Editor Engelbrecht Archive

Previously published reports and articles with continued relevance

Archive: SA unveils Rogue CIWS

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RDL Technologies is a step closer to unleashing its "Rogue" close-in weapons system (CIWS) on the world market, after a series of...

Archive: Army fashioning a future vision

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November 2005 The Army is fashioning a vision for the next 15 years and its chief has asked the public to contribute. Lt...

Archive: Kenya copying SA defence reforms

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Kenya is copying and customising South African defence reforms, policy and planning to suit its own circumstances in a bid to stamp...

Archive: Defence oversight still weak in Mozambique

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Defence oversight is still weak in Mozambique, a study on military budgets in Africa has found.FEATURE-AU-DEFENCE-MOZ by Leon Engelbrecht    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia...

Archive: Defence spending not unique

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Africa has to stop treating military budgets as unique, a conference on the matter heard at the weekend.    Armed forces in Africa...

Archive: Donor pressure causes dishonesty

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Donor pressure for budget reform in Africa was often met with official dishonesty, case studies in eight countries have found. AU-DEFENCE-DONORS    ADDIS ABABA,...

Archive: Navy was catalyst in defence oversight revolution

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The SA Navy was the unwitting catalyst that triggered South Africa's defence oversight revolution when it went to Parliament in 1995 to...

Archive: Ethiopian defence spending irrational

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 Ethiopia's defence spending was irrational, a first-of-its-kind study on defence budgets in Africa has found.FEATURE-AU-DEFENCE-ETHIOPIA by Leon Engelbrecht    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia May...

Archive: Offbeat – Travel in Ethiopia

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On the way from the airport, our taxi had no headlights, one functioning windscreen wiper to rearrange the water from a torrential...

Archive: Women making rapid progress in Navy

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Women are making rapid progress in the SA Navy, Vice-Admiral Refiloe Mudimu said on Monday. ...

Archive: Navy setting up rapid deployment force for peacekeeping

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The Navy plans to better contribute to peacekeeping in Africa by setting up a naval rapid deployment force (NRDF), Vice Admiral Refiloe...

Archive: IMPI: Extract from the IISS Military Balance 2002

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"In a further development, military commentators in South Africa have discussed the creation of an Indigenous Military Peacebuilding Initiative (IMPI)..." "Sub-Saharan Africa Regional...

Archive: NATO underlines IMPI idea

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If recent events in the Ivory Coast did not sufficiently highlight the urgent need to implement a programme akin to the Indigenous...

Archive: Is SA defenceless against air attack?

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The arrival of the third and fourth Saab JAS39 Gripen D aircraft in SA follows a series of reports in the mass...

Archive: Arms acquisition: A paper

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Arms acquisition is, was and will always be unpopular with the public.Telling want from need in the quest for  responsible armaments acquisition by...

Archive: The military-media relationship

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The nature of the media-military relationship is one of mutual ambivalence, suspicion and antagonism, for a variety of reasons.The military through media...

Africa not spending enough on defence

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No African country was objectively spending enough on defence, a conference on military budgetary processes in Africa heard on Thursday.AU-DEFENCE-BUDGET ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia;...

Archive: A New Model Army

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Three regular brigades, backed by Special Forces, Airborne troops and Reservists. That is the answer to the question vexing SA Army chief...

Archive: SADC Mutual Defence Pact creates new defence market

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In case of emergency, hold talk shop. That's the executive summary of the recently adopted Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mutual Defence...

Archive: AU Standby Force takes shape

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By the end of this decade Africa should have a six brigade UN-style force ready to police the continent's trouble spot. In...

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