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A virtual revolution is sweeping through shipbuilding and changing the way warships are designed and built. We speak to BAE Systems and other majors about how 3D visualisation technology is helping them become more efficient and agile in the design stage of major projects, allowing engineers to go inside full-scale virtual prototypes of ships for testing and refinements.

As France struggles with a billon-euro shortfall in its 2015 budget, we ask how the French defence ministry needs to adapt its mindset to shifting economic realities to keep its forces operational.
We also take a look inside the UK DSTL’s new virtual cyber centre of operations, review advances in technology that have helped bring landmine casualties to an all-time low, and explore the growing need for IT experts in military operations and emerging career paths in the field.

Earlier this year the Australian participation in the F-35 programme, already a source of much controversy in the country, was dealt a further blow when it was reported that Chinese cyber-spies had obtained sensitive design details of the aircraft. We find out what the implications are.

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In this issue

A New Mindset
With the opening salvoes already fired in the battle for the French defence budget, the Napoleonic maxim that "no plan survives the first shot" is shaping up to prove as true as ever. Dr Gareth Evans reports.
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On the Virtual Battlefield
The UK MoD and Airbus are creating a virtual cyber centre of operations as part of DSTL’s cyber situational awareness project. Claire Apthorp finds out how the centre will help to inform future decisions on the virtual battlefield.
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IT: The Next Frontline
Information technology is playing a stronger role in military operations than ever before and in response companies such as BAE Systems are rolling out programmes to snap up the most talented young IT graduates. Claire Apthorp looks into the growth of the sector.
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Clearing the Land
With the International Campaign to Ban Landmines reporting the lowest ever landmine casualty numbers in 2014, Dr Gareth Evans reviews the progress that has been made in the fight against landmines over the past twenty years.
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Losing the Edge?
Australia’s participation in the Joint Strike Fighter has been a source of debate from the start and January’s reports of a cyber-theft of sensitive design details by Chinese spies have only added fuel to the flames. Dr Gareth Evans finds out how things stand.
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Visualise It
A virtual revolution is underway in UK shipbuilding. Carol Jenkins speaks to major defence manufacturers to find out how 3D visualisation technology is transforming the way warships are being designed and built.
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Russia’s withdrawal from the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe treaty is considered a serious blow to the system of security-building that has been established since 1990. But what does it mean for the remaining parties to the treaty, who continue to be bound by its constraints while Russia faces no legal obstacle to increasing the size of its armed forces? We investigate the potential implications.

We also take a look at the technologies playing a key role in the increasing digitisation of the battlefield, explore sustainability issues in the making and recycling of ammunition and find out why many of Germany’s defence programmes are currently struggling with cost and time overruns. Moreover, we review the latest surveillance and security technologies for ports and look at the US Navy’s research into future military requirements in littoral zones.

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