Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 21, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg brief the media during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on Feb.15, 2017. Francois Lenoir / Reuters

National Interest: Mattis: "NATO Remains our Number-One Alliance"

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is reaffirming that NATO remains the United States’ most important alliance. That is despite a perception that the Trump Administration is skeptical of the alliance.

“NATO remains our number-one alliance. So I spent a fair amount of time on that effort at EUCOM. Obviously heartened coming out of the NATO ministerial would be an understatement, but the continued climbing of the defense budgets,” Mattis told reporters on Feb. 17.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 21, 2018

Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters - sources -- Reuters

North Korean cyberspies ready to launch mass cyberattacks: Report -- Washington Examiner

U.S. to Deploy Attack Drones in Korea -- Chosun

US, South Korea planning new joint military exercises -- The Hill

Report: U.S. Pacific Command developing South Korea evacuation plans -- UPI

Interview: Head of US Air Force special ops in Asia-Pacific talks regional threats, priorities -- Defense News

Trouble in paradise: Maldives crisis locks China & India in tug-of-war -- RT

Over 20 Russian Baltic Fleet warships to join naval drills -- TASS

Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct Air Patrol Over Sea of Japan -- Sputnik

Russia releases video of its modernized ballistic missile defense system -- Defense News

Russia's Su-35: prized state-of-the-art fighter, battle-tested in Syrian skies -- TASS

Belgium wants to buy Rafale fighters for naval capability, says French lawmaker -- Defense News

NATO command change to address ‘deficiencies’ -- Defense News

U.S., Israel test Arrow 3 missile system -- UPI

US State Department clears Dutch Apache upgrades, Kuwait boats, Finnish weapons -- Defense News

State Department Approves $1.1Bln Sale of Apache Helicopters to Netherlands -- Sputnik

Pentagon makes show of force in Black Sea to counteract Russian influence: report -- The Hill

Navy, Marines Step Up Training to Prepare for High-End Fight -- USNI News

Navy asks DoD for longer forward deployed tours -- Navy Times

A light attack aircraft fleet: Could it change the fight or put lives at risk? -- Air Force Times

Failed missile test off of Kauai costs $130 million -- Army Times

Week ahead: Pentagon turns focus to missile defense -- The Hill

Pentagon Prepares New Ballistic Missile Defense Review -- Sputnik

Lockheed filed a pre-award protest of the Air Force‘s Huey replacement competition. Here‘s why. -- Defense News

Top Mattis aide leaving Pentagon -- The Hill

Marines quietly lower combat training requirements to help female officers -- Hot Air

Non-citizens can provide an "untapped" pool of military recruits, experts say -- UPI

Nvidia Making Facial Recognition AI for Smart City Surveillance -- NextGov

Top experts warn against 'malicious use' of AI -- AFP

Florida shooting: West Point admits murdered hero Peter Wang -- BBC

The Pentagon is still in the dark about Trump's military parade — but it could use donations to help pay for it -- Business Insider

A Top-Secret US Military Base Will Melt Out of the Greenland Ice Sheet -- Motherboard

Can the Army Get Ready for War with Russia and China and Fight Terror Too? -- Dave Majumdar, National Interest

Modern Information Warfare Requires a New Intelligence Discipline -- Robert Kozloski, RCD

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