Thursday, December 31, 2015

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 31, 2015

Dan Lamothe and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Washington Post: Why success against the Islamic State in Ramadi hints at U.S. military strategy to come

As the red, white and black flag of the Iraqi government was raised over the government compound in Ramadi, Iraq, on Monday, leaders of the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State faced a new question: How do they and the Iraqi military recapture that success in other cities, some of which could be even tougher to win?

Ramadi, a city of about 220,000 people, fell to the Islamic State in May 2015, after months of the militants attacking Iraqi security forces, and eventually overwhelming them and prompting survivors to flee. Iraqi military efforts to take back the city began a few months later, but it wasn’t until the last few weeks that it seemed like possession of the city, the capital of Anbar province, was poised to change.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 31, 2015

Australian military praised for 'vital' role in Iraqi recapture of Ramadi from Isis -- The Guardian

Coalition Sees Success in Targeting ISIL leaders -- Defense News

The Israel Defense Forces: The Only Army ISIS Truly Fears -- FOX News

Iranian rocket passes within 1,500 yards of US aircraft carrier -- FOX News

Iran denies it fired rockets near US aircraft carrier in Gulf, brands claim 'psychological warfare' -- RT

Expert: Iran likely to seek more confrontations in 2016 with U.S. Navy -- Defense News

US Navy Admits Russia's Defense Capacity Growing due to Kalibr Missiles -- Sputnik

Robo army: Russian MoD sets its 1st-ever robotization conference for 2016 -- RT

Russian Armed Forces Complete Transition to New Field Uniforms -- Sputnik

Over 147,000 drafted into Russian armed forces this autumn -- TASS

China says consulted widely on army reform, Xi closely involved -- Reuters

Senior Chinese military officer sacked after drink binge death -- Reuters

PLA general who helped Xi battle graft in military retires -- South China Morning Post

Northrop Grumman Wins Japan Order for Hawkeye Surveillance Aircraft -- Sputnik

India Test-Fires Long-Range Missile System Developed With Israel -- Sputnik

Will Pakistan Land a Deal With US for New F-16s? -- Defense News

Top US general: Delay Afghan withdrawal as long as possible -- The Hill

Afghanistan, Pakistan Set Up Hotline Between Military Commanders -- RFE

Sri Lanka: Colombo’s Military Build-Up: A Strategy of Deterrence -- The Diplomat

Somalia: Somali National Army Formed to Take Over When KDF Leaves -- Nation

Russia to Supply Egypt With 46 Ka-52K Naval Attack Helicopters -- Sputnik

Poland To Cut Caracal Order, Reconsider Black Hawk, AW149 -- Defense News

Critical Missile Defense Decisions in NATO Europe Expected in 2016 -- Defense News

The Perils of an EU Army -- Adriel Kasonta, National Interest

Four new military aircraft took to the skies in 2015 -- FOX News

US Air Force Pays Lockheed Martin $1Bln for 32 Super Hercules Aircraft -- Sputnik

Republicans seek answers from NSA on snooping -- The Hill

Army needs volunteers to eat only MREs for 21 days straight -- Army Times

Pentagon's women-in-combat push faces chilly headwinds -- The Hill

Hundreds Mourn NYPD Detective Killed in Afghanistan Attack at Funeral -- NBC

Declassified: US Military's Secret Cold War Space Project Revealed --

1 comment:

Don Bacon said...

The "U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State" had little or no influence on the taking of Ramadi, so it doesn't matter what the U.S. strategy was or is.
But the State-slavish Washington Post has to peddle the US line that the US was a key player.