Thursday, April 18, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 18, 2013

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department's comptroller, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., April 17, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

Pentagon Chief Warns That War In Syria Could Be ‘Lengthy and Uncertain’ -- Danger Room

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned a Senate panel that intervening in Syria’s grinding, brutal civil war risked plunging the U.S. into another bloody conflict. Even as Hagel did so, however, he announced a contingent of soldiers have deployed to neighboring Jordan as a hedge.

“We have an obligation and responsibility to think through the consequences of any direct U.S. military action in Syria,” Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee this afternoon. “A military intervention could have the unintended consequence of bringing the United States into a broader regional conflict or proxy war.”

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SIPRI: Latin America military spending up -- Space Daily/UPI

Red Cross chief criticises drone use outside battlefields -- Space Daily/AFP

Despite WMD Fears, Terrorists Still Focused on Conventional Attacks -- Global Security Newswire

Chinese Defense White Paper Challenges American Leadership, Military Readiness -- Heritage Foundation

Tokyo Still Keen to Ink Military Pact with Seoul -- Chosun Ilbo

Pentagon mum on Syria chemical weapons use -- AFP

US troops packing gear after Moroccan training exercise is called off -- Stars and Stripes

F-15 video raises many questions about U.S. air power future -- Eric Palmer Blog

Apache Helicopter: Congress Asks Army Why It's Accepting Unfinished AH-64Es -- Aol Defense

X-47B Unmanned Aerial Refueling Demo Victim Of Cuts -- Aviation Week

Navy shapes UCLASS acquisition strategy -- DoD Buzz

CyberCom Elevation To Stand-Alone Command On SecDef's Desk; Sen. Levin Cautions Pentagon -- Aol Defense

San Antonio serves as hub for Air Force cyber mission -- San Antonio Business Journal

The US Military Actually Experimented With Ricin-Coated Bullets -- Business Insider

Navy Develops High Impact, High Integrity Polymer for Air, Sea, and Domestic Applications --

DARPA’s New Tiny Night Vision Camera Could Give Every Soldier Sight In the Dark
-- Gizmodo

U.S. House Panel Chair Looks To A ‘Seapower’ Decade -- Defense News

Navy, Marine Corps Leadership Warn About Sequester -- US Department of Defense

Hagel: War budget proposal coming soon -- DoD Buzz

Praise, levity mark Pentagon chief Hagel’s return to Senate panel -- Washington Post/AP

Hagel to Visit Middle East Countries -- US Department of Defense

Capitol Hill pushes back against BRAC -- DoD Buzz

Rep. Speier Continues Campaign to Combat Sexual Assault in Military -- ABC News

Military court upholds secrecy in WikiLeaks trial -- France24/AFP

Marine accused of urinating on Taliban bodies will face court-martial
-- Stars and Stripes

Famed World War II Aviators Hold Final Reunion -- ABC News/AP

At least 2,070 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 -- FOX News/AP

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