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As territorial claims intensify in the waters around Japan, Shinzo Abe's government have markedly shifted defence policy toward strengthening self-defence. Oliver Hotham looks at how procurement is increasing, what likely acquisitions will be made and what it will mean for stability in the region.

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Jonathan Marshall, operations manager, Directorate of Analysis Experimentation and Simulation, Ministry of Defence

Traditional training methods for soldiers have become difficult to adapt to today's asymmetric threats, giving rise to the use of synthetic environment training. We find out how far this technology has progressed and what role it currently plays in the training of UK Armed Forces.

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Following DSSI's coverage of the FELIN upgrade, we now focus on the Scorpion programme, which aims to replace France's armoured vehicle capability. The DGA explains what advancements this technology will bring and what the timeline for introduction is.


Alessandro Vivoli, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance Collection, European Defence Agency

Surveillance, like most other defence procurement, is now most likely to be conducted as part of a coalition. We find out about the EDA's role in this and its Persistent Surveillance Long-term Analysis (SULTAN) study.


Phillip Minor, deputy director COE Directorate, ASA (ALT)

Transitioning the US Army to the common operating environment (COE) is no small feat. We find out how the COE has been implemented and what challenges six different computing environments have posed.

Naval capabilities Top

David Jardine-Smith, secretary, International Maritime Rescue Federation

As operations in the Mediterranean have recently shown us, search and rescue at sea is the responsibility of no single nation. We find out the role of the IMRF in enhancing cooperation and interoperability between partners involved in rescue operations.

Logistics Top

Brigadier Mark Dunn, head of support chain engagement, inventory management, DE&S

How can improved IT infrastructure make inventory management easier? What efficiency savings can be achieved in the supply chain through better logging technology?

Cyber securityTop

Reinhard Herzog, chairman, NATO Modelling and Simulation Exploratory Team

What is NATO's vision for modelling and simulation technology over the next decade? We find out.

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