Friday, December 6, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 6, 2013

Chinese naval soldiers stand guard on China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it travels toward a military base in Sanya, Hainan province, in this undated picture made available on Nov. 30. China Stringer Network/Reuters/Landov

China's Military Buildup Reignites Worries In Asia, Beyond -- NPR

China has been building up its military strength for some time now, and pushing ever farther from its coastline and into international waters. The real concern now is for miscalculation — particularly with Japan — that ends up in gunfire.

Just six months ago, the Pentagon released its annual report on China's military. Its defense budget was growing. The country was building more stealthy aircraft and submarines. It even bought an aircraft carrier from the Ukraine.

Pentagon official David Helvey highlighted particular areas of concern.

"In recent years, China has begun to demonstrate a more routine and capable presence in both the South and East China seas, which has increased regional anxieties over China's intentions," he said in May.

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Why China’s New Air-Defense Zone Matters -- Mark Thompson, Time

China’s Widening Defense Commitments Risk Straining Military -- Bloomberg

Taiwan developing weapons-capable UAV -- Focus Taiwan

Abortive launch of Russia's Bulava missile caused by engine nozzle deployment mechanism -- Voice of Russia

US nervous about Russian latest ICBM mobile systems -- Voice of Russia

‘Spy tool’: Commander touts strategic role of new Israeli submarines -- World Tribune

Israel reducing number of non-military soldiers -- Haaretz

Israel, Arab States Talking -- But Still Deadlocked on Mideast WMD Ban -- Global Security Newswire

US Seeks Limited Military Ties With Myanmar -- AP

US Offers Ship, New Systems to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea -- Defense News

Pentagon prepares to destroy Syrian chemical weapons on US ship -- FOX News

Weak Military Oversight Creates Risk Of Afghan Aid Fraud, Report Finds -- Huffington Post

US Military watchdog to re-open probe of $34M facility built in Afghanistan but never used -- FOX News

Shades of Vietnam: Spike in U.S. troop deaths tied to stricter rules of engagement -- Washington Times

Counterpoint: MEADS is a Bargain, and Only Solution for Evolving Threats -- DoD Buzz

Hopes Fade for US Army Armed Aerial Scout -- Defense News

Pentagon focused on weapons, data fusion as F-35 nears combat use -- Reuters

U.S. lawmaker urges continuation of Boeing F/A-18 fighter line -- Reuters

U.S. Bomber Planes at $81 Billion Seen 47% More Than Plan -- Bloomberg

Former CSAF: Time to cut the A-10, invest in combat search-and-rescue -- Air Force Times

Boeing, Saab Team Up for USAF Trainer Bid -- Defense News

Obama: NSA reforms will give Americans 'more confidence' in surveillance programs -- NBC

Microsoft 'alarmed' by NSA spying. (But let's not forget it knew about the risks at least two years ago) -- ZDNet

Internet’s new biggest threat? How web traffic can be secretly redirected -- RT

Intelligence community has other problems -- Washington Post

US House Leaders Signal Budget Deal Still a Work in Progress -- Defense News

Blue Angels scheduled for 35 shows in 2014 --

The Magic of West Point -- Terry Babcock-Lumish, New York Times

When Fewer Nukes Mean More Danger -- Adam Lowther and Hunter Hustus, National Interest

Drafted Armies are Self-Killing Machines -- Robert H. Scales, War On The Rocks

Five Key Facts Likely To Be Left Out Of The Next National Security Strategy -- Loren Thompson, Forbes

The Future of America's Nuclear Deterrent -- Evan Braden Montgomery, National Interest

Why Economics, Not Military Might, Is the Future of Foreign Policy -- David Rohde, The Atlantic

Militarization of the Arctic Heats Up, Russia Takes the Lead -- J. Michael Cole, The Diplomat

Putin: Russia Needs to Beef Up Arctic Presence -- Vladimir Isachenkov, Real Clear Defense

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