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Nuremberg defense

A plea or legal defense strategy in which the defendant claims that their actions were solely the result of carrying out the orders of superiors and that, as such, they should not be found guilty of such actions. Refers to the use of such a defense by political and military leaders of defeated Nazi Germany in the Nuremberg Trials of 1945–46. Against the charge of unlawful murder during wartime, the staff sergeant's defense attorney put forward a Nuremberg defense, claiming that the killings were carried out under direct orders by superior officers.
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the noble art (of self-defense)

The sport of boxing. Any two yahoos can get into a fistfight, but it takes real skill, dedication, and training to learn the noble art of self-defense. He spent most of his career training in the noble art before joining the world of mixed martial arts last year.
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Headlining this event will be Ake Svensson, President & CEO, SAAB who will be presenting a case study entitled "SAAB -- Adapting to the changes within the new global defence focus.
In addition, all participants will have the opportunity to understand the most recent policy trends and military requirements in order to determine the future direction of the European defence forces.
What I will use to assist me is the review of defence policy that is now occurring in Australia ahead of the release of a new Defence Policy Paper towards the end of this year.
Visual Defence provides solutions that enable digital AV data to be captured from a variety of sources, such as fixed or mobile cameras, microphones, infra-red sensors, access controls and burglar alarms and delivered to local or remote locations where it can be managed and monitored.
We ensure that we spend our defence budget prudently and maximise the value of the money spent.
EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) is part of the Defence and Security Systems division of EADS.
PLCS will enable UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to contract against an open, neutral and commercial ISO support data standard.
The FH 77BW will be designed to fire current 155 mm projectiles, including the BONUS artillery projectile developed by Bofors Defence and now in service with Sweden and France.
As a contractor to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA), Tenix Defence is required to meet the CoA's mandated military standards and is subject to a structured Design Review process, which requires the collection of information packages that consist of drawings, 3D CAD models, specifications, test results and Bill of Materials (BOM) information.
Our work will be focused on providing technologies for the CV 90 that enhance its overall effectiveness and combat power, thus providing for a safer future," said Magnus Ingesson, President of Bofors Defence.
The gun fires the Bofors Defence 3 P (prefragmented, programmable, proximity-fuzed) family of 57-mm ammunition.
The transatlantic team effort will focus on creating end-to-end products for global ballistic missile defence.
The DIRP, an initiative of Defence R&D Canada (DRDC), is designed to support industry research and development innovation in defence-related technology areas.
Bofors Weapon Systems AB which today changes its name to Bofors Defence AB strengthens its world leadership in the field of Intelligent Ammunition.
BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 1997--United Defense, Texas Instruments, GEC-Marconi and GKN Defence will join forces to develop and compete for the Future Scout and Cavalry System.