Thursday, June 16, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 16, 2016

Wall Street Journal: Obama’s Drone Revamp Gives Military Bigger Responsibility, Keeps CIA Role

Long-promised plan seeks to give the U.S. military the lead and increase transparency

WASHINGTON—A long promised plan by President Barack Obama to shift control of U.S. drone campaigns around the world gives the U.S. military an expanded role, but retains a Central Intelligence Agency role in the targeted-killing program for the foreseeable future, according to officials briefed on the secret arrangement.

Mr. Obama’s plan settles a three-year turf battle between the CIA, the Pentagon and a divided Congress over whether the time has come to scale back the CIA’s quasi-military role 15 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, sought to gain full control of the drone programs, but the CIA and its allies pushed back. Mr. Obama settled for a compromise which gives JSOC control of most areas but let’s the CIA operate its own armed drones in at least two of them.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 16, 2016

Navies Begin Gathering for RIMPAC -- Defense News

China shadows U.S. warships amid rising tensions in Asia -- Defense News

Iron Dome Sees Israel Ramp up, Raytheon Partnership for US Market -- Defense Industry Daily

Israeli Fighter Pilots Head to US for F-35 Training -- Defense News

UAE Announces End of Yemen Military Operations -- Defense News

Russia and Myanmar sign agreement on military cooperation -- TASS

Russia’s Armata-based combat hardware cheapest among European, US analogs — manufacturer -- TASS

NATO's Stoltenberg warns of Russian expansionism outside its borders -- DW

How Pakistan's military uses media for image making -- DW

The Taliban now hold more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001 -- AP

US commander in Afghanistan submits his 3-month take on war -- AP

Ashton Carter: US Forces Granted Added Flexibility to Support Afghan Military -- Executive Gov

US To Increase Military Support For Afghan Forces -- Eurasia Review

NATO approves keeping expanded Afghan basing, in nod to long fight -- Reuters

NATO to stay in Afghanistan for four more years at cost of $5 billion per country -- UPI

Lockheed Goes on the Offensive in Canada’s F-35 Debate -- Defense News

The Canadian Army Is Worried Russia Will Spy on Us With Drones In the Arctic -- MotherBoard

NATO AWACS likely for CENTCOM -- Breaking Defense

Revealed: Only 1/3 of U.S. Army Brigades are Ready for War -- National Interest

Air Force Wants New Plane to Replace A-10, Fight ISIS -- Defense One

USAF Has Big Plans, But Little Money, For 'Warthog' Replacement -- Defense News

Air Force recovers crashed database -- The Hill

CIA Director Urges Washington to Ramp Up Work on 'Digital Challenges' -- Sputnik

DARPA picks Lockheed, Raytheon for swarming UAS tests -- Flight Global

House GOP Puts Defense Appropriations Bill on Glide Path -- Defense News

House Republicans seek to block certain immigrants from joining the military -- Dallas Morning Post

House won't vote on Navy ship-naming restrictions -- The Hill

Congress' national security brain drain -- Politico

In Defense Bill, Senate Approves Plan For Women To Register For Draft -- NPR

Like it or not, gender equality may soon come to the US military draft -- VOX

First Female Combatant Commander Touts Options for Women in Military --

Need a New Security Clearance? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know -- Defense One

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