rise." https://tass.com/defense/1371973

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Airbus US Space & Defense entered in a settlement agreement to pay to the United States $1,043,475 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing impermissible fees in contracts involving a number of federal agencies.https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/government-contractor-agrees-pay-more-1-million-resolve-false-claims-act-lawsuit-overbilling

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Turkey hints at potential Hurkus aircraft sale to Azerbaijan Hurkus-C, the armed variant of the base version Hurkus, features locally developed ammunition . It can also use INS/GPS-guided bombs, conventional bombs, non-guided rockets and machine guns. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/12/07/turkey-hints-at-potential-hurkus-aircraft-sale-to-azerbaijan/

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A NEW peace declaration demanding that the executive and Irish and British governments reject any plans to allow arms manufacturers to establish in Ireland is to be launched today. https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2021/12/07/news/-downpatrick-declaration-to-demand-rejection-of-arms-trade-2528287/

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1/3 Israel Exports Arms That Endanger Human Rights Because It Serves Us, Top Defense Official Admits.

2/3 "Thales is the number 1 exporter of cyber technology in Europe. Who don't they sell to? Just name it, they're already there. Places we wouldn't dare touch. So they have an ethical code, or so they say. Very nice," Pinko (1st director Defense Export Control Agency) said.

3/3 "The only state that upholds the human rights issue is Germany. Germany will not sell to Saudi Arabia or other such countries, out of considerations of human rights (...) that didn't prevent [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel from offering the Saudis a fleet of submarines."
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-israel-exported-arms-that-endangered-human-rights-top-defense-official-admits-1.10445867

Addition: 'Trust the Dictator': Israel's New Method of 'Supervising' Cyber Arms Exports. Israel's Foreign and Defense Ministries have introduced a defense export policy that made Israel into one of the world's main supporters of state-sponsored terror. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trust-the-dictator-israel-s-new-method-of-supervising-cyber-arms-exports-1.10449545

December 7

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Recent news of potential civilian casualties during drone attack comes just days after the Pentagon appointed a general to investigate a deadly March 18, 2019, attack that killed 70 civilians. https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2021/12/04/civilians-may-have-been-killed-in-latest-us-drone-strike-on-al-qaida-in-syria-centcom/

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MEPs of The Left in the European Parliament’s Security and Defence Committee #SEDE have commissioned a study on EU Border Regime: Profiteering from Dehumanisation & Mythologised Technologies. https://left.eu/profiteering-from-dehumanisation-on-eu-borders/

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India and Russia agreed on a € 610 million Kalashnikov transaction. Approximately 600,000 AK 203 rifles would be manufactured in India as part of the agreement. https://english.newstracklive.com/news/defense-deal-of-5200-crores-signed-between-india-and-russia-ak-203-rifle-will-be-made-in-india-mc23-nu764-ta325-1196885-1.html

December 6

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Egypt unveils domestic naval combatants projects https://egyptiandefenseblog.wordpress.com/2021/12/04/egypt-unveils-ambitious-domestic-naval-projects-at-edex2021/

Thales Netherlands seems to make long nose towards peace organisations after judge gave green light for military export to Al-Sisi regime with next export, 3D Smart Mk2 target radar https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/defence/smart-s-mk2-3d-medium-long-range-surveillance-radar

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Retweet @ForumArmsTrade: Finland is reportedly set to pick F-35 fighter jets in its $11 billion tender to replace soon-outdated war planes that form a key defense pillar of Russia’s neighbor https://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-05/finland-is-said-to-pick-lockheed-martin-f-35-jets-iltalehti via @business

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Army Op goes Awry; 14 Civilians Killed in Nagaland. https://www.mangalorean.com/14-killed-in-nagaland-violence-after-army-operation-goes-awry/

Not an accident, but part of a militarised repressive & "senseless" policy, see Dragon On Our Doorstep: Managing China Through Military Power door Pravin Sawhney en Ghazala Wahab. https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2019/12/drakendoder-in-india.html

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5 % more on military! European Union states spent nearly €200 billion ($225 billion) on militaries in 2020, the most since records began in 2006, but joint investment by governments fell, the European Defence Agency #EDA said in a report on Monday. https://gazette.com/news/us-world/record-eu-defence-spending-masks-failure-to-collaborate-report-says/article_f33a762b-b105-56d7-9de7-b681b5fb2dd7.html

Addition: EDA Defence Data 2019-2020 https://eda.europa.eu/publications-and-data/latest-publications/eda-defence-data-2019-2020

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to India to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 6 for a summit expected to be dominated by energy and weapons sales. https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-india-weapons-s400-/31595401.html

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Never enough. The #UAE purchase of French #Rafale fighter jets will complement its planned deal to buy the US #F35 warplanes, which has slowed due to Washington's concerns over Abu Dhabi's relationship with China, the country’s defense ministry said. https://www.dailysabah.com/business/defense/french-fighter-jets-not-a-substitute-for-american-f-35s-uae

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#Saudi Arabian Military Industries #SAMI and #Airbus will form a joint venture on military aviation services and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities.

By the way Airbus is a French-German-Spanish company with its official HQ in Leiden, NL. https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/614337/SAUDI-ARABIA/SAMI-Airbus-to-form-joint-venture-for-military-aviation-MRO-and-services

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Despite a stream of complaints arms sales of SIPRI Top 100 arms companies continue to grow amid pandemic. https://sipri.org/media/press-release/2021/business-usual-arms-sales-sipri-top-100-arms-companies-continue-grow-amid-pandemic

Aanvulling: De internationale wapenhandel heeft vorig jaar geen last gehad van corona. Uit berekeningen van het Zweedse vredesinstituut SIPRI blijkt dat de sector voor het zesde jaar op rij groeide. https://nos.nl/artikel/2408388-geen-coronadip-voor-internationale-wapenhandel

December 5

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France, chaired at the time by François Hollande, delivered tens of thousands of bombs to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in 2016, knowing that they would be used in the war in Yemen, according to the Disclose site. https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1283630/des-bombes-livrees-en-2016-a-larabie-et-aux-emirats-par-la-france-affirme-disclose.html

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Vulture policies: Macron has suggested that the blurs between Washington and its Saudi ally could create favorable opportunities for Paris in the reconstruction of the regional balance of power. https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/12/03/a-dubai-emmanuel-macron-defend-son-choix-de-traiter-avec-les-regimes-autoritaires-du-golfe_6104649_3210.html

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The brain teaser for a Sunday afternoon: Ethical investors threaten national security.

A least this is what #Serco (public services provider) chief claims in a European wide campaign by military industries to confront ethical financial policies. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/ethical-investors-put-national-security-at-risk-warns-serco-chief/

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A dubious honour: Macron becomes first major Western leader to go to Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi killing. But is it is profitable and offers a smelly grandeur to French power politics. https://thehill.com/policy/international/584360-macron-becomes-first-major-western-leader-to-go-to-saudi-arabia-since

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The Moroccan Khouribga base, where a French naval aeronautics school base was established in 1945, and handed over to Rabat in the early 1960s, will be rehabilitated to receive Boeing AH-64E #Apache attack #helicopters acquired by #Morocco. #WesternShara https://ledesk.ma/enoff/la-base-de-khouribga-sera-rehabilitee-pour-recevoir-les-ah-64e-apache/

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Jeune Afrique on the battle for Africa. China wins on the economic level and despite illusions disappeared remains a strategic partner. On the military level, on the other hand, the Americans remain much more established than the Chinese. https://www.jeuneafrique.com/1275672/politique/comment-la-chine-et-les-etats-unis-se-disputent-lafrique/

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French presidential candidate for Green party Yannick Jadot deplored the sale of 80 Rafale fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates on Friday, saying "France shames us when it arms authoritarian regimes". https://www.europe1.fr/politique/la-france-nous-fait-honte-jadot-deplore-la-vente-de-80-rafale-aux-emirats-4080500

December 4

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Artists #boycott #Spotify as CEO invests €100m in #AI military tech: “It’s a complete contradiction of our music philosophy” https://musictech.com/news/industry/artists-boycott-spotify-as-ceo-invests-e100m-in-ai-defense-tech-its-a-complete-contradiction-of-our-music-philosophy/

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The Virtualized Aegis Weapon System #VAWS provided targeting data for Army and Air Force operation centers in Hawaii and Guam during Valiant Shield (Sept 2020). The system links together offensive and defensive fires capability. https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2021/october/aegis-baseline-10-joint-battle-management

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Nederlands wereldwijde machtsvertoon komt na zeven maanden weer thuis. https://magazines.defensie.nl/defensiekrant/2021/47/02_zr.ms.evertsen-terug_47

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Despite this country's proclaimed values and its international commitments, French-made weapons are being used to carry out repression and kill civilians in some of the world's worst conflicts. Mediapart lists some. @RachidaElAzzz reports. https://www.mediapart.fr/en/journal/international/021221/repression-and-death-how-french-made-weapons-are-being-used-global-conflicts

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#France and the #UAE United Arab Emirates sign 4 agreements, the largest of which is the supply of 80 Rafale fighters. Who speaks of diversion of arms, #Yemen, #Libya, and something soft like aiming for #peace? https://asumetech.com/france-and-the-united-arab-emirates-sign-4-agreements-the-largest-of-which-is-the-supply-of-80-rafale-fighters/

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Jemen: hoe de wapenhandel wint en de humanitaire hulp verliest (de helft minder alweer dan vorig jaar). Twintig miljoen mensen in nood en op de vlucht. Jemenieten houden van poëzie, zegt Laila, en ze citeert de dichter Sana Uqba: ‘peace will surely come’. https://www.volkskrant.nl/columns-opinie/waarom-het-hier-en-nu-over-jemen-moet-gaan~bb1e9c5c/

Addition: This week 64 international organisations, including Britain-based group Campaign Against the Arms Trade, have signed a statement calling on the UN General Assembly to urgently set up a new international accountability mechanism for Yemen. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/civil-society-groups-call-for-new-independent-investigation-into-war-crimes-in-yemen

 

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De nalatenschap van Desmond Ball heeft een overzichtelijke boek opgeleverd; een schematische introductie in de veiligheidssituatie in Azië, waarin ontwikkelingen zijn geordend, gevaren benoemd en een aanzet tot oplossingen gegeven. Mijn bespreking ervan. https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2021/12/de-geopolitiek-in-azie.html

December 3

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Also the Chinese arms industry on Thursday wrapped up its exhibition of advanced weapons and equipment, including tanks, artillery, warplanes, air defense missiles, drones and electronic warfare systems, at the largest international defense expo in Egypt. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1240546.shtml

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Abundance of extremism in the US armed forces. It is not centrally registered, but the facts reported this week are illuminating. Army reported eg. 33 allegations of “racially motivated violent extremism,” Navy had 30, the Marines 7 and the Air Force ... https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/12/02/army-reports-the-most-racist-extremism-cases-usmc-the-most-anti-government-watchdog/

Hundreds —possibly thousands— of armor-piercing grenades, plastic explosives, as well as land mines and rockets have been stolen from or lost by the US armed forces over the past decade, according to an ongoing AP investigation into the military’s failure.https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/12/02/us-military-explosives-vanish-emerge-in-civilian-world/

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How to Jumpstart a Dialogue With China on Arms Control

Engaging China in talks for its accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime could open the way for broader arms control talks.

https://thediplomat.com/2021/12/how-to-jumpstart-a-dialogue-with-china-on-arms-control/

America’s defense chief rebuked China on Thursday, vowing to confront its potential military threats in Asia and warning that its pursuit of hypersonic weapons intended to evade U.S. missile defenses “increases tensions in the region.” https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/12/02/us-defense-chief-slams-chinas-drive-for-hypersonic-weapons/

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US unlikely to impose CAATSA sanctions (like Turkey) on India for S-400, but other Russian deals won’t be easy

The $5.43-bn S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile systems deal is going to be at the centre of the upcoming India visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

https://theprint.in/diplomacy/us-unlikely-to-impose-caatsa-sanctions-on-india-for-s-400-but-other-russian-deals-wont-be-easy/775259/

December 2

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The protests by the arms industry on ethical restrictions imposed on them by banks arn't surprising, but rightly so activities to target involvement of institutions in financing arms industries and thus wars around te world continue. Like here: https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/22601

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Dutch export of supply system for #Indonesian naval replenishment ship, valued € 2.423.000 https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/kamerstukken/2021/11/29/kamerbrief-inzake-afgifte-vergunning-voor-export-militair-materieel-naar-indonesie/kamerbrief-inzake-afgifte-vergunning-voor-export-militair-materieel-naar-indonesie.pdf

More on Dutch ‘Underway replenishment’ #UNREP systems (in Dutch, illustrated): https://www.maritiemland.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/NML-Serie-35-De-marine-en-marinebouwcluster.pdf

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German sensor systems in combat drones in use in crisis areas. “The federal government must ensure that arms companies no longer use loopholes and can indirectly export arms technology to authoritarian regimes,” Greenpeace demands. https://detv.us/2021/12/01/no-loopholes-more-greenpeace-wants-tougher-arms-control/

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#Italian student Giulio Regeni was abducted, tortured and killed by Egypt's security apparatus, a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the early 2016 incident said in its final report yesterday.
The Regenis have appealed to the EU for help in finding the truth about their son's slaying and have condemned continued Italian arms sales to #Egypt including two frigates. https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2021/12/01/regeni-killed-by-egypt-security-apparatus-says-panel_87947253-f1bf-4b1c-a963-898e53c9dd79.html

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Another arms traders on the road to the Gulf. A bipartisan group of senators wants to stop the #US Biden administration from selling arms to #Saudi Arabia, but they are running out of time. https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/715793/the-clock-is-ticking-for-lawmakers-to-stop-bidens-first-major-saudi-arms-deal/

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EDA will keep ammunition and missiles 'healthier'. project is implemented by a consortium composed by 13 European organisations, namely: MBDA Italy, Dutch #TNO, BAE Systems Bofors AB, Polish Military University of Technology (MUT), and more https://eda.europa.eu/news-and-events/news/2021/11/25/eda-s-munition-health-management-project-expands

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#Embraer and the Dutch Aerospace Center #NLR have signed a MoU for a potential strategic collaboration relating to aerospace research. The research areas include technology development and innovation in defence and space systems, and more. https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/embraer-and-the-netherlands-aerospace-centre-sign-a-mou-for-strategic-collaboration-relating-to-aerospace-research

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Arms trafficker on the road to the desert. French President Emmanuel Macron returns to the Gulf on Friday, to obtain new contracts, such as the one expected on the Rafales in the Emirates. https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2021/12/02/macron-en-tournee-dans-le-golfe-entre-diplomatie-et-contrats

Addition: France Should Stop Selling Arms to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia

Macron Should Address Rights Abuses in Gulf Region

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/12/02/france-should-stop-selling-arms-united-arab-emirates-saudi-arabia

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Civil society calls on French company Thales to put an end to suspected indirect support to the Myanmar Junta. https://rsf.org/en/news/civil-society-calls-french-company-thales-put-end-suspected-indirect-support-myanmar-junta

Wrote on the issue six years ago: https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2015/07/despite-military-embargo-india-sells.html But was answered tech was absolete. Glad it surfaces again.

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Satellite imagery obtained by Al Jazeera reveals that the UAE is providing extensive military support to the Ethiopian government in the civil war against Tigrayan forces which has killed tens of thousands of civilians and displaced millions. https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/satellite-images-reveal-uae-military-support-ethiopia

In het Nederlands: Satellietbeelden, waarover Al Jazeera beschikt, laten zien hoe de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten uitgebreide steun verlenen aan het Ethiopische leger bij de strijd tegen de rebellen in de regio Tigray. Er is een luchtbrug geopend voor militaire bevoorrading. http://troepenbewegingen.blogspot.com/2021/11/luchtbrug-van-emiraten-naar-ethiopie.html

December 1

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More reassuring would be a heading like:

US in hypersonic weapon 'arms control efforts' with China

Hardening of relations seems to be the choice of the day, at the cost of future relations & tax payer. Nice for the Military Scientific Industrial Complex. https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/us-hypersonic-weapon-arms-race-with-china-air-force-secretary-2021-11-30/

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During Hollande’s presidency, Egypt became the world’s largest buyer of French armaments. It has remained so under Emmanuel Macron, who preserved continuity by making Le Drian minister for foreign affairs — and external trade. https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2021/12/FONTENELLE/64116

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The majority of #Libya is still controlled by armed groups.

"Based on the 2020 transfers, arms stockpiles remain high and sufficient to sustain any future conflict," the UN experts said in a confidential report.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211201-fewer-libya-arms-embargo-breaches-but-foreign-fighters-remain-un-panel

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Airbus Takes Part in EDEX 2021 in Egypt With Defence and Military Operations Solutions. https://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/airbus-takes-part-edex-2021-egypt-defence-and-military-operations-solutions-1457085

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Among allies. Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even said: "The aggressiveness of the Americans is very strong on the military helicopter market." https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/l-agressivite-des-americains-est-tres-forte-sur-le-marche-des-helicopteres-militaires-bruno-even-897438.html

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Why is Turkey selling drones to Ukraine? Turkey did “even though it was going to be something that would certainly ruffle Russian feathers...it really shows that as far as the Turks are concerned, there aren’t friends, there are interests,” said @jteurope https://thedispatch.com/p/why-is-turkey-selling-drones-to-ukraine

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Two locally produced drones have made their debut at the Egypt Defence Expo. One of them, the EJune-30 looks exactly like the Emirati Yabhon United 40 unmanned aerial vehicle. It is highly probable that technology was transfered from the UAE to Egypt. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/techwatch/2021/11/30/egypt-unveils-locally-made-drones-at-edex-2021/