Military And Intelligence News Briefs — August 9, 2019

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The Hill: New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria

A new report released by the Department of Defense this week revealed that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been emboldened by the partial removal of U.S. troops from Syria and policy shifts in Iraq.

The report, released by the Pentagon’s inspector general, details how the drawdown of U.S. troops has forced the Trump administration to rely on third-party monitoring of some areas, including a refugee camp set up by U.S.-backed forces.

The scaling back of U.S. forces, the report continued, has allowed ISIS forces in the area to recruit new members and grow their forces without U.S. interference.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — August 9, 2019

Pentagon chief Esper, Seoul leader Moon talk Japan security agreement — UPI

U.S. defense secretary visits South Korea as region faces myriad challenges — Reuters

Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter enters Black Sea — UPI

Russian Navy Monitors Actions of USS Porter Destroyer in Black Sea — Sputnik

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips — USNI News

The Navy is gauging its cyber risks — Fifth Domain

How a chief nearly died on a carrier’s flight deck — Navy Times

Tactical tablets to aid in precision strikes and fires are now being doled out to Marine grunt squads — Marine Times

From intel analyst to a military ‘Uber’: Inside Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s Afghanistan deployment — ABC News

‘Air marshals of Afghanistan’: Fly-away security teams guard planes, crews on high-risk flights — Stars and Stripes

Air Force Stemmed Its Pilot Crisis, Chief Says — USA News and World Report

First female Marine F-35B, F-35C pilots move toward flying — UPI

Lawmakers Urge DoD to Expand F-35 Foreign Military Sales — Military.com

Trump names retired Navy SEAL vice admiral new acting director of national intelligence via Tweet — C4ISRNet

Texas university to build $130M complex to test Army’s combat tech — Defense News

Son returns remains of USAF pilot killed in Vietnam War — UPI

Military leadership helps bring together an America divided — Michael E. O’Hanlon, Brookings

Canadian, U.S. military leaders agree on framework to retool Norad — CBC

NATO completes Aegis defense system upgrade in Romania — UPI

Royal Air Force intercepts Russian aircraft near British, Estonian airspace — UPI

Russian Military Spotted 17 Foreign Spy Jets Near Border Over Past Week — Sputnik

Russia military depot shaken by 2nd explosion in 4 days — UPI

Here’s why the Russian military has so many serious accidents — Ryan Pickrell, Insider

Russia’s hybrid warfare toolkit has more to offer than propaganda — Defense News

Seoul and Tokyo’s trade war puts military pact at stake — Washington Post

Iran Deems Israel’s Participation in US-Led Gulf Mission a Threat It ‘Has a Right’ to Confront — Sputnik

Amid Iran crisis, U.S. offers big military aid boost to Azerbaijan — Eurasianet

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