The South African president’s speech was cold comfort for a defence sector starved for good news.
Multinational task forces are in vogue, but what is required for such collaborations to avoid ending in disaster have not been properly appreciated by the approach’s supporters, argues JOHN STUPART.
South Africa’s military needs to have a plan B.
As the cost of space-based sensors continues to plummet, most African militaries remain surprisingly uninterested in using the technology and reaping the benefits that their counterparts in the rest of the world are experiencing. This represents a missed opportunity that may have dire effects for the effectiveness of the continent’s national armed forces in the medium future.
For African observers of international terrorism, there now appears to be something of a ‘terrorist spring’ occurring worldwide, and it’s coming to Africa.
The list of requirements for any new heavy transport aircraft is a dizzying array of competing needs from all arms of service, each one as important as the next.