Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 21, 2016

Daily Mail: US military confirms U-2 spy plane crash in Northern California killed one pilot after mistakenly tweeting the crew had ejected safely

* Reconnaissance aircraft crashed on Tuesday morning shortly after taking off from Beale air base north of Sacramento
* Military says that the pilots were flying a training mission when the plane went down just after 9am
* Initially, the air force said he pilots survived, but officials later confirmed that one of them had been killed
* There is still no word on the condition of the other pilot

One pilot was killed and another injured on Tuesday when a U-2 spy plane crashed in Northern California just after takeoff, the military said at a briefing.

According to military officials the crash occurred just north of the state capital of Sacramento at 9am on Tuesday.

Just before the aircraft went down, the pilots ejected.

Initially, the Air Force said the crew had 'safely ejected,' and the pilots had escaped unharmed.

However, a later tweet confirmed that one of the pilots had died. The military have not revealed the identities of the two involved in the crash and gave no indication of the condition of the other pilot.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 21, 2016

Military: U-2's Flight Routine Before Crash, Killing Pilot -- AP

One of two U-2 pilots dead in California crash -- Air Force Times

Dunford Says Mosul Operation Could Begin in October -- Defense News

The U.S. military has frozen its plans to cooperate with Russia in Syria -- Military Times

Sino-Russian naval exercises conclude with 'island seizing' operation -- IHS Jane's 360

Stealthy Chinese target drones appear -- Alert 5

Is China Really Building Missiles With Artificial Intelligence? -- The Diplomat

U.S. bombers fly over South Korea for second time since North's nuclear test -- Reuters

US lands bomber in South Korea -- The Hill

Stratcom Nominee Gen. Hyten Warns Of North Korean Nuclear Advances -- USNI News

South Korea confirms it has military plan to remove Kim Jong Un -- UPI

Senators push to block $1.15B Saudi arms sale -- The Hill

Amphib, Destroyer Pairing Seen In High-End Exercise, Current 6th Fleet Operations -- USNI News

Navy's newest destroyer to remain in Virginia for repairs -- AP

The US Navy Needs More Submarines to Match Russia and China -- National Interest

US Navy to Name Ship After Late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy -- ABC News

Bogdan: F-35 Coolant Line Fix Coming in Weeks -- Defense News

Air Force to Begin More Repairs on Grounded F-35s -- DoD Buzz

Marines' F/A-18 Hornet Stand-Down Addressed Ground Mishaps: Neller --

Air Force Wants to Keep ‘Man in the Loop’ with B-21 Raider -- Defense Tech

Planned ICBM Replacement To Move Forward Without Consensus On Cost -- Defense News

Air Force Makes Pitch for New ICBM, Nuclear Cruise Missile -- Defense Tech

USAF commander wants technological 'leap' to KC-Z tanker -- Flight Global

USAF general considers common command and control platform -- Flight Global

Airmen First, Weapons Second: SecAF James -- Breaking Defense

US Army builds 'ambidextrous' grenade -- BBC

Oshkosh To Roll First JLTVs Off The Line This Month -- Defense News

Tomorrow’s Downed Pilots May Be Rescued by an Osprey-Black Hawk Team -- Defense One

Drone defense for nuclear sites awaits government approval -- Flight Global

West Point women have a new, bloody requirement as the Army completes gender integration -- Washington Post

Four-Star General Robert W. Cone Dies at 59 --

The 3-Day Military Diet Almost Destroyed Me -- Task & Purpose

It’s Not Like Hollywood: Why U.S. Airstrikes Go Awry -- NYT

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