Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 14, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provide testimony on DoD’s Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Budget Request to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., June 13, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

CNN: Dunford: US Military risks losing its competitive edge

(CNN)The US military risks losing its competitive edge over America's adversaries in five years' time without a major boost in defense spending, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Tuesday.

"The competitive advantage that the United States military has long enjoyed is eroding," Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the Trump administration's defense budget, saying that budget cuts combined with increasingly capable adversaries were both contributing to that erosion.

"In just a few years, if we don't change the trajectory, we will lose our qualitative and our quantitative competitive advantage," Dunford said, warning "the consequences will be profound."

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 14, 2017

Dunford: Without Better Funding, US Will ‘Lose Competitive Advantage’ In Just a Few Years -- Defense One

In Just 5 Years the U.S. Military May No Longer Hold the Title of “Superpower” -- National Interest

DoD needs 3-5 percent annual growth through 2023, top officials say -- Defense News

U.S. military unfunded requirement list at $33 billion: Mattis -- Reuters

Gen. Mattis Gets Hammered on Military Performance Problems that He Vows to Fix -- Fiscal Times

US boosts team to investigate civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria -- Military Times/AP

Emirati Ambassador: US Should Rethink Its Air Base in Qatar --

Mattis on Qatar crisis: Russia 'trying to break' world alliances -- The Hill

Philippines says U.S. troops near besieged Marawi, but not fighting -- Reuters

Japan's self-defense forces to conduct missile interceptor training -- UPI

This new ramjet engine could triple the range of Chinese missiles -- Popular Science

Xi Jinping commends elite PLA squad based in Hong Kong -- South China Morning Post

Recent Developments in the Chinese Army’s Helicopter Force -- RCD

Ukraine touts defense industry to potential customers -- UPI

NATO working out how to conduct operations in cyberspace -- Fifth Domain Cyber

Europe dreams of a common military but has too many types of tanks -- Quartz

Army, in talks to keep Mannheim base, eyes other posts -- Stars and Stripes

The US Army Is Eyeing A New Tank Upgrade, But The Russians Are Already Producing The Perfect Counter -- Task & Purpose

US Senate advances Saudi guided-munitions sale, 53-47 -- Defense News

America’s Air Force Is in Bad Shape -- J.V. Venable, NRO

Countdown to Paris Air Show begins as F-35 arrives in France -- Defense News

Navy Wants to Buy 80 More Super Hornets for $7.1B Over the Next Five Years -- USNI News

Navy still unsure what's causing aircraft oxygen system failures -- Marine Times

CNO: Navy ‘Taking a Hard Look’ at Bringing Back Oliver Hazard Perry Frigates, DDG Life Extensions as Options to Build Out 355 Ship Fleet -- USNI News

Navy 'Taking a Hard Look' At Pulling Frigates Out of Mothballs --

Gerald R Ford: Ready or not? -- Army-technology

Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone -- UPI

The US military is developing new tactics to dominate the South China Sea -- Business Insider

Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Return in 'Very Emotional’ Ceremony' --

On its 242nd birthday, the Army is training for 'the new character of war' -- Meghann Myers, Army Times

With US Army Stretched Too Thin, Military Buildup Should Begin Right Now -- Thomas Spoehr, Daily Signal

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