Saturday, June 25, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 25, 2016

Lucian Kim, VICE: Cold War 2.0: The US military is beefing up its presence in the former Soviet Bloc

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, most Eastern European countries strove to join NATO as a way of safeguarding their newly won independence. Yet even as the US-led alliance grew, the Pentagon slashed its forces in Europe in the belief that the continent would settle future conflicts via political bargains or lawsuits, not weapons. Russia's invasion of Ukraine changed everything.

With little fanfare, the United States has quietly begun expanding its military footprint in a region that during the Cold War was deep inside the Soviet-controlled Warsaw Pact. Operation Atlantic Resolve is an expansive program designed to go beyond mere reassurance of new NATO allies and to provide a credible deterrent against Russia. Next year the Pentagon plans to spend $3.4 billion in Europe on joint exercises, prepositioning equipment, and upgrading local infrastructure. An American armored brigade is due to begin rotating through Eastern Europe in February.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 25, 2016

Former U.S. Defense Officials Warn Of Russian Response To NATO Summit -- RFE

NATO military chief: National forces are key -- AP

Vladimir Putin’s new Cold War: Spooked NATO on the offensive -- Brendan Nicholson, The Australian

Funding for Russian defense industry program to amount to $26.2 billion -- TASS

Russia successfully tests newest Buk-M3 air defense missile system — manufacturer -- TASS

Alfa: Russia's Cold War Submarine Wonder Weapon That NATO Feared -- National Interest

Russia launches new engine production for military helicopters -- UPI

Russia, China Agree to Jointly Build Heavy Helicopter, Long-Range Plane -- Sputnik

Image shows new variant of China's Type 093 attack submarine -- IHS Jane's 360

How Hybrid Warfare Could Change Asia -- Nilanthan Niruthan, Diplomat

India to Buy 145 M777 Howitzers From US - Defense Ministry -- Sputnik

Corker Blasts Germany as 'Laggards' on NATO Spending -- Defense News

No July 4 fireworks at U.S. bases in Japan after Okinawa rape -- AP

Why the US Army Could Care Less about the A-10 Warthog -- National Interest

US Navy Gearing Up for World’s Largest Exercise Off Southern California -- Times of San Diego

Exclusive: USAF Weighing Replacement F-35 Ejection Seat -- Defense News

US Navy to Test Powerful 150-Kilowatt Laser -- National Defense

US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights -- AFP

Navy to Demo Swarming Drones at Sea in July --

US Army to begin testing autonomous vehicle tech on Michigan roads -- Digital Trends

Behold the Pentagon’s Amazing, Nuclear-Powered ATM -- Mother Jones

Navy fires 2nd officer in Iran captured ship incident -- CNN

Report Says General 'Hampered' Air Force Academy Football Probe -- The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)/

Pentagon to End Transgender Ban for Military in July -- ABC News

How Drinking In The Military Gets Harder The Older You Get -- Adam Linehan, Task & Purpose

RIP 'Fog of War': The US Army's High-Tech Master Plan to Kill the Enemy -- National Interest

Ballistic Missile Defense: What’s in a Word? -- Defense News editorial

What Is the US Military Trying to Hide About Its Missions in Africa? -- Nick Turse, The Nation

The Generals Take on Obama -- James Boot, Commentary

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