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The Morning Briefing: Military technology

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about military technology around the globe.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about military technology around the globe.

1.) US draws up plans for nuclear drones. American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling.

2.) Pakistan wants global access to nuclear, military technology. South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Director General Dr. Maria Sultan has said that Pakistan wants global access to nuclear and military technology and a standardise criteria based approach for access to nuclear energy and a regional arms control agreement.

3.) Enter the Elephant: India looks to overhaul its military. With an estimated $80 billion to burn on military modernization over the next three years, India has become one of the world’s most lucrative markets for players in the global defense industry, whose customers in the West are suffering from budget cuts amid slowing economies.

4.) North Korea's rocket technology explained: An observer's guide. North Korea says it is gearing up to launch a satellite to orbit this month, a move that has drawn widespread international condemnation. The satellite launch is expected to take place between April 12 and April 16 aboard an Unha-3 rocket, from a new site called Tongchang-ri in the northwest part of the country.

5.) U.S. should minimize military aid to Central America: Report. The US should focus its anti-crime strategy in Central America on strengthening the court system and the police force, rather than military aid and drug interdiction, according to recommendations by US think-tank the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bonus: Advanced Defense Technologies, Inc. (ADTI) receives first of several drones from Halberd Corporation (HALB)

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure