The United States leads upward trend in arms exports, Asian and Gulf states arms imports up, says SIPRI

(Stockholm, 16 March 2015) The United States has taken a firm lead as the major arms exporter globally, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 16 per cent between 2005–2009 and 2010–14. Continue reading–>

UPDATE 1-Rising SE Asia defence spending to spur sales for Indonesia’s Pindad

By Cindy Silviana and Eveline Danubrata

(Reuters) – Indonesian state-owned defence firm PT Pindad expects sales of its machine guns, armored vehicles and other military hardware to increase by 30 percent annually, due in part to rising tensions in the South China Sea, its chief executive said. Continue reading–>

The Guardian view on the defence spending row: let’s get serious

Faced with complex and growing security challenges, Europe and its nations are not spending enough on defence. So said the European Leadership Network thinktank in a recent assessment that has now been followed by a well-reported warning by the US army chief of staff General Raymond Odierno. The general expresses great concern “about the GDP investment [on defence] in the UK,” cautioning that diminished British military resources may no longer be able to operate alongside the US. (Source: The Guardian) Continue reading–>