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14 Dec 07. RN/RM Hostages Incident: Defence Committee Report
The Defence Committee published (14 Dec 07) The Iran hostages incident: the lessons learned, as HC 181 for £6:50. In the words of the Report: “….it is public knowledge that there were weaknesses in intelligence, in communications, in doctrine and in training. There was a lapse in operational focus in the front line and a widespread failure of situational awareness.”.
Comment: The Report sums up the incident concerning personnel from HMS CORNWALL on 23 Mar 07 and the subsequent Fulton and Hall Reports. Security constraints have meant that the Committee was unable to publish much of the evidence which it had heard. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0802, 07 Jan 08)

11 Dec 07. UK/US Trade Co-operation: Defence Committee Report. The Defence Committee published (11 Dec 07) UK/US Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty, as HC 107 for £14:50. The Committee believed that Congressional scrutiny will show that the Treaty is in the US interest as much as in the interest of the UK. The Committee thus supports the UK’s ratification of the UK/US Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty.
Comment: The Treaty under consideration “establishes a new framework for arms trade and technology transfer between the USA and the UK”. The Defence Committee’s conclusion that the Treaty should provide greater interoperability between the two Countries’ Armed Forces will only be of limited general interest. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0802, 07 Jan 08)

The 6th Annual Edition of the International UAS Yearbook

UAS: The Global Perspective 2008-2009

For the 2008 edition of this annual publication, the world’s leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) reference work, the number of contributing international stakeholder organizations has increased from 33 to 48 (+45%).

A unique feature of the UAS yearbook is that it is distributed in 19 countries by the contributing national and international organizations.

Honorary members of UVS International, all serving military officers or regulatory authority representatives, also distribute the yearbook within their organizations; this is the case in the following 24 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA

This method of distribution guarantees that the majority of the most important national military, government and regulatory authorities involved with UAS in these countries actually receive the publication.

The publication is distributed to government & regulatory and military authorities, as well as UAS-related industry representatives in 68 countries.

This publication has an other unique feature: the electronic version of the 2008 UAS yearbook, including the advertisements, will once again be made available for posting on more than 200 intranet & open web sites belonging to government, military, regulatory & international organizations, as well as associations, and national & multi-national working groups.

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