Friday, October 12, 2018

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 12, 2018

The Warzone/The Drive: U.S. Military, Foreign Operators Ground Their F-35s To Look For Faulty Fuel Tubes

The parts are linked to a recent Marine Corps F-35B crash and should hopefully be easy to replace.

The U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy have all stopped flying their F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, as have international operators, in order to inspect and potentially replace faulty fuel tubes common to all three variants of the aircraft, a process that should thankfully only last one or two days. Investigators looking into the cause or causes of a Marine F-35B crash in September 2018 uncovered the issue, which comes amid a Pentagon-mandated effort to boost the Joint Strike Fighter's availability rates and raises serious questions about increased reliance on a single family of combat jets.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 12, 2018

All US F-35s grounded worldwide -- Military Times

Pentagon grounds all F-35 fighter jets following crash — latest issue for costly program -- NBC

Australia grounds Joint Strike Fighter fleet after US Marine Corps F-35 in catastrophic engine failure and crash -- ABC News Online

Here’s the US Army’s New Russia-Era Shopping List -- Defense One

The Army's Recoilless Rifle Is Getting a Huge Upgrade: Laser-Guided Warheads -- Popular Mechanics

Army Strykers to Launch "Hunter-Killer" Attack Drones -- Warrior Maven

Army Sees Progress with Future Vertical Lift Projects -- National Defense

More doctor visits, more money: Obese soldiers may be too expensive to keep, Army study suggests -- Army Times

Navy announces names for next two LCS vessels -- UPI

Air Force F-22 Raptor makes emergency landing in Alaska -- Air Force Times/AP

Boeing to upgrade F/A-18, EA-18 test stations for U.S. Navy -- UPI

To up fighter readiness levels, Pentagon looks to retire older planes and fix supply chains -- Defense News

Tyndall sustains ‘direct hit,’ ‘extensive damage’ from hurricane -- Air Force Times

Lockheed, Leonardo DRS won’t protest T-X, handing program to Boeing -- Defense News

Broken feet and hurt shoulders: Male Marines have far more injuries than women at Infantry Officer Course -- Marine Times

Counterinsurgency is here to stay: Marines plan to double foreign military training adviser group -- Marine Times

Air Force, Navy and Army Now Working Together to Improve Military Moves --

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand holding up Navy nominee who criticized her sex assault bill -- Washington Examiner

Trump doubles down: He’s not stopping Saudi arms sales -- Defense News

Russia conducts huge exercise with its nuclear forces -- AP

Russian Aerospace Forces to get fifth-generation fighter jets on schedule — ministry -- TASS

In first, China confirms ‘new long-range strategic bomber’ designation -- Defense News

China’s Navy Deploys New H-6J Anti-Ship Cruise Missile-Carrying Bombers -- The Diplomat

Beijing accuses U.S. of weaving accusations ‘made out of thin air’ against arrested Chinese spy -- AP

North Korea intends to abolish all nuclear weapons, South says -- Reuters

Realigning the Australian Army -- RCD/The Interpreter

Missing in Action: India’s Aircraft Carriers -- RCD/The Interpreter

Iran’s security forces face calls for accountability in wake of terrorist attack -- Al-Monitor

Permanently Stationing U.S. Forces in Poland is a Bad Idea, But One Worth Debating -- Michael Kofman, War On The Rocks

CIA Director Haspel is quietly working hard (and smart) to keep us safe from national security threats -- Daniel Hoffman, FOX News

Inspector General Attack On NASA Super-Rocket Marred By Mistakes, Omissions -- Loren Thompson, Forbes

In Pacific, US Army Shifts Training from Disaster Relief to War -- Defense One

Trump just met with a classic-rock legend and a missile-defense expert — and it was the same guy -- Business Insider

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