Saturday, May 11, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 11, 2013

Pentagon Puts Forces On Alert In Europe Amid Libya Unrest -- Bloomberg

The U.S. has put its military forces in Europe on alert in case they’re required to respond to a security crisis stemming from political unrest in Libya, according to a U.S. defense official.

Several teams of military personnel assigned to the U.S. Africa Command and based in Stuttgart, Germany, have been put on notice and can reach parts of Libya quickly because they’re equipped with their own air transport, said the official, who asked not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the plans.

The U.S. has no imminent plans to deploy the forces to Libya, the defense official said.

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Officials: Marines, other US forces in Europe on heightened alert due to civil unrest in Libya
-- Washington Post/AP

‘Father’ of Islamic A-bomb: ‘No doubt’ N. Korea capable of making one -- Washington Times

Details Emerge About Syrian Electronic Army’s Recent Exploits -- New York Times

Military Affairs: The IDF's silent attack force -- Jerusalem Post

SOFINS Highlights Growing French Spec Ops Market -- Defense News

Russian Paratroopers to Get Drones by 2018 – Shamanov -- RIA Novosti

Russian Paratrooper Rearmament to Be Completed in 3-5 Years -- RIA Novosti

Report: Saudi King Sacks Air Force Chief -- Defense News

Turkish fighter concept breaks cover -- Flight Global

British government wasted £74m on decision to switch fighter jet on new aircraft carriers --

Bulgaria's ex-arms industry hub looks back on glory days -- Space Daily/AFP

The Taiwanese Squadron Commander Is A Lady -- Strategy Page

Chinese military grows on land, sea, and internet
-- World Mag

China forms its first carrier-based aviation unit -- CCYV

US Aircraft Carrier in South Korea for Drills -- Voice of America

Seoul declines joining U.S.-led missile defense -- Yonhap News (South Korea)

Growing Threat To US As Enemies Acquiring More Ballistic Missiles, Senate Told -- RTT News

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stresses ‘political, not military’ solutions for Mideast -- Washington Times

Little Change in New US Fleet Plan -- Defense News

Navy $37 Billion Ships Seen Unsuitable Have 2-Year Window
-- Bloomberg

Marines sharpen skills for school-defense at Quantico -- Reuters

Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020 -- Chicago Tribune/Reuters

Burning Liquid Hydrogen For Fuel, Navy Drone Flies For 48 Hours Straight -- Popular Science

U.S. Army decision on new armed helicopter delayed again -- Reuters

C-5M undergoes ‘super’ upgrade at Edwards AFB -- Defence Talk/Air Force

Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings
-- NPR

DARPA To Scientists: Find A Better Way To Study Chemical Weapons -- Popular Science

Defense Department to let Apple devices onto Pentagon network -- CNet

Hale: Sequestration Devastates U.S. Military Readiness -- US Department of Defense

Ex-Pentagon chief Gates: Budget must be smarter -- The Slate

Breedlove Takes Charge at European Command -- US Department of Defense

Army Leaders: Sequestration Could Hurt Fight Against Sexual Assault -- ABC News

Military leaders’ wrongheaded victim-blaming -- Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

Military culture still refuses to include women
-- Robert H. Scales, Washington Post

Air Force 'Supermom' juggles job, 6 children while husband deployed -- FOX News

A Woman S(CO)rned by an Officer and a Gentleman -- Mark Thompson, Battleland/Time

Prince Harry to attend Warrior Games on day three of US tour
-- BBC

The U.S. Army: “A Learning Organization”
-- Mark Thompson, Battleland/Time

US Special Ops Have Become Much, Much Scarier Since 9/11 -- Michael Kelly, Business Insider

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