Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 6, 2017

The main floor of the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base. USAF

The Drive: Saudi-Qatari Row Puts The U.S. And Its Military In A Bad Place At A Bad Time

This may turn out to be a truer test of where America's ideals really lie when it comes to fighting terrorism as any.

Led by Saudi Arabia, some of the most powerful states in the middle east, including Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain, have cut ties with Qatar. The fissure, which could have massive geopolitical and military repercussions, seemed sudden, but the reality is that tensions between the Kingdom and Qatar have been building for some time. Still, it really couldn't have come at a worse time for the US and its operations against extremists in the region.

In an official statement, Saudi Arabia said the following about their decision to cut all ties with neighboring Qatar:

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 6, 2017

ISIS Fight Unaffected by Qatar Dispute: Air Force Secretary -- Military.com

US Military: Qatar Regional Spat Has 'No Impact' on Operations -- VOA

Qatar hosts largest US military base in Mideast -- CNN

Qatar rift sets back Trump's 'Arab NATO' -- Joe Gould, Defense News

US State Department Approves $1.4 Billion in Military Sales to Saudi Arabia -- VOA

US nuclear-powered attack submarine docks in S. Korea (VIDEO) -- RT

North Korea's Nuclear Program: Are We Heading for a Showdown? -- Military.com

S. Korean THAAD deployment faces delay of up to a year over environmental impact probe -- RT

South Korean official suspended over US missile defense report -- AP

Russia argues THAAD can be used offensively -- Yonhap News Agency

F-35 fighter jet disappoints Japanese defense industry -- Nikkei Asian Review

Pakistan Raises Defense Spending -- Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

Russian warships visit Hong Kong for the first time to boost presence in region -- South China Morning Post

Russian aircraft designer to produce two newest PAK FA fighter jets -- TASS

Russia to upgrade Su-35C fighter -- TASS

PAK FA and Su-35S: The Future of the Russian Air Force -- Sputnik

Russian MiG-31 Intercepts Norwegian Anti-Submarine P-3C Plane Over Barents Sea -- Sputnik

Russia sends jet fighter to intercept Norwegian plane over Barents Sea: agencies -- Reuters

War Games: NATO starts biggest manoeuvres ever in the Black Sea region -- New Europe

Poland Is Preparing for 15 Years of Rising Tension with Russia -- Defense One

Make a move: Key steps to a new NATO air power game plan -- Frank Gorenc and Hans Binnendijk, Defense News

German troops at Incirlik, Turkey 'ready for a transfer' -- DW

Montenegro Joins NATO, First New Member in a Decade -- NBC

Pence insists U.S. is committed to Article 5 in speech honoring NATO leader -- Politico

'We don't scare,' U.S. defense secretary Mattis says after London attack -- Reuters

No GPS signal, no problem: Army works on ops in denied regions -- C4ISRNet

Embraer confident Trump's 'America First' policy won't damage Super Tucano's US prospects -- Defense News

Trump's sluggish hiring could hamper anti-terror plans -- Politico

US Missile Defense Test: Realistic Assessment of ‘Incredible Accomplishment’ -- Andrei Akulov, Strategic Cultural Foundation

The Nuclear Posture Review, New START, and the Russian Nuclear Buildup -- Mark B. Schneider, RCD

The hypersonic threat that keeps US commanders up at night -- Washington Examiner

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