Friday, June 17, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 17, 2016

British paratroopers jumped from a C-130 Hercules plane during an alliance training exercise near Torun, Poland, this month. Credit Kacper Pempel/Reuters

New York Times: Shifting Attention to Mediterranean, NATO Fights Internal Dissent

BRUSSELS — NATO is discussing how to step up its response to the European migrant crisis by expanding its presence in the Mediterranean region, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this week.

But the proposals, discussed during a meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers, are being questioned by Turkey, which says that limited resources would be better used to protect member nations from more traditional threats like Russia. Turkey is also pressing for an end to the limited effort by the alliance to combat the smuggling of migrants in the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

The confusion and division are emblematic of NATO’s inability so far to deal comprehensively with threats washing up on its southern tier: terrorism, radical Islam, anarchy in North Africa and uncontrolled migration.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 17, 2016

Officials: No timeline for creating NATO intel chief -- The Hill

As Russian Hackers Probe, NATO Has No Clear Cyberwar Strategy -- NYT

Western Diplomats Urge Bosnia to Join NATO; Serbs Say 'No' -- AP

Urging Canada to join NATO forces in Baltics, Latvia says it would send ‘very strong message’ to Russia -- National Post/Ottawa Citizen

Cyberattack on NATO could trigger a military response -- SC Magazine

Kremlin: Troops' movements across Russia pose no threat to neighbors -- TASS

Marine Harriers begin striking ISIS from Arabian Gulf -- The Hill

Pentagon denies ISIS assassination claim -- FOX News

Even As It Heads Home, Aircraft Carrier Plays Key Role Fighting ISIS -- NPR

China Seeks Closer Military Ties With Indonesia -- VOA

View From Above: India to Launch High Resolution Surveillance Satellite -- Sputnik

Vietnam jet goes missing while searching for lost pilot and fighter jet -- Reuters

Navy Sends Growlers to Philippines amid Continuing China Tensions -- Stars and Stripes

Pacific Powder Keg: US Deploys More Ships Raising Stakes in South China Sea -- Sputnik

US Navy lifts alcohol ban on Japanese bases -- The Hill

Two US Nuke Programs Set to Advance -- Defense News

Nuclear Cruise Missile Survives Challenge in House -- Defense News

Bomber Contract Price Tag Kept Secret in Senate Defense Measure -- Bloomberg

LCS Survives First Shock Test, Preps For More -- Defense News

US Submarine Production Poised To Outpace Other Pentagon Programs Through 2030 -- Forbes

Lockheed Martin union responsible for F-35 production prepares to take strike vote -- Star telegram

The Pentagon Will Test-Fire its New Larger SM-3IIA Interceptor Missile in Space -- National Interest

Lockheed Might Offer Miniature Hit-to-Kill Missile Internationally -- Defense News

Meet the U.S. Military's Globetrotting Rocket Launcher -- Popular Mechanics

Pentagon Battles Cyber Attacks -- VOA

US House passes $576B defense spending bill -- The Hill

House nixes bid to bar illegal immigrants from military -- AP

Fight over military sneakers could leave troops with fewer footwear choices -- Military Times

House votes to curtail military bands -- Politico

The Pentagon is Developing A New Suite of Tools to Fight the Lone Wolf Problem -- Defense One

Three Questions We Should Ask about the Drone War, But Don't -- Daniel Davis, National Interest

Why Wasteful Military Spending Never Stops -- Andrew Cockburn, American Conservative

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