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France to conduct biggest ever war games in 2023

DefenceTalkFrance is planning its biggest ever military exercise involving 12,000 troops, including NATO allies, in the first half of next year, a commander at the chiefs of staff said Tuesday. The scenario calls for a major conflict with an unspecified foreign state to be played out, said Yves Metayer, commander of the troop deployment division […]

Israel names Herzi Halevi as next army chief

DefenceTalkThe Israeli government on Sunday confirmed Major General Herzi Halevi, a former military intelligence head who led forces along the Gaza border, as the country’s next military chief. Halevi, 54, who serves as deputy to outgoing Chief of General Staff Aviv Kohavi, will take charge of Israel’s armed forces on January 17, Prime Minister Yair […]

Mexican lawmakers approve contentious security reform

DefenceTalkMexican lawmakers on Friday approved a plan to put the National Guard under military control — a move that critics say hands too much power to the armed forces. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador created the new security force in 2019 with a civilian command to replace federal police accused of corruption and human rights […]

Putin attends military exercises with Chinese forces: Kremlin

DefenceTalkPresident Vladimir Putin attended large-scale military exercises on Tuesday involving China and several other Russia-friendly countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told local news agencies. Putin was meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and military chief of staff Valery Gerasimov at the Sergeevski military range and could observe the final phase of the military exercises later, […]