Thursday, May 11, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 11, 2017

Reuters: NATO assessing request for more troops to Afghanistan

NATO is assessing a request from the alliance's military authorities to send more troops to Afghanistan and will make a decision on the scale and scope of the mission within weeks, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

The request for what Stoltenberg said was "about a few thousand" more troops reflects the West's alarm about the worsening security situation in Afghanistan, territorial gains by Taliban militants and military and civilian casualties.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 11, 2017

Stoltenberg: NATO May Send Many More Troops to Afghanistan -- AP

NATO to Decide on Increasing Afghanistan Military Presence Within Weeks - Chief -- Sputnik

NATO chief, Merkel to discuss Afghan troop increase -- Al Jazeera

Germany won’t send more troops to Afghanistan – Merkel -- RT

Up to 100 extra British troops could be sent to Afghanistan's capital to help train soldiers following Nato request -- Daily Mail

Stoltenberg: NATO will not take part in combat operations in Syria or Iraq -- TASS

NATO's Stoltenberg lauds Merkel's efforts on Russia -- DW

Sweden, upping military funding, seeks US cooperation -- Defense News

Pro-Nazi Soldiers in German Army Raise Alarm -- New York Times

Russia's 20-tonne reconnaissance and attack robot to undergo testing in 2018 -- TASS

Russian troops to receive advanced artillery reconnaissance systems -- TASS

What Makes New Chinese Sea-Skimming Combat Drone Perfect for South China Sea -- Sputnik

China says it successfully tests new type of missile -- AP

What to Expect From China's Next Two Aircraft Carriers -- Sputnik

Philippines moves troops, supplies to disputed S. China Sea island claimed by Beijing -- RT

Report: Japan Considering Buying Tomahawks for Destroyer Fleet to Deter North Korea -- USNI News

US, Allies’ Military Drills Send Message to China, N. Korea -- VOA

North Korea’s ICBMs Have ‘Important Shortfalls,’ Pentagon Says -- Bloomberg

CIA to focus on North Korean threat with new mission center -- FOX News

Pentagon head makes clear US commitment to protecting Turkey -- AP

Jim Mattis, in Lithuania, Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to NATO -- New York Times

US risks a backlash for its growing role in Syrian conflict -- AP

US weapons will soon flow to Kurds as they isolate ISIS fighters in Raqqa -- Military Times

Boeing mechanics caused $4 million in damage to Air Force One's oxygen system -- Defense News

The US military's special ops has slowly fallen back to its roots — and it's paying off in Iraq and Syria -- Business Insider

The Pentagon Is Bringing Back Air-Dropped Sea Mines -- Popular Mechanics

The New Predator: US Reaper Drones Get New 500-Pound Bombs -- Sputnik

The Army is testing a more powerful anti-drone laser -- Army Times

Senators press Trump for cyber deterrence, response strategy -- The Hill

Pentagon hackers infiltrated Islamic State accounts, changed passwords: Report -- Washington Times

Military cadets battle the NSA in mock cyberwar games -- CNET

The US military might let its IT warriors skip boot camp -- Endgadget

Military brass defend State Department against White House budget ax -- Defense News

Transgender cadets at military academies can graduate but not serve -- USA Today

Marines who share nude photos can be separated -- Marine Times

Air Force Researchers Show Off Groundbreaking Technologies -- Military Times/The Dayton Daily News

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