Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 23, 2016

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu meets China’s vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xu Qiliang. November 23, 2016. © Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation

RT: Russia-China military ties ‘at all-time high,’ no threat to other states

Military cooperation between Russia and China poses no threat to other states, but is aimed instead at countering global threats and challenges, including international terrorism, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“Bilateral military cooperation [between Moscow and Beijing] is not directed against other states, does not pose a threat to them, but contributes to peace and stability on the Eurasian continent and beyond,” Shoigu said at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan in Beijing on Wednesday. He is there for the 21st meeting of an intergovernmental commission on military and technical cooperation between the two states that will look into the fragile situations in Syria, Libya, and Iraq.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 23, 2016

Russian Defense Minister discussing security problems, defense cooperation in Beijing -- TASS

Russia, China implement military contracts worth $3bln in 2016 -- TASS

Assessing the Admiral Kuznetsov Deployment in the Syrian Conflict -- Ben Ho Wan Beng, RCD

Russian Jets Unaffected by EU Fuel Sanctions Against Syria - MoD -- Sputnik

New recruitment drive indicates deep manpower problems in Syria’s army -- Washington Post

Purchase of Chinese Subs by Bangladesh 'An Act of Provocation' Toward India -- Defense News

China, Ethiopia agree to augment military cooperation -- Global Times

Japanese Intelligence Tells Pentagon China Engaged in Multi-Year Takeover Attempt of Senkaku Islands -- Washington Free Beacon

Seoul, Tokyo sign disputed military intelligence-sharing pact -- Korea Times

South Korea, Japan ink intelligence-sharing pact on North Korea threat -- Japan Times

British warship docks in Haifa as part of growing cooperation with Israel -- Jerusalem Post

Canada Providing Support to French Operations in West Africa - Armed Forces -- Sputnik

Canada Plans to Buy 18 Super Hornets, Start Fighter Competition in 2017 -- Defense News

Philippines scraps 2 war games with US: military chief -- ABS CBN

Help wanted: Turkey advertises for special forces -- Al-Monitor

America’s War-by-Airstrike in Three Charts -- Defense One

Updated: USS Zumwalt Sidelined in Panama Following New Engineering Casualty -- USNI News

LCS Ready Today to Support Tomorrow’s Automated Warfare Systems -- Steven Wills, USNI News

The F-35B Just Got A Lot Deadlier -- Defense One

Marines’ F-35B Passes Final Ship Qualification Test -- DoD Buzz

Marines Say Future High-End Pacific Fight Will Require Larger Force; CSBA Agrees In Preview To Future Fleet Architecture -- USNI News

Air Force Special Operations Forces Train for Next Dynamic Battlefront --

The Pentagon Uses Plant DNA to Catch Counterfeit Parts -- Popular Mechanics

Corps Wants to Put Silencers on a Whole Infantry Battalion --

Trump Faces Hurdles to Reinstating Waterboarding -- AP

Trump's military ambitions could run into budget buzzsaw -- Julian Harding, Reuters

Fanning: If you want a bigger Army, you have to pay for it -- Army Times

'It's not up to the mayor': Conway says Giuliani IS under consideration for Director of National Intelligence - but Trump will make the final decision -- Daily Mail

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter will 'carry out his responsibilities' after McCain warns him against major changes -- Washington Examiner

It’s Time to Give the Infantry the Tools Needed to Win on the Modern Battlefield -- James King, Modern War Institute

Restoring American arms: The price of trying to ‘lead from behind’ is about to come painfully due: Analysis -- Washington Times

How is Modern Air War Strategy Indebted to Desert Storm? -- Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior

1 comment:

B.Poster said...

This likely poses no threat to "others" as long as these "others" recognize the Russia/China block is the world's most powerful. One may not like it but this is reality. The trouble with ignoring reality or trying to superimpose one's ideology over reality is ultimately reality wins out and things usually end up ending poorly for those who try to do such things.

When faced with reality "others" should look for ways to add value to those more powerful than they. If one is deemed valuable to the power brokers, one will be treated well by them and their interests will be well served. Having been in a situation where it was necessary to have a powerful individual represent my just interests I learned that good relations with powerful people and entities is EXTREMELY beneficial.

U wonder if the United States could join the Russian-Chinese military alliance and have "ties" with them. It would probably have to be a junior partner at first and then as we demonstrate our value to them perhaps promotions would be in order. Achieving something like this will require major changes in the strategic thinking and in the policies pursued by US leaders.

Actually at this point the US does not engage in strategic thinking. It engages of the pursuit of ideologies at pretty much all costs. Since policies one pursues are the result of their strategic thinking, a lack of such thinking as has been demonstrated by US leaders leads to bad policies.