NORTH KOREA – NEW MISSILE LAUNCH DIRECTION JAPAN

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keywords: north korea, japan, missile, president trump. The Japanese authorities confirm this morning the launch of a North Korean short-range ballistic missile that has grounded 300 km off the coast of Japan. This launch is the 3rd in 3 weeks. The Japan Prime Minister promises a “concrete action” following this launch. This is not the first missile launch in direction of Japan, it is clearly targeted by North Korea. While appeals to resolve the crisis peacefully do not seem to be crowned with success the Japanese Prime Minister is increasing the tone…

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DEFENSE – NATO WILL HELP FIGHTING AGAINST DAESH/ISIS

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keywords: otan, defense, terrorism, luxembourg. Since taking office on January 20, President Trump has continued to put pressure on his NATO allies. German Chancellor Merkel faced it when going to Washington. The objective is for the members of the Organization to spend at least 2% of their GDP in military expenditure in order to contribute actively to NATO missions (defense and anti-terrorism), the United States considering they pay the defense of their allies without return from them. The United States has also voted a defense budget for next year up…

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LUXEMBOURG – GOVERNMENT WARNS ABOUT WANNACRY VIRUS

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keywords: cyber attack, cyber security, ransomware, wannacry, luxembourg. This Saturday, May 13 at 6 pm the Luxembourg Government communicates on the dangers of the “WannaCry” ransomware worldwide cyber attack. The Government explains that the virus is spread by the mailbox and that it uses a vulnerability of the Windows operating system. It is therefore recommended not to open doubtful e-mails. A Windows security update (MS17-010) is available and must be installed. For more than 24 hours now the world is facing what Europol calls ransomware “unprecedented attack”. Large companies and…

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DEFENSE – AIRBUS A400M DELIVERIES DELAYED AGAIN

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keywords: a400m, airbus military, nato, defense, luxembourg. With an increasing military budget, Luxembourg army wants to take on a new dimension. By 2020, the government plans to raise the military budget from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6% of GDP, a 50% increase. This increased budget allows the large recruitment of soldiers and the purchase of equipment such as drones, helicopters and transport aircraft. As for the transport aircraft, it is an Airbus Military A400m purchased jointly with other NATO allies (France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Turkey). According to Reuters, Airbus Military may need…

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CYBER ATTACKS – MAIN PRESS WEBSITES IN FRANCE UNAVAILABLE

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keywords: cyber attack, ddos, cyber-security, press, france. After the massive attacks on the Luxembourg State servers, several French press websites such as Le Monde, Le Figaro, Sud Ouest, 20 Minutes, L’Obs were unavailable for about an hour on Wednesday afternoon. The cause is an IT attack, not to these titles directly, but to their IT provider. The situation was back to normal at 17:40. Cedexis company is the provider (a sort of web control tower that routes traffic based on network overload) that suffered a large DDOS attack. The main French media sites are…

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ETTELBRUCK – PUBLIC SECURITY DAY – A SUCCESS

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keywords: security, police, customs, firemen, army, ettelbruck, luxembourg. Today, the Security Profession Day in Ettelbrück is a great success. Even if the weather is not that good, it is in number that the onlookers are gathered in front of the materials and men. Since 10:00 this morning the pedestrian center of Ettelbrück is taken by the Public Security forces which expose material and men. In number are the representatives of the Luxembourg Army with heavy material and young soldiers who are available for questions. A camouflage workshop brings out the youngest faces…

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LUXEMBOURG – PUBLIC SECURITY RECRUITMENT DAY

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keywords: army, customs, police, firefighters, recruitment, ettelbrück, luxembourg. Ettelbrück city organizes a special day named “Your security – Our job”, a presentation day of the Public Security professions this Saturday, April 22, 2017. In the heart of the pedestrian center, men and equipment will be presented from 10:00 to 18:00. Whether you are planning a career in the Police, Army, Customs, Firefighters, or to make the little ones dream, this day is not to be missed. Share this page with:

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DEFENSE – HOW MUCH COSTS THE BOMB DROPPED ON ISIS

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keywords: defense, security price, united states, daesh. In our series on the price of defense, today what is the price of the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US military. The US fired yesterday Thursday this bomb on the Islamic State/Daesh in Afghanistan to destroy a set of underground tunnels and caves in which terrorists hide. But immediately a controversy over the price of this weapon broke out, the wildest figures circulating on social networks. According to official sources (Pentagon) one of these bombs costs $16 million, and 20 bombs of this type…

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CYBER ATTACKS – LUXEMBOURG DEPUTY KARTHEISER SEEKS CLARIFICATION

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keywords: cyberattacks, ddos, fernand kartheiser, xavier bettel, luxembourg. Deputy Fernand Kartheiser (ADR) sent a parliamentary question on 7 April requesting details of DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that government servers and servers in some private companies in the Grand Duchy suffered recently. Among the private companies whose servers were attacked, the name of Paul Würth appeared in the press but the firm didn’t confirm. In a session to the Parliament few weeks ago, Prime Minister Bettel said that the heart of the State servers have not been reached, that the security…

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NORTH KOREA – TODAY’S MISSILE LAUNCH DIDN’T REACH INTENDED DISTANCE

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Photo AFP. keywords: north korea, missiles, united states, international affairs North Korea fired a ballistic missile today again, just few hours after President Trump talked again about the “North Korea problem” for its neighbors, South Korea first and all the western countries allies second, Japan, Philippines in the front. North Korea is looking for testing what could be nuclear missiles, able to target Japan or even the United States. Today’s launch could be interpreted as a provocation from North Korea after President Trump asked North Korea best ally China to…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG ARMY IS HIRING

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keywords: army, military, defense, jobs, luxembourg. The Luxembourg military recruits permanently. With a budget expected to rise from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6% of GDP by 2020, a 50% increase in 4 years time, and a questioning on the future of NATO, procurement equipment decisions (drones) have already been taken. And an increase in staff numbers is also planned. But attention, increasing numbers does not mean lower requirements. Even though it is composed of only a thousand men today, this military now plays an important role in supporting the abroad operations, and its role…

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SPACE – RECYCLED ROCKET LAUNCH WITH LUXEMBOURG SATELLITE SUCCESS

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Photo AFP. keywords: spacex, falcon, ses astra, satellites, luxembourg. The launch of a recycled rocket is a first. And for this first, Luxembourg is concerned. Indeed, the Falcon 9 rocket flew this Thursday at 18:27 (local time) from the American base of Cape Canaveral in Florida with on board the communications satellite SES 10. The orbiting of the satellite is successful. Space X has the ambition to recycle the launcher elements by retrieving them and reusing them for subsequent launches. Its President Elon Musk plans to reuse the launchers 10 to 20…

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CYBER ATTACKS – LUXEMBOURG IS INCREASINGLY TARGETED

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keywords: cyber attacks, wikileaks, cia, luxembourg. After Wikileaks revelations about cyber attacks by the CIA, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was asked to confirm those facts. Answering a parliamentary question Prime Minister Bettel confirmed that Luxembourg is increasingly targeted by cyber attacks, but not necessarily by state actors. The authors of such attacks remain undetermined he stated. Luxembourg increasingly targeted. Prime Minister confirmed recent DDoS-attacks (distributed denial-of-service) to state servers and private companies servers but without core data or core systems reached. Vulnerabilities described in Wikileaks reports and observed in recent DDOS attacks are…

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NORTH KOREA – MISSILE EXPLODES JUST AFTER LAUNCH

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keywords: north korea, international affairs, tension, missile, united states.   A new missile launch test today from North Korea. But according to the American Military and South Koreas’s Defense Ministry the launch failed and the missile exploded just after launch. North Korea authorities deny the missile explosion. This launch comes as tension runs high between North-Korea and occidental countries, South Korea first but Japan and the United States too. Ten days ago Japan decided to dispatch its largest warship across South China Sea and last week the US House Intelligence Committee Chairman stated that…

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DEFENSE – PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS NATIONS MUST PAY ‘FAIR SHARE’ FOR NATO

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keywords: press conference, president trump, chancellor merkel, otan, luxembourg, europe.   At the joint press conference on Friday afternoon with Chancellor Merkel, President Trump once again put pressure on the NATO allies. After confirming the strong commitment of the United States in NATO, he declared that the nations must pay a “fair price” to benefit from the protection of NATO, with Germany in mind, repeating its commitment of electoral campaign to make pay more to the nations to benefit from this protection mainly financed by the United States and without…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG PLANS TO BUY DRONES AND HELICOPTERS

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keywords: defense, luxembourg, drone, surveillance, airspace. The Secretary of State for Defense said on Tuesday during the session in the Chamber of Deputies concerning the military that the government plans to buy drones and helicopters in order to monitor the national airspace. These drones and helicopters will not be armed and will only be assigned to monitoring tasks. While the decision to buy drones seems taken, nothing has yet been decided regarding the helicopters. An A400M transport aircraft should also be acquired in partnership with other NATO members (France, Germany,…

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DEFENSE – 4 good reasons to start Krav Maga self defense now

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keywords : krav maga, self defense, close combat, insecurity, street fight, law enforcement.   What is Krav Maga ? What for ? Am I concerned ? We will see that facing a growing insecurity feeling in the population, this self defense martial art deserves attention. A growing insecurity for people. Saying that insecurity feeling in the population has never been so high for a long time is a no brainer. Between terrorism, aggressions and acts of incivility, a lot of people would like to know self defense techniques even if…

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DEFENSE – Why the return of military service is only a matter of time

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keywords: military service, cold war, deterrence, russia, sweden. While the question of the return of military service may seem absurd as it is admitted that the European countries no longer practice conscription, a recent news issued yesterday caused the perplexity of military experts. Western countries are facing an unprecedented news, the return of conscription in a European country in peace. Sweden announced yesterday 02 March 2017, the return of military service from the summer of 2017. The news impact is equaled only by the precipitation of its implementation. The country…

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DEFENSE – Budget increase by 10% in the US, what about Luxembourg?

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keywords: pentagon, president trump, nato, military ambition, europe of defense.   President Trump announces today a significant increase of nearly 10% in the budget of the national defense (Pentagon) which leaves the whole world puzzled. While he seemed to want to reduce military spending (see the pressure he put on US military equipment manufacturers with a series of tweets in order to lower the prices) he now takes the opposite side. An increase of such importance is not surprising in China for example, but it is well in the United…

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LUXEMBOURG – How the tiny country wants to become a Space GIANT

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keywords : spaceresources.lu, luximpulse, satellites, spacex, blue origin, ses astra. While the traditional space actors remain stable (the European Space Agency (ESA) with its flagship Ariane program), or are losing ground (NASA with shutdown of the shuttle program), the space industry is facing the arrival of new stakeholders that are willing to disrupt the launch satellites market (Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin) or to a lesser extent are willing to democratize the space tri (Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic). By gradually getting moe and more public budgets from the…

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DEFENSE – Want to make someone betray his company or country? Think MISE! (espionage)

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keywords : intelligence services, betray, secrecy, money, ideology, ego. Intelligence Services (IS) are continuously looking for the good information. In order to find this good information, they have many options. Nowadays the Internet takes an important part, as the electronic exchanges and social networks take a big part of our lives. But it is not the only option to do so. Historically they insist on human intelligence. And of course it is still the case. The idea is to find out the person who can access the desired information, and…

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STRATEGY – President Trump’s Tweet Diplomacy Decrypted

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keywords : donald trump, china, lockheed martin, #unpresident, #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. President-elect Donald Trump was criticized during his presidential campaign because of so called tweeting too much and being too impulsive on social networks, mainly Twitter. At some point even his aide took control of his twitter account in order to prevent him to make a mistake that could cost him the White House. But now, the Twitter account is back to his owner. With more or less 5 tweets a day, President-elect Trump shows to American people and to the world…

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