Monday, January 30, 2017

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 30, 2017

Russian servicemen of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade participate in a military drill on riding reindeer and dog sleds near the settlement of Lovozero outside Murmansk, Russia January 23, 2017. Picture taken January 23, 2017. Lev Fedoseyev/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Putin's Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall

The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union's Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A relic of the Cold War, it is now a museum.

But nearly three decades after the Lenin was taken out of service to be turned into a visitor attraction, Russia is again on the march in the Arctic and building new nuclear icebreakers.

It is part of a push to firm Moscow's hand in the High North as it vies for dominance with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China.

Interviews with officials and military analysts and reviews of government documents show Russia's build-up is the biggest since the 1991 Soviet fall and will, in some areas, give Moscow more military capabilities than the Soviet Union once had.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 30, 2017

First-Rate MiG-35 Multirole Jetfighter to Join Russia's Fleet -- Sputnik

Massive combat readiness check completed in Russia’s Central Military District -- TASS

North Korea could test midrange missile before ICBM, officials say -- UPI

Images reveal mock-up of Chinese carrier-borne AEW&C aircraft -- IHS Jane's 360

The Indian Navy Looks for a New Carrier-Based Fighter -- Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

Why Israel has the most technologically advanced military on Earth -- Yaakov Katz, NYP

Rodrigo Duterte accused the US of building arms depots in his country, but his military says they don't exist -- Reuters

Manila Eager to Sign Military Agreement With Moscow, Eyes Russian Weapons. -- Sputnik

Where is the New U.S.-Philippines Military Pact? -- Prashanth Parameswaran, The Diplomat

'Sadistic rituals' practiced at German elite base detailed by media, investigated by military -- RT

The British Army Can’t Find Enough Soldiers -- Kevin Knodell, War Is Boring

HMS Putin Hunter: For the first time since the Cold War Theresa May sends Royal Navy warship to Black Sea after warning we must stand up to Russia -- Daily Mail

U.S. to Deploy Tanks to the Baltics -- WSJ

Trump Immigration Order Shakes US-Iraq Alliance Against ISIS -- Defense News

Military: First-known combat death since Trump in office -- Military Times

US Congress orders review of Russian & Chinese leadership’s nuclear strike ‘survivability’ -- RT

U.S. Army spotlights innovative ZH2 vehicle -- UPI

Army Wires Armored Vehicles With Weapons, Electronic Warfare -- Scout Warrior

The Curious Case of the U.S. Army's M551 Sheridan Light Tank -- National Interest

Trump calls for more submarines — for less money -- The Day

Trump: Lockheed Martin to Cut $600Mln Off F-35 Jet Program -- Sputnik

F-35 Review: A Fresh Look at the Industrial Base -- National Defense

The Price of an F-35 Was Already Falling. Can Trump Drive it Lower? -- Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One

This jet fighter is a disaster, but Congress keeps buying it -- Sam Ellis, VOX

Senators Question Army Chief on Supposed Polymer Magazine Ban --

Pentagon Can Take Control of Attacking Drones -- Scout Warrior

The US Military Is Developing a Drone That Can Fly For a Week Straight -- Motherboard

Pentagon wants Japanese firms’ energy, materials tech -- Japan Times

Trident missile nose cap lands in Bahamas -- BBC

Russian Rockets Sold To NASA May Blow Up Due To Faulty Metal -- Daily Caller

Forget the Sig Sauer — 5 Deadly Alternatives To The Army’s New Pistol -- Task & Purpose

Former Staffers Alarmed by Trump's National Security Council Shakeup -- Defense News

Robert Gates: 'Big Mistake' to Push Key Intelligence, Military Leaders Out of Security Council Principals Committee -- ABC News

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