Monday, January 28, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 28, 2013

The military may be facing cuts. Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT

Turning Tide? Lawmakers Look To Pentagon For Budget Cuts -- McClatchy News

WASHINGTON — As another debt-deal deadline looms this winter in Congress, an unusual alliance of lawmakers has joined forces to put the Pentagon budget under greater scrutiny and to end the almost carte blanche status it enjoyed in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In a letter last month to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, 11 Democratic and 11 Republican lawmakers asked that Defense Department spending be put squarely on the table in the coming clashes over debt reduction.

“We believe that substantial defense savings can be achieved over the long term without compromising national security, through strategic reductions in the Pentagon’s budget,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.

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China says concerned by Japan's move to boost military -- Reuters

China Unveils Military Plane That Boosts Global Reach -- Defense News

China's Heavy Transport Plane Makes Its First Flight -- Business Insider

Japan puts pair of new satellites into orbit
-- Japan Times

In Speech, Japanese PM Points to Beefed-Up Military -- Defense News/AFP

Russia Denies Selling China A New Fleet Of Deadly Bombers -- Business Insider/The Aviationist

US group visits Taiwan base amid subs speculation -- Space Daily/AFP

Australia's air force faces strike fighter gap -- Sydney Morning Herald

U.K. Closes Deteriorating Nuke Parts Factory
-- Global Security Newswire

India Presses Israel on Joint Missile Project -- Defense News

Going on Defense: China, U.S. conduct missile defense tests -- Washington Free Beacon

India tests nuclear-capable missile -- AP

Iran starts mass production of new missile system -- Tehran Times

U.S. military to pass oversight of embedded reporters to Afghan security forces -- Politico

US Navy eyes silent running for nuclear powered subs -- TG Daily

T-X Competition Moves Forward, Despite Funding Challenges -- Defense News

Not Even the Pentagon Bomb Squad Knows How Fast Insurgent IEDs Degrade -- Danger Room

Anonymous hackers target US agency site
-- BBC

Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force -- Washington Post

DOD’s 46,000 temporary workers may face firing -- Stars and Stripes/Bloomberg

Virginia faces $1.4B loss under planned Navy cuts -- Stars and Stripes/Virginian Pilot

Kill The QDR? Rep. Randy Forbes Says Still Time To Fix It - EXCLUSIVE -- Aol Defense

VA seeks answers on long-term effects of burn pits -- Stars and Stripes/AP

'Like an airborne disease:' Concern grows about military suicides spreading within families -- NBC

Pentagon battling military rape "epidemic" -- CBS

Who Made That Military Dog Tag? -- New York Times

Europe's army? Despite defense cuts, few European countries come close to France for military power. -- Paul Ames, Global Post

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