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British army officers rank captain required bilingual 28 July 2014 …

From the the Financial Times (gated, but can be read with a free registration): From October, no officer will be promoted to a sub-unit command effectively any rank above captain unless they can speak a foreign language, preferably French or Arabic, senior army officials have told the Financial Times Language training will be available to any officer or soldier Language made obligatory for senior British officers 1 – Although not mentioned, I m pretty sure Scottish will count. Not sure about ozztralian. Categories: All 2 , Asia Pacific 3 | Permalink 4 Author: Eamonn Sheridan 5 Eamonn Sheridan worked with Bankers Trust Australia for 13 years as a Spot foreign exchange dealer, trading across all major currencies and all time zones.

He rose to a Vice President position, running spot operations during the busy European time, leaving the bank just prior to it being sold to concentrate on running his own business in the real world ! The markets, however, had him hooked he continued to trade equities, CFDs and then on to futures, giving him broad experience across financial markets. He is now active in FX and equity index futures as well as writing for ForexLive .

Eamonn is a graduate of The University of Melbourne in Australia and lives in New South Wales.

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Michael Fallon marks century of Muslim service in British armed forces

Muslim prayer taking place in the Memorial Courtyard of the Ministry of Defence in London on 23rd July 2014. (Image: Ministry of Defence) After nineteen hours without food, nor even a drop of water, the prospect of the single succulent date which breaks the fast looms ever larger in the mind as sunset nears. A few minutes after nine o clock last night, similar scenes were doubtless playing out in mosques and Muslim homes around Britain. But this event was a little different.

As the imam s prayer rang out across the high ceilinged courtyard, many of those kneeling to pray were in khaki uniforms while others wore headscarves. The Ministry of Defence had invited Muslim soldiers and civic Muslim groups to break their Ramadan fast with a celebratory feast in the Whitehall citadel of the British defence establishment. New Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said he was proud that the occasion marked his first public speech in the job.

It has never been more important that our Armed Forces represent the breadth of the society we serve, he said, noting how few people know that 400,000 Muslims fought for Britain with loyalty and pride in the first world war a century ago, and another 600,000 in the second world war. The event launched a new Armed Forces Muslim Forum, committed to deepening relationships between the armed forces and Britain s Muslim communities. Almost a decade ago, Iman Asim Hafiz became the Armed Forces first Muslim Chaplain.

He has served on tours of Afghanistan. Now he is Islamic adviser to the service chiefs, and spent the last year using his boundless energy and considerable charm to build the relationships that could make the new forum possible. Love of your country is a Muslim duty, said Hafiz.

Serving your community is part of the Muslim faith. Governments have to take the political decisions about war and peace; but the values represented by those who serve in the armed forces courage, discipline, respect and protection of our country are widely shared in the Muslim community, he said. That dozens of Muslim groups had come together to be founding partners of a forum committed to celebrating service and commemorating sacrifice showed a strong appetite for this relationship, he said.

Commemorating that history of service shows that our roots in this country go much deeper than many realise, said Dilwar Hussain, whose project New Horizons in British Islam speaks to a British Muslim identity confidently rooted and at home here. But the biggest challenge for so many constructive Muslim voices is how to get the media platforms and public attention that the noisiest, most regressive voices can always take for granted. The largest academic research study of ethnic minority attitudes reveals that 62 per cent of non-white Britons say they wear a poppy for Remembrance Sunday, including just over half of respondents from Bangladeshi and Pakistani backgrounds.

The quiet integration of a million poppy-wearing Muslims will always struggle to compete for airtime with the provocative shock and awe of half a dozen idiots who choose to burn a poppy in the hope they can make their desire for a breakdown in community relations a self-fulfilling prophecy. The new forum may seem an unusual alliance to some; but that may give it some chance to redress the balance. We have never had a meal like this in the history of the Ministry of Defence, said Sir Nicholas Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff.

He welcomed the contribution of the 650 Muslim personnel in the forces today, and said he would like to welcome many more as both regulars and reservists. The first world war centenary reminds us that the British Army can draw on more than a century s experience in accommodating the reasonable needs of those of minority faiths, catering at the time for the needs of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh soldiers who made up the Indian Army. Muslim soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War were buried according to tradition, despite German propaganda to the contrary.

The Ramadan event marked a new venture, which will need to engage with contemporary challenges. It could also be understood as a new chapter in a rather longer history than most appreciate. Sunder Katwala is Director of British Future 1 .

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Army Testing Pocket Drones

U.S. Army 1 researchers are developing a pocket-sized aerial surveillance drone for soldiers and small units operating on unfamiliar ground. The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR, seeks to develop a mobile soldier sensor to increase the situational awareness of dismounted soldiers by providing real-time video surveillance of threat areas within their immediate operational environment, officials at the U.S.

Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center maintain. Larger systems have been used to provide over-the-hill ISR capabilities on the battlefield for almost a decade, but none of those have delivered it directly to the squad level, where soldiers need the ability to see around the corner or into the next room during combat missions. The Cargo Pocket ISR is a true example of an applied systems approach for developing new soldier capabilities, said Dr.

Laurel Allender, acting NSRDEC technical director. It provides an integrated capability for the soldier and small unit for increased situational awareness and understanding with negligible impact on soldier load and agility. NSRDEC engineers investigated existing commercial off-the-shelf technologies to identify a surrogate CP-ISR system.

Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a palm-sized miniature helicopter weighing only 16 grams, has the ability to fly up to 20 minutes while providing real-time video via a digital data link from one of the three embedded cameras and operates remotely with GPS navigation. Tiny, electric propellers and motors make the device virtually undetectable to subjects under surveillance. The size, weight and image-gathering capabilities of the system are promising advancements that fulfill the burgeoning requirement for an organic, squad-level ISR capability, but more work still needs to be done, Army officials maintain.

Several efforts are underway to develop three different aspects of the technology to ensure it is ready for the soldier and small unit. The first of these efforts is focused on a redesign of the digital data link to achieve compatibility with U.S. Army standards.

The second focuses on developing and integrating advanced payloads for low-light imaging, allowing for indoor and night operations. Lastly, researchers are continuing to develop and enhance guidance, navigation and control, or GNC, algorithms for the CP-ISR surrogate system. This will allow the airborne sensor to operate in confined and indoor spaces, such as when soldiers advance from room to room as they are clearing buildings.

In November 2014, NSRDEC will collaborate with the Maneuver Center of Excellence, the Army Research Laboratory and other organizations to support the Army Capabilities Integration Center s Manned Unmanned Teaming (Ground) Limited Objective Experiment, or LOE, by demonstrating the current capabilities of mobile soldier sensors.

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