Resúmen de prensa de temas de Defensa y Seguridad

Today’s Top 5
1. White House supports controversial changes to Navy ratings
(Stars & Stripes) The White House is defending the abolition of Navy ratings, saying it will make sailors more flexible and improve their chances of success in post-military careers.
2. New Study Could Pressure VA to Expand Agent Orange Benefits
(ProPublica) More than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, research is still showing the effects of the herbicide Agent Orange. The latest findings: An association between exposure and high blood pressure.
3. Congress could stall Trump’s plans for increased defense spending
(Washington Examiner) Obstacles in Congress and demands for non-defense spending could derail Donald Trump’s plans to invest in and rebuild the military, military analysts warned.
4. ICC prosecutors: U.S. forces may have committed war crimes
(Associated Press) The chances of American servicemen being charged and sent to face justice at the International Criminal Court are remote, even if the chief prosecutor opens an investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan, legal experts said Tuesday.
5. Afghanistan Fires 7 From Cabinet in Intensifying Political Crisis
(New York Times) The suddenly vacated Cabinet positions, adding to two ministries already vacant because of resignations, will further bog down the work of a government that has struggled to get its house in order while also facing emboldened Taliban offensives and decreasing support across the country.
Donald Trump & the Presidency
Wynne Mulled For DepSecDef; Trumpers Reject Ayotte
(Breaking Defense) A top candidate for the Pentagon’s No. 2 position is Mike Wynne, the former Air Force Secretary who has been an advisor to Donald Trump for some time.
Trump Faces Early Foreign Policy Test With Abe Meeting
(The Diplomat) This week, we may see the first hints of where Donald Trump will take U.S. policy in Asia when he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe —Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since the election.
Early signs point to a bigger, badder Army under Trump
(Army Times) The Army is getting a new commander in chief come January, and according to experts, the service is in for a bit of a U-turn.
Donald Trump wants to start the biggest Navy build-up in decades
(Navy Times) Donald Trump has pledged that he’ll lead the biggest U.S. Navy build-up since the Reagan administration, but the details on what’s likely to be an expensive and potentially decades-long effort remain to be seen.
Trump’s defense spending boom likely to mean more airmen and planes
(Air Force Times) More planes. More flying hours. And a lot more airmen.
Lindsey Graham: I can work with Trump on defense
(Military Times) South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a frequent foe of president-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail, said Tuesday he will look for common ground where he can work with incoming commander in chief, including a number of defense issues.
Never mind closing Guantanamo, Trump might make it bigger
(Associated Press) Never mind closing Guantanamo. It might be getting bigger.
Trump Transition Hitting Early Hurdles
(Defense News) One week after the nation voted to elect Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the transition appears to have hit a speedbump, one which has foreign allies raising concerns.
Stalled House Appropriations Awaiting Trump
(Defense News) Whether lawmakers attempt to pass 2017 federal spending measures before year’s end or punt to next year depends on what President-elect Donald Trump wants to do, three top House appropriators said Monday.
EU Leadership, Foreign Ministers Discuss US Trump Presidency
(Defense News) European Union leadership and ministerial members have given mixed reactions to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election.
Conservative think tank breaks with Trump in describing Russian threat
(Washington Post) A conservative Washington think tank that has several officials working on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition has broken with him on how it views Russia, saying in a new report that the threat Moscow poses has increased in the last year and ranges from Central Europe to the Arctic to Syria.
A Trump administration thaw with Russia is ‘unacceptable,’ McCain says
(Washington Post) Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent his first shot across the bow of President-elect Donald Trump’s national security plans Tuesday, saying that any attempt to “reset” relations with Russia is unacceptable.
Islamic State
Iraqi forces accused of human rights abuses against Islamic State fighters during Mosul offensive
(Los Angeles Times) A human rights monitoring group said it had obtained videos and photographs of Iraqi security forces and allies apparently executing, dragging and mutilating the bodies of Islamic State fighters during the ongoing Mosul offensive.
Iraqi civilians seek food from troops in newly cleared towns around Mosul
(Associated Press) Hundreds of Iraqi civilians spilled into the streets Tuesday in eastern Mosul areas recently retaken from the Islamic State group to demand food from the military as rations run low in their neighborhoods, an Iraqi officer said.
ISIS video shows how the group has turned car bombs into its version of airstrikes
(Washington Post) As Iraqi troops slowly push into Mosul, backed by heavy airstrikes, artillery and Western advisers, the Islamic State is fighting back not only conventionally but also with slick propaganda footage showing its prowess on the battlefield.
GAO Denies Protest Over Major Tricare Change
( A plan to consolidate Tricare’s three regions into two is set to go ahead after the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday announced it denied a series of protests to the contract.
US Pacific Commitments Will Survive Duterte, Trump: Adm. Harris
(Breaking Defense) Neither President Trump’s transition in DC nor President Duterte’s eruptions in Manila will derail America’s 70-year military commitment to the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris said.
Overseas Operations
Airstrikes on Aleppo Resume as Russia Begins New Offensive in Syria
(New York Times) Warplanes resumed airstrikes on the besieged rebel-held sections of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, as Russia began a major new offensive against insurgents battling Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.
Erdogan says Turkish-backed rebels close to taking Syria’s al Bab
(Reuters) Al Bab is of particular strategic importance to Turkey because Kurdish-dominated militias have also been pursuing a drive to seize it.
Senior Libyan al-Qaida leader reported slain in drone strike
(Associated Press) A senior al-Qaida leader was reportedly killed in a late-night drone strike that hit his home in Libya’s remote south, a Libyan news agency said Tuesday. The strike was suspected to be the work of a Western military but a Pentagon spokesman denied it was carried out by the United States.
Yemeni Bankers Get in Trouble Over a Customer, Al Qaeda
(New York Times) This month, the United States Treasury Department designated the brothers and their company as having provided “financial services to or in support of” Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is widely considered to be the terrorist group’s most dangerous branch.
Land-swap deal reached for THAAD battery site in S. Korea
(Stars & Stripes) The agreement brings Washington and Seoul a step closer to their goal of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, next year.
U.S., Philippine special forces to hold joint war drills
(Associated Press) U.S. and Philippine special operations forces will begin annual combat exercises on Wednesday in a sign such joint drills are continuing despite vocal opposition by the Philippine president.
Kerry meets with Iran-backed Houthis to broker cease-fire in Yemen
(Washington Examiner) Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to broker a ceasefire agreement in Yemen’s war by leaning on a United Nations-backed roadmap to resolve a conflict that has spawned a proxy war between Iran and the U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia.
Air Force
Lightning strike downed Predator on combat mission
(Air Force Times) An MQ-1B Predator aircraft went down during a combat support mission last October after a lightning strike, the Air Force said in an accident report released Nov. 3.
Tinker opens drone engine maintenance center
( The Air Force and Rolls-Royce officially opened a depot at the complex that will overhaul and repair F137 engines powering the Air Force’s fleet of Global Hawk drones.
Air Force wants industry input for enhanced electromagnetic battle management capability
(C4ISRNET) The Air Force is soliciting input for technologies available in the next five years for a new or enhanced electromagnetic battle management capability.
Army: New record low for mishap fatalities, but motor vehicle deaths are up
(Army Times) The Army reports the number of fatalities in mishaps fell in fiscal 2016 for the seventh year in a row, even while motorcycle deaths were up 32 percent, according to data from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.
Judge questions including injury evidence in Bergdahl case
(Associated Press) A military judge questioned whether jurors would reach unfair conclusions about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if they’re allowed to consider serious wounds to two soldiers who searched for him after his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan.
Small Cracks in ‘Excalibur’ Artillery Rounds Prompt Closer Look By The Army
(Defense News) The Army is scrambling to correct a defect detected in some Excalibur artillery shells first discovered in December 2015, the service said in response to questions from Defense News.
Naval Academy gets its goat — 37th mascot joins the herd
(Associated Press) The U.S. Naval Academy has welcomed a new goat to the mascot herd, Bill XXXVII.
Ex-naval attache admits securing clearances for bribes
(Associated Press) A former U.S. naval attache to the U.S. embassy in the Philippines has admitted to securing illegal diplomatic clearances for a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for luxury trips and the services of prostitutes.
Navy to more than double training events near Ketchikan
(Associated Press) The U.S. Navy is planning to more than double the number of training events conducted in the West Behm Canal north of Ketchikan.
U.S. destroyer Sampson, P-3 Orion aircraft aid in New Zealand earthquake relief efforts
(Associated Press) The first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in more than 30 years was changing course Tuesday to help evacuate people stranded in a coastal town following a powerful earthquake.
Marine Corps
A Bridgehead Too Far? CSBA’s Aggressive, Risky Strategy For Marines
(Breaking Defense) Marines are famously aggressive, but a new battle plan from a leading thinktank makes Iwo Jima look low-risk. The Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments’ proposed concept of operations is imaginative, exciting and more than a little scary.
Defense Industry
Robotic Helicopters Complete Mock Rescue Mission
(Defense News) The fruits of the Lockheed Martin acquisition of Sikorsky continue to grow.
Boeing to Consolidate Defense Sites, Cutting 500 Jobs
(Defense News) Boeing plans to consolidate its defense and space business by 2020, a move that entails closing several sites and eliminating 500 jobs over the four-year period, the company said Tuesday.
Leidos, Riverside awarded open architecture contract
(C4ISRNET) Riverside Research Institute and Leidos have been awarded a $48 million Air Force contract to develop open architecture mission systems.
Army awards contract for controlling robots
(C4ISRNET) Charles River Analytics has been awarded a $1 million follow-on Army contract for controlling robots.
AeroVironment Enters Commercial Drone Market With Hybrid Quadcopter
(Aviation Week) Looking to diversify from the military small-unmanned-aircraft business that once fueled its growth, AeroVironment has entered the commercial drone market with the launch of a hybrid quadcopter and supporting data-analysis tools.
Ground Robot Programs Finally Getting Underway
(National Defense) After years of stagnation, the market for U.S. military ground robots is set to grow as a handful of programs enter their final development stages.
Polaris Defense receives USMC order for off-road vehicles
(UPI) The 144 utility vehicles to be delivered are in a four-seat configuration and will be used for logistics support at the tactical level.
K-Max and SARA team up for unmanned firefighting demo
(Flightglobal) In their first collaborative demonstration since Lockheed Martin acquired Sikorsky helicopter last year, the two companies completed a fire suppression and search and rescue mission with the Kaman K-Max helicopter and the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA).
Chili’s removes manager who took away vet’s meal
(Associated Press) The president of the Chili’s restaurant chain says the manager who took away a veteran’s free Veterans Day meal has been “removed” from the job.
First lady makes final push for Joining Forces’ future
(Military Times) First lady Michelle Obama is imploring the incoming administration to keep her Joining Forces initiative active for years to come, even if they rename and rebrand the effort.
Connecticut first in nation to help PTSD vets upgrade ‘bad paper’ discharges
(The Day) A first-of-its-kind program now in place in Connecticut will help veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder appeal their “bad paper” discharges and connect them with people who can help them through that process.


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