Friday, March 18, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 18, 2016

Russian Defense Ministry

Washington Post: Syria shows that Russia built an effective military. Now how will Putin use it?

MOSCOW — As Russia turned the Syrian conflict into an exhibition ground for its newly robust military over the past six months, its neighbors were watching with rapt interest.

This, after all, was a sterling opportunity to assess Russia’s new battlefield capabilities, in the form of ship-based cruise missiles, improved logistics and elite units. And on display, too, were Russia’s weaknesses.

“It is like a game of football,” said Janis Berzins, the managing director at the Center for Security and Strategic Research of the National Defense Academy of Latvia, a NATO member nation that borders Russia. “If you're playing against Germany, then you go watch Germany play, right? It's the natural thing to do.”

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 18, 2016

Russian Air Force: Syria withdrawal to be complete in 3 days -- AP

Putin Says Syria Campaign Cost $480 Million -- Newsweek

Kremlin says no comment on alleged Russian military participation in Syria ground battles -- TASS

Top US Defense Officials Refute Putin's Syria Claims -- VOA

Russia Isn’t Really Withdrawing From Syria -- Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post

There is no Russian Withdrawal from Syria -- Dimitry Gorenburg and Michael Kofman, War on the Rocks

Russia radioelectronic warfare complexes proved effective in Syria — manufacturer -- TASS

Two Russian Advanced Nuclear Submarines to Be Laid Down in 2016 -- Sputnik

Armaments of improved Kilo-class submarines suit Russian Navy — commander -- TASS

Invisible: Fifth-Gen Russian Subs to Use Composites for Increased Stealth -- Sputnik

Russia to Supply President-S Aircraft Defense Systems to Egypt in Weeks -- Sputnik

Saudi Arabia ‘scales back’ major Yemen op to focus on airstrikes & training -- RT

Israel’s Main Concern in Syria: Iran, not ISIS -- WSJ

Top Israeli Commander Endorses Obama Doctrine; Gives Kudos to Moscow -- Defense News

China's Anti-ship Missiles vs. America's Four Corners Defense -- Peter Navarro, Real Clear Defense

Japan Extends East China Sea Surveillance -- Defense News

Top British Army pilots quit over demands to return overpaid wages -- RT

Air Force faces shortage of drone and jet pilots -- CNN

McCain Demands Air Force Release B-21 Bomber Contract Value -- Defense News

Air Force Clarifies A-10 Retirement Plans -- Defense News

US Navy test fires Trident missiles -- UPI

Laser Weapons Ready for Use Today, Lockheed Executives Say -- Defense News

US Army Seeks Faster Innovation, Capabilities For the Future -- Defense News

Pentagon chief: 'We don't want a draft' -- The Hill

House committee rejects Obama cyber proposal -- The Hill

The appearance of disappearance: the CIA’s secret black sites -- Financial Times

NSA refused Clinton a secure BlackBerry like Obama, so she used her own -- Ars Technica

Military personnel to be punished for Afghan hospital strike: report -- The Hill

Army: Bergdahl had mental illness when he walked off post -- The Hill

Sequestration Budget Cuts Pose 'Greatest Risk' to DoD -- Defense News

U.S. military force deteriorating, John McCain warns -- Washington Times

Top U.S. general, without citing Trump, warns on troops' morale -- Reuters

The 5 Worst US Navy Bases To Be Stationed -- Task & Purpose

The Future Of Conflict And The U.S. Army's Big 8 Initiative -- Daniel Gouré, Lexington Institute

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