Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 7, 2017

The Hill: Pentagon: 'Hundreds' of US troops in fight for Raqqa

The Pentagon on Tuesday said “hundreds” of U.S. troops were involved in the military campaign to recapture the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Department of Defense spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said that the United States will use AH-64 Apache helicopters and Marine Corps artillery to support Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — a group of Kurdish and Arab fighters — as they attempt to retake Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 7, 2017

Pentagon Says Mattis Speaks to Qatar's Defense Minister -- US News and World Report/Reuters

Trump tweets put ‘nerve center’ of ISIS war in the middle of Qatar dispute -- Military Times

US-Qatar fighter jet sale worth $21B in middle of diplomatic crisis -- Defense News

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

The Real South China Sea Question: Is China Really a Threat to Maritime Trade? -- James Laurenceson, National Interest

Chinese Firms Help Government Monitor Citizens with Big Data -- VOA

Australia will launch a review of its spy law and foreign interference in response to growing Chinese influence -- Business Insider/AFP

Myanmar army plane with over 100 on board missing after losing communication -- Reuters

China rolls out export trainer/fighter aircraft -- UPI

Vladimir Putin and the Little Green Men of the Internet -- Defense One

France seeks UN backing to fight jihadists in West Africa -- France 24

French frigates getting cruise missiles -- UPI

German cabinet recommends moving Bundeswehr from Incirlik base -- DW

Germany backs troop withdrawal from Turkey, escalating tensions -- UPI

EU launches new defense fund amid growing security concerns -- DW

EU launches defense fund amid US pressure to boost spending -- Defense News/AP

European Battle Groups May Finally Get the Funding to Fight -- Defense One

Air Force: We Want 165 Bombers, Not Just B-21s -- DoD Buzz

Air Force Chief Vows to Avoid Excess Secrecy Over U.S. Bomber -- Bloomberg

New Bonus: $455K Over 13 Years for Air Force Fighter Pilots --

Needing Troops, Army Offers Up to $90K Bonuses to Re-enlist -- RCD

The Pentagon’s New Super Weapon Is Basically A Weaponized Meteor Strike -- Task & Puspose

X-37B spaceplane to get lift from SpaceX -- Defense News

Air Force chief says delayed Trump nominations make her job 'difficult' -- The Hill

Reality Winner: US intelligence contractor charged with leaking material on US election -- ABC News Online

Here’s what we know about the alleged NSA leaker’s military record -- Air Force Times

Advocacy group accuses military justice system of racial bias -- The Hill

Marine Boot Camp Now as Integrated as It Should Get, Commander Says --

Containing the Pocket-sized Threat to America’s Military -- RCCD

Pentagon to Congress: Got Extra Cash? Here's Stuff We Can Use -- Popular Mechanics

The Pentagon Is A Ghost Town -- Task & Purpose

Why the Future of America's Nuclear Navy Rests With a Single Company -- Dan Goure, National Interest

Trump is assembling all the pieces he needs to go after Iran -- Christopher Woody, Business Insider

Trump takes a hands-off approach to the military -- W.J. Hennigan and Brian Bennett, L.A. Times

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