U.S Army Decline: A Comparative Look at American and European Armies

On 4 April 2022, The American Defence Department announced that their budget request would entail a policy shrinking of the army services by 12,000 troops leading to an overall 473,000 soldiers left in 2023. In a fragile period, due to the Russia-Ukraine war, which has led several European countries to reinforce their military services, the U.S is taking a somewhat oxymoron path. The main reason behind the U.S Army’s decision to cut down on soldiers is because the recruitment process has come across several hindrances which push young people away, especially in the past few years. In other words, according to an army official, the institution struggled to achieve the recruitment goal for 2022 and will probably not reach the 2023 goal based on the previous year. Army officials suggest that this is one of the most challenging eras for recruitment since 1973.

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Perspectives for the augmented soldier (focus on the French case)

In the race for defence technologies, innovation is a crucial issue to ensure the operational supremacy of armies. Given the advanced breakthroughs in the field of supportive robotic technologies, interest in the integration of new technologies into the human body has rapidly increased. States are therefore engaging in plans to develop augmented soldiers in the context of a constantly evolving tech war.

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Belgium to Acquire Nexter’s Caesar 6×6 NG

On May 13, Belgium’s and France’s Defence ministers, Ludivine Dedonder and Florence Parly signed contracts for the delivery of Nexter’s Caesar 6×6 NG (CAmion Equipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie de Nouvelle Génération) to the Belgian army.

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Bypassing External Influences – Risk Assessment of US Army’s Supply Chains

The United States (US) Army expresses its concerns over the vulnerabilities of its suppliers and their subcontractors. Although the COVID-19 crisis did not significantly affect the supply chains, the military is still calling to increase assistance for the industry to manage risks and avoid shortages, since most raw materials and processed products necessary for the Army are being imported from China.

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Honeywell HTS7500 Engine Chosen to Outfit New SB-1 Defiant X Helicopter

Igor Sikorsky once famously said, «the helicopter is probably the most versatile instrument ever invented by man», a thought echoed by many field commanders and soldiers alike. Indeed, helicopters provide a degree of versatility unlike any other present asset: they can be rapidly deployed, navigate through almost every type of terrain and provide firepower and protection. They cover a vast range of operational tasks, including reconnaissance, troops insertion and extraction, intelligence gathering, patrolling, SAR missions, and MEDEVAC. And now the Defiant, the latest arrival from Sikorsky and Boeing, has chosen its engine.

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