Monday, February 6, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 6, 2017

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria © Reuters

FOX News: Pentagon reportedly failed to disclose thousands of US airstrikes in Middle East

The U.S. military failed to disclose thousands of airstrikes over the last several years in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Military Times.

An investigation revealed Sunday that the U.S. conducted at least 456 airstrikes in Afghanistan last year that were not recorded in the open-source database kept by the U.S. Air Force. The airstrikes were conducted my several U.S. aircraft – including helicopters and drones.

Military officials told the Military Times they were unable to determine how far back some information was excluded in reports. “It is really weird. We don’t track the number of strikes from Apaches, for example,” an official from U.S. Central Command said.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 6, 2017

The U.S. military's stats on deadly airstrikes are wrong. Thousands have gone unreported -- Military Times

Thousands of US airstrikes unaccounted for in Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan – report -- RT

Strikes? What Strikes? Pentagon "Forgets" About 6,000 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq -- Sputnik

Iran holds military exercise in defiance of US sanctions -- FOX news

Mattis: U.S. has no plans to increase Mideast forces due to Iran -- Military Times

Battle Tech: Why Russia's Ratnik 3 is a 'Breakthrough Infantry Combat System' -- Sputnik

All Russian Land Force Soldiers to Become "Terminators" by 2020 -- Sputnik

Ships of Russian Baltic Fleet to make voyage to Antarctica this year -- TASS

US Heavy Vehicles Arrive in Estonia as Part of Atlantic Resolve -- Sputnik

Europe Has 'Neither Desire Nor Money for Its Defense Schengen -- Sputnik

For Montenegro, On The Brink Of Joining NATO, The Stakes Are High -- RFE

Eying Russia, Norway pumps prior savings into its defense budget -- Defense News

British Royal Navy Leads Military Drills Off Iranian Coast -- Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph

Britain is Developing a Deadly Laser Cannon for its Naval Warships -- National Interest

China’s Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter -- NYT

China Showcases New First Island Chain Ballistic Missile -- AP

Abe tells Mattis Japan will increase defense spending -- Nikkei Asian Review

Mattis: US will defend Japanese islands claimed by China -- CNN

Work Begins on Marine's New Offshore Okinawa Air Base -- AP

New Pentagon chief Mattis a hit in Japan, South Korea -- FOX News/AP

China knocks Mattis remarks on East Asia -- The Hill

China: U.S. Putting East Asian Security at Risk -- Christopher Bodeen, RCW

Pentagon, Lockheed reach agreement on F-35 contract for 90 jets -- Defense News

Pentagon botches release of video seized in Yemen raid -- AP

US Navy Builds Third Stealth Zumwalt Destroyer Despite Embarrassing Breakdowns -- Sputnik

Trump's pick for Army secretary drops out -- Military Times

With Viola out, new service secretaries could take months -- Defense News

Pilot Error Common Thread in Recent Marine Corps Crashes: General --

The Navy SEALs and other secretive units are quietly battling a frightening rise in parachute deaths -- Military Times

The new Navy secretary is inheriting a mess: Here's how the Navy wants to fix it -- Navy Times

Report: US Backs Off Bid to Reopen CIA 'Black Site' Prisons -- VOA

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