All articles by Gemma Carroll

Gemma Carroll

GSPEL spells faster R&D: US Army TARDEC

The development of ground systems that deal effectively with diverse terrains and combat situations is a priority for the US military. A new, state-of-the-art R&D facility is the latest step in creating the technology to maintain a safe and effective fighting force, as TARDEC director Jennifer Hitchcock tells Jim Banks.

Global arms bazaar: India goes to market

By announcing an increase of 17% in military spending over the coming year, India has eclipsed China as the world’s largest arms importer; however, most of Asia’s ill-equipped countries are struggling to counter terrorism. Maroof Raza reports.

DVH: Canadian Army next-generation armoured vehicles

In the last issue of Defence & Security Systems International, we reported on the Canadian Army’s extensive LAV III upgrade programme. With work now underway, Major David Rutkay of the Canadian Army’s Directorate of Land Requirements tells Mark Brierley what new features will be appearing on these armoured vehicles.

Joining forces against CBRN threats: Nato’s JCBRN Defence

Being prepared for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats is a top Nato priority and coordinating responses requires input from many partners. As Colonel Rainer Schulte, transformation support director at Nato’s JCBRN Defence COE, tells Jim Banks, ensuring global contributors work together and procedures are uniformly implemented is the biggest challenge.

GPS: new technology solves an old problem

No other military technology has been so eagerly embraced in more applications, or by so many diverse markets, than the global positioning system (GPS), but it has not been without its drawbacks in theatre. Brandie Chenoweth reports on the new developments that are extending the technology’s capabilities.

Command, control and intelligence to 2021: the global C2/C4ISR market

The global C2/C4ISR market is expected to grow by almost 3% a year up until 2021. ICD Research analyses future trends.

Small wonder: defence SMEs

It is not only the huge, headline-grabbing multinational defence contractors that are equipping the modern warfighter. Small independent firms also play an invaluable role in the development of future soldier technologies. Jono Byrne, head of the Centre for Defence Enterprise, tells Mark Brierley what funding the UK Ministry of Defence provides to this key sector of the industry.

On target with Boomerang III: acoustic sensing technology

Acoustic sensing technology has been used on the battlefield for almost a century, but the latest systems for locating the source of enemy fire are unparalleled in their accuracy, usability and cost-effectiveness. Boomerang III is the latest incarnation of a system first developed for use against Iraqi insurgents, and which is now saving lives in Afghanistan, as Dr Clinton Blackman of the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory tells Jim Banks.

Defeat the device: the counter-IED field

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) still present a perilous challenge for soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan, despite Nato forces proposing to withdraw. In response, a new multinationally sourced forensic lab has been installed in Kabul, which could save thousands of lives. Ross Davies speaks to Jim Blackburn of the European Defence Agency to learn more about the project and the latest developments in the counter-IED field.

Logistics and the bottom line: coping with budget cuts

Against a backdrop of budget cuts, the UK military is facing logistical challenges, most notably the task of exiting Afghanistan with a diminishing number of assets. Major General (Ret’d) David Shouesmith, former assistant chief of defence staff for logistic operations, tells Abi Millar how financial constraints and operational developments are shaping the evolution of logistical capabilities.