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New MRAP vehicles in Afghanistan
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It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions

28 May 2015 Security Watch

Like many others, Dan Ward thinks that an overhaul of the United States’ defense acquisition process is long overdue. Without needed reforms, he worries the country’s legislators, defense officials and military leaders will continue to add new layers of complexity to an already overburdened system. More on «It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions»


Nursultan Nazarbayev, courtesy of  	Пресс-служба Президента России
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Stress Tests for Kazakhstan

28 May 2015 Security Watch

How can Kazakhstan maintain friendly ties with Russia and yet continue to build its own national identity? The International Crisis Group thinks that Astana should take a more ‘recognizable’ role in trying to resolve the Ukraine crisis, pursue a balanced foreign policy and perform several other steps. More on «Stress Tests for Kazakhstan»


DARPA human enhancement project
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Transhumanism and War

27 May 2015 Security Watch

Should military establishments increasingly rely on biotechnology to enhance their soldier’s ability to fight? Nayef Al-Rodhan has his doubts. Future ‘human enhancements’ will have far-reaching geopolitical consequences, raise considerable ethical problems, and disrupt military organizations in troubling ways. More on «Transhumanism and War»