Monday, June 20, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 20, 2016

A still image taken from video footage, released by Russia's Defence Ministry on November 19, 2015, shows a Russian military jet taking off at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters

Reuters: Russia says agrees with U.S. to improve military coordination in Syria

Russia said on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the United States to improve coordination between their military operations in Syria, where they are backing opposing sides of a civil war and launching air strikes.

Russia's defense ministry said it was pushing Washington to help produce a shared map of the positions of fighting forces to avoid incidents, a day after Washington accused Moscow of attacking U.S.-backed insurgents there.

Moscow's intervention on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Western backing for rebel groups opposing him, has raised fears of a wider international confrontation in the war.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 20, 2016

Russia Says It Agrees With U.S. To Improve Military Coordination In Syria -- RFE

Pentagon Concerned about Russian Strikes vs. US-Backed Syrian Forces -- AFP

Moscow Denies Strikes on US-Backed Rebels in Syria -- AFP

Russia Says US Failed to Provide Syrian Opposition Locations -- AP

Assad discusses 'military cooperation' with Russian MoD -- Al Jazeera

Assad discusses military cooperation with Russian defence minister -- Reuters

Pentagon: Afghan casualties increase with 'resilient' Taliban -- The Hill

Withdrawal is the New Attack: Are US Drones New Soldiers Against Taliban? -- Sputnik

Rocket engine catches fire at testing range in S. Russia, hundreds evacuated -- RT

Russia Ramps Up Its Military Presence In The Arctic Circle -- NPR

Japan concerned about 'escalating actions' of Chinese Navy -- IHS Jane's 360

Cash-Strapped Zimbabwe Government Delays Military Salaries -- AP

Canadian government will have to decide whether to invest into submarines or cut ships adrift: Navy commander -- National Post

Only 8% of German soldiers ‘fully confident’ with personal weapons – poll -- RT

NATO Battalions on Russian Borders Could Easily Grow Into Larger Contingent -- Sputnik

US Nato general fears rapid Russian troop deployments -- BBC

US ‘Dramatically’ Increasing Naval Fleet Size, Maritime Presence -- Sputnik

US Aircraft Carriers Start Drills Off Philippines -- AFP

US Navy Trades Speed for Firepower -- David Sharp, AP

US Navy ‘Green Fleet’ Destroyer Fills Up On Biofuel — Made In Italy -- Daily Caller

2nd Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Christened in Honor of Navy SEAL -- AP

Why The Navy Needs the EV-22 -- Ben Ho Wan Beng, The Diplomat

U.S. Navy chief warns of costlier Boeing jets if no foreign sales -- Reuters

F-22 Restart Might Not Be Beneficial for Lockheed Martin -- National Defense

Degraded radio signals, nosewheel issues, caused two drone crashes -- Defense News

Military aircraft accidents costing lives, billions of dollars -- CNN

The U.S. Military Looks to Revive the Art of Camouflage. -- WSJ

US Navy Railgun Gets Powered Up --

Pentagon Lifts Hiring Freeze -- Defense News

The FBI’s Growing Surveillance Gap -- Politico

Space Command Readies For War With ‘Space Enterprise Vision’ -- Breaking Defense

Toward a New National Security Space Strategy -- Theresa Hitchens & Joan Johnson-Freese, Atlantic Council

Medal of Honor recipients share how their lives were shaped by military service --

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