Monday, March 6, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 6, 2017

ABC News Online: North Korea 'test fires ballistic missiles' as US-South Korean war games continue

North Korea has fired four ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast, according to South Korea and Japan.

The launch was an apparent reaction to huge military drills by the US and South Korea that the North insists are an invasion rehearsal.

The US military said it detected and tracked what it assessed was a North Korean missile launch, but added the launch did not pose a threat to North America.

US Strategic Command spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell said US forces remained "vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and are fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security".

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 6, 2017

North Korea fires several missiles into sea near Japan -- DW

North Korea likely preparing to strike U.S. military bases in Japan -- UPI

Japan Moves to Highest Alert Level After North Korea Fires Missiles -- Bloomberg

Abe says latest North Korean missile launch represents ‘new level of threat’ -- Japan Times

Can the US shoot down North Korean missiles? -- Washington Examiner

Kremlin concerned over North Korea’s new missile launch -- TASS

Russia to begin aircraft carrier upgrade this year -- UPI

Cutting-Edge Admiral Grigorovich Frigate Joins Russian Naval Flotilla in Med -- Sputnik

Satellite Reportedly Captures First Ever Image of New Russian Drone -- Sputnik

Russia to Showcase Brand New Military Robots at ARMY-2017 Forum in August -- Sputnik

China's modest military spending hike masks bigger goals -- CNN

US, Japanese Warships Join 'Multi Sail 2017' War Games -- Sputnik

EU approves joint military headquarters -- DW

In the era of Donald Trump, Germans debate a military buildup -- Washington Post

Report flags NATO's naval shortfalls vis-a-vis Russia -- Defense News

Air Force details multiple 'unsafe and unprofessional' Russian aircraft intercepts -- Defense News

Experts Caution Against Decreasing U.S.’s Overseas Military Presence -- NBC

Pentagon Wants to Expand US Military Efforts in Somalia -- VOA

Navy Subs Still Show Issue with Stealth Coating -- Star-Advertiser

U.S. Navy buys new submarine sonar systems -- UPI

Air Mobility Command head calls for more survivable tanker fleet -- Defense News

Sniper shortage: Too many Marines are washing out of sniper school -- Marine Times

US Marines 'spread nude photos of female soldiers in secret Facebook group' -- The Independent

Marines allegedly shared hundreds of photos of naked colleagues on Facebook -- McClatchy News

Sexual assault in the United States military: Here are three instances that shook the armed force -- IBTimes

The Army could let soldiers grow beards. No, seriously. -- Army Times

The military kills 8,500 pigs and goats every year for medical training. A new bill would end that -- Washington Examiner

Latest budget plan won't stop the music for military bands -- Military Times

Ex-NATO commander: US falling behind on military modernization
-- The Hill

Former NATO commander says U.S. military will likely be surpassed by Russia and China -- New York Daily News

Experts say Trump's military budget can't pay for buildup he wants -- The Hill

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