Friday, June 2, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 2, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis walks past saluting cadets as he arrives for commencement ceremonies at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, U.S., May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Reuters: Mattis says U.S. committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the United States remains committed to its Asia-Pacific allies, as he arrived in Singapore for the region's premier defense and security forum.

Mattis, who is making his second visit to the region since he took charge of the Pentagon on Jan. 20, will be looking to articulate a clear U.S. policy for allies in the region and reassuring them.

Trump has actively courted Chinese support on North Korea, raising concerns among Southeast Asian allies in the lead-up to the dialogue that Washington might allow China a freer rein elsewhere in the region.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 2, 2017

Allies seek clarity as US defence secretary reaffirms commitment to Asia-Pacific ‘pivot’ -- South China Morning Post

Mattis, defense secretary, seeks continuity in policy toward Asia -- Washington Times

South Korean Leader Raises Concerns Over U.S. Military Alliance -- WSJ

North Korean nuclear programme to replace South China Sea as key issue at Asia Security Summit -- South China Morning Post

U.S. hits North Korea military and suppliers with economic sanctions -- L.A. Times

U.S. Conducting Dual Carrier-Ops Off Korean Peninsula Amidst Chinese Concern -- USNI News

As US military flexes, North Korea marches toward nuke -- Zachary Cohen and Brad Lendon, CNN

Kim Jong Un Spurs Asian Race for Missile-Defense Systems -- Bloomberg

Australia to acquire small unmanned aerial vehicles -- UPI

Falklands War: Experts bid to identify Argentine dead -- BBC

Putin Vows Military Response to 'Eliminate NATO Threat' If Sweden Joins NATO Alliance -- Newsweek

Russia envoy says Moscow will respond to NATO buildup -- Seattle Times/AP

Poland to buy 5th-gen fighter jets around 2025 -- Defense News

Next EU presidency: nations moving toward NATO spending goal -- ABC News/AP

NATO might trigger Article 5 for certain cyberattacks -- Defense News

NATO moves 1,000s of troops in one of year’s largest Europe drills -- RT

Against backdrop of uncertainty, US B-52 bombers deploy to Europe -- CNN

Cyber protection teams assigned to THAAD in South Korea -- Fifth Domain Cyber

C.I.A. Names New Iran Chief in a Sign of Trump’s Hard Line -- NYT

Air Force Has Begun Experimentation, Planning and Investments for a 6th Generation Fighter to Come After the F-35 -- Scout Warrior

Boeing to design, develop upgrades for F/A-18 electronics -- UPI

KC-46A tanker receives electronic testing -- UPI

US Navy unfunded requirements list totals $4.8 billion -- Defense News

Here's What the Navy Wants to Do With 4K More Sailors --

US Army to test self-driving trucks on Michigan highway -- Army Times

US military is developing Star Wars-style lasers -- FOX News/The SUN

In Remote Southern California Desert, U.S. Army Tests Advanced Cyber Weapons -- NPR

Unprotected US Military Data Found On Amazon Web Server, Contractor Calls It 'Unintentional Mistake' -- IBTimes

Human rights groups urge McMaster to tighten rules on drone strikes -- The Hill

McMaster Is ‘Being Used’ for His General’s Stars, His Old Military Comrades Say -- Kimberly Dozier and Noah Shachton, Daily Beast

The military is building a case to block transgender applicants — at least for now -- Military Times

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