Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 29, 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Britain's Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon attended a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels this month. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Washington Post: U.S. military ties with Britain are sheltered from Brexit storm, officials say

Defense leaders from both sides of the Atlantic scrambled this week to downplay the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, saying the United States’ closest military relationship would be sheltered from the upheaval that may lie ahead.

A British official said the United Kingdom remains committed to its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and will continue to partner with the United States against the Islamic State and other shared threats.

“There clearly has been a significant impact over the last few days, and things will play out in the markets and elsewhere as they will,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to frankly discuss his government’s position. “But from where I sit . . . we still intend to be the strongest nation in NATO that we possibly can be. The nature of our relationship with the U.S. has not changed one iota.”

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 29, 2016

Jens Stoltenberg: After Brexit, NATO is Moving Closer to the EU -- Newsweek

NATO, EU leaders pledge strong alliance to counter Brexit fallout -- Reuters

NATO Doesn't Need Montenegro's Teeny-Tiny Military -- Zachary Yost, National Interest

Russian Anxiety Over Montenegro's NATO Accession -- RFE

NATO Continues Expanding Military Presence on Russian Frontier -- Sputnik

Russia to open new naval base in Black Sea to counter NATO -- UPI

U.S. Official: Russian Frigate Tried to ‘Interfere’ with Carrier Harry S. Truman -- USNI News

Berlin puts spies on tighter leash after NSA scandal -- The Local

Iran’s Supreme Leader Shakes Up Military Command -- New York Times

Fact: Iran's Air Force Flies American-Made F-14 Tomcats -- National Interest

Iraq secures $2.7 billion U.S. loan from for military equipment -- Reuters

Carrier Ike joins ISIS fight from the Mediterranean -- Defense News

US Sees No Place for Saudi Ground Troops in ISIS Fight -- Defense News

North Korea Arming Boats with US Gatling Guns: Report -- Defense Tech

Kabul to Investigate Child Sex Slavery Fueling Insider Attacks --

U.S. and China warships to participate in massive Pacific war games -- Defense News

America Opposes Aggressive Chinese Actions in Asia (But Trains with China's Military?) -- Bill Gertz, National Interest

US, S Korea, Japan Conclude Ballistic Missile Defense Drills in Pacific -- Sputnik

Marine Corps Will Get Its Second F-35B Squadron This Week -- DoD Buzz

DARPA revives turbine-ramjet concept for hypersonics -- Flight Global

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could Power the navy’s Future Robotic Submarine -- Defense Update

CIA taps huge potential of digital technology -- BBC

Weapons: Buy American Even If It Hurts -- Strategy Page

James Woolsey, former CIA director, says Obama administration not ‘calling it straight’ on terrorism -- Washington Times

Attorneys for Air Force officer accused of rape say military adultery ban unfair to heterosexuals -- FOX News

Guns out: Why the Army moved to allow rolled sleeves for soldiers -- Washington Post

The Marines just took ‘man’ out of 19 job titles, and people are losing their minds -- Washington Post

Drop the Tuba, Pick Up a Gun: Military Bands Under Fire From Congress -- Ciro Scotti, The Fiscal Times

Should Cyber Warfare Have Its Own Branch? -- Carl Forsling, Task & Purpose

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