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Promoting Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation: The Contribution of Kazakhstan

In this Special Report, Richard Weitz looks at the role of Kazakhstan in pursuing and promoting nuclear security.Download PDF Now>>

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Weitz Report on Nuclear Security

Promoting Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation: The Contribution of Kazakhstan: An E-Book

In this e-book, Richard Weitz examines the leadership role which Kazakhstan has taken in the area of nuclear security.

This report looks at the reasons behind the commitment and the role, which Kazakhstan is playing to shape a way ahead in a contested world.

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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). An integrated global fleet of F-35s is a key asset for shaping joint and coalition capabilities for 21st century combat operations.

The Future of Naval Aviation An E-Book

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A forthcoming article in Front Line Defence discusses a number of the issues presented in the Rome briefing. Credit: Front Line Defence

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European Defense, the Arctic and the Future

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Filling the Gap: SPMAGTF-CR

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In this special report, we look at the Italian engagement with the F-35 and the thinking of Italian airpower leaders about the impact of the F-35 on the future.

The report is based on a Fall 2013 visit to Italy, the facilities and interviews with senior Italian officials.


OD in Cockpit

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Building the Arctic Grid

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First published in 2010, this book examines a number of key aspects of the impact of fifth generation aircraft on the evolution of airpower.

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