Saturday, March 16, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 16, 2013

U.S. Is Bolstering Missile Defense to Deter North Korea -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will spend $1 billion to deploy additional ballistic missile interceptors along the Pacific Coast to counter the growing reach of North Korea’s weapons, a decision accelerated by Pyongyang’s recent belligerence and indications that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is resisting China’s efforts to restrain him.

The new deployments, announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday, will increase the number of ground-based interceptors in California and Alaska to 44 from 30 by 2017.

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U.S. beefs up West Coast missile defenses in face of N. Korea threat -- Washington Post

Senior Pentagon official to visit South Korea amid threats from North -- Washington Times

Russian government says N. Korean nuclear test used plutonium and was larger than earlier blasts -- Washington Free Beacon

Too late to determine N. Korea nuclear device: Monitors
-- Straits Times

North Korea reportedly test-fires missiles into sea -- CTV News

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of cyber attacks -- FOX News/AP

Russia: $533M in defense budget misspent -- UPI

Russian Helicopter Crash Kills Three In Chechnya -- Radio Free Europe

Russia to Open Carrier Pilot Training Site by Fall
-- RIA Novosti

New President Xi’s ‘China Dream’ Speeches Look to Future -- Defense News

Iran F-4 confronts another U.S. Predator over Arabian Gulf -- Defense Tech

Iran: Commanders authorized to respond to attacks -- AP

British soldier to receive posthumous VC for bravery in Afghanistan -- The Telegraph

Singapore expected to order F-35 fighter jets soon - sources -- Reuters

Insight: Expensive F-35 Fighter at Risk of Budget 'Death Spiral'
-- New York Times/Reuters

US drops key European missile defense component -- RT

Kerry voices conditional U.S. support for U.N. arms treaty
-- Reuters

Severe intelligence gaps seen in Africa Command, says top general -- The Hill

Head of US Africa Command warns of Islamic threat -- Stars and Stripes

Stavridis defends US presence in Europe; wants more cyber security -- Stars and Stripes

USNS Choctaw County completes builder's trials -- Naval Technology

Raytheon's 'Tippy Two' Radar Gets Back In The Budget -- Knock On Wood
-- Aol Defense

Lightweight Synthetic Rubber Armor Actually Stops Bullets -- Business Insider

Blue Angels 2013 a go for next 10 days

Military wary as Congress again wades into laws on sexual assault
-- McClatchy News

Scientists confirm Marines’ poisonous Camp Lejeune water wells date back to mid-century -- McClatchy News

Shipyard Worker Imprisoned After Setting Submarine On Fire So He Could Leave Work -- Business Insider

Case moves forward against Marine who videotaped urination incident -- The Hill

FBI surveillance tool is ruled unconstitutional -- Washington Post

Court deals blow to CIA drone secrecy
-- Politico

Oregon Company to Sell Drone Defense Technology to Public -- US News and World Report

Are fixed price contracts a fad?
-- DoD Buzz

Sequester Crushes Small Defense Firms While The Biggies Pivot To Cyber
-- Business Insider

The Sequester, as Seen From Inside the Military -- James Fallows, The Atlantic

Analysis: Pentagon Needs New Ways to Attack Bloated Spending -- Sandra I. Erwin, National Defense

America Needs a Coast Guard That Can Fight -- Foreign Policy

Seven Myths About “Women in Combat” -- G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.), Time

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