Thursday, August 11, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 11, 2016

An Air Force C-17 takes off from an undisclosed base in the Persian Gulf region. (Photo: Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)

The Hill: Pentagon won't reveal how many troops are fighting ISIS

The Pentagon has declined to say how many U.S. troops are actually on the ground in Iraq and Syria more than two years after the first deployments to fight the Islamic State.

The military only shares the number of full-time troops deployed, known as the "force management level" or FML.

That figure is currently about 3,825 in Iraq and 300 in Syria, but the number of troops on the ground, including temporary deployments, is much higher.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 11, 2016

Boots on the Ground? US Forces Active in Libya, Fighting Near Sirte -- Sputnik

US General Asks India for Military Assistance in Afghanistan -- Defense News

Turkey may seek non-NATO options for defense industry cooperation: foreign minister -- Reuters

Turkey warns it could LEAVE NATO because of a 'lack of support by the West' as the country forms close ties with Russia -- Daily Mail

Turkey offers Russia joint operations against ISIL -- Al Jazeera

Russia, in Military Exercise, Pits Fog of War Against Dogs of War -- New York Times

Russia Will Deliver Mi-35 Attack Helicopter Equipment to Peru -- Sputnik

Two Russian cruise missile-armed ships to hold exercise in the Mediterranean -- TASS

Russia Planning to Hide Whole City With Giant Smoke Screen in Bizarre Military Drill -- ABC News

China says new satellite will help safeguard interests at sea: China Daily -- Reuters

Beijing Installs Supersonic Missiles on South China Sea’s Most Lethal Destroyer -- Sputnik

Spyware Deluge Hits Vietnam Sites Amid South China Sea Spat -- Bloomberg

Japan's new Defence White Paper: Turbulence ahead -- Rupakjyoti Borah, Al Jazeera

Taiwan's Floundering Military Needs to Up its Game -- National Interest

Germany agonises over role of army at home after attacks -- AFP

State Approves First NATO Joint Weapons Sale -- Defense News

60 US Air Force Programs Could Be Delayed by CR -- Defense News

Bomber development among programmes vulnerable to budget impasse -- IHS Jane's 360

US Air Force opens up JDAM options amid high demand for weapons -- Flight Global

Air Force drone pilots to become eligible for $35K retention bonus -- Air Force Times

U.S. Army's future helicopter engine moves forward -- UPI

U.S. Intelligence to Help Companies Avert Supply-Chain Hacking -- Bloomberg

Raytheon Touts Progress on OCX Program -- Defense News

F-22 Experiences Landing Troubles during Exercise at Hill AFB -- Military

WATCH: Marines Test Robotic Vehicle-Mounted Machine Gun -- DoD Buzz

Army’s ‘Mad Scientist’ Initiative Looks at Future Differently -- US Department of Defense

Top Marine: No Need To Change Deploying Groups -- Defense News

GOPs: Investigation shows Centcom painted rosy picture of ISIS war -- The Hill

House probe: Military put rosy spin on war against Islamic State -- Politico

House GOP report finds intelligence manipulated on ISIS -- The Hill

Female Sailor Recognized for Bravery During Iranian Detention Incident --

Why America's Military Needs a New Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missile -- Kris Osborn, National

Are Russia's military advances a problem for Nato? -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC

USMA Superintendent Discusses Preparing Future Leaders for Modern War -- RCD

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