Friday, August 31, 2012

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 31, 2012

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Praxitelis Vamvakias, right, discusses combined operations with Lt. Abdul Roulf, Qara Bagh district police chief, lower left, and Afghan army Col. Mosafer, center, during a security meeting at the Qara Bagh district's center in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, July 16, 2012. Vamvakias commands the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Insider Attacks Now Biggest Killer of NATO Troops -- David Axe, Danger Room

Rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their weapons on their allies are now the leading cause of death for NATO troops. On Aug. 28 a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Australian soldiers in the southern province of Uruzgan, killing three and wounding two.

That attack brought to 15 the total number of NATO personnel killed in so-called “green-on-blue” assaults in August — and raises serious doubts about the alliance’s war strategy, which calls for close cooperation between foreign and Afghan troops as the Afghans gradually assume responsibility for their own security.

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Afghan minister accused of abuses to become new intelligence chief
-- McClatchy News

US Troops Build 'Alamos' Against Insider Attacks --

Australia Says Killings Will Not Speed Up Afghan Exit -- Defense News/AFP

Asian collective military spending about to overtake Europe for the first time in modern history -- Next Big Future

State-Sponsored Cyber Espionage Projects Now Prevalent, Say Experts -- Business Insider

German air force calls on Berlin to buy missile-armed drones for future conflicts -- Haaretz/DPA

South Korean military convicts army officer for tweeting offensive remarks about president -- Washington Post/AP

Boeing: Libya Has Interest in Used U.S. Army Chinooks
-- Defense News

Former Israeli commandos dominate politics -- Washington Times/AP

U.S. top general Dempsey opposes unilateral Israeli action against Iran -- Al Arabiya

US Marines Patrol Guatemala’s Western Coast in Anti-Drug Effort -- FOX News

US defense sec'y to visit China soon amid disputes -- Stars and Stripes/AP

Software Meant to Fight Crime Is Used to Spy on Dissidents
-- New York Times

U.S. commander: F-22 planes "100 percent" safe -- CBS/AP

Budget impasse clouds F-35's future -- Las Vegas Review Journal

Pentagon plans 2018 F-16 upgrades -- Defense Tech

Futuristic Ships Anchor US Navy Surface Plans
-- Defense Tech

AFSOC Crash Report Faults Understanding Of Osprey Rotor Wake -- Aol Defense

Army Doubles Down on ‘Garbled, Ineffective’ Next-Gen Radios -- Danger Room

Spectrum, Mobility, Security Remain Top Issues For DOD Networks -- Aol Defense

Military Technology: Improving Soldiers’ Lives…And Deaths
-- Time

Procurement: Buy American If You Want To Live -- Strategy Page

Destroyer CO fired in wake of tanker collision
-- Navy Times

Georgia prosecutor seeks death penalty for 3 soldiers
-- Stars and Stripes/AP

Accused Fort Hood shooter makes first statement in court -- CNN

Army private charged in WikiLeaks case set to stand trial in February, judge says -- Washington Post/AP

CNN Fact Check: Trimming the Pentagon -- CNN

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