Thursday, October 27, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 27, 2016

Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov in transit to the Mediterranean Sea on Oct. 18, 2016. UK MoD Photo

Sputnik: Malta Refuses to Refuel Russian Warships Heading For Syria - Foreign Minister

Malta will not refuel Russian warships heading for Syria, Foreign Minister George Vella told local media on Thursday, amid claims that a Russian battlegroup may be refueled in the Mediterranean near the island country.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russia's former Chief of Naval Staff, Adm. Viktor Kravchenko told RIA Novosti that the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, accompanied by seven ships and sailing to the Syrian coast, might undergo the next refueling in the Mediterranean, from the Black Sea Fleet tanker near Malta.

Vella, contacted by The Times of Malta broadcaster, did not specify the reason for the refusal.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 27, 2016

Russian warships will not be refuelled in Malta, says Maltese foreign minister -- The Independent

Malta says won’t refuel Russian carrier group, no confirmation Moscow requested stopover -- RT

Analysis: Russian Carrier Deployment to Syria is Propaganda, not Practical -- USNI News

NATO Allies Advance Plans for East Europe Troop Deployment -- AP

Over Dozen States to Contribute to Four NATO Battalions in Baltics, Poland -- Sputnik

NATO finalises Baltic plans -- Euronews

Six NATO nations eager to increase Black Sea presence - Stoltenberg -- RT

Sweden Draws Closer to NATO as Russia Tensions Rise -- WSJ

European Union looks to approve first ever military budget -- CNBC

James Bond wouldn’t make the grade in modern MI6, says Britain’s top spy -- RT

Russia designing new, faster 'Predator' torpedo to boost naval power -- UPI

China says Japanese military endangering Chinese aircraft -- Reuters

Beijing holds surprise South China Sea drills in response to US patrol -- RT

India To Double BrahMos Cruise Missile Range -- Defense News

Turkey Announces Detention of Dozens More Military Members -- VOA

Seoul plans to restart talks on military pact with Tokyo -- AP

Duterte says open to idea of military exercises with Japan -- Japan Times

Why the U.S. Military Should Worry If the Philippines Dumps America (And It Involves China) -- National Interest

The U.S. Navy Wants to Put Missiles on Everything -- Popuilar Mechanics

The U.S. Navy's Supersonic SeaRAM Missile System Could be a Game Changer -- National Interest

Navy Wants More Complex Sub-on-Sub Warfare Training -- USNI News

Admiral: Attacks Like Those on USS Mason Will Become More Common -- USNI News

The Navy Littorally Has a Drone Problem -- War on the Rocks

Defense Board: White House Blocked Navy From S. China Sea Warship Passages -- Washington Free Beacon

Spending Bill Delay Would Trip Up Nuclear Missile Sub: CR Vs. ORP -- Breaking Defense

The Verdict Is In: The U.S. Navy Needs to Get Bigger (And Needs More Submarines) -- National Interest

Air Force Defends Decision to Award B-21 Contract Based on Lowest Cost -- Defense News

GOP rep presses Air Force on counter-drone tech -- The Hill

First 10 Women Graduate From Infantry Officer Course --

Pentagon issues transgender ID guidelines -- The Hill

The U.S. Army Is Putting Laser Weapons on Vehicles -- Popular Mechanics

Navy Eyeing the 2045 Battle Space in New Long-Term R&D Plan -- USNI News

Pentagon's ‘Sunk Costs’: $58 Billion Wasted On Imaginary Weapons Since 1997 -- Sputnik

Donald Trump Says He'll Teach Military Expert 'a Couple of Things' About Mosul -- ABC News

Watching the Army Evolve Over 15 Years -- Adrienne Green, The Atlantic

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