JULY/AUGUST 2014VOLUME 22 / ISSUE 4
Front Cover Photo:The open nose of a LockheedMartin F-16C/D Fighting Falconmulti-role combat aircraftshowing its Raytheon AdvancedCombat Radar with which it isequipping the same aircraft ofthe Republic of Korea Air Force,as this months Pulse columnexplains RACR (Raytheon)
Shipshape AndBristol FashionUK-based naval affairs journalistEdward Hooton takes adetailed look at the myriad ofdevelopments in the frigate anddestroyer procurement and upgrademarkets in the Asia-Pacific.
I Can See For Miles And MilesAsian Military Review editor Thomas Withington takes the temperature of theglobal Airborne Early Warning market and finds it to be in good health, withdemand particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region.
Brothers In ArmsThe optical and armamenttechnologies available forinfantry troops are moving at afast pace with numerous newtechnologies equipping thesoldier, as United Kingdom-based defence journalistPeter Donaldson finds out.
Keeping A Low ProfileSatellite Communications providenew capabilities for military vehicles,enabling them handle large quanti-ties of communications traffic at vastdistances, as Asian Military Revieweditor Thomas Withington explains.
Pushing The Boat OutUnited Kingdom-based defencejournalist Claire Apthorpexplores the Unmanned SurfaceVehicles domain and discoverssome interesting developmentsin the Asia-Pacific.
We Are The RobotsBianca Siccardi, an aviationjournalist based in Italy, outlinessome of the recent developments inthe world of Unmanned AerialVehicles (UAVs) in the Asian MilitaryReviews annual UAV Directory.
Sanitising The SkiesRetired United States NavyCaptain and Louisiana baseddefence journalist Marty Kauchakdelves into the world ofmedium-range ground-basedair defence to uncoversome interesting programmesin the Asia-Pacific.
Thomas Withington, AMRs editor, provides a digest of the latest developmentsin the military radar, communications and electronic warfare domains.
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Tony Blair, the United Kingdoms formerprime minister and a key supporter of theUnited States-led 2003 military operation toremove dictator Saddam Hussein and hisregime from its control of Iraq declared in mid-June 2014 that it was absurd toblame the actions of the US-led coalition in ousting Mr. Hussein as responsible forcreating the current crisis in Iraq. The latest twist of this countrys unhappy historyhas seen the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) Islamist insurgent groupmake significant territorial gains in northwestern Iraq and eastern Syria. The advance of ISIS reached crisis point in June 2014 as the movements armed militias occupied several major Iraqi cities and appeared to be threatening the capital Baghdad. Despite training and mentoring from the US armed forces, and the provision of advanced defence equipment, the Iraqi armed forces, particularly thearmy, has shown itself to be unable to prevent the rapid advanced of ISIS. Mr. Blairs comments were greeted with widespread disbelief in the UnitedKingdom. Claire Short, a former minister for international development in Mr. Blairscabinet condemned his comments as consistently wrong, wrong, wrong. Such condemnations may have been a factor prompting Mr. Blair to pen an editorial in theFinancial Times on 22 June 2014 in which he argued that; the Iraq of 2014 bears, inpart, the imprint of the removal of Saddam Hussein eleven years ago.It seems to your editor that the decision to disband the Iraqi military and the countrys security apparatus in May 2003 by the Coalition Provisional Authority(CPA), the caretaker government of Iraq following the removal of Mr. Hussein misguided at best, and cavalier at worst. This action created a security vacuum thatCoalition troops were never able to fully fill. Undoubtedly a very significant numberof individuals within the security apparatus had blood on their hands as a result ofyears of Mr. Husseins murderous rule, but the CPAs main priority after the invasion should have been to establish law and order. Arrests and prosecutions ofthose responsible for state-sponsored killing and torture should have occurred oncethe security situation stabilised, much as they did in Germany following the end ofthe Second World War. This security vacuum has brought widespread lawlessness which has allowed sectarian hatred, organised crime and corruption to flourish. Iraqi civilians, whomhave been slain in their thousands since 2003, must now face the prospect of morebloodshed unless the ISIS can be stopped. Mr. Blair said in March 2003, on the eveof the invasion of Iraq, that he was prepared to be judged by history, regardingthe rights and wrongs of his decision to support the removal of Saddam Hussein.Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, history appears to be teaching Tony Blair some hard lessons.
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