Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 20, 2018

CNN: US show of force sends Russia a message in Black Sea

The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there, a US military official tells CNN.

It's a region that has become increasingly fraught with tensions as Russia has reinforced its military forces in the area following its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move rejected by the vast majority of the international community.

On Saturday the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney joined the USS Ross in the Black Sea to "conduct maritime security operations," according to a statement from the US Navy's 6th Fleet, which oversees US naval operations in the region. It's the first time two US Navy warships have been in the Black Sea since July 2017.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 20, 2018

2 US Navy guided missile destroyers enter Black Sea -- Asia Times

U.S. Navy sends two missile-guided Destroyers to Black Sea -- UPI

Why is the US Navy ramping up its presence in the Black Sea? -- International Business Times

US and China project 'sharp power' in the Indian Ocean -- Nikkei Asian Review

As China concerns grow, India looks to build military presence in Seychelles -- CNN

North Korea's nuclear weapons: What we know -- Al Jazeera

South Korea, U.S. to continue joint military drills -- UPI

South Korea to announce joint military drill plan with U.S. before April -- Reuters

Former US military commander warns against 'bloody nose' strike on North Korea -- The Guardian

S. Korea Opposes US Tariff Hikes, But Military Alliance Remains United -- VOA

Saudi Arabia Receives Lockheed Arms Deal As Podesta Group Lobbies For Both Parties -- IBTimes

Equipment shortages impair German military ahead of key NATO mission -- Reuters

Yugoslav Military Doctrine Hastened the Country's Collapse -- War Is Boring

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military -- New York Times

The UK Just Sold Its Flagship, HMS Ocean, to Brazil for $117 Million -- Fortune

'Nuclear football' scuffle broke out during Donald Trump's visit to China -- ABC News Online

F-35 takes flak, but still flying high -- Washington Examiner

The US Air Force Wants a Trio of More Modern WC-135R Nuke Sniffing Planes -- The War Zone/The Drive

The Navy's stealth destroyers are getting new missiles that will turn them into long-range ship killers -- Business Insider

Navy awards design contracts for the guided-missile frigate -- UPI

Inside the Navy's fitful fight against cockpit oxygen loss -- Navy Times

Navy Wants Longer Tours for Sailors in Japan, Guam, Spain -- USNI News

Shipboard Service Is Harsh. The Navy Isn’t Preparing Recruits For This Reality -- Task & Purpose

As fleet grows, it's a good time to be in the Navy -- Navy Times

GenDym awarded contract for Army's Stryker vehicles -- UPI

Pentagon chief on who ordered attack on US-backed forces in Syria: ‘Don’t ask me’ -- The Hill

Here’s where the Pentagon wants to invest in artificial intelligence in 2019 -- C4ISRNet

Top Armed Services Dem hits Trump on military budget -- The Hill

Rep. Adam Smith: Trump’s Military Spending And Planning Needs A Reality Check -- Task & Purpose

Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived -- The Hill

Fat, unhealthy Americans threaten Trump’s defense surge -- Bloomberg

Pentagon concerns mounting about Trump’s proposed parade: report -- The Hill

DoD IG: Too soon to tell if Trump’s South Asia strategy will break the Taliban -- Military Times

Three Things Worrying the Global Security Establishment -- Bloomberg

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