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Military Art & Science

Feature: Was Cuito Cuanavale an SADF objective?

altThere has been renewed interest in the final phase of South Africa’s involvement in Angola 30 years ago, but it has been mired in controversy and confusion.

   

Soldiers to the rescue

An Oryx evacuating a patient.For years, when countries needed their armed forces’ help during natural disasters, the philosophy was “last in, first out” — don’t use them except as a last resort, and use them as little as possible. But that thinking is at odds with the need for a timely response, which is something armed forces are trained to do.

   

Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

An AUDS jammer.Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran’s nuclear facilities and the attack on the Ukraine’s electricity grid. This, according to defence analyst Helmoed Romer Heitman, begs the question of when is an electronic attack an act of war and how should a nation respond?

   

Feature: Botswana’s Gripen plan highlights need for a defence white paper

A Saab Gripen.Gaborone’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Swedish-built Gripen multi-role jet fighters has drawn sharp criticisms from security analysts, foreign press and domestic political opposition within Botswana.

   

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