Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 30, 2016

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) greet retired Marine General James Mattis for a meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Mark Thomson, Time: Why Trump Is Interviewing Generals for His Cabinet

The benefit of their experience may be offset by a military-centric foreign policy.

Many of the latest administration try-outs turnstiling through Trump Tower over the three weeks since Donald Trump’s election couldn’t be blamed for rendering sharp salutes to the soon-to-be command-in-chief. After all, that’s what they did during their decades in uniform.

Trump has tapped Michael Flynn, a combative and cagey retired Army three-star who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency, to serve as his national security adviser. Other retired generals who have spoken with Trump about serving in his Administration include Jack Keane (retired Army general), who said he turned down an offer to serve as defense secretary. James Mattis (retired Marine general) remains a leading candidate for that post. David Petraeus (retired Army general) is under consideration to serve as secretary of state, and John Kelly (retired Marine general) could be tapped as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 30, 2016

Russia fully deploys 2 new divisions near Western border -- AP

Russia's top arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey develops new generation air defense system -- TASS

Russian troops in Crimea on high alert following Kiev’s missile launch preparations -- TASS

Kiev assures Black Sea firing drills pose no threat to Crimean residents -- TASS

Russia: Moscow Signs Military Deals With Armenia, Azerbaijan -- Stratfor

Report: Vietnam Expands Military Runway in South China Sea -- VOA

China military says 'not heard' of other base plans after Djibouti -- Reuters

China says it wants smooth military ties with Trump -- Reuters

China military says it's seriously concerned by Japan-South Korea pact -- Reuters

Pakistan's new army chief: A reality check -- CNN

NATO chief ignores fact that Europe isn't paying fair share -- The Hill

EU to support common defense market, boost joint spending -- DW

German domestic spy agency denies security lapse after Islamist mole -- DW

US, India Ink $737 Million Weapons Deal for Ultralight Howitzers -- Sputnik

US, France to Sign Military Space Cooperation Agreement -- Space Daily

CIA head warns Trump: Undermining Iran deal would be 'disastrous' -- The Hill

CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'height of folly' -- BBC

Ex-CIA head: North Korea will be able to reach Seattle with nuke by end of Trump's first term -- The Hill

US, S. Korea carry out joint exercises amid new round of N. Korea sanctions -- RT

Trump May Be About To Derail The Pentagon's Nuclear Plans -- Forbes

CNO: Navy to Take Steps to Protect Ohio Replacement Program From CR -- Defense News

The U.S. Navy's New Super Stealth Destroyer Is Getting Ready for Combat -- National Interest

Inside the 'Monster Garage,' AFSOC’s Secret Training Weapon -- Defense News

A Glimpse At How the F-35 Will Help the Marines Storm the Beach -- Defense One

For the First Time Ever, the F-35B Takes-Off at Sea With Full Weapons Load and Drops Live-Bombs -- National Interest

Boeing T-X Headed Toward First Flight -- Defense News

Former Pentagon chief hoping he was wrong about Trump -- The Hill

Trump, British security advisers to meet -- The Hill

Palin under consideration to head Veterans Affairs: report -- The Hill

Over Obama's objection, Congress agrees on a bigger military pay raise, more troops -- Military Times

Chairman hopeful for quick action from Trump on defense spending -- The Hill

Our casual use of military jargon is normalizing the militarization of society -- Tom Hawking, Quartz

Will the Department of Defense Invest in People or Technology? -- Theodore Johnson, The Atlantic

How America Can Rebuild the Military and Win the Wars of the Future -- James Hasik, National Interest

Arms deals account for '40 percent of corruption in world trade' -- DW

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