Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 13, 2013

‘No Warplanes’ for Syria Says Russian Arms Sales Boss © Photo JSC "Rosoboronexport" press service

‘No Warplanes’ For Syria Says Russian Arms Sales Boss -- RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s state-run arms dealer Rosoboronexport is supplying air-defense missile systems and maintenance and servicing equipment to Syria but not combat aircraft, the company's director Anatoly Isaikin said on Wednesday.

Russia and Syria have previously signed a contract for delivery to Damascus of Yak-130 Mitten jet trainers, but it has been suspended, he added.

The company still has some other outstanding contracts with Syria, Isaikin said, but did not provide any details, citing commercial confidentiality. Syria is the 13th or 14th largest buyer of Russian arms, he said, without elaborating.

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Russia Says It Is Supplying Syria, Mali with Arms
-- Defense News

South Korea to boost defenses after nuclear test by North -- Stars and Stripes

South Korea to build ballistic missiles after nuclear test in North --

Japan Official Calls for Military Hot Line With China -- Wall Street Journal

U.S. agrees: Chinese frigates locked their weapons radar on MSDF units -- Japan Times

Pakistan Test-Fires Tactical Nuclear Missile -- Defense News

Italy's ex-spy chief convicted over 2003 CIA rendition -- BBC

Israel partially lifts media gag on 'Prisoner X' -- The Guardian

Drone drama as British military admits hundreds of lost UAVs -- Slash Gear

West Africa: Security in the Sahel and the West's Military Fixation --

Fleet Forces Outlines Fiscal Impact on Readiness for Commanders -- Maritime Executive

The US's Stealth Fighter Is Too Heavy and Slow -- Vice

Pentagon Downgrades Specs for Its Premier Stealth Jet — Again -- Danger Room

Marines: Sequester, CR Would Ground F-18s, Slash Pilot Training; 'Very Real Risk Of Killing Pilots'
-- Aol Defense

U.S. Army Wants More Switchblades
-- Defense News

Obama presses Congress with cyber security executive order
-- Defense Tech

Pentagon Inks Deal for Smartphone Tool That Scans Your Face, Eyes, Thumbs -- Danger Room

Mac Thornberry: Congress Must Empower Special Operations - EXCLUSIVE -- Aol Defense

DOD Inspector General finds USAF F-22 crash report conclusions not supported by the facts -- Flight Global

Pentagon Watchdog Slams Air Force for Blaming Stealth Jet Failure on Pilot -- Danger Room

Army, Navy running over budget -- Politico

Obama taps LTG Campbell for vice chief of Army -- E-Ring/Foreign Policy

Hagel clears committee on heated party-line vote -- E-Ring/Foreign Policy

Chris Kyle’s funeral procession draws thousands -- Washington Times

Military Still Lags in Assisting Victims of Sexual Assault -- ABC News

Military families living in dread of cuts
-- Rebekah Sanderlin and Molly Blake, Special to CNN

The Danger of a Poly-Nuclear Mideast
-- Shmuel Ba, Hoover Institute/Stanford University

Senate Republicans shoot down new court to oversee drone strikes
-- Washington Times

A Case of Real Military Injustice -- Russ Vaughn, American Thinker

Esquire Fires Back At Charges That Its Story About The Bin Laden Shooter Is Riddled With Errors -- Business Insider

Metallica Asked U.S. Military To Stop Playing Their Music According To The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden -- Inquisitr

At least 2,045 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 -- FOX News/AP

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