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Datum: 02/05/2018

Germany’s defence CRISIS: Berlin to AXE international arms project as funds dry up

The ministry announced the planned €2.5bn increase next year was “insufficient” considering the “massive” need to modernise the Bundeswehr, Germany’s unified armed forces and their civil administration and procurement authorities.

Defence chiefs will have to scrap at least “one big international arms project” in 2019 if a greater increase in budget negotiations is not secured.

This comes as US president Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised Germany for not contributing enough to its defence, and for free-riding on Washington’s military budget.

In talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington last week, Mr Trump said: “We’re protecting Europe and yet we pay far more than anybody else.”

There has been growing concern about the poor state of the Bundeswehr after decades of underfunding.

Lees verder op express.co.uk

Sanctions force Russia to cut military spending

World military expenditure reached the highest level since the end of the Cold War at $1.739 trillion in 2017 according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) military expenditure database.

The increases in world military expenditure in recent years have been largely due to the substantial growth in spending by countries in Asia and Oceania and the Middle East, such as China, India and Saudi Arabia,’ said Dr Nan Tian, Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) programme. Among this interesting data collection, Russia slashed its military spending by around 20 % last year.

Spending falls sharply in Russia

This study shows that despite soaring tensions between Moscow and the West, Russia’s military expenses last year came in at $66.3 billion, 20 % lower than in 2016. The last time Moscow was forced to cut spending was in 1998 at the height of a massive economic crisis. As the third largest producer of oil in the world, the 2014 collapse in crude prices hit the Russian economy hard, forcing the value of the ruble down by around 50%. This was accentuated by international sanctions over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and role in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass area.

Lees verder op defencechronicles.eu

TNO TEKENT RAAMOVEREENKOMST MARITIEME INNOVATIE MET DMO

Al ruim 70 jaar werken we samen met DMO (Defensie Materiaal Organisatie). Om onze goede samenwerkingen in stand te houden heeft TNO een nieuwe Raamovereenkomst Maritieme Innovatie (ROMI) met DMO ondertekend. Sneller uitvoeren van Maritiem gerelateerde onderzoeksopdrachten, is hierdoor weer mogelijk.

TNO heeft een nieuwe Raamovereenkomst Maritieme Innovatie (ROMI) met DMO (Defensie Materieel Organisatie) getekend. Ambities en verwachtingen zijn hoog, zoals de tweet van de DMO vice-admiraal Arie Jan de Waard aangeeft:
[Vandaag nieuwe raamovereenkomst #maritieme #innovatie getekend met TNO @HenkGeveke. Hiermee is snel schakelen met @TNO_nieuws mogelijk. Smaakt naar meer: gaan bezien of we dit ook voor land, lucht en IT moeten doen!]

De overeenkomst is bedoeld om verdere samenwerking te bevorderen tussen Maritieme Systemen van de DMO en TNO. Een dergelijke overeenkomst bestond al, maar het maximum aan opdrachten onder die overeenkomst was bereikt. Door de nieuwe overeenkomst is het weer mogelijk om snel Maritiem gerelateerde onderzoeksopdrachten bij TNO uit te laten uitvoeren.

Lees verder op TNO.nl

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