Monday, June 30, 2014

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 30, 2014

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request in Washington, D.C., June 18, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

White House Submits $59 Billion War Budget -- DoD Buzz

The White House on Thursday sent Congress a proposed fiscal 2015 war budget that includes major cuts and a request for $500 million to train and equip moderate rebels in Syria’s civil war.

The $58.6 billion request for the Defense Department so-called Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) next year is $20.9 billion less than the $79.4 billion placeholder originally included in the budget, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said.

In recent years, war budgets have generally been in the $80 billion range, down from the $187 billion in fiscal 2008 at the height of the Iraq war.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 30, 2014

President Requests $58.6 Billion for Overseas Contingencies -- US Department of Defense

ISIL strengthened by abandoned US-made weapons -- Stars and Stripes/L.A. Times

In the Shadows of Shrines, Shiite Forces Are Preparing to Fight ISIS -- NYT

Russian 'Blackwater'? MPs call for local security industry loophole -- RT

Turkey Could Double Its Arms Budget -- Defense News

Saudi King Sacks Deputy Defense Minister -- Defense News/AFP

China Expels Military Commander Who Nearly Reached The 'Very Apex Of Power' Over Graft -- Business Insider/Reuters

Afghanistan 'won't mirror Iraq', UK Army officer says -- BBC

Sikorsky to Begin Building New Air Force Helo -- Defense Tech

Navy Engineers LCS Changes -- DoD Buzz

Stealthy warship Zumwalt is soon getting jet fuel -- AP

US Armored Vehicle Battle Intensifies -- Defense News

US Navy Shows Off Ideas About 2025 Workplace -- Defense News

Congress to Cut Key U.S. Missile Defense System -- Washington Free Beacon

Despite Lawsuits, Disagreements, SpaceX and USAF Moving Forward -- Defense News

U.S. releases data on sensitive surveillance programs for first time -- Washington Post

New NSA director says Snowden leaks are manageable: report -- Washington Times

Obama Poised to Yank Top Military Intel Pick -- Foreign Policy

Powerful Radar Blimp To Surveil Washington, Baltimore, Out to Sea -- Defense News

Advisers tell Obama ‘significant and chronic systemic failures’ at VA still not addressed -- Washington Times

Obama to tap former chief of Procter & Gamble to clean up VA -- CNN

Blumenthal: VA nominee will face ‘tough questions’ -- The Hill

50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle on the horrors they saw -- Washington Times

Report: Blackwater probe abandoned after threat -- The Hill

Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in U.S. -- Washington Times

Pentagon: 7 in 10 Youths Would Fail to Qualify for Military Service -- Time

Pentagon: Young Adults Too Fat, Tattooed, Uneducated for Military -- Newsmax

Pew Poll Finds Americans Deeply Skeptical of US Military Force -- Defense News

Sneak peek into Marines' quiet mission in Central America -- Marine Times

Military intervention, Iranian-style -- Farzan Sabet, War On The Rocks

Why America’s Military Dominance Is Fading -- Mackenzie Eaglen, National Interest

The U.S. Navy’s Biggest Base Is Sinking: Climate change endangers Norfolk -- Robert Farley, War Is Boring

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