Even among security experts and military professionals in Europe, wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) is seldom discussed and is often confused with full-motion video cameras or other systems. This is despite its important capabilities for many security users.
Proposals by the government to allow law enforcement officers greater access to communications data will draw understandable criticism from privacy campaigners. However the draft Bill ensures a tighter scrutiny and oversight of such powers while providing an essential tool for police and counter-terrorism agencies.
The UK Government's decision to opt for the F-35 B, vertical landing Joint Strike Fighter means that aircraft carriers will not be fitted with 'cats-and-traps' and will lose the strategic flexibility originally envisaged. To some degree, that loss can be offset by bringing two aircraft carriers into service.
Elizabeth Pearson speaks to Thomas Rid, a Reader in War Studies at King's College, London, and he and colleague Peter McBurney who recently wrote about cyberweapons for the RUSI Journal, setting out some pioneering new ideas about their use.
India is setting its sights on a new medium range combat aircraft from Europe. The competition to sell new aircraft to India is part of an increased engagement by European defence manufacturers in Asia, set against the backdrop of an economic downturn and shifting regional geopolitics.
President Obama's new defence strategy with its reorientation towards the Pacific is good news for airpower and the US Air Force. Despite proposed budget cuts, there will be a continued reliance on strategic air assets.