Saturday, July 13, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 13, 2013

The Navy’s Killer Drone Totally Has a Mind of Its Own -- War Is Boring

Flying robot gets cold feet, aborts own landing

A new era in aviation dawned when the U.S. Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System armed drone demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush off the Virginia coast Wednesday.

After completing a second autonomous arrested landing on the nuclear-powered carrier, the 60-foot-wingspan X-47B was angling in for a third touch-down when it detected an anomaly in its own navigation computer and decided, all on its own, to abort the landing, pulling up just short of the flattop’s thousand-foot deck.

According to the Navy, the drone was about four miles behind the ship, with its arrestor hook and landing gear already down, when one of its routine health checks revealed an unspecified glitch in a computer subsystem.

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Putin Affirms Russia’s Focus on High-Precision Weaponry -- RIA Novosti

Massive Snap Military Drills Begin in Eastern Russia -- RIA Novosti

First test-launch of BrahMos missile from Indian Su-30MKI in 2014 -- Russia & India Report

IDF Says Hezbollah Weapons Cache Exceeds 60,000 Rockets, All Israel in Range -- Algemeiner

Israeli military prepares for Lebanon and Syria threats despite turmoil in Egypt -- Washington Post/AP

Israel slashes armor, air units in $1.9B defense cuts -- UPI

Crash Cripples Israeli Fighter Fleet -- Defense News

Ministry: Israel Tests Rocket System -- Defense News/AFP

Tensions Rise Between China, Japan: China alarmed over U.S.-Japan tiltrotor aircraft exercise -- Washington Free Beacon

Taiwan makes pitch for purchase of F-35 fighter jets -- Focus Taiwan

N. Korean missiles ready for military parade -- FOX News/AFP

Trident alternatives review to be published despite MoD opposition -- The Guardian

Telstra signed deal that would have allowed US spying -- The Guardian

U.S., Philippines in talks on U.S. military presence in Philippines -- UPI

US-China military ties making 'progress': admiral -- Space Daily/AFP

Official: US Reaper Crashed in Mali in April -- Defense News/AFP

U.S. Special Operations Command Seeks Intelligence Capabilities for Duty Worldwide -- National defense

US House Votes To Limit Obama's Ability to Shrink Nuclear Arsenal -- Defense News

House Defeats Bid to Cut B-61 Update Funding -- Global Security Newswire

Air Force Begins Massive B-52 Overhaul -- DoD Buzz

F-35 Pilot Cadre Grows to 100 as Training Ramps Up at Eglin AFB -- Space Daily

Video: Drone Landing Shows Carrier Relevance -- Defense Tech

Lawmakers urge re-test of missile defense system -- Reuters

No decision on danger pay; review ongoing -- Stars and Stripes

Furloughs kick in amid anger, resignation -- Stars and Stripes

Court denies Fort Hood suspect access to evidence -- AP

Clapper unscathed after 'erroneous' remarks -- AP

Why Hasn't Anyone Fired James Clapper Already? -- Kimberly Dozier, Business Insider/Associated Press

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