Thursday, March 23, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 23, 2017

Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as defense secretary in Washington, U.S. January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2YO9Z

Military Times: Mattis: Expect U.S. troops in Iraq even after ISIS falls

WASHINGTON — U.S. troops will remain in Iraq years after the main fight against Islamic State group militants is over, the Defense Department’s top leaders warned Wednesday.

Under questioning from the Senate, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he supports the idea of keeping a residual American military force in Iraq after the current battle for Mosul is complete. The city is seen as ISIS’ last significant stronghold in the country.

“I believe it’s in our national interest that we keep Iraqi security forces in a position to keep our mutual enemies on their back foot,” Mattis said.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 23, 2017

US-led coalition vows to crush 'Islamic State' -- DW

US to focus on 'elimination' of ISIL by military force -- Al Jazeera

US Secretary of Defense Mattis urges Congress vote to fight ISIS -- Politico

U.S. military says no orders yet to create safe areas for refugees -- Reuters

Tillerson Asks Allies in Islamic State Battle to Boost Efforts -- Bloomberg

Russia's foreign minister says ready to discuss reducing nuclear arms -- Reuters

Japan commissions new $1bn Izumo-class helicopter carrier amid tensions with China -- RT

China says hopes new Japanese carrier doesn't mark return to militarism -- Reuters

China Issues Warning to US Bomber Flying in East China Sea -- FOX News

Why China Is Slashing the Size of Its Army -- Dave Majumdar, Natinoal Interest

Breaking down China’s electronic warfare tactics -- C4ISRNet

Malaysia stresses military spending amid South China Sea dispute -- UPI

Growing Conflict in Asia Sparks Military Expansion in Japan -- Newsweek

U.S. deploys supersonic bombers to Korean peninsula -- UPI

Air Force bomber trains with Japanese and Korean fighters as tensions rise with North Korea -- Air Force Times

NATO to reschedule meeting to accommodate Tillerson -- The Hill

Mattis: Big US defense spending boost needed now to fix readiness woes -- Defense News

Navy Warship Stops in Myanmar for First Time Since WWII -- and Stripes

Boeing, US Army make multibillion, multiyear AH-64E deal official -- Defense News

U.S. Air Force buys additional Boeing QF-16 targets -- UPI

Top Pentagon official takes aim at F-35 cost, supply chain -- Defense News

Are the F-15 Eagle's days numbered? Top generals say maybe -- Air Force Times

Lockheed still weighing light attack plane offering, but T-50 is likely out -- Defense News

Army May Have to Buy More JLTVs to Replace Humvees -- DoD Buzz

U.S. Army emphasizing mobility for next combat vehicle -- UPI

Pentagon to Accelerate Rail Gun Hypervelocity Projectile - Fires From Army Howitzer -- Scout

Top NSA Official Says Telephone Surveillance Should Have Been Disclosed -- Reuters

Hurry up and extend: The $10,000 bonus to stay in the Army one more year is dropping to $5,000 -- Army Times

The US Army just bought 10,000 rugged Windows 10 tablets -- Verge

Expeditionary cyber forces fighting drones on the front lines -- Fifth Domain Cyber

NSA: Nation State Cyber Attack Included Virtual ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’ -- Washington Free Beacon

Officials: Man Arrested After Going AWOL 45 Years Ago --

Assange: 'Only 1 percent' of the CIA material has been published -- DW

Why No Nation Wants to Go to War Against America's Military in a Fair Fight -- Robert Farley, National Interest

Green Berets who liberated Afghanistan from the Taliban tell their stories in new documentary -- Army Times

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