Friday, November 30, 2012

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 30, 2012

Okinawa Move, Key To Pacific Pivot, Will Cost More Than $10.6B: GAO -- Aol Defense

WASHINGTON: Sloppy number-crunching at the Department of Defense means that the official price tag to move 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii, and Australia – already estimated at a whopping $10.6 billion – is probably short of the real cost, according to a draft Government Accountability Office (GAO) report obtained by AOL Defense.

The U.S. plans to move 4,700 of 8,000 Marines to Guam and send the others elsewhere: 1,800 would go to Hawaii – far from the action in the Western Pacific – and the rest to Australia – where the US is building up a "rotational" presence of 2,500 Marines (not all of them relocated from Okinawa) rather than permanent bases. The Pentagon's cost estimate is $10.6 billion.

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Israeli Defense Chief Sounds Ready to Hit Iran, Thanks in Part to Iron Dome -- Danger Room

Senate backs accelerated withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan -- FOX News

German Air Force receives MANTIS air defence system
-- Defpro

Missing ‘Saudigate’ Documents in Sweden Spur Call for Inquiry -- Defense News

Azerbaijan To Boost Defense Spending in 2013 -- Defense News

Saudi Arabia keen on $130m Patriot missile deal -- Arabian Business

India Military Must Fill Gaps To Become Top Pacific Power: The Four P's -- Aol Defense

China threat spurs Japan to expand military presence
-- Sydney Morning Herald

China: Fighter jet plagiarism allegations 'offensive' -- China Daily

Canada: F-35 not the only plane that meets stealth requirements: Lawson -- iPolitics

US military institutes 'buddy program' for troops in Japan -- Stars and Stripes

The Tools of Mexico’s Drug Cartels, From Landmines to Monster Trucks -- The Danger Room

Chinese, U.S. soldiers complete disaster relief drill amid Asia tensions -- Reuters

China and US military in joint disaster exercise -- AFP

Air Force Reaches Deal to Bolster B-61 Nuclear Bomb's Accuracy -- Global Security Newswire

Will Stealth Survive As Sensors Improve? F-35, Jammers At Stake -- Aol Defense

Sequestration deadline speeds F35 negotiations -- DoD Buzz

Military Uniforms Of The Future Will Automatically Turn Into Chemical Suits In The Presence Of Threats -- Popular Science

Senate OKs Military March Toward Biofuels -- Discovery

Key U.S. official defends use of drones -- CNN

Drones soar past their military uses -- CNN

CEO Of Massive US Defense Firm Scoffs At The 'Fiscal Cliff' -- Business Insider

White House’s Opening Offer Excludes New Defense Cuts
-- Defense News

Saluting Military Mutts -- Time

US Senate votes to limit military detention -- Politico

Documents: FBI told Canadian police of possible security breach involving military officer -- Washington Post/AP

Bradley Manning takes stand at Wikileaks hearing -- BBC

Pentagon report defends ouster of military instructor -- Washington Times

Why Is Gen. Allen Still Under Investigation?
-- Max Boot, Commentary

A US Navy Ship Captured By North Korea In 1968 Has Suddenly Gone Missing -- Business Insider

USS Enterprise retirement will not include Shatner -- AP

South African air force officer reprimanded over pink slippers -- The Guardian

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