Friday, July 8, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 8, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to reporters after meeting with Poland's President Andrzej at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Reuters: Obama urges NATO to stand firm against Russia despite Brexit

U.S. President Barack Obama urged NATO leaders on Friday to stand firm against a resurgent Russia over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine and said Britain's vote to leave the European Union should not weaken the Western defense alliance.

In an article in the Financial Times newspaper as he arrived for his last summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation before he leaves office in January, Obama said America's "special relationship" with Britain would survive the referendum decision he had warned against.

"The special relationship between the U.S. and the UK will endure. I have no doubt that the UK will remain one of NATO’s most capable members," he said, but noted that the vote raised significant questions about the future of EU integration.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 8, 2016

NATO Leaders Meet to Deal With Threats From Russia, South -- AP

U.S. to send 1,000 rotating troops to Poland, Obama says -- USA Today

NATO takes over U.S.-built missile shield, amid Russian suspicion -- Reuters

Russia hits back at 'anti-Russian' NATO 'hysteria' -- CNBC

Moscow Ready for Dialogue With NATO Members to Prevent Sea, Air Incidents -- Sputnik

Russia ‘Forced’ to Counteract NATO Buildup - Counter-NATO Summit Speaker -- Sputnik

Putin increases Russian Armed Forces’ organic strength to 1.885 million -- TASS

Russia Exported $4.6 Bln Worth of Arms, Military Equipment in 2016 - Putin -- Sputnik

Russia has $4.6B in military exports in 2016 -- UPI

Level battlefield: British military to allow women soldiers to serve in combat -- RT

NATO’s Germany problem -- Politico

A New Military Chief Rises in Iran -- Stratfor

German intelligence: Iran seeks illegal nuclear technology -- Jerusalem Post

China's military gets boost with huge new transport plane -- CNN

South Korea, U.S. to deploy THAAD missile defense, drawing China rebuke -- Reuters

Short of Military Brass, NATO Band Soldiers On -- WSJ

Australia Extends Military Mission in Afghanistan Into 2017 -- AP

U.S. troop cut won't impact mission in Afghanistan: U.S. general -- Reuters

Pentagon chief on pulling air support for U.S.-backed rebels: ‘We missed an opportunity’ -- Washington post

Stalled U.S. Fighter Sales to Gulf Allies Prompt House Scrutiny -- Bloomberg

Pratt & Whitney Picks up $1.5B Deal for F-35 Engines -- Defense News

When Will US Air Force F-35s Be Ready for Battle? -- Defense One

Pentagon planes showing age, military brass tell lawmakers -- FOX News

The Pentagon Covers Up Yet Another Anti-Missile Failure -- Mother Jones

ISIS deploys IED drones in Iraq; Pentagon seeks funding shift to counter threat -- Washington Times

US Navy Obscures The True Cost Of Its ‘Green Fleet’ -- Daily Caller

Senate Democrats block defense spending bill -- The Hill

Military ordered to turn over emails in Bergdahl case -- USA Today

Dallas shooting suspect was Army reservist: reports -- The Hill

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