Friday, March 15, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 15, 2013

Head of IDF Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi Photo: IDF

What The Head Of Israel's Military Intelligence Thinks Of Iran -- Daily Beast

Speaking in his uniform, Israel's top military intelligence official broke down his agency's assessments of threats facing the country without the passionate flair of many speakers here at Herzliya, Israel's leading security conference. His remarks that Hezbollah has 50,000 fighters in Syria and that Bashar Assad's regime is prepping its chemical weapons made most of the headlines. But Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi also delivered a sober assessment of Iran's nuclear program. His frankness aligned him, at times, with some of his political bosses' rhetoric, but he nonetheless emphasized things that Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli hawks tend to gloss over.

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Asia's defense spending overtakes Europe's: IISS -- Reuters

China’s Defense Spend May Equal U.S. by 2023, Report Says -- Bloomberg

Iran 'steps up' military support for Assad
-- Al Jazeera

Israel’s Intelligence Chief: “Syrian Regime is Preparing to Use Chemical Weapons”
-- Defense Update

Next Phases of European Missile Shield 'on Track': DOD
-- Global Security Newswire

After 61 years, NATO headquarters in Heidelberg deactivates
-- Stars and Stripes

Denmark Relaunches Fighter Jet Competition
-- Defense News

David Cameron sacks adviser in row over British Armed Forces pay -- The Telegraph

U.S. military members suing over Japan nuke disaster -- Raw Story

Missile Threat: DNI says new N. Korean missile being fielded
-- Washington Free Beacon

Pentagon to beef up missile defense in response to North Korean threat, sources say -- FOX News

Gen. Martin Dempsey: Pentagon reassessing defense strategy under sequestration -- Washington Times

U.S. Military Neglects Huge Data Trove of Iraq War: The Iraqis Themselves -- Danger Room

Top commander sees 'gentle reduction' of US forces in southern Afghanistan -- The Hill

New U.S. drone to see everything, everywhere -- Pravda

DoD: Media must request drone strike data
-- Defense News

Navy Wants More GD Super Computers
-- Defense Tech

Kendall: F-35 Production Ramp-Up a Tough Call
-- Defense Tech

32 USAF C-130s in 8 States Spared Budget Ax -- Defense News

AF would protect tanker contract ‘no matter what’ -- DoD Buzz

BAE Storms Hill For Bradley Funding To Keep Penn. Plant Alive -- Aol Defense

When It Comes to the Navy’s Destroyers, It’s a Numbers Game -- National Defense

In Reversal, GOP Senators Stand Aside on CR -- Defense News

Inhofe, Hagan seek to reverse military’s tuition assistance cuts -- The Hill

Is MyCAA Next on the Chopping Block? -- Spouse Buzz

A Call for a National Strategy on Veterans
-- Mike Haynie and Nicholas Armstrong, At War/New York Times

Military Personnel Certainly Do Not Have 'Lavish' Benefits
-- Business Insider

Defense strategy emerges for U.S. soldier accused of fratricide in Iraq -- Alert Net

Commanders’ ability to overturn court-martial results under scrutiny -- Stars and Stripes

Hagel sworn in, again -- DoD Buzz

Pentagon spends nearly $1B a year on unemployment
-- AP

House bill calls for congressional medal for heroes in Benghazi attack -- Washington Times

Defense Budget Cuts Demand Smart Downsizing
-- Defence Talk/Lexington Institute

Our Security Models Will Never Work — No Matter What We Do -- Bruce Schneier, Danger Room

The Feds' Aggressive Case Against A 25-Year-Old 'Intelligence Geek' Could Set A 'Chilling Precedent' -- Erin Fuchs, Business Insider

Military Doesn't Need To Worry About Climate Change -- IBD Editorial

Obama should lift secrecy on drones -- John Podesta, Business Insider

Millions went to war in Iraq, Afghanistan, leaving many with lifelong scars -- McClatchy News

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