Military Art & Science

Navy looks backwards for future acquisitions

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With the SA Navy facing budget and other challenges, it is looking back at past acquisition strategies to see what lessons can...

Helicopter displays, military re-enactments at Voortrekker Monument military fair

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The May public holiday has become synonymous with what is Gauteng's biggest military and history fair and this year is no different. Tuesday,...

The African Peace and Security Architecture – a system for the past or adapting...

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The African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared to have reached full operational capability (FOC), in four out the five African regions....

Soldiers to the rescue

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For years, when countries needed their armed forces' help during natural disasters, the philosophy was "last in, first out" — don't use...

Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

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Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran's nuclear facilities and the attack on the...

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

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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...

Armscor centre offers unique insights into defective munitions

Sited in Pretoria's secluded Salvokop and close to the headquarters of the SA Army, is a collection of ammunition and associated equipment...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s vital external interests

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South Africa has external interests that are important or vital to the economy, some vulnerable to disruption and requiring protection commensurate with...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s critical infrastructure

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‘National key points' have raised negative comment on several occasions, but the reality is that any state has infrastructure that is critical...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s borders

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Protecting a nation's borders was among the first tasks to fall to armies. Similarly, protecting a nation's waters and its seaborne trade...

Feature: South Africa’s defence priorities

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Another year, another defence budget, and once again the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is left short-changed and under-funded, as it...

SS Mendi bell recovered after 100 years

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The ship's bell of the ill-fated SS Mendi has been recovered after decades of uncertainty about its whereabouts. The bell was left...

Commonwealth War Graves Commission preparing for centenary events

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is holding its main centenary commemoration at a service in London on Tuesday 23 May. The...

A centenary of caring for Commonwealth war graves

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The Imperial War Graves was established by the signing of the Royal Charter on May 21, 1917 establishing the Imperial War Graves...

Armour Formation back at Voortrekker Monument military fair

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Monday, May 1, will see the seventh staging of the annual Voortrekker Monument Military and History Fair which this year will have...

Castle of Good Hope will be home to military veterans’ skills transfer and training...

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2016 marks the 350th anniversary of what is widely accepted as the oldest building in South Africa – the Castle of Good...

Better soldier selection thanks to behavioural science

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People are at the centre of military efforts says Adelai van Heerden, head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's)...

Military outsourcing offers savings, expertise

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The core responsibilities of militaries all over the world include protecting civilians, rescue work during natural disasters and securing borders. But these...

Simulations enhance military training

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Consider the typical tank used in combat. Tanks are a key component of modern ground warfare, but their use comes at a...

May 2 is Voortrekker Monument military fair day

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Already "a must" on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year's Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2...

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