Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 26, 2013

An Iranian missile ship is seen in the Strait of Hormuz. (Chris Cavas / Defense News)

Hormuz Transits: Never Dull, Never Routine, Always Tense -- Defense News

THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ — This is definitely a place, not just a patch in the sea.

The land can close in on both sides — Iran to the north, Oman or the United Arab Emirates to the south. The waterway is crowded with ships, among them the world’s largest oil tankers, big container ships, small dhows and merchantmen, tiny fast smuggling craft darting across traffic, gray warships lurking in the haze.

At the strait’s narrowest point, 21 miles across, the traffic separation scheme (TSS) — a sort of highway on the sea with inbound and outbound lanes, separated by a neutral buffer zone — requires great attention from bridge watches to maintain proper distances between ships and avoid collisions, no easy feat when maneuvering enormous vessels that require miles to stop.

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Drone warfare: Niger becomes latest frontline in US war on terror -- The Guardian

Ben Zygier, Israel’s Prisoner X, reportedly revealed IDs of 2 Mossad informants -- McClatchy News

Head of UK Domestic Spy Agency (MI5) to Step Down
-- New York Times/AP

South Korean Spy Steals Russian Missiles – Report -- Eurasia Review

Chinese citizen sentenced in military data-theft case -- Washington Post

China to buy Russian fighters, subs: state media -- Space Daily/AFP

China's military steps up drone deployment -- FOX News/Washington Free Beacon

India readies hi-tech naval base to keep eye on China -- Times of India

France Discussing GDP-based Defense Budget Cut -- Defense News

Taiwan To Hold 1st Major Live-Fire Drill Since ’08
-- Defense News/AFP

RAF Marham base for U.K. Joint Strike Fighter -- BBC

Singapore Poised To Announce Purchase Of 12 F-35Bs -- AOl Defense

Pentagon: Russia Seeks Talks on Missile Defense
-- Defense News/AFP

Europe training deployments survive budget ax
-- Stars and Stripes

U.S. training Syrians fighters in Jordan -- Army Times/AP

How CIA-Aided Arms Shipments To Syria Keep Ending Up In Radical Hands -- Business Insider

US-South Korea alliance won't be bullied by the North, USFK says -- Stars and Stripes

Abe prodded Obama over Marine base promise
-- Stars and Stripes/Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo)

U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014 -- Raw Story

U.S. Aims For Additional Antimissile Exercises With Asian Allies -- Global Security Newswire

F-35 Parts From Rolls-Royce 160 Days Late, Pentagon Says -- Bloomberg

EAPS Completes Miniature Hit-To-Kill Interceptor Flight Test -- Space Daily

‘Missile to nowhere’ survives -- DoD Buzz

U.S. military diet changes boost nutrition -- UPI

Military Mental Health: “Dwarfed by the Magnitude of the Problems” -- Battleland/Time

Iraq war spurred advancements in military medicine -- My San Antonio

Navy reserve commander relieved for hazing allegations -- Stars and Stripes

Judge rules Army 1-star to have single trial -- Army Times/AP

Hunt for bogus war heroes uncovers thousands of hoaxers -- NBC

Gen. Hoss Cartwright Talks Immigration, Cyber, China & Afghans With iPhones -- Aol Defense

From Iraqi Translator…to U.S. Army Trucker
-- Time

With Speech, Petraeus Returns to Public Life, ‘Keenly Aware’ of Altered Reputation
-- New York Times

Today’s Defense Leaders: “Too Steeped in Old Ways” -- Nancy Walbridge Collins, Time

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