Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Military And Intelligence News Updates -- October 31, 2018

Taiwan Air Force's F-16 fighter jets fly during the annual Han Kuang military exercise at an army base in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan on July 4, 2015. Reuters

SCMP: Pentagon official urges Taiwan to boost defence spending in face of possible attack by mainland

* David Helvey says the self-ruled island ‘must have resources to modernise its military’
* Accuses Beijing of attempting to ‘erode Taiwan’s diplomatic space’ at defence industry conference

A Pentagon official is urging Taiwan to ramp up its defence budget to protect against potential attacks from mainland China.

David Helvey, US principal deputy assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific security affairs, told a conference in Annapolis, Maryland on Monday that the self-ruled island “must have resources to modernise its military and provide the critical materiel, manning and training needed to deter, or if necessary defeat, a cross-strait invasion”.

Helvey said “Taiwan’s current efforts will falter” unless its defence budgets keep growing, according to a transcript of his remarks released by the US-Taiwan Defence Industry Conference on Tuesday.

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Military And Intelligence News Updates -- October 31, 2018

Taiwan seeks more advanced weapons from US at defence industry conference -- SCMP

US, Taiwan military ties closer than ever as Donald Trump challenges Beijing -- Lawrence Chung, SCMP

US reassures Taiwan on security as China increases threats -- Al Jazeera

U.S. Navy chief says U.S, China to 'meet more and more on high seas' -- Reuters

US Defense Secretary Mattis: Khashoggi killing, support for Saudis in Yemen are 'separate' issues -- The Hill

Mattis: No diplomatic solution on Russia arms treaty yet -- The Hill

Rearming Europe: US Air Force receives largest ordnance shipment in decades -- Air Force Times

BAE lands $72M award to support Navy air traffic control -- UPI

First digital air connection established between F-35, U.S. Navy vessel -- UPI

Boeing to deliver Harpoon missile to Navy, multiple countries -- UPI

The Corps wants to cut tedious annual training in order to focus on lethality -- Marine Times

For Once, The Army Is Getting The Marine Corps’ Old Crap -- Task & Purpose

US Army’s modernization efforts foster boom in US-foreign partnerships -- Defense News

U.S., Japan start biennial Keen Sword military exercise -- UPI

Cuban crisis 2.0? Moscow eyes military bases in Cuba after US INF pullout -- RT

Serial production of Russia's ICBMs Sarmat to begin in 2021 — source -- TASS

Russia Sets Up Commission to Investigate Admiral Kuznetsov Incident -- Sputnik

Russia's strategic bombers on mission over Barents, Norwegian seas -- TASS

India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Agni-I Ballistic Missile - Reports -- Sputnik

Russia inked S-400 deal with India in rubles, says deputy PM -- TASS

Israeli company to outfit Indian Navy, Army after $1.3 billion in defense deals -- Defense News

Report: How the West’s Research Aids China’s Military -- National Interest

Chinese troops in Hong Kong and Macau ‘will join more overseas war games’ -- SCMP

Lockheed nabs $366M award for South Korean navy weapons system -- UPI

Turkey Starts Development of Long-Range Air Defense System - Erdogan -- Sputnik

U.K. boosts military spending on cyber security, nuclear submarine builds -- UPI

RAF Typhoon fighters scrambled to escort Russian bombers -- TASS

Just One Third of Germany's New Weapons Hardware Combat Ready – Defense Ministry -- Sputnik

Venezuela Names New Spy Chief After Uproar Over Politician's Death -- VOA

Venezuela a threat to regional stability, security: senior U.S. official -- Reuters

Brazil’s Military Is Not the Problem -- Foreign Policy

Canada to accept bids for new fighter jet in May — here are the potential competitors -- Defense News

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