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With Iran bulking up its defences and the growth of ISIS just around the corner, the Gulf States are ramping up capabilities and spending big on a new missile defence system. We speak with John Chipman, the director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) about how this system will work in practice - and the other steps the GCC is taking in an unstable region.
Land systems - hybridity of threats
In an increasingly uncertain world, armed forces need to be prepared for a multitude of threats, and this hybridity has major implications for future capabilities and force design. We talk it through with Professor Sir Paul Newton, director, Strategy and Security Institute, Exeter University, and Dr Eliot Cohen, Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS.
As Germany expands its international commitments, making sure its army's infantry are kept in top-of-the-line equipment is essential. We take a look at the country's Infanterist der Zukunft programme and its deployment over the last few years in the company of Lieutenant General Bruno Kasdorf of the German Army.
Naval capabilities Top
The news that Britain might build a naval base in Oman is just another development in the year-long struggle for the Ministry of Defence to build a new base East of Suez. So could this announcement finally mean a deal set in stone, and what will a British base in the Gulf mean for the region? DSSI speaks with the MoD about the deal.
Whenever drones and combat operations are mentioned in the same sentence, it's usually a reference to high-flying and heavily armed vehicles like the Predator UAV. However, smaller quadcopters are increasingly being prized by infantrymen as a low-cost enhancement of their ISR requirement. Greg Noone talks to Phil Cheatum, deputy branch chief of electronics and special developments at The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, about how smaller drone models could transform the ability of infantrymen to scout out immediate dangers in the battle space.
From the Pentagon to the battlefield, cyber touches every aspect of conflict. We speak to Sven Sakkov, director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, about the connection between cyber and electronic warfare, and how military and industry tactics help ensure data protection and integrity across multiple devices and systems.
As the US Army withdraws from a long-term boots-on-the-ground presence in Afghanistan, reorienting logistics resources to suit more expeditionary excursions will be critical. But what's the best way to do this, and can lessons be learned from past interventions? We speak with Major General Craig Crenshaw, a Commanding General at the United States Marine Corps, and Michael Shurkin, a senior political scientist at the RAND corporation.
The US Army's tablet-based computer system Nett Warrior is getting one of its first apps: one that will allow soldiers to more quickly and accurately call in artillery strikes. We speak with Lt. Col. Adrian Marsh, product manager, Ground Soldier System to take a look at the software - and explore the role these kinds of apps might play in the future of combat.
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With the threats posed to infantry more multi-faceted than ever, training and simulation systems need to stay up-to-date and relevant. We speak with Professor Agostino G. Bruzzone, president of the Simulation Team at the University of Genoa about keeping on top of the challenges soldiers face on the battlefield.