Today's Top 5
1. South Korea says North Korea has fired more projectiles into the sea
(The Associated Press) South Korea’s military says North Korea fired more projectiles into the sea to extend a recent streak of weapons tests believed to be aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear diplomacy.
2. Plans for a new base closing round may be running out of time: Report
(Military Times) The next few months could decide whether the Defense Department gets another base closing round in the next decade, according to a new analysis from a conservative think tank warning military officials not to dismiss the potential looming impact on budgets and readiness.
3. Gibraltar defies US and releases seized Iranian tanker Grace 1
(CNN) A seized oil tanker at the center of a standoff between the UK and Iran is free to set sail, despite eleventh-hour efforts by the United States to halt the move to release it.
4. DoD processed nearly $1 billion in erroneous travel payments from 2016 to 2018
(Military Times) The Department of Defense processed nearly $1 billion in improper travel payments to service members and civilian employees over a three year span, a Government Accountability Office report found.
5. Shared Afghanistan interests create opening for U.S.-Iran back channel - sources
(Reuters) Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts.
Iraq takes security measures following mysterious blasts
(The Associated Press) Iraq on Thursday banned unauthorized flights and ordered all military camps and munitions warehouses to be moved outside Iraqi cities following a massive explosion at a munitions depot southwest of Baghdad that killed one civilian and wounded 13 earlier this week.
US: Taiwan defense spending to rise with China threat
(The Associated Press) America’s top representative in Taiwan said Thursday that Washington expects the island to continue increasing its defense spending as Chinese security threats to the U.S. ally continue to grow.
AMRDEC file transfer site is shuttered as Pentagon launches DOD-wide solution
(Stars & Stripes) Users will be unable to download material from a popular military file exchange service after Thursday, as the Defense Department transitions to a new site with larger capacity and better security.
Here are some of the deals at your commissary’s sidewalk sale
(Military Times) Whether you’re restocking your house after your PCS move this summer, getting ready to send the kids back to school, or just looking for some bargains on the things you use every day, check out your local commissary’s sidewalk sale.
Security clearance backlog cut in half: Kari Bingen
(Breaking Defense) The often crippling backlog of national security clearances, which can stretch for as long as two years, has been cut in half, the principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for intelligence says in her first interview.
The Pentagon embraced flexibility to up its acquisition workforce
(Federal Times) The expansive list of federal hiring authorities has seen mixed responses from agency human resource offices, with some saying that options help them to fill critical positions, while others say that the increasing number and complexity of hiring authorities does more damage than good.
DoD, State Dept. must improve oversight of human rights training for foreign militaries: GAO
(Military.com) The Defense and State Departments have yet to evaluate whether the millions spent on training programs for foreign militaries and police to protect human rights are having any effect, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Military working dogs show off in honor of new stamp
(Stars & Stripes) Air Force Maj. Matt Kowalski and San Antonio Postmaster Robert Carr unveiled the U.S. Postal Service’s newest forever stamp, which honors the contributions of military working dogs.
Army Installation Management commander relieved due to loss of confidence
(Army Times) Lt. Gen. Brad Becker, the commander of Army Installation Management Command, has been relieved of command, service officials said Thursday afternoon.
Soldier receives ARCOM for his actions during the El Paso shooting
(Army Times) A soldier with the 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade was awarded the Army Commendation Medal during an award ceremony held at Fort Bliss on Wednesday for his act of heroism during the El Paso shooting.
Fallen soldiers of Niger ambush receiving Silver, Bronze Stars this week
(Army Times) The commanding general of 1st Special Forces Command presented the Silver Star to the family of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright on Wednesday.
Immigrant recruit stuck in MAVNI limbo
(Military Times) Allan Rimban has been trying to do everything right.
Remains of Wisconsin soldier killed in Korea return home
(The Associated Press) A 19-year-old Wisconsin soldier killed during the Korean War nearly 70 years ago will be buried in his hometown.
Carbon monoxide problem discovered at Fort Bragg housing
(The Associated Press) A family that went to the hospital with symptoms that suggested carbon monoxide poisoning has led military officials to warn dozens of families at Fort Bragg about possible exposure.
Anti-sub sonar falls off Navy helicopter
(Navy Times) A Navy dipping sonar “departed” from a helicopter last week during training off the California coast, but officials on Thursday wouldn’t say if they’d found it.
2 Blue Angels jets make contact midair during practice in Florida
(Navy Times) Two Navy Blue Angel jets touched during practice in Florida, Navy officials confirmed.
New JO deck course showing results, boosting young SWOs’ competency
(USNI News) The Navy is continuing its drive to better train junior surface warfare officers, rolling out new courses in San Diego and Norfolk to try to increase the overall proficiency of these officers before they show up to ships.
The US Navy is having sailors train on an ineffective aircraft carrier weapon it's getting rid of
(Business Insider) The US Navy is having its sailors train on an aircraft carrier weapon system that the service is planning to rip out of its Nimitz-class carriers due to its ineffectiveness.
Staff sergeant promotion rate nears 49 percent
(Air Force Times) The Air Force has selected 14,235 senior airmen for promotion to staff sergeant, the Air Force Personnel Center said Wednesday.
Gate runner at Andersen AFB shot dead after attacking, stabbing security forces
(Air Force Times) Security forces at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Thursday morning shot and killed a gate runner who “aggressively" attacked officers who tried to arrest him, and stabbed a civilian security forces member.
1st enlisted woman to attempt Air Force special recon training dropped from program
(Military.com) The first enlisted woman to attempt the Air Force's special operations weather career field -- now known as special reconnaissance (SR) -- has not been selected to proceed further in her training, according to Air Education and Training Command.
Air Force tests how quickly, nimbly it can deploy F-35 in 'Agile Lightning'
(Military.com) As part of the U.S. Air Force's effort to improve how it prepares to deploy at a moment's notice, the service earlier this month tested how swiftly it could move its premier stealth fighter to a forward operating location in the Middle East.
Ex-StratCom officer who died on Colorado peak planned to meet Omaha hiking friends the next day
(Omaha World-Herald) Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Wallick grew up in flat, muggy Houston and served the past four years at Offutt with U.S Strategic Command. But he found inspiration in the cool, crisp mountains of Colorado.
Air Force tests contraption that can turn any plane into a robot plane
(Defense One) Air Force scientists have announced that they had tested a robot kit that can turn virtually any plane into a self-piloting drone, through a program called ROBOpilot.
Air operations against ISIS rise as group lingers
(Air Force Magazine) US and coalition air strikes against ISIS nearly tripled between May and June as the group lingers in Iraq and Syria and ramps up activity in the region, according to the latest figures from Air Forces Central Command.
New USAF base in Niger begins limited operations
(Air Force Magazine) The Air Force’s new operating base in central Niger began its first regular operations this month, with C-130s flying limited missions into the facility, the service announced Aug. 15.
Marines will be getting these ‘tacticool’ over-the-ear headsets
(Marine Corps Times) The iconic over-the-ear style headsets worn by the Corps’ special operations Raiders will soon be in the hands of conventional Marines.
US Marines sailed through the Strait of Hormuz with an armored vehicle on the flattop's flight deck, ready to fight off Iranian gunboats
(Business Insider) US Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer recently sailed through the Strait of Hormuz with an armored vehicle strapped to the flight deck, ready to fight off drones and Iranian gunboats.
Marine Corps to increase JLTV buy to 15,000 to replace its Humvee fleet
(Military.com) The Marine Corps is nearly doubling the number of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles it plans to buy to replace its fleet of aging Humvees, officials said this week.
Coasties’ Catalina cannabis catch valued at $1 million
(The Associated Press) An anonymous call to the Coast Guard on Tuesday led crews to 43 bales of marijuana bobbing off California’s Santa Catalina Island.
Why women veterans are 250% more likely than civilian women to commit suicide
(Military Times) There are more than 2 million women veterans in the United States today, and women veterans are the nation’s fastest-growing veteran population. Unfortunately, this unique population, many of whom have deployed during the past 18 years, rarely benefit from the traditional trappings of the hero returned home.
From D-Day to Nazi defeat: Marking World War II milestones
(The Associated Press) For Allied troops in Europe, D-Day was just the beginning of a long and bloody push toward victory over the Nazis.
New app from VA streamlines veterans’ resources to enhance their care
(NextGov) The Veterans Affairs Department released a new mobile application this week—VA Launchpad—that is implicitly designed to help veterans spend less time navigating the web to access VA’s resources and ultimately aims to improve the incorporation of the agency’s services into their lives.
An Indian facility that makes Su-30MKI jets may shut down, toppling 400 local suppliers
(Defense News) An Indian facility that manufactures Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters may close in March 2020, leading to a domino effect that could see 400 local suppliers shut their shops over a lack of component orders, according to company officials and industry analysts.
Defense Contractors Return $200 Million in Self-Reported Waste to U.S. Government
(Bloomberg) Defense contractors have returned more than $200 million to the U.S. in the decade since it became mandatory to self-report potential fraud, waste or abuse, according to a new tally by the department's inspector general.
South Carolina company gets Navy contract for up to $99M
(The Associated Press) A South Carolina company has a Navy contract for up to $99 million over four years.
Rockwell Collins tapped for E-2D Hawkeye trainer systems
(UPI) Rockwell Collins has received a $31 million contract for training systems on the E-2D Hawkeye airborne surveillance aircraft.
Navy requests proposals for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle
(UPI) The U.S. Navy continues to build up its unmanned vehicle programs, issuing a request for proposals for the corvette-sized Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle.
MDA director fights THAAD transfer to Army | Defense News Minute, August 15, 2019
(Defense News) The U.S. Missile Defense Agency director is against the transfer of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System to the Army.
Cyber, Space & Surveillance
The Army’s new multi-domain units are understaffed
(Fifth Domain) In the the past year, the Army has announced the creation of new units that will focus on cyber and electronic warfare.
The ‘SAFE’ replacement for a popular Army file-sharing tool
(Fifth Domain) The Defense Information Systems Agency launched a new secure file sharing site Aug. 15 as part of an effort to replace a popular tool run by the Army that had far exceeded what its creators had intended and become the go-to site for sending large files.
Just one third of this intel agency’s workers are women
(C4ISRNET) The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has approximately 14,500 employees, but according to the agency’s deputy director less than a third are women. That’s a figure she wants to change.
The Pentagon's research arm wants AI to help design more secure tech
(NextGov) The Pentagon is exploring how artificial intelligence can help build more digitally secure vehicles, weapons systems and other network-connected platforms in a fraction of the time it takes today.
Nuclear-powered cruise missiles are a terrible idea. Russia’s test explosion shows why
(Defense One) When President Donald Trump heard that Russia’s experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile had exploded, killing seven scientists and causing a major radiological incident less than 300 miles from the Finnish border, he fired off a boastful tweet. “We have similar, though more advanced, technology,” he said.
Merkel says Germany must improve its military amid spending row with US
(Stars & Stripes) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country must take “pains” to improve its armed forces amid U.S. threats to move American bases from Germany unless Berlin boosts defense spending.
Tension between South Korea and Japan could hurt US goals in the Pacific — and China is watching
(Defense News) The tweet came Aug. 2, following an emergency meeting of the South Korean government. It was a photo of President Moon Jae-in, sent out from the government’s official Twitter feed, with text plastered over it and a succinct message: “We will never again lose to Japan.”
Fast, low and hard to stop: North Korea’s missile tests crank up the threat level
(Washington Post) President Trump has brushed off North Korea’s resumption of missile launches, but the volley of tests in the past four months has significantly raised the country’s military capabilities and the threat they pose to South Korea and U.S. forces on the peninsula, experts say.
North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills
(BBC) North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision "completely the fault of South Korea's actions."
Syria says air defenses foil missile strike
(Reuters) Syrian air defenses identified a missile that was fired toward the city of Masyaf near Hama late on Thursday and destroyed it before it hit its target, a Syrian military source said.
Commentary & Analysis
Let’s talk analytics: A response to Deputy Defense Secretary Norquist
(Defense News) The July 24 Defense News article, “David Norquist has one word for you: Analytics,” refers to Mr. Norquist’s emphasis on analytics at the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a means for assessing program performance and return on investment.