Today's Top Five
    1. Why women were told ‘Don’t get pregnant at George Air Force Base’1.
(Military Times) George joins Pease, Patrick, Wright-Patterson and Wurtsmith Air Force bases with communities now coming forward.
 
    2. Despite 17 years of war, next US commander in Afghanistan sees progress
(Military Times) While acknowledging that 17 years of war “is a very long time,” the incoming head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan told lawmakers he sees progress in the ongoing fight thanks to recent changes in military strategy there.
 
    3. Navy drops negligent homicide charge against Fitzgerald CO
(Navy Times) The Navy will no longer pursue negligent homicide charges against Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who commanded the destroyer Fitzgerald when it collided with a merchant vessel just more than a year ago, killing seven sailors.
 
    4. BAE wins Marine Corps contract to build new amphibious combat vehicle
(Defense News) BAE Systems has won a contract to build the Marine Corps’ new amphibious combat vehicle following a competitive evaluation period where BAE’s vehicle was pitted against an offering from SAIC.
 
    5. Trump wants a Space Force. Now what?
(Defense News) On June 18, President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to begin establishing a new “Space Force,” a process that could add a sixth military service to the Defense Department.
 
Overseas Operations
    British special forces soldier killed six Taliban in pitch-black, Viet Cong-style tunnel fight
(Military Times) Reports have surfaced of a 29-year-old British SAS sergeant’s fight against fleeing Taliban terrorists in an underground cave complex in Afghanistan in January.
 
    Air war in post-revolution Libya has left at least 230 civilians dead, report finds
(Washington Post) New study examines reported casualties in six years of strikes by local and international parties.
 
    Trump’s pick to lead the Afghan war says he won’t talk turning points ‘unless there is one’
(washington Post) Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller is currently the commander of Joint Special Operations Command.
 
Pentagon
    US remains coming home from North Korea soon, report says
(Military Times) Remains of U.S. service members who died in North Korea during the Korean War, and have been in limbo for years, may be starting their final journey home within days.
 
    Trump’s Space Force faces hurdles in the Pentagon and Congress
(Foreign Policy) The U.S. president's plan could put him at odds with his defense secretary.
 
    Thanks To NATO Infighting, the Future of the F-35 Is Shrinking
(DefenseOne) The U.S. Senate wants to revoke Turkey’s license to buy the jet, while other European governments are looking to get a competitor off the ground
 
Army
    ‘Commie Cadet’ sends vulgar message on his way out of the Army
(The Associated Press) The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips his cap to reveal the message: “Communism will win.”
 
    Man cites Army training in road rage shooting death
(Army Times) After shooting 22-year-old mother Whitney Gray from his vehicle in an act of road rage, Christopher Taylor cited his Army basic training for his response.
 
Navy
    Navy’s top enlisted leader takes leave amid investigation
(Navy Times) The Navy’s top enlisted leader is on leave amid allegations that he fostered a hostile work environment in his Pentagon office, Navy officials said Tuesday.
 
    Navy fires commanding officer of sub Montpelier
(Navy Times) The commanding officer of the fast-attack submarine Montpelier was relieved of command Monday, U.S. Submarine Forces officials said.
 
    Nike cancels new sportswear line after found copying Naval Academy crest
(Navy Times) Sportswear mogul Nike announced the cancellation of a new clothing line Friday following outrage over the striking resemblance of the line’s logo to the historic Naval Academy crest.
 
    The Navy’s acquisition boss has a plan to get fleet maintenance back on track
(Defense News) The Navy’s acquisition boss, aiming to get his arms around the long-term maintenance and ownership costs of the world’s most complex fleet, has directed Naval Sea Systems Command to undertake an ambitious long-term plan for all the ships in the fleet.
 
    Fleet Cyber Command has a new leader
(Fifth Domain) Vice Adm. Timothy White assumed command of 10th Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command during a ceremony at Fort Meade in Maryland June 18.
 
    Pentagon identifies sailor who died in Africa
(Navy Times) The Defense Department on Tuesday announced that a sailor based in Africa died over the weekend.
 
Air Force
    Air Force reveals risks, bravery behind B-1 emergency landing and blown hatch
(Air Force Times) With their B-1 on fire and one crew member strapped into an armed but malfunctioning ejection seat, the aircraft commander made a decision: If all could not eject, none would.
 
    Air Force B-1B bombers to resume flights following ejection seat complaint
(Air Force Times) Air Force Global Strike Command will resume B-1B Lancer flights this week, following a safety stand-down that began June 7.
 
Marine Corps
    Marine with neo-Nazi affiliations found guilty at summary court-martial
(Marine Corps Times) A Marine and alleged neo-Nazi who allegedly participated in and the deadly “Unite the Right” rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty at a summary-court martial on Monday and is likely to get booted from the Corps.
 
Coast Guard
    The next 'cold' war: America may be missing the boat in the Arctic
(Washington Examiner) As the polar icecap was steadily shrinking and thinning over the past decade, the U.S. was distracted by other threats such as China, North Korea and Iran.
 
Defense Industry
    Bell’s V-280 Valor shows off agility, speed in first public flight demo
(Defense News) In less than six months, Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype, built for a U.S. Army capability demonstration, has gone from ground runs to cruising speeds of 195 knots and has been put through its paces in hover mode.
 
    Australian subs to get sonar boost
(Defense News) Thales has sealed a deal worth AU $230 million (U.S. $169 million) to boost the sonar capability on the Australian Navy’s six-strong fleet of Collins submarines, drawing on teams working in Britain, France and Australia.
 
    US Chamber of Commerce wants Trump to put America’s defense industry first
(Defense News) America’s biggest business lobby wants the Trump administration put the American defense industry first and require the Pentagon to explain the impact on domestic jobs and national security each time it denies a foreign request to buy U.S. weapons.
 
    Huntington Ingalls asks General Electric to pay for carrier flaw
(Bloomberg) Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. is asking General Electric Co. to compensate it for damage caused by flawed workmanship during installation of propulsion system components on the U.S. Navy’s $13 billion aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford.
 
    France, Germany kick off race for ‘quantum leaps’ in aircraft and tank tech
(Defense News) The defense ministers of Germany and France have inked new agreements for the joint development of a new combat aircraft and a next-generation tank, key programs that could shape the European defense landscape for decades to come.
 
    US Army test-fires Belgian-made gun amid plans for Stryker upgrade competition
(Defense News) The U.S. Army’s test-firing of a 30mm gun turret from CMI Defence is seen by the Belgian firm as putting it in a privileged position for an upcoming tender for greater firepower for the Stryker combat vehicle, a company spokesman said.
 
    GenDyn contracted for parts for future submarine construction
(UPI) The parts are for the next nine Virginia-class submarines, four of which have been ordered by the U.S. Navy.
 
Veterans
    VA watchdog accuses leadership of withholding access to employee complaints
(Military Times) Veterans Affairs’ independent watchdog office is accusing department leaders of improperly withholding records dealing with employee complaints, saying the action could be covering up potential criminal misbehavior.
 
    Pearl Harbor survivor says goodbye before leaving Hawaii
(The Associated Press) Nearly eight decades ago, Ray Emory, then a young sailor, watched in disbelief as Japanese torpedoes tore into American ships in Pearl Harbor.
 
Congress & Politics
    Senate subcommittee passes pay raise for feds
(Federal Times) A fiscal 2019 appropriations bill including a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees passed its first legislative hurdle June 19 after being reported out of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government for full appropriations committee consideration.
 
    A Trump Foreign Policy
(The National Interest) With the right mix of hard and soft power coupled with skillful diplomacy, Trump can still achieve major successes.
 
    China warns Trump about dangers of new Space Force
(Washington Examiner) President Trump’s decision to establish a “Space Force” could create a military competition in outer space, the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned Tuesday.
 
National Security
    Which nations increased the size of their nuclear arsenal in 2017?
(Defense News) The several months have been a busy time for nuclear weapon issues: North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review steered U.S. nuclear policy towards a return to great power competition and suggested the development of two new nuclear weapons in addition to other expensive nuclear modernization programs.
 
Cyber, Space & Surveillance
    Quieter military drones that fly farther? The Pentagon thinks this engine could be the answer
(Military Times) Most people haven’t heard of the engine created by Felix Wankel in the 1960s, but its derivatives may end up powering the military’s future unmanned aerial vehicles.
 
    The DoD IG expands its drone cybersecurity audit
(Fifth Domain) The Department of Defense’s Inspector General is expanding the scope of a previously announced investigation into the cybersecurity risks related to drones.
 
    DIUx extends contract for Marines counterdrone tech
(C4ISRNET) The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) has extended a prototype contract with Sensofusion for an additional year to develop a system that would give troops advanced warning of threats from drones.
 
    NGA’s first chief technology officer steps down
(C4ISRNET) The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s first chief technology officer, Anthony Vinci, will step down next month, about five months after his appointment, the agency said in a June 15 press release.
 
    Are Trump and Republicans headed for a cybersecurity showdown?
(Fifth Domain) A group of Republican senators are set to sit down with President Donald Trump Wednesday over Chinese company ZTE, an issue that has split the GOP as it tries to push through its annual defense package.
 
    Senators demand creation of tech cybersecurity council
(Fifth Domain) National security concerns over IT products made by internationally based companies such as Kaspersky and ZTE have been on the rise, so two senators introduced a bipartisan bill June 19 that would establish a council to promote information sharing on IT supply chain risks.
 
    Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools
(Washington Post) Joshua Adam Schulte was charged under the Espionage Act in connection with the leak of tools that were posted online by WikiLeaks.
 
    China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies: Symantec
(Reuters) A sophisticated hacking campaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the United States and southeast Asia, security researchers at Symantec Corp said on Tuesday.
 
International Affairs
    Iran says no plans to increase missile range, rejects talks with Trump
(Reuters) Iran has no plans to extend the range of its missiles since their 2,000-km (1,240-mile) reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, amid mounting U.S. pressure over Tehran’s missile program.
 
    The Rise of Russia's Military
(The National Interest) After feeling betrayed at the end of the Cold War, the Kremlin is using the military as its premier tool to achieve policy goals and weaken the West.
 
    The Singapore Summit Suprise
(The National Interest) The United States and North Korea have been the focus of coverage, but China, despite sitting on the sidelines, has been, and will continue to be, the real winner.
 
    North Korea, China discuss 'true peace', denuclearization
(Reuters) North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an understanding on issues that were discussed at a summit between the two leaders, including denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the North’s state media said on Wednesday.
 
Commentary & Analysis
    President Trump wants my department to keep space safe. We’re ready.
(Washington Post) It’s time to get space ready for business.
 
    Beyond Trump’s Korea Fantasies
(New York Times) But there are ways to achieve a durable deal.
 
    They’ve had the handshake. Now it’s time to make a deal.
(Washington Post) In the aftermath of the Trump-Kim summit, the next three or four months “will be crucial” for U.S.-North Korea relations.
 
    Putin on the Ritz in China
(The Diplomat) A peek under the glitz of Russian-Chinese bonhomie.