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31 Dec 12. DNA 2012 Archive and Review: Publication. DNA 2012 Archive and Review was published on 31 Dec 12, at a cost of £60 for DNA subscribers (£110 for non-subscribers). An introductory summary covers the main Themes and Highlights of the past year (Budget, Policy, Senior Appointments, Armed Forces, Operations and Equipment). The CD format provides a fully linked index, by both subject and Issue number, for each DNA produced in 2012. The 48 DNA Issues of 2012 are repeated, for ease of reference. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 13/01, 31 Dec 12)

03 Jan 13. The two month postponement of the “fiscal cliff’s” automatic spending cuts, including cuts to America’s defense budget originally proposed by last year’s sequestration deal, may be welcome news for the nation’s military sector. However, while many pundits still believe that defense budget cuts are likely inevitable, certain segments have little cause to worry, as they will remain mostly unaffected by any revisions to the budget, including the UAV sector. In fact, the global UAV payload market, valued at approximately $43.7bn at the end of 2012, is estimated to increase to $68.6bn by 2022, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4.6% during the forecast period. Market demand is anticipated to be driven by increased UAV procurement by several countries across the world and continuous requirement formulations in areas such as persistent surveillance, suppression/destruction of enemy air defense (SEAD/DEAD), communications relays and combat search and rescue (CSAR). Another major factor which is expected to drive the market over the forecast period is the increasing incorporation of UAVs in civilian applications such as Homeland Security, disaster management and border surveillance. In recent times, UAVs have attracted significant attention for use in both military and homeland security. As the best substitute to the otherwise used manned aircraft for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, UAVs are now attracting significant investment by several countries. Payloads are essential systems in the UAVs which are instrumental in carrying out various missions and the demand for UAV payloads is thus expected to increase proportionally with the UAVs. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

02 Jan 13. Research and Markets announced the addition of the “Germany Defence and Security Report Q1 2013” report to their offering. BMI’s Germany Defence & Security Report for Q113 examines the country’s defence posture, defence procurement initiatives and its defence spending. Chiefly, the report examines the sometimes painful transition of Germany’s armed forces from their Cold War-era role of defending the country against Soviet and Warsaw Pact aggression, into a force capable of meeting the security challenges of the 21st Century. In addition, the report examines several of Germany’s major defence procurement programmes. The German government is investing considerably across the land and air domains in particular. Capabilities in these two sectors are seen as essential to enable Germany to project power beyond its borders, though the notion remains deeply controversial. The legacy of the Second World War makes a significant element of the German polity highly distrustful of the procurement of any capabilities that enable Germany to intervene in conflicts beyond its borders. Nevertheless, since the end of the Cold War, Berlin has played an increasingly active role in military operations abroad, most notably in Afghanistan. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

Jan 13. SIPRI: 2013 Yearbook Data. SIPRI intends to pre-launch three data sets before the June publication of the Yearbook:-
* 18 Feb 13 – Top 100 arms-producing companies.
* 18 Mar 13 – International arms transfer data.
* 15 Apr 13 – World military expenditure data.
The three data sets are to be repea

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