Friday, February 24, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 24, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receives applause as he guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) April 24, 2014. Reuters

Business Insider: U.S. Navy fleet commanders: The next conflict hotspot is going to be in Korea

"If there’s a fight tonight, it’s probably going to happen on the Korean peninsula," said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of 7th Fleet, in a panel discussion at the AFCEA West 2017 conference.

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of 3rd Fleet, agreed with that assessment, saying that hostilities with the North Korean regime would be the "number one probability."

The fleet commanders made their comments on a panel discussion titled, "Are we ready to fight — today and in the future?"

"Are we ready to fight? You bet we are," said Vice Adm. Jamie Foggo, a former 6th Fleet commander who now serves as director of the Navy's joint staff.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 24, 2017

China builds shelters for missile systems in South China Sea -- UPI

Beijing just cemented its South China Sea land grab with missile defences -- Business Insider

Russian Defense Minister Says His Military Has Tested 162 Weapons In Syria -- NPR

Putin promotes generals to higher military ranks after Syria operation -- TASS

Russia, US Nuclear Weapon Totals 2017: Russian Defense Minister Said Military Not Focused On Nuke Deterrents -- International Business Times

Russian Defense Ministry to form four divisions in 2017, including one to protect Kurils -- TASS

Russia to bolster military forces on disputed isles off Hokkaido -- Asahi Shimbun

Russia to lay down two submarines in 2017 -- UPI

Russia builds replica Reichstag so teenagers can recreate 1945 victory over Nazis -- The Independent

Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plans -- TASS

Saudi Arabian National Guard helicopter force takes shape -- Defense News

Report: U.S. military upgrading Patriot missile system in Korea -- UPI

Top general: No change in Iran's behavior since Trump put country 'on notice' -- The Hill

Trump 'not liking' Chinese and North Korean military moves -- Politico

Pentagon wants more senior-level talks with Russia on security of flights in Syria — media -- TASS

Trump’s Defense Department to Military: Say ‘ISIS,’ not ‘ISIL’ -- US News and World Report

Top general: US mulling 'long-term commitment' in Iraq -- CNN

The families of Fort Hood triple murder-suicide victims sue Army for negligence -- Army Times

Pentagon studies ways to counter hypersonic missile threat from China, Russia -- Washington Times

Lockheed Martin to relocate Fleet Ballistic MIssile program -- UPI

DHS chief: Military won't be used for deportations -- The Hill

Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations -- AP

Uncertainty surrounds program to protect troops' immigrant relatives -- Military Times

Air Force to Ask Industry for Light Attack Aircraft Options -- DoD Buzz

Trump ribs Lockheed Martin over F-35 costs during CEO meeting -- The Hill

Here's how the F-35 stacks up to Russia and China's 5th-generation aircraft -- Business Insider

Pentagon mulling split of NSA, Cyber Command -- The Hill

NSA Head: Russian Interference in U.S. Election, ‘Hey, This Happened’ -- USNI News

How Peter Thiel's Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World -- The Intercept

Special: Future Drones Smarter, More Lethal, Stealthy -- Scout Warrior

U.S. Navy's wingman drone technology used in combat trials -- UPI

Don't Let Defense Wreck the Budget -- Michael Shindler, RCD

Pentagon brass seek culture change, innovations in buying weapons -- Carl Prine, San Diego Union Tribune

The Real Nuclear News -- Peter Huessy, RCD

Trump threats to New START could imperil nuclear modernization programs -- Aaron Mehta, Defense News

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