Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 30, 2017

James King, RCD/Modern War Institute: Tale of the Tape: What Would North Korea Bring to the Fight?

Once again tensions on the Korean Peninsula are extremely high. Rumors of war are spreading like wild fire. North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests on a regular basis, thumbing its nose at the world. President Donald Trump said there was a risk of “major, major conflict” with North Korea during meetings with Chinese leaders in April. Very few times in the history of the two Koreas have sabers been rattled as hard.

For over sixty years both sides have prepared for the day when their two armies would clash once again. Throughout South Korea you can see pre-dug fighting positions with sector sketches laminated and posted so that any soldier could fall in on the position and be ready to fight. Obstacles which could block any north/south road are just waiting to be emplaced, and preplanned artillery positions are marked down to the meter just waiting for guns to arrive.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 30, 2017

A North Korean H-Bomb -- Paul Bracken, RCD/The Strategist

North Korea's missile tests: By the numbers
-- Joshua Berlinger, CNN

Should Russia's new Armata T-14 tanks worry Nato? -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC

Race for Hypersonic Superiority: Russia Over Half-a-Decade Ahead of the US -- Sputnik

China dismisses US account of ‘dangerous intercept’ in South China Sea -- South China Morning Post

China among invitees to major US exercise -- Defense News

Pakistan fears Indian influence in Afghanistan, say US spy chiefs -- DAWN

UK's New Aircraft Carrier Specially Designed to Allow It to 'Duck' Under Bridges -- Sputnik

Swiss could buy up to 70 new combat jets: task force -- Reuters

Saab displays new lightweight torpedo -- UPI

1 dead, 4 injured after Russian military transport plane crashes -- ABC News

1 serviceman dead, 5 injured in military plane crash in Russia’s Saratov region -- RT

Greek air force fighter jet crashes, pilot safely ejects -- FOX news/AP

Japan's Abe's Coalition Ally Warns Military Shift Could Rile Neighbors -- Bloomberg

Japan wants US parachute drills grounded amid Okinawa anger -- RT

Air Force Sends Kim Jong Un A Message With Strategic Bomber Flyby -- Daily Caller

Bush Carrier Strike Group starts its long trip home -- Navy Times

Navy Advances Massive Destroyer, Cruiser Aegis Tech Overhaul -- Scout Warrior

Will the KC-46 face another schedule delay? The Air Force will find out in June. -- Defense news

Army Pursues Precision-Guided Upgraded Shoulder-Fired Weapon -- Scout Warrior

Laser Weapons Edge Closer to Battlefield Use -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes

Pentagon To Test New Anti-Missile System Tuesday -- CBS Miami

The Navy's Cruisers Are Old and It Has Nothing to Replace Them With -- Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics

Navy Adds Second Attack Sub to 2021 Plans; Considering 3 SSNs in Future Years -- USNI News

Navy to Launch MQ-25 Stingray Refueling Drone CompetitionThis Summer -- Scout Warrior

The US Air Force Wants Cheap, Disposable Killer Drones -- David Axe, Motherboard

Guardsmen group wants Army to end longtime inquiry into recruiting bonus program -- Washington Times

The Navy Has a New Recruitment Tactic: Virtual Reality -- Fortune

U.S. soldier who fought with Russian-backed militants has been discharged from the Army -- Washington Post

To diversify military, do we need a draft? -- USA Today

Trump’s Navy Is Already Sunk -- David Axe, Daily Beast

Upgrading U.S. nuclear missiles, as Russia and China modernize, would cost $85 billion. Is it time to quit the ICBM race? -- W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian, L.A. Times

Second Korean War: Would NATO Invoke Article 5? -- The Diplomat

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