Weapons Systems

A weapon, arm or armament is any implement or device that can be used with the intent to inflict damage or harm. Weapons are used to increase the efficacy and efficiency of activities such as hunting, crime, law enforcement, self-defense, and warfare. In broader context, weapons may be construed to include anything used to gain a tactical, strategic, material or mental advantage over an adversary or enemy target. While ordinary objects – sticks, rocks, bottles, chairs, vehicles – can be used as weapons, many are expressly designed for the purpose; these range from simple implements such as clubs, axes and …

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What should you know about the defense audit?

AEI · 28 April 2021 English

The Department of Defense approach to the full financial statement audit is changing its culture and improving performance, responsiveness, resilience, and agility — all crucial elements of future military competitiveness.

the same way (“here with weapon”). Larger weapons systems such as aircraft, artillery tubes, and tanks


Digital Authoritarianism With Russian Characteristics?

CEIP · 21 April 2021 English

Russian officialdom has been eyeing China’s pervasive use of technology to surveil and control its citizens’ activities. Yet Moscow is not copying Beijing’s model whole cloth.

industrial base, fund the development of new weapons systems, and retain China as its largest customer.


Open-source analysis on Iran’s missile and UAV capabilities and proliferation

IISS · 20 April 2021 English

Iran’s ballistic missile systems, supplemented by cruise missiles and UAVs, are intended not only for deterrence, but for battle, including by Iran’s regional partners. In a new report, the IISS …

begun to supply them with more strategic-weapons systems, including heavy-artillery rockets and ballistic


Securing the Heavens: How can space support the EU’s Strategic Compass?

EUISS · 15 April 2021 English

This Brief outlines the major space threats and makes concrete suggestions on how space can support the EU's Strategic Compass.

and timing (PNT) can result in vehicles and weapons systems being kilometres off target and maladjusted


China-U.S. Cyber-Nuclear C3 Stability

CEIP · 8 April 2021 English

Cyber threats to nuclear command, control, and communications systems (NC3) attract increasing concerns. Carnegie and partners have developed a platform of unclassified knowledge to enable U.S.-China engagement on this issue.

level, cyber operations to degrade nuclear weapons systems would not neces- sarily be as escalatory as


China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India

ORF · 7 April 2021 English

China’s nuclear strategy has largely remained unchanged since it exploded its first nuclear device in 1964: [1] it is based on achieving deterrence through assured retaliation. A crucial requirement for …

weapons, including kinetic and non-kinetic weapons systems directed at space-borne targets.131 Third R o le a n d C o st s dual capable weapons systems in that delivery capabilities such as conventional


The Nagorno-Karabakh war: a spur to Moscow’s UAV efforts?

IISS · 31 March 2021 English

Russia has struggled to develop and field medium and large UAVs, but lessons offered from recent wars are adding further impetus to Moscow’s efforts to plug this capability gap. Russian …

used against forces equipped with Russian weapons systems, as there have also been examples in Syria


Christof Heyns: A tribute to a giant of human rights

Amnesty International · 29 March 2021 English

In his distinguished career, Professor Heyns worked closely with and inspired Amnesty International staff and volunteers around the world.

that put the human rights risks of autonomous weapons systems on the agenda. He was always extremely generous


Integrating unmanned platforms and enabling tech in India’s warfighting doctrine

ORF · 24 March 2021

consume the minds of most force planners, technology and the rapid introduction of “game-changing” weapons systems wait for none. Thus, it is necessary to have a dedicated future force team of thinkers, scientists How does a mostly industrial-age army, with an uneven distribution of modern and high-tech weapons systems, manage to predict its future needs and ensure their development, induction and integration? needs by different components of the army, the Indian Army hopes to project and develop future weapons systems, with unmanned platforms probably at the very top of the priority list. A formal interface with


The Future of War in South Asia: Innovation, Technology and Organisation

ORF · 18 March 2021 English

Indian and Chinese forces engaged in a primeval brawl in the summer of 2020 in the Galwan Valley, with the two sides using stones and nail-studded clubs, but no firearms …

although it is unlikely that all of these weapons systems would have been replaced. The PLA Army is the rapid introduction of “game- changing” weapons systems wait for none. Thus, it is necessary to have uneven distribution of modern and high-tech weapons systems, manage to predict its future needs and ensure Army hopes to project and develop future weapons systems, with unmanned platforms probably at the very with Chinese practice across a range of other weapons systems. With few limits on funding availability,


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