Saturday, December 29, 2012

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 29, 2012

Senate Leaders Aim for Cliff Deal by Sunday; Still Unclear if DoD Cuts Will be Avoided -- Defense News

Following a meeting with President Obama, Senate leaders said Friday they intend to hammer out a plan that would avoid the fiscal cliff and present it to their caucuses on Sunday. But it remains unclear whether the last-minute package will delay or void pending military spending cuts.

Though lawmakers did not directly address whether the deal they are pursuing will delay a pending $500 billion cut to planned Pentagon spending, Obama seemed to indicate at least delaying them is a strong possibility.

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White House Says No Defense Programs Are Immune to Cuts -- Bloomberg

Fiscal cliff leaves contractors guessing
-- DoD Buzz

Pentagon, defense industry brace for looming spending cuts -- FOX News

NATO Patriot Missiles Show Turkey's Military Weakness
-- Al-Monitor

U.S. officials: Syria using more accurate Iranian-made missiles
-- CNN

IRNA: Iran starts navy drills in Strait of Hormuz
-- Jerusalem Post

Iran's navy to continue presence in international waters - commander -- Trend

New Radar in S. Russia to Go on Combat Duty Early in 2013
-- RIA Novosti

Russia to Triple State Defense Order by 2015
-- RIA Novosti

Anonymous blogger probe puts light on IDF suicides -- Jerusalem Post

Missile defense during Gaza op cost NIS 100M -- YNet News

Report: Iraq Defense Minister and 7 others accountable in Russian arms deal -- Alsumaria

China’s Giant New Warplane Will Look Awfully Familiar to the U.S. Air Force -- Danger Room

Chinese developing C-17 clone -- Defense Tech

Chinese military wants GPS system to be made more secure -- Zee News

N. Korea is nuclear test-ready: US think-tank -- Space Daily/AFP

The F-35 is useless for Pacific Rim ops
-- Eric Palmer Blog

Final decision looming on relocation plan for air base on Okinawa -- Stars and Stripes

USS John Stennis enters Persian Gulf -- Voice of Russia

General Dynamics, Huntington Ingalls win huge U.S. submarine orders -- Reuters

Lockheed Wins DoD Contracts Worth as Much $5.6 Billion -- Bloomberg

Lockheed wins $1.9 billion contract for two U.S. satellites: Pentagon
-- FOX News/Reuters

Phantom bombers weigh down military budget -- DoD Buzz

Military Sexual Assaults In Combat Zones Happen Frequently: Study
-- Huffington Post

The 8 Craziest Job Openings in the Military-Industrial Complex -- Danger Room

British amateur named world's top civilian cyber defender in hacking challenge staged by the U.S. military -- Daily Mail

No Foul Play Involved With British Agent Found Nude In Duffel Bag -- Business Insider/The Telegraph

Rose Parade float represents military dog monument
-- L.A. Times

Gay marriage at Supreme Court: Will military couples get more benefits? -- Christian Science Monitor

An Overhyped Threat: Ballistic Missiles -- Robert Farley, The Diplomat

Remembering Gen. Schwarzkopf, 'Military Hero Of His Generation'
-- NPR

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