Top 5
    Pentagon sees no imminent threat to Taiwan from Chinese buildup
(Military Times) A new report from the Pentagon details China’s more provocative and aggressive actions toward Taiwan, but Defense Department officials say those actions do not mean an invasion will happen soon.
 
    Woman pleads guilty in Spc. Vanessa Guillen murder cover up
(Army Times) The woman charged with attempting to cover up for her soldier boyfriend who killed a 20-year-old Army specialist and then killed himself more than two years ago pleaded guilty during a surprise hearing in federal court on Tuesday.
 
    Navy responds to Chinese criticism of South China Sea mission
(The Associated Press) The guided missile cruiser Chancellorsville sailed past a Chinese-controlled island in the South China Sea Tuesday.
 
    Here’s the new Marine Corps strategy for training future troops
(Marine Corps Times) The Marine Corps’ top officer in charge of training on Tuesday outlined the service’s sweeping new strategy that promises to modernize how troops learn and ready them for a faster, more connected era of combat.
 
    New life insurance program for disabled vets to launch in January
(Military Times) Disabled veterans will be guaranteed access to life insurance policies under a new Veterans Affairs program set to launch early next year, department officials announced Tuesday.
 
Helpful Resources
    Tricare fee increases for 2023 revealed
(Military Times) Tricare costs are going up for some, depending on the beneficiary's status.
 
    Tricare and FEDVIP open seasons begin Nov. 14; what you need to know
(Military Times) Tricare open season starts Nov. 14, as well as FEDVIP open season for dental and vision coverage.
 
    A guide to 2023 open enrollment season for federal health benefits
(Federal Times) We’ve compiled the latest information about the online marketplace to buy health insurance for next year.
 
Ukraine
    US and NATO scramble to arm Ukraine and refill their own arsenals
(New York Times) The West thought an artillery and tank war in Europe would never happen again and shrank weapons stockpiles. It was wrong.
 
    Ukraine war: Nato pledges to provide more weapons and fix power grid
(BBC) Nato has pledged to give more weapons to Ukraine and help fix critical energy infrastructure badly damaged by massive Russian missile and drone strikes.
 
    US pledges $53 million to help fix Ukraine’s electrical grid
(New York Times) U.S. officials said they hoped the commitment would spur allies to make similar donations, as many Ukrainians head into winter without power or water.
 
    US mulls sending Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine
(The Hill) The U.S. government is mulling sending the Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine to help bolster its air defenses against an ongoing barrage of Russian strikes, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters.
 
    Russia firing unarmed missiles to deplete Ukraine air defense, says US military official
(Reuters) Russia is firing unarmed cruise missiles that were designed to carry nuclear warheads at targets in Ukraine to try to deplete Kyiv's stocks of air defenses, a senior U.S. military official said on Tuesday.
 
Pentagon
    DoD forming new military training exec steering group for joint, tactical challenges
(Breaking Defense) “We're trying to create a new paradigm for governing with training, for making sure that all of these efforts that might seem disparate are synchronized, unified, and all marching at the same pace in the same direction with the same vector,” Caroline Baxter said.
 
    US has reduced partnered patrols with SDF in northern Syria- Pentagon
(Reuters) The United States has reduced the number of partnered patrols in northern Syria with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Pentagon said on Tuesday, after Turkish strikes in the region and ahead of a feared ground invasion by Ankara.
 
Congress & Politics
    Senators introduce bill to give premium-free health care to Guard and Reserve members
(Air & Space Forces Magazine) The bill would provide premium-free medical coverage to members of the Guard and Reserve and their families through Tricare, the Department of Defense’s health insurance program.
 
    House conservatives draw red lines on must-pass defense spending bill
(Fox News) Rep. Chip Roy says, 'It is imperative the NDAA address the concerns of the American people regarding their military'
 
    First lady Jill Biden chooses ‘We the People’ as theme for White House holiday decorations
(CNN) Jill Biden selected the theme several months ago, according to the release, and over the long Thanksgiving holiday, more than 150 volunteers descended on the White House to decorate the public rooms. Biden will officially unveil the holiday decorations and make remarks on Monday alongside leadership of the National Guard and their families.
 
    US Senate eyes tightened restrictions on Chinese semiconductors
(Reuters) The Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate urged lawmakers on Monday to back his proposal to bar the U.S. government from doing business with companies that use semiconductors made by producers the Pentagon considers Chinese military contractors.
 
National Security
    Defense Intelligence Agency forms ‘China mission group’ to track rival
(C4ISRNET) The Defense Intelligence Agency is pulling together a group of analysts and experts to monitor competition with China, a world power Pentagon officials consider the leading threat to U.S. national security.
 
    Oath Keepers leader convicted of sedition in landmark Jan 6 case
(New York Times) A jury in federal court convicted Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right militia, and one of his subordinates for a plot to keep Donald Trump in power.
 
Army
    US Army app with Russian code reaped no user data, service says
(C4ISRNET) An application approved by the U.S. Army that contained code from a Russian company harvested no information from the more than 1,000 people that downloaded it, according to the service, which has since discontinued its use.
 
    Soldier charged with stealing machine gun parts, grenade launcher
(Army Times) Army Sgt. Christopher Shepler has been charged with stealing machine gun parts and a smoke grenade, which led to a brigade-wide search at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
 
    Building upkeep in Hawaii and North Carolina tops Army’s to-do list
(Stars & Stripes) The U.S. Army would need to spend $34 billion to renovate and modernize aging buildings on its bases, with a quarter of that alone going to upgrade structures in Hawaii and on Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the Congressional Budget Office.
 
    Here’s how the soldiers assigned to shoot down ballistic missiles from North Korea stay sharp
(Breaking Defense) The 100th Missile Defense Brigade and the 49th Missile Defense Battalion at Fort Greely train on and operate the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system for exoatmospheric intercepts against ballistic missiles.
 
Navy
    Two Navy ships just got too close for comfort in San Diego Bay
(Navy Times) The purported close call involved the guided-missile destroyer Momsen and the dock landing ship Harpers Ferry.
 
    What’s ahead for Navy unmanned underwater vehicle programs
(Defense News) The U.S. Navy submarine community is eager to boost its use of unmanned underwater vessels in the coming years, with several big developments almost ready to hit the fleet.
 
    The wild story that led to a petty officer’s Navy Marine Corps Medal
(Navy Times) A petty officer was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the sea service’s highest non-combat award for heroism, on Nov. 21 for a daring mountain rescue last year in Washington state.
 
    Homes and a school were built over a strategic Navy fuel pipeline. Now the service wants to move it
(San Diego Union-Tribune) Parts of a Clairemont neighborhood were built atop a key strategic Navy fuel pipeline, and now the service is planning to move it from underneath homes, a school and a church, according to Navy records.
 
    USS Tripoli returns to San Diego after seven-month maiden deployment
(USNI News) Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli returned home on Tuesday following a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, according to ship spotters.
 
    Russian action deemed unprofessional in encounter with USS George HW Bush strike group
(Stars & Stripes) The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is encountering Russian aircraft and ships as it supports NATO operations in southern Europe, and in one recent case the Russian force behaved unprofessionally, Navy officials said Tuesday.
 
    US Navy recruiter arrested for child enticement, child sexual assault, Wisconsin police say
(Wisconsin State Journal) A U.S. Navy recruiter was arrested Monday on multiple counts of child enticement and child sexual assault, Janesville, Wisconsin police reported.
 
Marine Corps
    Former Army secretary urges Corps to accommodate Sikhs in boot camp
(Marine Corps Times) A three-judge panel heard oral argument on whether to issue an injunction allowing the plaintiffs to enter boot camp with their articles of faith.
 
    We salute the Marine Corps vet who chugged a beer from her prosthetic leg at a Lakers game
(Task & Purpose) Now that’s how you drink a beer.
 
    New Jersey Marine reservist sentenced to jail time for his role in the Capitol riot
(Philadelphia Inquirer) A Marine reservist from New Jersey who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in a “Make Politicians Afraid Again” hat was sentenced to two weeks of intermittent incarceration Tuesday for his role in the riot.
 
    No, a former Marine general is not working for an infamous Russian mercenary group
(Task & Purpose) The Defense Department’s top spokesman has called bullshit on a recent claim by Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of Russia’s Wagner Group, that a former Marine Corps general officer works for the private mercenary company.
 
    Marine veterans sue over alleged toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune: "Poisoned as a result of their service"
(CBS News) A new law may allow as many as a million people, mostly Marines and their families, to sue the U.S. government over contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina.
 
Air Force
    Allegation that airman bribed tester for a passing fitness score is fake, investigation finds
(Military.com) Rumors that a Security Forces airman bribed their way to a passing score on the annual physical fitness test that were shared online this past summer were false, officials at Ramstein Air Base in Germany concluded after an investigation.
 
    Aircraft from Columbus AFB to seek shelter from severe weather at Wright-Patterson
(Stars & Stripes) Aircraft from the the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi may be arriving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as early as Tuesday to seek shelter from severe weather impacting the southern states.
 
    Appeals court says Air Force 'wrongly relied' on broad formula to deny religious objections to vax mandate
(Fox News) The lawsuit represents over 10,000 unvaccinated Air Force members who submitted a religious exemption to the vax mandate
 
Space Force
    Space Force training takes shape as service turns 3
(Air Force Times) Space Training and Readiness Command knew it had a difficult road ahead.
 
    Space Force delivers final payload for Space Norway’s arctic broadband mission
(SpaceNews) The Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission is scheduled to launch in 2023 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base
 
Coast Guard
    Hawaii's Mauna Loa: Aerial video shows lava flow from summit, as historic eruption draws tourists
(Fox News) The U.S. Coast Guard shared new aerial footage of the lava flow from the summit of Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island since it first started to erupt Sunday night.
 
National Guard
    W.Va. Air National Guard family participates in Joining Forces Initiative
(WDTV) A West Virginia Air National Guard family had the opportunity to participate in First Lady Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative to help support veterans and their families.
 
Your Military
    Today’s ‘Battle of military relief societies’ helps troops, families
(Military Times) The four military relief societies are engaged in a battle to see who can get the most donations on a single day, Giving Tuesday.
 
    India, US troops hold exercises close to China border
(The Associated Press) Militaries from India and the U.S. are taking part in a training exercise in a cold, mountainous terrain close to India's disputed border with China.
 
    Agencies kick off Giving Tuesday, part of Combined Federal Campaign
(Federal Times) Amid the holiday bustle, federal agencies and military leaders are kicking off a day of giving as part of the annual Combined Federal Campaign.
 
    In US military, sexual assault against men is vastly underreported
(The Intercept) It was 2002, and Justin Rose was on a losing streak. The 20-year-old South Boston native had washed out of the University of Maine after just one semester, held a string of terrible jobs, and had just gone through a bad breakup with a girlfriend. He was hawking cellphones at the Emerald Square Mall in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, when a Marine walked into his store. Rose went into his standard pitch but lost the sale. The Marine Corps recruiter did not. Three weeks later, Rose shipped out to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, for basic training.
 
    US, Israel start 3 days of war games simulating threats in Middle East
(Stars & Stripes) The air forces for the U.S. and Israel on Tuesday started a three-day joint exercise in the skies over the Mediterranean Sea and Israel to train for potential threats in the Middle East, defense officials for both countries said.
 
Veterans
    Veteran’s lawsuit blaming antimalarial drug for psychosis tossed
(The Associated Press) A judge ruled late Monday that the lawsuit doesn't belong in a California court.
 
Military Culture & History
    Navy professor finishes strong in ‘Jeopardy!’ tournament
(Military Times) For $1,000: This Naval Postgraduate School associate professor is not your average military academic.
 
    A new ‘Starship Troopers’ first-person shooter video game is coming from the makers of ‘Squad’
(Task & Purpose) Would you like to know more?
 
Cyber, Space & Unmanned
    SPACECOM ponders further crunching command chain
(Breaking Defense) SPACECOM is "looking at" whether it would make sense to combine its two current operational commands headquartered at Vandenberg SFB, Ca., and Schriever SFB, Colo., Gen. Jim Dickinson said.
 
    US Space Command supports use of ‘responsive launch’ to deter China and Russia
(SpaceNews) Dickinson said the U.S. military should take advantage of commercially available launch options and vehicles that can operate from multiple location
 
    STARCOM weighs ‘live’ space training, needs industry help for Earthbound ranges
(Breaking Defense) Tired of the classroom, the Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM) is looking at incorporating live operations for Guardians and, separately, is asking industry to help build out its range infrastructure.
 
    Final decision on moving Space Command headquarters coming 'shortly,' top general says
(Military.com) A long-anticipated decision on whether the headquarters for U.S. Space Command will remain in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or move to Huntsville, Alabama, a saga that has been drawn out since the waning days of President Donald Trump's administration, will conclude soon, according to the service's top general.
 
    Dickinson: US Space Command is studying new ways to use existing satellites
(Air & Space Forces Magazine) U.S. Space Command is “making good progress” toward its goals to network the Defense Department’s space-based missile defense and other sensors and to transform single-purpose satellites to do more than one job, Army Gen. James H. Dickinson said Nov. 29.
 
Defense Industry
    Navy awards $10M contract for radar arrays to Indiana business
(Stars & Stripes) A Loogootee business has landed a $10 million contract with the Navy. Loughmiller Machine Tool and Design was awarded the contract to build radar arrays for the Navy. The arrays are part of a three-dimensional radar system that detects both high altitude missiles and low flying aircraft.
 
    Northrop Grumman offers new B-21 Raider details ahead of rollout
(Air & Space Forces Magazine) Days before the first B-21 Raider is set to emerge from Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif., factory, the company revealed new details about the seven-year-old, largely classified bomber program. Northrop described complementary elements of the B-21 “family of systems”; confirmed a “digital twin” version of the aircraft; and, in a break with previous programs, eliminated the “block upgrade” approach to modernization.
 
International
    US OKs $1B arms sale to Qatar during key World Cup match
(The Associated Press) The Biden administration on Tuesday approved a $1 billion arms sale to Qatar in a transaction unveiled during halftime of the key World Cup 2022 match in Doha between Iran and the United States.
 
    South Korea, Japan scramble jets in response to Chinese, Russian warplanes
(South China Morning Post) Both countries’ militaries reported two Chinese H-6 bombers nearing their airspace on Wednesday and said they scrambled fighter jets in response
 
    Auditors flag fiscal vagaries in UK military-buying plans
(Defense News) The British government’s budget watchdog says a newly published Ministry of Defence ten-year equipment plan is affordable but fails to account for the country’s difficult economic situation.
 
    China built new military post near disputed Indian border, satellite images show
(Politico) China has built a military outpost near its disputed border with India, new satellite imagery shows, a move that signals Beijing’s intentions for a long-term deployment at the global flashpoint.
 
    How Israel is preparing the next generation of cyber soldiers
(Defense News) Israel’s new cyber defense training school is set inside a high-tech park in the southern city of Beersheba.
 
    Turkish airstrikes have slowed the fight against ISIS, officials say
(Defense One) SDF commander, Pentagon spokesman call on Ankara to cease “escalatory” actions.
 
    Israel moves troubled military unit out of West Bank
(Wall Street Journal) The Israel Defense Forces is removing the Netzah Yehuda from the West Bank amid recent allegations of abuse and disciplinary action against soldiers accused of mistreating Palestinians.
 
    Three US citizens indicted for funding Cameroon insurgents
(Reuters) Three U.S. citizens of Cameroonian origin have been arrested and charged with raising funds for separatist fighters in the Central African country, the U.S. Justice Department said.
 
    Jiang Zemin, former leader who paved the way for China’s rise, dies age 96
(CNN) Jiang Zemin, the Chinese communist leader who paved the way for the country’s emergence as a global superpower, has died, state-run Xinhua news agency announced Wednesday. He was 96.
 
Commentary & Analysis
    Prevent the mistakes of history by passing the fiscal 2023 NDAA
(Defense News) From the 1930s onward, it’s become ever clearer that a strong national defense is essential to protect the cause of freedom and save lives. That’s why the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act makes historic and necessary investments in the defense of America and the free world.
 
    Ukraine needs tanks, and the west should supply them. They could finish off Putin and Russia
(The Guardian) In 1941, Churchill said to the US: ‘give us the tools and we will finish the job’. Zelenskiy is saying the same to us – and we should listen
 
    Remember ISIS? It’s why Biden must stop a Turkish invasion of Kurdish Syria
(The Hill) In 2019, against the advice of many foreign policy and defense officials, President Trump abandoned our Syrian Kurdish allies, who were front-line in helping us eradicate the ISIS caliphate. Trump acquiesced to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s invasion, which caused an estimated 300,000 Kurds to become refugees. The Kurdish forces lost 11,000 fighters in the war against ISIS, and their abandonment sent a chilling message to American allies worldwide.
 
    Brazil still needs to get its military out of politics
(Washington Post) In a cellphone video making the rounds on Twitter, a lonely protester wrapped in the Brazilian flag pounds on the gate of a remote military garrison, pleading for armed intervention. Another shows a stocky man marching in red sneakers and shouldering Brazil’s national flag like a carbine. My favorite captures a cluster of protesters in a southern capital flashing SOS signals to the armed forces.
 
    Note to new Congress: To tame suicide in the military, take aim at brain injuries
(Defense Opinion) When the new Congress convenes in early January, one of its top priorities should be to direct much more extensive research into the prevalence of brain injuries among U.S. military personnel and veterans and into what can be done to mitigate them in an effort to reverse spiraling suicide rates.