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The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s partnership with NATO testifies to the country’s achievements, Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov said, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on Friday, May 3, News.Az reports.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the University of Texas at Austin hosted the Mad Scientist Conference at the university on April 24 and 25th. The Mad Scientist Conference brings together military, academia, and private industry experts in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, ethics in future innovation, and the future of space. Tom Piernicky, U.S. Army Futures Command, reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Joe Kumbun* reminds in the Irrawaddy, a newspaper from Myanmar (formerly Burma), that he had written, in May 2017, that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) could potentially create unprecedented political risk in the country through the intensified pursuit of its interests—claiming its territory as a state and rejecting the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) through its alliance with other ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) while strengthening its military capability.

Electronic warfare (EW) is an armed struggle which affects controls, communications, and reconnaissance of the adversary with radio emissions and protects friendly systems from jamming. In peacetime, EW is used to protect important facilities from potential attacks. Today EW weapons can be carried by various vehicles, Rostec Corporation said.

On April 12, Defense Minister of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held a defense hardware delivery day at the National Defense Control Center, according to the Ministry of Defense`s (MoD`s) press department and newspaper Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda).

The U.S. Army's senior air defender talked about current and future developments in the air and missile defense, or AMD, with senior military leaders during an Association of the United States Army professional development forum March 12. Jason Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT) reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Five years ago, the Russian armed forces held a unique military operation in Crimea. Foreign observers focused on the appearance of the engaged Russian military. They noted the discipline, uniform and new hardware. But the main changes remained unnoticed at the time, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Syrian combat experience changed the engagement tactic of the Russian Ground Forces. Now, even motorized rifles train to helicopter assault in adversary rear. In the future, all Russian infantry units will be trained to operate in a tactical airborne assault. However, the transition to total air mobility encounters problems, the Izvestia daily writes.

Amid the looming threat of surveillance by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), 8th Army recently validated the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of Army Prepositioned Stock (APS) at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea. In order to support 8th Army and combat the UAS threat, Echo Battery, 6-52 Air and Missile Defense Battalion (E/6-52 AMD BN) established the first garrison Counter-UAS (C-UAS) defense design in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO). 2nd Lt. Matthew Becker reports.

The Russian military in six years accepted into service 217 strategic ballistic missiles, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the State Duma defense committee. Since 2012, the Strategic Missile Forces have received 109 RS-24 Yars ICBM and the Navy - 108 ballistic submarine-launched missiles. Russia is actively rearming its strategic nuclear forces, the Izvestia daily writes.

"Today (March 12) the Department of Defense rolls out our FY 2020 budget proposal. With the largest research and development request in 70 years, this strategy-driven budget makes necessary investments in next-generation technology, space, missiles, and cyber capabilities. The operations and capabilities supported by this budget will strongly position the US military for great power competition for decades to come." - Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan.

The Russian armed forces will for the first time receive medium-range attack drones in 2019, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the State Duma defense committee. He noted that, since 2012, 38 military units have been formed in the Russian army, equipped with over 2,000 military drones. "Starting this year, we will be receiving medium-range attack and surveillance vehicles," the minister said.

The long term planning process outlines the continuous development of the Norwegian Defence Sector with respect to organization, infrastructure (garrisons and bases), personnel (numbers, composition, and qualifications) and materiel (existing equipment and new acquisitions). This process is carried out under the direction of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Russian defense industry is facing two tasks because of the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty and subsequent Russian suspension of it. It has to create ground-based Kalibr cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 km and a hypersonic intermediate ballistic missile. The Izvestia writes how complicated the projects are and whether they can be fulfilled on time.