Friday, January 31, 2014

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 31, 2014

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan travels through the Pacific Ocean with other ships assigned to the Rim of the Pacific 2010 exercise, north of Hawaii, July 24, 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McCord

US Navy Faces Aircraft Carrier Cuts -- Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Even as China moves to quadruple its carrier fleet, the US may reduce the number of carriers it fields and deploys.

Even as China moves to quadruple its carrier fleet, the U.S. is seeking to reduce the number of aircraft carriers it fields and deploys.

Earlier this week, Defense News reported that, while no decisions had been made, the Pentagon is actively considering eliminating one of the eleven aircraft carriers the U.S. Navy currently fields as part of its 2015 fiscal year budget request. The report, which cited numerous unnamed sources “in the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill, [and] in the defense industry,” said that a carrier air wing could also be eliminated as part of the FY 2015 budget.

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AU: Standby Force Needed to Respond to Conflicts -- Voice of America

Inside Pakistani Anti-Bomb School -- AP

N. Korea Nuclear, Missile Programs Making Progress -- Voice of America

US Alleges Russian Missile Treaty Violation – Report -- RIA Novosti

US briefs Nato on Russian 'nuclear treaty breach' -- BBC

Russia Arms Sales Grew Sharply in 2012 – Report -- RIA Novosti

Russian Women Urged to Join Army Ranks -- RIA Novosti

UK could afford to cut Trident submarines, report says -- BBC

Royal Navy strengthens presence in Gibraltar -- Gibraltar Chronicle

China Making Air Force, Navy Upgrades, U.S. Officials Say -- Bloomberg Businessweek

The Type 056 corvette: China's new anti-sub weapon of choice -- Want China Times

Pentagon says PLAAF would be strained by conflict in South China Sea -- (Hat Tip: Alert Five)

Malaysian Admiral Plays Down Talk of Chinese Naval Incursion -- New York Times

US cavalry battalion arrives in Korea for 'plus-up' deployment -- Stars and Stripes

American tanks return to Europe after brief leave -- Stars and Stripes

Hagel Hails Poland as Important Strategic Ally -- US Department of Defense

Kerry Seeks to Calm German Anger at NSA Reports -- AP

Defense expert calls for thousands of US troops in Africa -- Stars and Stripes

Army Looks to Build Air-Droppable Armored Vehicle --

Forty years later, Lockheed is still building F-16s -- Stars and Stripes/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Bunker-Buster Bomb Upgrades Effective, Tester Finds -- Bloomberg

SOCOM Develops Dry Submersible Mini-Sub for SEALs -- Defense Tech

Driverless Trucks Will Keep Army Safe From IEDs -- Danger Room

Premature Weapons Testing Drains Military Budget -- DoD Buzz

Northrop Grumman Accused of Missile-Defense Contract Fraud -- Bloomberg Businessweek

Commission: Cut active-duty Air Force, boost Reserves -- The Hill

Report puts Snowden-like leaks as No. 2 threat to US security -- Stars and Stripes/Tribune Washington Bureau

FACT CHECK: NSA leaks worst intelligence breach? -- Stars and Stripes

Suicides in the Army declined sharply in 2013 -- Stars and Stripes/USA Today

One year later, military criticized over rate of progress for women in combat -- Stars and Stripes

Congress to investigate Navy bribery scandal -- Stars and Stripes

Enable the Warrior-Diplomat -- Karl Kadon, War On the Rocks

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