Military And Intelligence News Briefs — June 23, 2020

NBC: China overshadows nuclear treaty talks between U.S., Russia“We’re talking about the last foundation brick of the Cold War nuclear arms control security architecture,” one expert said.

As U.S.-Russia talks on the future of the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals begin in Vienna on Monday, diplomats and experts warned that President Donald Trump’s insistence that China join the discussions could obstruct the renewal of a crucial treaty and might even precipitate a new nuclear arms race.

Russia’s lead envoy in the talks has told NBC News that the Kremlin does not currently believe the United States will extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, ratified by President Barack Obama in 2011 and due to expire in February.

Washington has withdrawn from a number of other agreements between the two former Cold War foes since Trump took office.


Military And Intelligence News Briefs — June 23, 2020

U.S., Russian Envoys End First Day Of Talks On Nuclear Arms Treaty — RFEUS, Russia discuss arms control in Vienna despite China’s absence — DW

U.S. plans more nuclear arms talks with Russia, maybe in July or August — Reuters

Air Force rolling out new Sig Sauer M18s to replace M9 pistols — UPI

Airmen in Alaska put together the first bombs for the base’s new F-35 fighters — Business Insider

Air Force Eyes Moving Older F-22s From Training To Combat Units — Breaking DEfense

More F-22s For Cheap: The U.S. Air Force’s Plan To Waste Fewer Raptors On Basic Training — Forbes

The Air Force is practicing to rapidly rearm and refuel F-15 fighter jets again — Business Insider

U.S. Navy Just Got Its First New F/A-18 Super Hornets — Here Are The Key Upgrades — Forbes

Congress Pushes Navy To Add Hypersonic Missiles To Its Stealthy Destroyers — Warzone/The Drive

Union Votes Strike At Bath Iron Works; US Destroyer Fleet At Risk — Breaking Defense

US Navy announces intent to ink $10B in contracts for first 2 Columbia subs — Defense News

WANTED: SPIES. CIA turns to online streaming for new recruits — Reuters

35 COVID-19 cases found in single Air Force unit in Guam — UPI

DoD Seeks Billions More For COVID-Related Delays — Breaking Defense

Military Modernization & Readiness Could Plunge If Congress Doesn’t Appropriate Funds To Cover Industry’s Coronavirus Costs — Forbes

Most civilian contractors have reopened, top Pentagon official says — UPI

US lawmakers threaten to move Missile Defense Agency as frustrations mount — C4ISRNet

Pentagon Short on Funds for Developing Hypersonic Missile Defense Systems — Sputnik

House bill charges Guard, Reserve forces with defending the nation in cyberspace — Fifth Domain

US Reportedly Planning to Transfer 30 F-16s to Poland From Germany, Beef Up Troop Contingent — Sputnik

Poland calls for more U.S. troops, aircraft as Trump, Duda set to meet — UPI

Germany First To Modernize Eurofighters With AESA Radar — Aviation Week

NATO Launches RQ-4D Surveillance Drone Test Flights Over Mediterranean Sea — Sputnik

Defense Against Drone Swarms Emerges From Russian Lab — Bloomberg

Escalation Management and Nuclear Employment in Russian Military Strategy — Michael Kofman and Anya Loukianova Fink, War On The Rocks

Indian Army plans to place orders for more Excalibur ammunition for howitzers — Times Now

China launches final Beidou satellite to complete rival to GPS network — DW

China Think Tank Calls for U.S. to Keep Military Communications Open — New York Times

Taiwan boosts domestic defence development plan with new jet — Reuters

Japan aims to stop drain of possible military-use research tech — Nikkei Asian Review

Japan says U.S. hasn’t requested more money to host American troops — Reuters

IDF chief said to ask defense minister to close or jettison Army Radio — Times of Israel

Israel’s defense export contracts were worth $7.2B in 2019 — Defense News

Iran Looking to Establish Permanent Naval Base in Indian Ocean by Next Spring, Commander Says — Sputnik

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