Military And Intelligence News Briefs — August 5, 2019

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The headquarters of the 12th Space Warning Squadron at Thule Air Base, Greenland. The 12th SWS operates the Upgraded Early Warning Radar, which provides missile defense and space surveillance. (Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow/U.S. Air Force)

Valerie Insinna, Defense News: Watch the skies: How a US base in Greenland tracks ballistic missiles

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — On July 5, a Soyuz rocket blasted off from Vostochny Cosmodrome in the easternmost territory of Russia, carrying with it 33 satellites, including a polar-orbiting Meteor M2-2 weather satellite owned by the Russian government and a host of cubesats and nanosatellites launched on behalf of universities and commercial entities.

More than 3,500 miles away, the airmen of Thule Air Base in Greenland were watching, dispatching real-time reports to the Combined Space Operations Center, or CSpOC, at Vandenburg Air Force Base, California.

Located on the northwestern coast of Greenland, Thule Air Base is the U.S. military’s northernmost base and the only installation north of the Arctic Circle. It is home to the 12th Space Warning Squadron, a cadre of Air Force officers and enlisted personnel that provide 24/7 missile warning and space surveillance using a massive AN/FPS-132 radar.


Military And Intelligence News Briefs — August 5, 2019

Pentagon chief says US looking to put intermediate-range missiles in Asia — The Hill

US to deploy new missiles in Asia ‘sooner rather than later’ — DW

New Pentagon chief says China’s ‘destabilizing behavior’ is ‘disturbing’ — The Hill

Pentagon chief takes aim at China as US and Australia reaffirm defence ties — SCMP

Trump wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by 2020 election, officials say — NBC News

For defense industry giants, there’s plenty of room in the hypersonic arena — Defense News

Northrop and Raytheon to compete to build laser weapon for short-range air defense — Defense News

The Air Force’s B-1 bombers are in more dire shape than we thought — Air Force Times

New Pentagon Report Pegs Air Force One Cost at $5.2 Billion — Air Force Magazine

New vice chief commits to ongoing US Army reform to build future force — Defense News

The Army hopes this Black Hawk upgrade will help counter incoming missiles — Army Times

Navy chief nominee promises transparency in USS Gerald R. Ford delays — UPI

Top Navy SEAL warns commanders of ‘order and discipline problem’ — The Hill

Military Suicides Reach Highest Rate Since Record-Keeping Began After 9/11 —

Why your relationship is at risk when you leave the military — Shauna Springer, Military Times

Insomnia in the military is up 650 percent since 2003 — here’s how DoD is hoping to curb that trend — Military Times

Fort Bliss soldier hailed as hero in El Paso mall shooting — Army Times

Wargaming Has a Place, But Is No Panacea for Professional Military Education — Carrie Lee and Bill Lewis, War On The Rocks

Peter Thiel said that AI is a military technology that will primarily be used ‘by generals,’ but experts say that view is too pessimistic — Business Insider

The Military-Style Surveillance Technology Being Tested in American Cities — Arthur Holland Michel, The Atlantic

South Korea: Preparations underway for joint exercises with US despite warnings from North Korea — The Hill

US still seeks allies in Gulf maritime coalition — Military Times/AP

NATO chief says end of nuclear treaty is ‘serious setback,’ after US withdraws — CNN

Russian Spy Planes Enter Alaskan Air Defense Zone —

Russia’s Military Admits It Needs Western Technology — Michael Peck, National Interest

Should China and Russia’s developing military alliance in north Asia worry Australia? — Alexey Muraviev, ABC News Online

Chinese warship, Taiwanese carrier collide in Taiwan Strait — UPI

China promotes top military officer targeted by American sanctions — SCMP

China’s air force spreads its wings in 70th anniversary video — SCMP

Darwin, Australia at centre of strategic tussle between US and China — SCMP

Australia Rules Out Hosting US Missiles —

South Korea investigating North Korea’s new rocket system — UPI

Japan to Create Military Space Unit to Catch Up With Rivals – Reports — Sputnik

A cyber-espionage group has been stealing files from the Venezuelan military — ZDNet

Afghanistan Loses 42,000 Troops in Crackdown on ‘Ghost Soldiers’ —

Ankara May Use F-35 Missiles With Turkish-Designed Combat Jet, or Sell Them – Minister — Sputnik

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