Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 18, 2018



Susannah George, RCD/AP: Iraqi Victories Remain Fragile As U.S. Reduces Troops

QAIM, Iraq (AP) — From their outpost on Iraq’s westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. They were, he believed, families returning to liberated homes, a hopeful sign of increasing stability.

But when he interviewed them on a recent reconnaissance patrol, he discovered he was wrong. They were families looking for shelter after being driven from their homes in a nearby town. Those who pushed them out were forces from among their “liberators” — Shiite militiamen who seized control of the area after defeating the IS militants.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 18, 2018

United States to shift its military strategy in Iraq -- Arab Weekly

Pull U.S. Troops Out of the Middle East and Put 'America First' -- Daniel L. Davis, National Interest

Aerial photos ‘point to new Chinese signals hub’ in the heart of the South China Sea -- SCMP

China’s new fighter jets will be used in ‘more regular’ patrols over South China Sea -- Today Online

Putin's shock troops - how Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in Syria -- The Telegraph

Putin’s Shadow Army Suffers a Setback in Syria -- Joshua Yaffa, New Yorker

Turks propose joint deployment with U.S. in Syria as allies aim to mend ties -- Reuters

Iran and Saudi Arabia need a 'fresh security architecture' -- DW

Israel to receive F-35 air vehicle deliveries -- UPI

Brazil to create new ministry for public security -- DW

South Korea Joins U.S., Thailand in Military Landing Drill -- RCD

Germany and two percent for defense – it's complicated -- Defense News

Theresa May calls for UK-EU security agreement -- DW

Poland, Canada join NATO members in potential maritime surveillance aircraft buy -- Defense News

UK submits bid for Belgium fighter competition, pitting Typhoon against F-35 -- Defense News

AI warfare is coming, and some global leaders say NATO isn’t ready -- Defense News

How the Army plans to use virtual humans powered by artificial intelligence -- Brandon Knapp, C4ISRNet

Air Force Wants to Invest Heavily in Next-Gen Technologies -- DoD Buzz

Navy Signs $1.4B Contract with Ingalls Shipbuilding for 13th San Antonio -- USNI News

Navy turns to General Dynamics for anti-missile protection -- UPI

No guaranteed ‘golden hour’ for Marines headed into the next big fight -- Marine Times

US Army’s next-gen combat vehicle prototyping to be accelerated -- Defense News

Combat Rescue Helicopter Program on Schedule -- National Defense

Lawmakers Blast 'Inadequate' Shipbuilding Budget, 30-Year Plan -- Military.com

Military leaders are asking Congress to spend some of this year’s money next year -- Defense News

Senate confirms nuclear weapons chief, key Pentagon officials -- Defense News

Army mulls pulling back on missions to reduce demand on force -- Defense News

Trump's Plan to Protect America's Nuclear Capabilities -- Michaela Dodge, National Interest

WaPo: Emails detail how senior US military officers dealt with Hawaii's false missile alert -- CNN

The Air Force's hair-raising (sorry) research for drones -- Adam Stone, C4ISRnet

How the Marines Could Win the Next War: Barges Armed With Railguns, Missiles and F-35s -- Eugene K. Chow, National Interest

Lawrence of Arabia's revolver donated to National Army Museum -- The Guardian

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