U.S. President Donald Trump is welcomed as he speaks to commanders and coalition representatives during a visit to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
NBC News: Trump Pledges to Rebuild ‘Depleted’ Military in CENTCOM Speech
President Donald Trump pledged to reinvest in the "depleted" U.S. military and voiced support for NATO on Monday in an address at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.
"You've been lacking a little equipment, we're going to load it up. You're going to get a lot of equipment," Trump said.
Throughout the campaign, Trump pledged to grow the military while shrinking most other aspects of government. He told senior U.S. commanders that the military has been "depleted" and that the Navy "is at a point almost as low as World War I" -- a likely reference to the number of ships currently in use.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 7, 2017
Trump pledges to build up military in first address to service members -- The Hill
Donald Trump at Central Command vows to rebuild 'depleted' military -- UPI
Afghanistan requests US air support for combat operations -- FOX News/AP
Japan must expand means to counter North Korean attacks -- Nikkei Asian Review
Taiwan to upgrade indigenous missile capabilities -- Defense News
Chinese troops conduct drills with advanced ballistic missile -- Times of India/PTI
China opposes deployment of U.S. stealth ship in South Korea -- UPI
Iran and China respond to Trump with military drills -- USA Today
Iran responds to US sanctions with military drills and threat of further missile testing -- The Independent
Iran Makes A Big Show Of Unveiling ‘Homegrown’ Weapons. Turns Out They’re Probably Knock Offs -- Daily Caller
Turkey aims to produce long-range missiles -- Defense News
German NATO battalion receives official welcome in Lithuania -- DW
U.S. shares election-hacking intel with Europe -- Politico
'If you can't talk, you can't fight': Compass Call planes confuse ISIS -- Air Force Times
Air Force Tests B-2 Stealth, Sensor & Electronics Upgrade -- Scout Warrior
U.S. should expand missile defense due to North Korea, Iran: lawmaker -- Reuters
Army falls behind with new anti-missile command system -- Defense News
US Air Force glides toward B-52 engine replacement plan -- Dedfense News
Congress May Pass ‘at Least’ $18 Billion in More Defense Funds -- DoD Buzz
Cotton Calls for a $26B Uptick in Planned Defense Supplemental -- USNI News
Military sends Congress $30B spending hike wish list -- AP
Lockheed Credits Trump as Price Per Jet Falls in Latest F-35 Batch -- DoD Buzz
Head of NSA to brief senators on cyber threats -- The Hill
Prosecutors: Bergdahl to get fair trial despite Trump jabs -- AP
Forget the F-35: Why America's Military Misses the F-14 Tomcat -- Dave Majumdar, National Interest
Adaptive Warhead Limits for Further Progress on Strategic Arms Control -- Aaron R. Miles, RCD