Thursday, December 1, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 1, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump and U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly emerge a meeting in Bedminster Township, N.J. (Reuters)

Peter White, Washington Post: Trump may put 5 military officers in top posts. That’s unprecedented

President-elect Donald Trump is, apparently, partial to former generals and admirals. Several have been floated as possible nominees for cabinet and national security jobs. In addition to appointing Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be national security adviser, Trump appears likely to select Gen. James Mattis (USMC) as secretary of defense; is reportedly considering Gen. John Kelly (USMC) for secretary of homeland security, Gen. David Petraeus for secretary of state and Adm. Michael Rogers for director of national intelligence.

Of course, other presidents have included a former high-ranking military officer in the cabinet. President George W. Bush’s secretary of state was Colin Powell, a retired four-star Army general and former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

But the number and placement of these former military officers is unprecedented, as I’ll explain below.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 1, 2016

Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense -- Washington Post

It's official: Donald Trump has chosen Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary -- Military Times

Mattis Pick Could See Senate Clash on Women in Combat, PTSD --

Petraeus would have to notify probation officer if offered State job -- Washington Examiner

Air strikes kill 54 civilians in Iraq, Syria: U.S. military -- Reuters

US: 173 civilians killed in coalition airstrikes against ISIS -- The Hill

Russia’s new arms procurement program to be approved in summer 2017 -- TASS

India Allows Private Sector to Manufacture Ammo -- Defense News

U.S. Effort to Help India Build Up Navy Hits Snag -- WSJ

No talks or decisions yet on S-300 delivery to Turkey — Putin’s aide -- TASS

Poland launches tender for 14 army helicopters - ministry -- Reuters

Lithuania Buys 168 Armored Personnel Carriers From Germany -- Defense News

E.U. Plans Big Increase in Military Spending -- NYT

USS Zumwalt Soon to be Underway After Repairs -- USNI News

It’s been a topsy-turvy few weeks for the F-35 program -- Washington Post

Air Force Get More Airmen, No Extra Planes in Defense Bill --

US Military Develops 'Multi-Object Kill Vehicle' to Blast Enemy Nukes -- Seeker

Congress set to elevate CYBERCOM to unified combatant command -- C4ISRNet

Army Electronic Warfare Strategy Nearing Completion -- Defense News

Cyber center project a 'turning point' for Army capability, leaders say -- Army Times

The Army’s looking into putting bacteria into its electronics -- Ars Technica

House passes intelligence bill enhancing efforts against Russia -- The Hill

Senators, Military Specialists Say Army Report On Dismissed Soldiers Is Troubling -- NPR

Congress drops plans to make women register for the draft -- Military Times

Defense bill tackles retaliation against military sex assault victims -- The Hill

More than 2,000 US military veterans to form a human shield protecting Dakota Access protesters -- Reuters

Veterans' group criticizes vets joining pipeline protest -- AP

Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military -- The Guardian

The U.S. Military Has a Plan to Take Over a Potential Enemies Greatest Weapon -- Kris Osborn, National Interest

US military photos from November -- CNN

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