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23 Jul 12. Military applications will continue to grow and drive the fundamental development of semiconductor technologies such as gallium nitride (GaN). This was highlighted with product announcements during the recent IMS 2012 conference, as reviewed in the Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, “Defense Electronics Industry Review: June 2012.” The report also details significant defense industry news, including product announcements, milestones, contract activity and defense industry financial performance. Strategy Analytics sponsored a breakfast session in conjunction with Microwave Journal during IMS 2012, with participation from Cree, Nitronex, NXP, RFMD,
TriQuint and UMS. The presentations confirmed the applicability of GaN to communications, electronic warfare, and radar needs. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

23 Jul 12. Research and Markets announced the addition of iCD Research’s new report “The South Korean Defense Industry – Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies, Analyses and Forecasts to 2016” to their offering. “The South Korean Defense Industry – Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies, Analyses and Forecasts to 2016”
Synopsis
– Top level overview of the South Korean defense industry
– A breakdown of the South Korean defense industry by spend pattern valued from 2005 through 2010 and forecasted from 2011 through 2016
– A breakdown of the markets by segment valued from 2005 through 2010 and forecasted from 2011 through 2016
– Emerging trends and opportunities in the South Korean defense industry in the last 12 months (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

24 Jul 12. Research and Markets announced the addition of the “United States Defence and Security Report Q2 2012” report to their offering.
Business Monitor International’s United States Defence and Security Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, defence and security associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on United States’s defence and security industry. Following the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, which was completed on December
18 2011, the country is now contemplating the eventual withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan; a process that will begin in mid-2012, and is expected to be completed by 2015. As the US reduces its footprint in the country, it will hand over an increasing share of the security burden to the Afghan National Army and police force. Despite the end of NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan being on the horizon, relations between Washington DC and Kabul continue to be strained, following a string of high profile incidents where Afghan civilians have been murdered, copies of the Qur’an destroyed and Taliban corpses desecrated. The eventual withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan is expected to yield significant savings to the Department of Defense budget. For Fiscal Year (FY)
2013, President Barack Obama has requested US$525.4bn. During the next decade, the Pentagon is expected to make budget savings of up to US$487bn, which will be achieved, in part, by the cessation of military operations in Afghanistan. Over the long term, the US will make a major reduction in the size of its strategic nuclear weapons inventory. Currently, around 5,000 operational and reserve nuclear warheads are in the possession of the US armed forces, including around 200 tactical nuclear weapons. The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement between Russia and the US will see the Department of Defense reducing its air-launched and sea-launched nuclear weapons delivery systems. Although ballistic missile defence efforts proved highly controversial during the administration of President George W. Bush, they have continued, albeit in a different form, under President Obama’

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