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US officials have summoned Toyota to explain how hundreds of the manufacturer’s trucks have fallen into the hands of ISIS. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; the group has also captured an arsenal of Western-made military equipment, including thousands of armoured vehicles and machine guns as well as a number of main battle tanks that were supplied to the Iraqi military. We investigate how the equipment has fallen into the wrong hands and what can be done about it.

We also take a look at the UK’s new field hospital built as part of Future Force 2020, and find out whether Global Hawk’s success so far can secure its future in the US Air Force’s high-altitude reconnaissance fleet. Plus, we explore the US Navy’s move to reinstate the teaching of celestial navigation in a bid to thwart cyber threats, and we review the biggest defence industry deals and takeovers from the past year.

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In this issue

A Vicious Cycle
Terror group ISIS has captured an arsenal of Western-made military equipment, from Toyota trucks to armoured Humvees, main battle tanks and weapon systems. Chris Lo investigates how the equipment has fallen into the wrong hands and what can be done about it.
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Advanced Care for the Frontline
The British Army recently concluded tests of its new modular Role 3 field hospital supplied by Marshall Aerospace and Defence. Claire Apthorp reports on the facility and its advanced medical capabilities.
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What it Takes
With the military-industrial complex becoming ever more complex and specialised, could sophisticated personality testing could hold the key to finding the right roles for today’s recruits? Dr Gareth Evans finds out.
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Fit for the Future?
As budget constraints force the US Air Force to choose between its high-altitude reconnaissance assets, Claire Apthorp investigates whether the Global Hawk UAS has what it takes to keep flying in the future fleet.
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Return of the Ancient Mariner
Celestial navigation is making a comeback on the US Navy’s curriculum as the threat of cyber attacks on high-tech positioning systems grows. Dr Gareth Evans explores the navy’s effort to tackle modern threats with traditional skills.
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Top Deals of 2015
A number of defence industry deals made the headlines in the past year. We take a look at the ten biggest based on value.
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The Pentagon has spoken out against further consolidation in the US weapons industry following Lockheed Martin’s $9bn Sikorsky deal. We investigate concerns that the increased M&A trend among defence contractors and the resulting lack of competition could lead to higher cost and less innovation.

We also explore major trends in electric vehicle development for military uses, round up the potential competitors for the US Army’s new handgun contract to replace the Beretta M9, and find out what the Raytheon-led Warrior Training Alliance programme for the US Army has achieved so far. Plus, we ask whether the capabilities of mine hunters could soon be replaced by unmanned systems, and take a look at a new technology that could locate weapons of mass destruction from distance through their energy signature.

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