Thursday, December 6, 2018

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 6, 2018

An FIM-92 Stinger missile is fired from an Army Avenger vehicle. US Air Force/Samuel King Jr.

Business Insider: The US Army is gearing up for a potential fight with Russia, and it just put a crucial defensive weapon back in Europe permanently

* The Pentagon has been focusing on preparations for a potential clash with a peer, or near-peer, adversary like Russia.
* Amid heightened tensions with Russia, the US Army in Europe has made a number of changes to how it operates.
* The most recent change was the return of an air-defense unit stationed on the continent permanently.

The US Army in Europe has made a number of changes in recent months as part of a broader effort by the Pentagon to prepare for a potential fight against an adversary with advanced military capabilities, like Russia or China.

The latest move came on November 28, when the Army activated the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, in a ceremony at Shipton Barracks in Ansbach, near the city of Nuremberg in southern Germany.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 6, 2018

A 30-Year Disarmament Pact Between the U.S. and Russia Is in Serious Danger -- Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone

Five Marines missing after two U.S. aircraft collide, crash into sea off Japan -- Reuters

LCS anti-sub package finishes round of testing, Navy says -- UPI

US Navy’s littoral combat ship program inches closer to fielding new capabilities -- Defense News

Good news for the LCS program -- Navy Times

The U.S. Army is cracking down on potential recruits who can’t pass the fitness test -- Fast Company

The U.S. Army could acquire a fleet of 3,000 bomb-defusing scorpion robots -- Digital Trends

Pentagon analyzing possible missions for a new Space Development Agency -- Space News

After two-year defense buildup, Pentagon still lags in technology innovation -- Space News

The Army’s second security force assistance brigade is activated and preparing to deploy next year -- Army Times

The US Army will soon implement a new fitness test - and it is very hard -- The Independent

An Army Ranger dog was killed while saving soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan -- Army Times

The Pentagon is reviewing the special operations community after a series of high-profile scandals -- Military Times

Mattis and Pompeo ‘misleading’ in Khashoggi briefing, senator says -- Defense News

Trump meets with Mattis and Republican lawmakers amid fears of defense budget cut -- CNN

Trump told Erdogan he doesn't want issues in sales of F-35 jets to Turkey: Turkish minister -- Reuters

Would a $700 Billion Budget Really Sink the Pentagon? -- William D. Hartung Director, Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy/Defense One

Safeguarding America's security -- Daniel DePetris, Washington Times

Russia warns Cyprus against allowing U.S. military to deploy there -- Reuters

Russian Military Tracks US Destroyer in Sea of Japan - MoD -- Sputnik

Su-57 jets will be equipped with hypersonic missiles similar to Kinzhal — source -- TASS

Senior lawmaker: Russia did not test Iskander-M missiles with range violating INF Treaty -- TASS

Stoltenberg: Russia INF violation a risk to Euro-Atlantic security -- UPI

Despite Afghan deaths, slow peace efforts, NATO vows to stay -- Military Times/AP

Ex-Norwegian Official Slams Sunken Frigate Probe as 'Smokescreen' Hiding Facts -- Sputnik

Germany, France to add Spain to fighter program: sources -- Reuters

French navy drills with West Africans to battle Gulf of Guinea thuggery -- Defense News

Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army -- FOX News

Kosovo Will Send Soldiers to Serve in Afghanistan, Iraq - Reports -- Sputnik

Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone -- SCMP

Report: Satellite image reveals active North Korean missile base -- UPI

Satellite images reveal North Korea upgrading unidentified missile base: report -- The Hill

A farewell to the Phantom fleet, as Japan transitions to the F-35 -- Defense News

Israeli Army claims Hezbollah aimed to use tunnels to cut off Metulla, launch war -- Times of Israel

With arms fair, big-buyer Egypt aims to diversify sources -- AP

Mexico's New Leader Says He Will Use the Army to Fight Rampant Crime -- Time


Michael Feldhake said...

Looked for a better place to stick this but I thought this was a good non-partisan article:

Anonymous said...

I don't think the US expects a war on European soil. I think the US is bucking up the Euro's so that Russia figures the Baltics aren't available for subversion. Obama basically removed US Army combat power from Europe because he didn't see a threat to Europe and he had such a great relationship with Putin. Obviously Putin played Obama for the fool he is. Trump is shoring up weak spots in the hope the Euro's get busy and start spending some cash to defend themselves. This opportunity won't last indefinitely. Next time US pulls out its ground game, there will be no more returning.