20 Dec 10. Defence and Security: Green Paper Published. The Government launched (20 Dec 10) a Green Paper to mark the start of consultation on Equipment, Support and Technology for UK Defence and Security. The formal public consultation period runs from January to March 2011, after which period the Government plans to publish a White Paper on the issues covered.
Comment: A Government Green Paper is a discussion document whereas a White Paper is a statement of policy. The above Green Paper is published as Command 7989 for £14:75 and is also available online (http://defenceconsultations.org.uk/).(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/01, 3 Jan 11)
14 Dec 10. Defence Budget: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Report
The PAC published (14 Dec 10) a Report on Managing the Defence Budget and Estate. The PAC Chairman sums up the background to the Report as: “The MoD’s poor financial management has led to a potential shortfall of spending against funding over the next decade of £36 billion.”.
Comment: The Report is published as HC 503 for £10:- and includes evidence taken from MoD financial experts on 13 Oct 10. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/01, 3 Jan 11)
04 Jan 11. Research and Markets.
(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/064545/night_vision_handb) has announced the addition of the “Night Vision Handbook” report to their offering. A comprehensive data source for the international night vision community. An essential information and reference source for the night vision community; it has become well established as an invaluable and useful guide to equipment for military, parapublic and civilian users around the world. Night Vision capability has come into its own as an essential tool in the fight against terrorism and demand has grown for a definitive reference source. Through its unique market contacts, Shephard is ideally positioned to meet this requirement.
The Night Vision Handbook 2008/9 will contain the latest Specification Data gathered from leading manufacturers. Each item is described in an easy-to-access format, and is complemented by a detailed Suppliers Directory and Product Guide with full contact details.
Coverage will include:
Aircraft electro-optic pods
Integrated helmets (rotary/fixed)
NVG Compatible lighting
Infrared search and track systems
IR detectors cameras and Image intensifiers
Vehicle driver goggles
Infantry weapon sights – image intensifiers – thermal imaging
Observation, surveillance and targeting
Vehicle commanders sights
Long range observation system
Optronic masks and periscopes
Ship surveillance and fire control systems