Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 12, 2017

Reuters: U.S.-Russia tensions over Syria will not 'spiral out of control': Mattis

ensions between the United States and Russia will not "spiral out of control" following last week's U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, describing it as a one-off response to Syria's use of banned chemical weapons.

President Donald Trump, in his biggest foreign policy decision since taking office in January, ordered the strikes after concluding that Syria waged a nerve gas attack in rebel-held territory that killed 87 people, many of them children.

Russia, which has advisers on the ground aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warned the U.S. strike could have serious consequences. Syria denies involvement.

"It will not spiral out of control," Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 12, 2017

Mattis on Syria: ISIS remains the priority, but chemical weapons will not be tolerated -- CNN

Mattis: Defeating Islamic State still top U.S. priority -- AP

Mattis: Missile Attack Strictly in Response to Chemical Weapons -- US News and World Report

Defense Secretary Mattis tries to calm the waters as tensions with North Korea escalate -- Washington Times

Mattis downplays carrier move toward North Korea -- Washington Examiner

Defense Secretary Mattis won't say what a US aircraft carrier is up to near North Korea -- Business Insider

Despite growing tension, experts see slim chance of U.S. pre-emptive strike on N. Korea -- Yonhap News Agency

Russian Navy vessels make port call in S. Korea for friendship visit -- Yonhap News Agency

Silent Running: Russia's Submarines to Become Absolutely Noiseless -- Sputnik

Russia's Success in Syria Helping Sukhoi Warplanes Soar in Global Market (VIDEO) -- Sputnik

RD-180 ban thrusts Russian manufacturer into uncertain future -- Defense News

Japan's jets deployed in response to Russian bombers -- UPI

National Security Agency of USA hacked Pakistani mobile networks: Wikileaks -- Economic Times

China and North Korea's Nukes -- Peter Huessy, RCD

Americans deploy nuclear sniffer plane to Okinawa -- Nikkei Asian Review

500th Eurofighter aircraft delivered to Italian air force -- UPI

NATO’s top mission: Preparing for Trump -- Politico

More U.S. Bases in Iraqi Kurdistan Are Inevitable -- RCD

Air Force Calls Stop-Loss 'Last Resort' to Deal with Pilot Shortage --

US Navy Wants to Pack More Firepower on Smaller Vessels -- Sputnik

Army tanks in Europe ditch the desert camo for woodland green. -- Army Times

AAI’s Rifle-and-Grenade-Launcher Combo Went Nowhere: The U.S. Army lost interest after decades of development -- War Is Boring

Laser weapons edge toward use in U.S. military -- AFP

Navy says no charges in drowning death during SEAL training -- AP

Schumer: US Congress unlikely to approve resolution authorizing military action -- Washington Examiner

Lawmakers tell Trump to get approval for military action in Yemen -- The Hill

GOP senator urges vote to require approval for certain US military operations -- The Hill

Female Marines create a Facebook group to say 'Enough is enough' -- Marine Times

Budget woes hinder US cybersecurity buildup -- The Hill

Does your web traffic pass through an NSA listening point? -- FOX News

NSA cyber-defense chief: ‘I have never been more busy’ -- Fedscoop

President Trump Shouldn’t Send The Military More Money Until They Stop Dumping It Down The Drain -- James Hasson, The Federalist

“Please give us ammo”—the US Marines’ unverified military travel guide to North Korea -- Max de Haldevang, Quartz

Trump Administration is Writing Checks the U.S. Military may not be Able to Cash -- Dan Goure, National Interest

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