Thursday, May 4, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 4, 2017

Washington Free Beacon: Iran Using U.S. Cash to Fund Unprecedented, Massive Military Buildup

Tehran seeks to completely overhaul, revamp military might to counter U.S.

Iran is using the billions in cash resources provided under the landmark nuclear deal to engage in an unprecedented military buildup meant to transform the Islamic Republic's fighting force into an "offensive" juggernaut, according to a largely unreported announcement by Iranian military leaders that has sparked concern among U.S. national security insiders and sources on Capitol Hill.

Iranian officials announced late last month that Iran's defense budget had increased by 145 percent under President Hassan Rouhani and that the military is moving forward with a massive restructuring effort aimed at

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 4, 2017

Iran to continue sending military advisers to Syria: Guards commander -- Reuters

North Korea 'building mysterious artificial islands' apparently equipped with military installations -- The Independent

'It's a mystery': China's military pact with North Korea looks shaky -- AFP

Russian Subs Are Reheating a Cold War Chokepoint -- Defense One

Sweden orders signals intelligence ship -- CrIRSnet

Latest scandal puts spotlight on possible extremist views in the Bundeswehr -- DW

German Defense Minister Launches Probe Into Far-Right Extremism In The Military -- NPR

New funding for Eucom essential, NATO Supreme Commander tells U.S. Senate -- UPI

Russian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort -- FOX News

New Boeing KC-46 tanker reaches testing milestone -- UPI

Boeing’s New Air Force Tanker Still Faces Problems -- 24/7 Wall Street

Navy Launches 2nd America Class Amphib Built for Future Amphibious Warfare - USS Tripoli -- Scout

U.S. Navy to delay contract for planned frigate -- Reuters

Navy Slowing Frigate Procurement To Allow Careful Requirements Talks; Contract Award Set for FY2020 -- USNI News

Omnibus Spending Bill Gives Navy $21B for Shipbuilding, $16B for Aircraft; Additional Aviation Maintenance Spending -- USNI News

The U.S. Navy Just Launched Another Amphibious Assault Ship (Armed with Stealth F-35s) -- National Interest

Navy explains plans for expanded special forces training area -- Kitsap Sun

Pentagon to test defence system against missiles this month -- Straits Times/Bloomberg

Army Names First Unit to Receive Service's New Pistol --

Boeing cancels Harpoon contract -- UPI

US Air Force tests another nuclear-capable long-range missile -- CNN

Omnibus spending bill boosts Huey helicopter replacement by $75M -- Defense News

Appropriators cut $20M from B-21 program in omnibus spending bill -- Defense News

Not Enough C-17s, Tankers Or Ships For Hot War: TRANSCOM -- Breaking Defense

The US military has a new technology to finally solve the concussion crisis -- Quartz

Quadcopters: the latest addition to Marines' toolkit -- C4IRSNet

Here's how military dolphins are used to protect US nukes and spot enemy mines -- Business Insider

Air Force Secretary Vote to Move Forward as Hold Is Lifted -- DoD Buzz

Defense intelligence has opportunity to be ‘reimagined’ -- C4IRSNet

Navy spy case moved up to Thursday, shortened to 2 days -- Virginia Pilot

The Enduring American Military Mission in Africa -- The New Yorker

U.S. Military Says It Has "A Very Good Chance" of Destroying ISIS In Afghanistan In 2017 -- Russ Read, National Interest

The Only Way America Could Stop a North Korean Nuclear Attack -- Sean Kennedy, National Interest

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