19 Jul 17. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Proliferation Prevention Program is proud to announce a partnership with the Stimson Center to launch a two-year project on South Asian nuclear transparency. The CSIS-Stimson team was one of 11 recipients of grants in 2017 from the MacArthur Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York on “Heading Off Nuclear Catastrophe.”
This project focuses on practical ways in which India and Pakistan can contribute to nuclear security. As nuclear states outside the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), India and Pakistan are two of the three countries with growing stockpiles of nuclear weapons and fissile material. They must simultaneously address rising bilateral tensions and significant nonstate actor challenges. Both countries are also expanding their nuclear energy programs and seeking to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, but it can be difficult to tell where their military nuclear activities end and their civilian nuclear activities begin. This project will partner with emerging local scholars in both countries through the Stimson Center’s South Asian Voices program to promote India and Pakistan’s participation in an existing mechanism—the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Guidelines for Plutonium Management (INFCIRC/549)—to improve transparency and help bring both countries further into the mainstream of responsible nuclear governance.
04 Jul 17. Ten weeks until DSEI: the top features confirmed. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will mark its tenth edition when it takes place this September at ExCeL London. Ten weeks until the event’s opening, we have listed the Top Ten features which combine to make DSEI ‘the event for the entire defence and security industry to conduct business’.
1. Exclusive programme of international VIP speakers, which includes:
• Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence
• Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
• Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security
• Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
• Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
• General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff
• Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC, Chief of the Air Staff
• General Sir Chris Deverell KCB MBE ADC Gen, Commander, Joint Forces Command
• Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
• Dan Bailey, Program Director, Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift, AMRDEC, U.S. Army
• Michael Vaccaro, Director, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
• Lieutenant General Carlo Magrassi, Secretary General of Defence & National Armaments Director, Ministry of Defence Italy
• Lt Gen Frank Leidenberger, Commander DEU Elements Multinational Corps / Basic Army Organisation, German Army
• Maj Gen Kathryn Toohey, Head Land Capability, Australian Army
• Major General J.P.A. Pelletier, RCAF Fighter Program Lead, Royal Canadian Air Force
2. Unrivalled exhibitor base: DSEI will host a record 1,600 exhibiting companies. Some of those that have been with DSEI the longest include: Armscor; BAE Systems; Land Rover; Lockheed Martin; Raytheon; Rheinmetall; Rolls Royce; SAAB; Singapore Technologies; and Thales.
3. Air static displays: A striking display of over ten impressive aircraft including two fighter jets, SAAB Gripen and Tornado GR4, an array of military helicopters including*: Chinook, Apache, Wildcat, Merlin, and two additional rotorcraft from Leonardo, and several UCAVs will also be showcased throughout the event.
4. Visiting warships: DSEI’s water-side location is a unique and highly popular draw. This year the event expects to welcome a significant number of international naval vessels*, including:
• L.É. Samuel Beckett from the Irish Naval Service
• A Coastal Patrol Vessel from the Belgian Navy
• Royal Naval ships including a