Friday, February 28, 2014

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 28, 2014

Russia's Blask Sea Fleet. © RIA Novosti. Vasily Batanov

Russian Fleet Poses No Threat To Ukraine – Senior Official -- RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 27 (RIA Novosti) – A senior Russian defense official said Thursday that the country’s Black Sea Fleet poses no threat to Ukraine and its activities are in compliance with standing agreements between the two countries.

“Currently all units are engaged in their daily routines, including combat training. These actions do not represent a threat,” Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters.

He added that the placement, strength and quantity of weapons and military personnel were in strict compliance with existing bilateral agreements.

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US, NATO Warn Russia To Avoid 'Miscalculation' Over Crimea -- Defense News/AFP

Sen. Bob Corker is worried Russia will invade Ukraine, Obama has no plan -- Washington Times

Russia with plans for military bases in Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela -- Merco Press

Russia's Air Force to Get New Flight Simulators -- RIA Novosti

Top Russian Army Officials Probed Over Corruption -- RIA Novosti

Iran Seen Resuming Work at Suspect Military Base -- Global Security Newswire

Pentagon defends deadly Afghan mission -- The Hill

Navy Plans New Future with 32-Ship LCS Fleet -- DoD Buzz

Carrier Fleet Still Vulnerable to Sequestration --

Fox: Pentagon will plan for possible carrier cut in 2015 -- The Hill

Newly commissioned Navy ship honors Flight 93 passengers and crew killed on Sept. 11 -- Washington Times/AP

US Awards Boeing $2B Contract for Spy Planes -- Defense News/AFP

US Army Seeks To Purchase 100 Lakota Helicopters -- Defense News

Global Hawk Trails U-2 Despite Retirement Plans -- DoD Buzz

Army Develops Robotic Supply Convoys to Save Soldiers -- Defense Tech

Boeing makes 'self-destruct' top secret smartphone -- BBC

Spy chief urges Congress to take on cybersecurity: ‘Attacks are coming’ -- Washington Times

Split the NSA in Two, Says Security Firm Embroiled in NSA Scandal -- Threat Level

Lawmakers Call for New Cyber Security Laws -- DoD Buzz

NSA director calls for stronger strategy to deter cyberattacks -- Washington Post

NSA Too Focused On Perimeter Defense, Clarke Says -- Information Week

Let’s Face It—It’s the Cyber Era and We’re Cyber Dumb -- David Axe, War Is Boring

U.S. Navy Sets Its 'Phasers' to 'Stun' With New Drone-Killing Laser -- US News and World Report

SpaceX Moves Closer to Launching Spy Satellites -- Defense Tech

U.S. Navy eyes greater presence in Arctic from 2025 -- Reuters

US Navy Releases New Arctic Roadmap -- Maritime Executive

Proposed budget cuts irk overseas service members -- Stars and Stripes

Most Pentagon savings would come on weapons, admiral says -- Stars and Stripes/Bloomberg

Senior Defense Official: 'We Don't Want To Cut.' Blame Congress. -- Defense News

McKeon sees little hope of overturning sequestration -- The Hill

Southcom, Northcom Commanders Detail Threats to the Americas -- US Department of Defense

The Dangerous Degradation Of The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal -- Michael Auslin, Forbes

Facebook group to servicemembers: Don’t be an idiot on social media -- Stars and Stripes

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