May 22, 2013 SPACEWAR

STRATCOM strives to build coalitions for space operations
Offutt AFB (AFPS) NB (SPX) May 22, 2013 – Recognizing the value of multinational coalitions for operations in the land, maritime and air domains, officials at U.S. Strategic Command here hope to forge a coalition that shares assets and capabilities in space. The U.S. and its allies are discussing details for the first agreement of its kind promoting combined space operations, Brig. Gen. David D. Thompson, the STRATCOM’s deputy dir … more

Friends of Syria to push for peace conference
Beirut (AFP) May 20, 2013 – The Friends of Syria group, which backs the Syrian uprising, meets on Wednesday in Amman for a new round of talks expected to focus on a US-Russian bid to resolve the country’s brutal conflict. The group “will hold talks paving the way for the international conference on Syria in June, in order to reach a political solution to the Syria crisis”, Jordan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. … more

India, China vow to end long-running border dispute
New Delhi (AFP) May 20, 2013 – The Indian and Chinese premiers pledged on Monday to resolve a border dispute that has soured ties for decades, saying good relations between the two Asian giants were key to world peace. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, making his first foreign visit since taking office, said that Beijing was determined to build up trust with New Delhi as he and a team of ministers signed a series of joint agree … more

Israel said to be world leader in UAV exports
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) May 20, 2013 – Israel’s high-tech defense industry leads the world in exporting unmanned aerial vehicles, a new study says, while UAV designers are reported to be moving toward developing drones so advanced they could replace manned aircraft. The international business consultancy Frost and Sullivan reports that over the last eight years Israeli manufacturers have sold UAVs worth more than $4.6 billio … more