Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 16, 2017

The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) is launched during a test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS

Reuters: North Korea's latest missile launch suggests progress toward ICBM: experts

North Korea's successful missile test-launch signals major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, such as mastery of re-entry technology and better engine performance key to targeting the United States, experts say.

The isolated country has been developing a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland United States mounted with a nuclear warhead. That would require a flight of 8,000 km (4,800 miles) or more and technology to ensure a warhead's stable re-entry into the atmosphere.

The North's official KCNA news agency said the new strategic ballistic missile named Hwasong-12, fired on Sunday at the highest angle to avoid affecting neighboring countries' security, flew 787 km (489 miles) on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles).

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 16, 2017

North Korea's latest missile more powerful but a work in progress -- UPI

Expert Finds More Possible North Korea Links to Cyberattack -- AP

WannaCry malware virus possibly linked to North Korea -- UPI

Russian Navy vessels cross Bosphorus under heavy guard due to possible IS attacks -- TASS

Russia’s New Frigate Admiral Gorshkov to Join Russian Navy in November -- Sputnik

Russia is developing artificial intelligence for military and civilian drones -- TASS

Russia’s National Guard and FSB team up for nuclear plant safety drills -- TASS

Duterte Downsizes US-Philippine Military Exercise in Foreign Policy Makeover -- Sputnik

Balikatan 2017: US and the Philippines start smaller-scale annual military exercise -- Al Jazeera

Taipei deploys Perry-class frigates to monitor Taiwan Strait -- UPI

Meet the Israel Air Force unit that frankensteined a totaled F-15 -- Defense News

Germany to deliver more submarines to Singapore -- DW

Germany likely to pull troops out of Incirlik air base -- DW

New French president to promote closer defense ties with Germany -- Defense News

Air Force says it fixed F-35 ejection seat issue that led to pilot weight requirement -- CNN

US Air Force removes weight restrictions on F-35A pilots -- Defense News

Air Force B-21 Bomber's Secrecy to Be Reviewed by Inspector General -- Bloomberg

A-29 chosen for USAF assessment -- UPI

Super Tucano Enters Air Force Light Attack Demonstration -- DoD Buzz

U.S. Navy Plans to Use Stealth F-35s and F/A-18 Super Hornets for Cruise Missile Defense -- National Interest

Orbital ATK producing 120mm training rounds for Army -- UPI

USS Carl Vinson to stay near North Korea on open-ended mission -- UPI

Carrier Lincoln Redelivers to the Navy After 4-Year Refueling and Complex Overhaul -- USNI News

US Aircraft Carrier Leaves Japanese Port for Long-Term Naval Test -- Sputnik

USS Ronald Reagan Patrol Delayed by Repair Issue -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes

Top US Navy officer urges faster path to a bigger force -- Defense News

US Navy chief wants larger fleet to counter global powers like Russia & China -- RT

ICBM launch facility receives comprehensive maintenance -- UPI

US Military Taps into Innovations in Startup Tech World -- VOA

The Army and Marines Are Racing To Make Lighter Body Armor As Soon As Possible -- Task & Purpose

US Soldier Killed in Hawaii Training Incident, Another Injured -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes

These Officers Are Out to Transform Navy's Warfare Tactics, Weaponry -- Military.com/The San Diego Union-Tribune

Countering 'little green men': Pentagon special ops studies Russia ‘gray zone’ conflict -- Defense News

'Any time, any place': The aircraft of US Air Force Special Operations -- Defense News

Is the U.S. Military Preparing for War? -- Dan Goure, National Interest

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