Saturday, March 9, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 9, 2013

Pentagon Yawns At North Korea’s Nuclear Threat -- The E-Ring/Foreign Policy

The way it goes, North Korea makes a bellicose, over-the-top threat to the U.S. and the Western world, and then the White House and world leaders issue strongly-worded responses, or maybe tack on some sanctions. Usually, by contrast the Pentagon coolly lays low on the sidelines, saying there’s no reason to do more of anything because the U.S. military has North Korea well-watched and covered anyway.

But what about when Kim Jong-Un threatens the world with outright nuclear war? That’s a new one, peninsula watchers are warning. According to current and former DOD officials, however, the answer is not as exciting as one might think.

Read more ....


Japan's vessels instructed to avoid Chinese Navy ships near disputed islands -- Asia One

West training Syrian rebels in Jordan -- The Guardian

Indian Navy To Be Without Carrier Until December
-- Defense News

Comandante Hugo Chávez: What role will military play in next Venezuelan administration? -- Christian Science Monitor

China's Cutting-Edge Attack Helicopter Is Actually A Russian Design -- Business Insider

Weaponless Predators Sold To Arab States
-- Strategy Page

U.S., China Take Part in Pakistan Naval Drills
-- Defense News

U.S.-Israel-Greek Navies Drill in Med
-- Defense News

Beechcraft Protests Light Air Support Award; Kansas Lawmakers On Warpath -- Aol Defense

Pentagon probing Iraq torture allegations
-- Washington Times

Pentagon Still Shell-Shocked by Sequester -- National Defense

TRANSCOM commander: Sequester already starting to hurt military readiness -- McClatchy News

DARPA seeks UAV for LCS 2 -- Defense Tech

Coastal panel rejects Navy plan to increase underwater explosions -- L.A. Times

Army’s First Interactive iPad Book Lets You Finger-Swipe Through Afghanistan -- Danger Room

AF removes RPA airstrike number from summary -- Air Force Times

Obama faces turning point on administration drone policy -- The Hill

Why President Obama is losing the drone war -- Josh Gerstein, Politico

Brennan Sworn In as CIA Chief
-- Voice of America

Army suspends tuition assistance program for troops
-- Stars and Stripes

Blue Angels air show cancellations edge closer to July --

Study: Huge burden on caregivers of military wounded
-- USA Today

Army report recommends overhaul of psychiatric programs -- Stars and Stripes/News Tribune

Military sexual-assault case triggers political furor -- McClatchy News

Combat not new for some women in military -- USA Today

Texas foundry to cast statue of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle -- McClatchy News

Pentagon Says 'Drone Medal' Beats Purple Heart, Bronze Star -- US News and World Report

Is civilian or military justice best for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law?
-- Michael Martinez, CNN

Photos: Inside Guantanamo Bay -- CNN

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