Military And Intelligence News Briefs — September 7, 2020

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FILE – Greek security members patrol near Turkey’s Pazarkule border crossing, in Kastanies, Greece, March 12, 2020.


ABC News/AP: Greece to boost military amid tension with neighbor Turkey

A government spokesman says Greece will be bolstering its military with new armament programs, a boost to military personnel and the development of the country’s defense industry

ATHENS, Greece — Greece will be bolstering its military with new armament programs, a boost to military personnel and the development of the country’s defense industry, the government spokesman said Monday, as a tense stand-off with neighboring Turkey has led to concerns of open conflict between the two NATO allies.

Ankara is currently facing off against Greece and Cyprus over oil and gas exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Greece and Turkey have deployed naval and air forces to assert their competing claims in the region.

“The Turkish leadership is unleashing, on a near daily basis, threats of war and makes provocative statements against Greece,” Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said. “We respond with political, diplomatic and operational readiness, determined to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereign rights.”

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — September 7, 2020

Greece Beefs up Patrols Along Borders with Turkey — VOA

Turkey begins military exercises in Northern Cyprus — Al Jazeera

Five Military Sites Chosen for Phase III Trial of COVID Vaccine Candidate — Defense One

U.S. Special Operations to order XM1162 armor-piercing ammunition — Defence Blog

Budget dysfunction threatens delays to US Navy’s Columbia program — Defense News

New Missions Push Old Coast Guard Assets To The Brink — Forbes

Fearing Satellite Hacks and Hijacks, White House Issues Space-Security Directive to Industry — Defense One

Study: $1 Billion Needed to Bolster Space Industry — National Defense

The Pentagon says Microsoft should still get its $10B JEDI contract following an investigation — Verge

Behind the scenes of the US Air Force’s second test of its game-changing battle management system — C4ISRNet

The Marines Are Pumping Millions into a High-Tech Wargaming Center. Here’s Why — Military.com

Wargaming Cyber Security — Benjamin Schechter, War On The Rocks

Pentagon to Employees: How Can We Boost Diversity? — Defense One

‘Cost-Cutting Move’: US Navy Scraps Catholic Masses at San Diego Bases — Sputnik

Search and rescue underway for missing sailor on USS Nimitz — Task & Purpose

MQ-9 damaged after running off runway at Holloman — Air Force Times

It’s Official: White House to Award First Medal of Honor for Heroism in Fight Against ISIS — Military.com

Army sergeant major will be the first living member of Delta Force to receive the Medal of Honor — Task & Purpose/Military.com

Nearly half of troops polled support changing names of bases honoring Confederate leaders — Military Times

Pentagon Claims China’s PLAAF ‘Rapidly Catching Up’ to Western Air Forces — Sputnik

Palau Provides Pentagon With Green Light for US Military Base Construction — Sputnik

U.S. troops to start extended exercises in Lithuania amid tensions over Belarus — Reuters

Poland, Romania tee up helicopter tenders, target 2 percent defense spending — Defense News

Norway Expands Key Arctic Port For More US Nuke Sub Visits — Breaking Defense

Northern Composure: Initial Observations from Sweden’s Total Defence 2020 Exercise — RUSI

Russian aircraft intercepts Norwegian plane in international airspace — UPI

NATO plans to redeploy more US forces to Poland, says Russian defense minister — TASS

NATO Routinely Imitates Missile Strikes on Russia During Test Flights, Defence Minister Shoigu Says — Sputnik

China sends aircraft carriers on unprecedented dual missions in Bohai, Yellow seas — SCMP

China to hold more military drills off northeast, east coasts — Reuters

China’s Type 075 assault ship could be a decade from full operation — SCMP

The Latest Target of China’s Military Reform: Reserve Forces — The Diplomat