Sunday, May 21, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 21, 2017

DW: US plan to 'annihilate IS' raises questions over civilian toll, larger strategy

The US has announced more aggressive tactics to wipe out the "Islamic State." But the shift poses larger strategic questions as populations are displaced and civilian casualties mount.

The US will more aggressively go after the "Islamic State" (IS) group by encircling and killing as many of its members as possible as part of a shift in military tactics designed to prevent the escape of foreign fighters.

The "annihilation campaign" announced by the Pentagon on Friday, after President Donald Trump approved parts of a review of US military strategy, marks a shift in previous tactics that had allowed IS fighters to escape strongholds.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 21, 2017

Mattis Announces New DoD Authority to Act Quickly Against ISIS, Focus on Killing Foreign Fighters -- PJ Media

North Korea fires medium-range ballistic missile in latest weapons test -- The Independent

South Korea requires all males to serve in the military — here's what it's like -- Business Insider

'Best of the Best': Meet Russia's Airborne Strike Forces -- Sputnik

What Became of the Soviet Program to Create the Assault Rifles of the Future -- Sputnik

Russia Military Asks Weapons Makers to Extend Range and Precision of Nuclear Capable Iskander Missiles -- Newsweek

India vs. Pakistan: Which Army Would Win? -- Kyle Mizokami, National Interest

Japan, U.S. Conduct PASSEX in South China Sea -- Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

Philippine President Duterte Vows Not to Buy US Arms, Mulls Turning to Russia -- Sputnik

New EU army headquarters branded little more than a 'call centre' -- The Telegraph

ANALYSIS: Saab counts down to Gripen E debut -- Flight Global

Israel’s army is recruiting ever more ultra-Orthodox officers -- The Economist

Ministers concerned Saudi arms deal might blunt Israel's military edge -- Jerusalem Post

Is Now the Time to Arm US Tanks with Israeli Anti-Missile Tech? --

Lawmakers press for better rifles, bigger bullets for soldiers, Marines -- Army Times

How the U.S. Army Is Using Old Artillery to Fire Hypervelocity 'Bullets' -- National Interest

The Pentagon overcharged US armed forces billions to fund other projects: Washington Post -- CNBC

Will the Pentagon Respond to Chinese Media Reports of Rockets in the South China Sea? -- Scout Warrior

Killing CIA informants, China stifled US spying -- Straits Times/ New York Times

Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants -- AP

British and US spies at risk after WikiLeaks publishes top-secret CIA spyware -- The Telegraph

NSA never intended for its hacking tool to get out -- but it did -- Daily Herald/Washington Post

Why people are blaming the global cyberattack on the NSA -- Politico

More spending expected in space, Air Force secretary says -- UPI

Army budget points toward multi-domain operations -- Washington Technology

US Navy to Search Alaska Ocean Floor for Explosives -- ABC News/AP

Pence marks Armed Forces Day with vow to rebuild military -- The Hill

Women in the infantry: How the Army is growing its first female enlisted grunts -- Military Times

First Women Finish Army's Enlisted Infantry Training -- Ledger-Enquirer, Ga.

If you're in the military, expect a modest pay raise next year -- Military Times

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