In August, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro claimed he was the target of a drone-borne explosive assassination attempt.
In July, U.S. President Donald Trump made waves in Brussels by suggesting that the U.S. might "do its own thing" if NATO Alliance members don't meet defence spending commitments.
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NATO is arguably over-complicated by the subordinate nature of the military structure to that of its political structure.
While the announcement of a full-scale mock-up of a twin engine single-seater called Tempest at the Farnborough Airshow was widely reported, don't read too much into it.
The UK's threat to establish an alternative to the Galileo satellite system is a clever Brexit bargaining position - but should be no more than than that.
The Type 26 Frigate, or 'City class', represents one of the most capable warships the Royal Navy has owned in decades, albeit one of the most costly.
Recently, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar threatened to restrict access to Irish airspace for UK airlines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The UK now fields only 227 main battle tanks, a far cry from the 900 or so strong inventory only a couple of decades ago.
"Ultimately, NATO will have to increase its spending, it doesn't have to do so to keep pace with its competitors for it is already ahead, at the minute."