Thursday, February 16, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 16, 2017

Military Times: The Pentagon could send conventional military forces into Syria

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is developing proposals for sending an unspecified number of American military personnel into Syria, conventional ground forces who would augment the 500 combat advisers already there coordinating efforts to destroy the Islamic State.

First reported Wednesday by CNN, any such deployment would have to be approved by President Donald Trump. However, the commander in chief has directed military leaders to fast track plans for defeating the terror group and, according to White House documents leaked to the media late last month, he has expressed a willingness to expand the United States' presence in war-torn Syria.

Defense Department officials would neither confirm nor deny the report.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 16, 2017

Pentagon might propose sending ground troops to Syria -- CNN

Absurd to Comment on Reports of US Plans to Send Troops to Syria - Kremlin -- Sputnik

The US military is sending the big guns to South Korea after Kim Jong-un's latest stunts -- Business insider

Did North Korea Just Launch a Chinese Missile? -- Gordon G. Chang, National Interest

Spanish MoD Confirms Russian Jets Followed Spanish Frigate in Black Sea -- Sputnik

Foreign customers eye Russian robots after Syria operation — state arms exporter -- TASS

Another twist in Indonesia's puzzling AW101 helicopter buy -- Defense News

Is Israel Top Military Aid Recipient? -- Michael Rubin, Commentary

Iranian Concepts of Warfare: Understanding Tehran’s Evolving Military Doctrines -- J. Matthew McInnis, AEI

Is the German military capable of defending Europe? -- The Local

'Sexual Abuse and Sadism Common Practice' at German Army Training Center -- Sputnik

Austria to sue Airbus over Eurofighter contract -- BBC

Canadian minister defends naval project after Fincantieri criticism -- Defense News

NATO Chief Concerned if Russia Missile Reports Prove True -- AP

Pentagon boss to NATO nations: Increase military spending -- PBS News Hour

Stoltenberg: NATO not planning 'to match Russia soldier for soldier, tank for tank' -- TASS

Sweden Resumed Military Contacts With Russia at Level of Attaches – Spokesman -- Sputnik

USS Zumwalt to Conduct Brief Sea Trial This Week to Light Off Radar, Test Recent Fixes -- USNI News

Army Conducts Mock-Combat Jungle Warfare Ambushes -- Scout Warrior

General in charge of Lockheed F-35 confirms call with Trump, Boeing CEO -- The Hill

Army, Marine Corps developing UAV for faster, safer resupply missions -- Army Times

A Year In, No Female SEAL Applicants, Few for SpecOps --

Donald Trump says Michael Flynn treated 'unfairly', hits out at intelligence for giving out information 'like candy' -- ABC News Online

The war between Trump and the intelligence community is heating up -- Business Insider

DNI Denies Withholding Intel From Trump as President Mulls Review -- US News and World Report

U.S. Army depicted Hillary Clinton as insider threat in cyber security training -- Washington Times

Achilles Heel Of Army Air & Missile Defense: The Network -- Breaking Defense

3 tough questions Congress failed to ask military leaders -- The Hill

The military blackballed these Marines. Four congressmen are fighting to restore their honor -- Military Times

Trump’s growing military problem -- Mark Feinberg, The Hill

Army Warns Congress Its Budget Behavior Will Get Soldiers Killed -- Loren Thompson, Forbes

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