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US reforms rules on defence export control

The White House has announced a package of export control reforms following demands from United States defence industry groups in March 2007 to improve the process. The US Department of State said the purpose of the new Export Control Directive, announced on 22 January, is to spur reforms that will enable the US government “to respond more expeditiously to the military equipment needs of our friends, allies”
NATO reviews Nammo Buck’s MLRS demilitarisation
NATO officials have conducted the first six-month management review of Nammo Buck GmbH’s programme to demilitarise the UK’s and Netherlands’ United States-designed Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). The 22 January 2008 assessment at Nammo Buck’s facility in Pinnow, near Schwedt on the German-Polish border, coincided with the company decommissioning its 1,200th rocket
Study seeks to raise UK RN’s ‘swarm’ defences
A study led by BAE Systems’ CORDA consultancy arm is to examine what measures can be taken to improve the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) defences against ‘swarm’ attacks from multiple fast inshore attack craft (FIACs). The outputs from the work, one of a number of tasks being undertaken by CORDA under the wider umbrella of the Maritime Surface Effects (MSE) research programme, is intended to inform future capability planning, including equipment procurement planning decisions and to de-risk technology to support early procurement activity

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