Today's Top 5
1. Sri Lanka security brief warned of attacks on churches
(The Associated Press) Sri Lanka’s health minister held up a copy of the intelligence report while describing its contents, spurring questions about what Sri Lanka police had done to protect the public from an attack.
2. US military rules under review after soldiers surrendered pistol to Mexican troops on American soil
(Washington Examiner) Two US soldiers were sitting in an unmarked Customs and Border Protection vehicle south of the U.S. barrier but north of the international boundary near Clint, Texas, when Mexican troops moved in on them.
3. What motivated fellow SEALs to dime out Eddie Gallagher?
(Navy Times) On May 28, Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher will be guided into a courtroom inside Naval Base San Diego, where he will face a panel of his peers sifting evidence in a war crimes case.
4. Lockheed's costly F-35 to be billions costlier, Pentagon finds
(Bloomberg) The increase reflects for the first time the current cost estimates for a major set of upgrades planned in coming “Block 4” modifications.
5. Victims of military medical mistakes to tell their stories at congressional hearing seeking legal fixes
(Military Times) House lawmakers will hear directly from the victims of military medical mistakes next week in a hearing looking at whether Congress should consider changing the rules regarding malpractice cases against the Department of Defense.
China won’t find lost F-35 stealth fighter first, says Pentagon
(Air Force Times) The U.S. and Japanese militaries are dismissing the possibility that China will find Japan’s missing F-35A Lightning II aircraft before their own search parties.
Navy ends exercise with Sri Lanka early in wake of bombings
(Stars & Stripes) After hundreds were killed Easter Sunday in a series of bombings at public buildings, churches and hotels across Sri Lanka, the U.S. and Sri Lankan militaries have called off their planned Cooperation Afloat and Readiness Training exercise this week, according to the U.S. Navy.
China kicks off showcase of military might
(The Associated Press) China's first aircraft carrier will take part in a naval review Tuesday marking the People's Republic navy's 70th anniversary, joined by latest-generation nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets.
Panel: Political end to Afghan War is risky but necessary
(USNI News) Talks between the United States and the Taliban over Afghanistan’s future remain risky but necessary to reach a political settlement to end decades of war, a leading expert in South Asia security affairs said Monday.
The US and India practiced hunting subs for the first time since signing a deal making it easier to keep track of China
(Business Insider) The exercises, which took place near Diego Garcia, were the first ASW drills since India and the US signed the Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement in September.
The Army wants a way to map underground tunnels using ground robots and drones
(Army Times) The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force is looking to industry for a portable way for soldiers to map remote tunnels using either ground robots or drones, and they want it fast.
The Army wants you to come experience life ‘#InOurBoots’
(Army Times) Army senior leaders promised to spend 2019 bringing the service’s recruiting and marketing organization into the future, and they’re taking a big proverbial step with a new app designed to figuratively put the American people into boots.
The Army is looking for a sensor to detect small drones and protect vehicles from Humvees to tanks
(Army Times) The Army is looking for a new sensor system that it can mount on just about all of its ground vehicles to detect and help defeat any small drones that threaten the vehicle.
Former Fort Bragg flight surgeon gears up for launch to space
(Fayetteville Observer) In less than three months, Col. Drew Morgan is scheduled to be the first Army doctor to soar into space.
Army considers better pay for aviation as pilots and crews leave at record rate
(Stars & Stripes) The Army wants to boost flight pay and award pilots with incentive money for career achievements in a bid to stem a record 10% attrition rate due largely to aging air crews and competition from commercial airlines.
Most Army squads falling short on infantry skills, reports find
(Military.com) The U.S. Army says it will meet its readiness goals by 2022, but young sergeants in most infantry and close-combat units don't know how to maneuver their squads or do basic land navigation, Military.com has learned.
Remains of WWII soldier identified 76 years after listed as MIA
(The Associated Press) The remains of a World War II soldier who went missing in final weeks of the Guadalcanal campaign have been identified 76 years after he was listed as missing in action.
End of an era: Navy’s P-3C Orion embarks on its final deployment
(Navy Times) It’s been 50 years since the P-3C Orion first took flight for the Navy.
Navy cook booted for running with criminal motorcycle gang
(Navy Times) A San Diego-based Navy cook was booted from the service and sent to the brig earlier this year after he pleaded guilty to running with an outlaw motorcycle gang and distributing cocaine.
Why a drop in E-8 advancements is still pretty good news for chiefs
(Navy Times) The chance to reach the Navy’s second highest enlisted pay grade slipped slightly this year.
German police, Ramstein MPs oversee boy’s rescue from shaft
(The Associated Press) Police say they have rescued a 17-month-old boy three hours after he fell into a three-meter (nearly 10-foot) shaft in western Germany.
Second Okinawa-based airman in four days arrested on suspicion of drunken driving
(Stars & Stripes) For the second time in less than a week, a Kadena-based airman has been accused of crashing a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Recording device reportedly found in women’s bathroom aboard ship with the 22nd MEU
(Marine Corps Times) Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating a report that a recording device was found in a women’s bathroom aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Arlington, according to Navy officials.
Military housing crisis sparks outreach effort to contact every Marine about living conditions
(Stars & Stripes) Almost 7,000 Marines requested that their commanders visit their homes as part of a nearly completed outreach effort to address the U.S. military housing crisis.
Guard aviators will get the newest advanced helicopters before some active Army units
(Army Times) The likely next Army chief of staff has made Guard aviators of the future a real part of the service’s next steps in combat aircraft.
New Coast Guard strategy for the Arctic calls for ‘projecting sovereignty’ to contest China and Russia
(Washington Post) The Coast Guard’s new strategy for the Arctic calls for upgrading ships, aircraft and unmanned systems there, an effort to make sure the United States is “projecting sovereignty” into an area increasingly contested by Russia and China, the service’s top officer said.
Coast Guard: US must work to prevent a fight in the Arctic
(Military.com) The Arctic's changing climate and the growing Russian and Chinese presence in the region signal a greater need for the U.S. to assert its role as an Arctic nation, with the Coast Guard contributing significantly to keeping the area "conflict-free," according to a new strategic outlook published Monday by the service.
US Army postpones demo plans for next-gen unmanned aircraft
(Defense News) The U.S. Army’s plans to design, build and fly technology demonstrators for a next-generation unmanned aircraft system is not moving forward.
4 questions on the risks facing Turkey’s defense industry
(Defense News) Since his early days in power, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made growing the country’s defense industry a long-term goal. But with the future of Ankara’s participation in the F-35 program in doubt, and the country in the midst of an economic downturn, can Turkey’s defense firms stay on track?
Turkey’s fiscal state threatens to impact defense imports and programs
(Defense News) Turkey’s financial situation continues to be in a weakened state.
Export potential: Turkey’s homemade drones could boost local industry
(Defense News) Several unmanned systems independently designed, developed and produced by Turkey’s industry have in recent years proven their export potential, providing hope for future deals with foreign customers.
Boeing prepares St. Louis plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders
(The Associated Press) Boeing is preparing to build F-15 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis County plant even though the military branch hasn’t bought the jet in over a decade.
Voice analysis software may help diagnose PTSD in veterans
(Reuters) Doctors have long understood that people with psychiatric disorders may speak differently than individuals who do not have mental health problems.
Utah man pushes for census to include veterans question
(Military.com) The Census Bureau pulled the veteran status question from the questionnaire in 2010, according to the agency.
Chelsea Manning will have to stay in jail for contempt, appeals court says
(The Associated Press) A federal appeals court on Monday rejected a bid by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to be released from jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.
Congress & Politics
Bernie Sanders seeks override of Trump’s Yemen veto
(Defense News) To override President Donald Trump’s veto of a measure to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, Sen. Bernie Sanders would have to get 13 more Republicans to change their votes for the supermajority needed.
Ilhan Omar claims US forces killed 'thousands' of Somalis during 'Black Hawk Down' mission, resurfaced tweet shows
(Fox News) The Rand Corporation reported that about 300 civilians were killed while others estimated nearly 1,000.
Marine Corps veteran Moulton joins 2020 presidential race
(The Associated Press) U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton from Massachusetts is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House.
Ocasio-Cortez defends VA healthcare to veterans: 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'
(Washington Examiner) The freshman congresswoman said privatization of the VA will not help veterans because of the "for-profit healthcare industry."
Cyber, Space & Surveillance
Cyberwarriors get first look at critical new tools
(Fifth Domain) The U.S. Air Force delivered to U.S. Cyber Command the first iteration of a critical new cyber platform that will give teams important tools and help with coordination, Department of Defense officials said.
The Pentagon’s new budget is less drone filler, more drone killer
(C4ISRNET) Air power is available to anyone with a few hundred dollars and a willingness to get creative. Though never exclusively the domain of nations, flying machines that can be bent toward war are cheaper than ever, thanks to a thriving commercial market for hobbyist drones.
How the Navy is changing its thinking on information warfare
(C4ISRNET) The National Defense Strategy, the guiding principle for everything the Department of Defense does these days, is a little more than a year old. The document stresses the return to a so-called great power competition and cites adversaries such as Russia and China as key competitors.
The Navy wants new tools for launching robots from torpedo tubes
(C4ISRNET) very torpedo tube is the portal between the dry storage of some useful payload, and the wet medium through which that payload will travel to its ultimate destination.
Army to host drone fly-off to showcase student designs
(Military.com) The U.S. Army will host a drone fly-off event at the University of Texas at El Paso as part of a student design competition the service hopes will encourage interest in the field of military unmanned aerial system technology.
Former Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid
(The Associated Press) A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group’s February raid on North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid was arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities.
Vice chief of UK Defence Staff talks Brexit, budget and littoral ships
(Defense News) The United Kingdom’s defense plans are at an inflection point.
North Korea’s Kim will go into Putin summit needing a win
(The Associated Press) Despite a relationship that goes back to the very foundation of North Korea, relations between Pyongyang and Moscow haven’t always been the picture of comradery, or even particularly close.
Commentary & Analysis
The case for keeping military draft registration
(Military Times) A federal judge in Texas ruled last month that exempting women from the Selective Service violates the Constitution’s equal protection principles.