Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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USS John C. Stennis Arrives in Hawaii for 75th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu (Video)



WNU Editor: I never knew .... How Elvis Helped Save the USS Arizona Memorial (USNI News).

President Obama Defends His Counter-Terrorism Policy In His Last Major National Security Speech



New York Times: Obama, in Major National Security Speech, Defends Counterterrorism Legacy

TAMPA, Fla. — In his final planned address on national security as commander in chief, President Obama said on Tuesday that for eight years, his administration protected the nation against major terrorist attacks from abroad while adhering to American values and the rule of law.

“No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland,” Mr. Obama said to loud applause in a large military hangar here. “And it’s not because they didn’t try. Plots have been disrupted. Terrorists have been taken off the battlefield. And we’ve done this even as we’ve drawn down nearly 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The speech was intended as a valedictory answer to years of criticism from conservatives that Mr. Obama’s break with many of President George W. Bush’s policies — ending the torture of terrorism suspects and withdrawing most American ground forces from Afghanistan and Iraq — had left the country vulnerable. And many liberals have complained that Mr. Obama had betrayed his 2008 campaign supporters by acting too much like Mr. Bush in continuing and even expanding some policies, such as targeted killings using drones.

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More News On President Obama's Last Major National Security Speech

Obama defends record on terrorism in national security speech -- Reuters
Obama Defends His Antiterror Strategy in Arguments Aimed at His Successor -- WSJ
Obama defends his wartime strategy and laments Trump’s likely change of course -- Washington Post
Obama defends counterterror record in parting security speech, amid new warnings -- FOX News
Obama touts counterterror legacy, admits "threat will endure" -- CNN
Obama touts progress in terror fight, warns not to reverse course -- CBS
Obama warns Trump administration that torture doesn't work -- UPI
Obama Defends Counterterrorism Record, Offers Guidance for Trump -- VOA
US President Obama makes final national security speech at MacDill Air Force Base -- DW
Obama Warns Trump Against Reversing Terrorism Gains -- NBC
Obama offers Trump advice on fighting terrorism -- Politico
Obama Sends Messages to Trump on Terrorism, Drone Strategies -- Roll Call
Obama Warns Against Reversing National Security Strategy, Trump Says That’s Still His Plan -- NYMag

Only 200 Survivors Left From The Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor



Reuters: On 75th anniversary, U.S. veterans recall Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

LOS ANGELES/HONOLULU (Reuters) - It has been 75 years, but U.S. Navy veteran James Leavelle can still recall watching with horror as Japanese warplanes rained bombs down on his fellow sailors in the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War Two.

Bullets bounced off the steel deck of his own ship, the USS Whitney, anchored just outside Honolulu harbor, but a worse fate befell those aboard the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS Utah and others that capsized in an attack that killed 2,400 people.

"The way the Japanese planes were coming in, when they dropped bombs, they'd drop them and then circle back," said Leavelle, a 21-year-old Navy Storekeeper Second Class at the time of the attack.

Leavelle, now 96, was among 30 Pearl Harbor survivors honored at a reception in Los Angeles before heading to Honolulu to mark Wednesday's 75th anniversary of the attack.

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Yet Another U.S. F/A-18 Has Just Crashed In Japan. The Ninth In 6 Months

A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet. © Toby Melville / Reuters

The Aviationist: Yet another U.S. F/A-18 has just crashed in Japan. It’s the 9th Legacy Hornet lost in 6 months and the crash rate is alarming.

An F/A-18 Hornet stationed in Japan has crashed in the Yamaguchi prefecture. The pilot has ejected but his fate is unknown.

Reports are emerging that a U.S. F/A-18 Hornet has crashed earlier today in Japan. Rescue efforts to recover the pilot would be underway.

Although no further details are available at this time, the fact that the aircraft was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, seems to suggest the jet involved in the crash was a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C/D model.

If confirmed this would be the 9th major incident involving a “Legacy Hornet” (including the Canadian CF-18 lost on Nov. 28, 2016) in the last 6 months.

Although each crash has its own root causes and may depend on several contributing factor (including the human error), we can’t but observe, once again, that the rate of crashes involving legacy Hornets is alarming.

Two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 Hornets from MCAS Miramar crashed on Nov. 9 near San Diego. Another one on Oct. 25. A Swiss Air Force Hornet was lost on Aug. 29, whereas a Navy F/A-18C crashed on Aug. 2. On Jul. 27 USMC F/A-18 crashed so as the Blue Angels Hornet that crashed on Jun. 2.

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Update #1: Search Underway for Marine Hornet Pilot Who Ejected Off Japan (Military.com)
Update #2: Okinawa-based Marine F/A-18 Crashes off Japan, Pilot Missing (USNI News)

WNU Editor: There are conflicting reports on the fate of the pilot .... but another F/A-18 Hornet going down .... the ninth in 6 months .... is indeed alarming.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, And YouTube Are Setting Up A Database For Terrorist Content



The Guardian: Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft team up to tackle extremist content

The tech companies plan to create a shared database of ‘unique digital fingerprints’ that can identify images and videos promoting terrorism

Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have pledged to work together to identify and remove extremist content on their platforms through an information-sharing initiative.

The companies are to create a shared database of unique digital fingerprints – known as “hashes” – for images and videos that promote terrorism. This could include recruitment videos or violent terrorist imagery or memes. When one company identifies and removes such a piece of content, the others will be able to use the hash to identify and remove the same piece of content from their own network.

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More News On Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, And YouTube Setting Up A Database For Terrorist Content

Facebook and Other Tech Companies Seek to Curb Flow of Terrorist Content -- NYT
Facebook and other tech giants are setting up a database for terrorist content -- CNN
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube team up to purge terror content from web -- Washington Times
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube team up to stop terrorist propaganda -- The Independent
Big Social Media Companies Team Up to Combat Terrorist Content -- Fortune
Terrorism Database: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube Partner To Share Info -- International Business Times
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube are creating a database of 'terrorist content' -- The Verge
Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube launch shared terrorist media database -- Wired
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft are teaming up against “online terrorist content“ -- Quartz

President-Elect Donald Trump Is Time's Person Of The Year

Photo: President-elect Donald Trump photographed at his penthouse on the 66th floor of Trump Tower in New York City on Nov. 28. Photograph by Nadav Kander for TIME

Time: Person Of the Year

This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.

It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption. This real estate baron and casino owner turned reality-TV star and provocateur—never a day spent in public office, never a debt owed to any interest besides his own—now surveys the smoking ruin of a vast political edifice that once housed parties, pundits, donors, pollsters, all those who did not see him coming or take him seriously. Out of this reckoning, Trump is poised to preside, for better or worse.

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More News On President-Elect Donald Trump Being named Time's Person Of The Year

Everything You Need to Know About TIME’s Person of the Year -- Time
Donald Trump is (finally) named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ -- Washington Post
Donald Trump Is Time’s Person of the Year, to No One’s Surprise -- NYT
Time magazine names U.S. President-elect Trump Person of the Year -- Reuters
There was absolutely no question that Trump would win Time’s Person of the Year -- Washington Post
President-Elect Donald Trump Named Time's 'Person of The Year' -- ABC News
Trump named Time’s Person of the Year -- The Hill
Donald Trump named as Time magazine's Person of the Year -- ABC News Online

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Who Benefits From The World's Arms Trade? (Video)



Inside Story/Al Jazeera: Who's benefiting from the war industry?

The United States remains the world's dominant weapons dealer despite a fall in sales.

Is the world becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live?

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute - SIPRI - tries to answer that question every year.

Analysing trends from 2015, SIPRI says it is impossible to say - with the Paris attacks on one hand, and the nuclear deal with Iran on the other.

The study also reveals that the United States remains the world's dominant weapons dealer despite a fall in sales.

Much of last year's SIPRI report focuses on Middle East conflicts, which are continuing now in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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Russian Marines take part in dress rehearsal of the Russian Navy Day parade. © SPUTNIK/ VITALIY ANKOV

Russia Is Developing An Underwater Drone That Will Be Able To Imitate Any Submarine

© Rubin Central Design Bureau

TASS: Russia developing robot able to imitate any submarine

This submarine imitator provides for up to 15-16 hours of naval exercises, reproducing an enemy submarine’s maneuvering, including at high speed

MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. Specialists of Russia’s Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering have developed a conceptual design of a seaborne robotized system called Surrogat for holding naval exercises, the design bureau’s press office told TASS on Tuesday.

Currently negotiations are under way with the Navy on this project, the press office said.

Surrogat is equipped with a lithium-ion battery. This submarine imitator provides for up to 15-16 hours of naval exercises, reproducing an enemy submarine’s maneuvering, including at high speed, over this time.

The robot’s relatively large size (about 17 meters long) and the ability to carry towed sonar arrays for various applications will help realistically reproduce an enemy submarine’s physical fields - acoustic and electromagnetic, the Rubin design bureau said.

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Update: Russia Says It's Working on a Drone That Can Imitate Any Sub (Popular Mechanics)

WNU Editor: The applications for such a drone are nuemrous .... it could be used in navy war games, decoys, intelligence gathering, etc..

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This Is What Happens When A U.S. Navy Submarine Runs Into A Mountain

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) in dry dock to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam Jan. 8, 2005.

National Interest: In 2005, a U.S. Navy Submarine Ran Into a Mountain

The USS San Francisco didn't sink, and that's no accident.

In 2005, the nuclear attack submarine USS San Francisco suddenly stopped dead in its tracks. The ship's crew were thrown about, some over distances of 20 feet, and the majority of the 137-member crew suffered one injury or another—including one that would later prove fatal. Further inspection would explain what happened, and reveal that the submarine's bow looked like a crushed soda can. USS San Francisco had run into an undersea mountain.

On that day, January 8, 2005, the San Francisco had been approximately 360 miles southeast of Guam, traveling at flank speed (more than 30 knots). The navigational charts used by the ship's crew failed to show a seamount, or undersea mountain, protruding from the ocean floor. The sub smashed into it head-on.

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Previous Post: The U.S.S. San Francisco (September 27, 2008)

WNU editor: It is amazing that with the exception of one sailor who died from his injuries .... the rest of the crew survived this accident.

Indian Navy Frigate Flips Over While Being Docked


CNN: Indian Navy frigate flips over in dock, killing 2

An enormous Indian Navy frigate tipped over on its side on Monday, killing two people and leaving 14 others injured.

The guided missile frigate INS Betwa, a 3,850-ton ship more than125 meters (410 feet) in length, rolled over on a 90-degree angle while being docked, Indian Navy spokesman D.K. Sharma told CNN.

"Our first priority is to get the ship in an upright position," Sharma said. "It is an unfortunate incident and one of the first in the history of the Indian Navy."

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More News On The Indian Guided Missile Frigate INS Betwa Flipping On Its Side During Docking

Navy vows strict action against personnel for INS Betwa incident -- Times of India
No crane big enough to lift tilted warship, foreign help sought -- Times of India
Navy Plans To Salvage Rs. 600 Crore INS Betwa Which Lies On Its Side Flooded -- NDTV
INS Betwa: What could have gone wrong during the undocking of the guided missile frigate that tipped over and fell? -- International Business Times
The INS Betwa mishap is another blow to Indian Navy's reputation -- Hindustan Times

Should A Former General Be In Charge Of The U.S. Defense Department?

Gen. James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington July 27, 2010, on his nomination to be Commander of U.S. Central Command. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Anna Mulrine Grobe, CSM: Enter the generals: Why Trump's cabinet picks give Pentagon pause

President-elect Trump's pick for secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, is widely respected among military analysts. But he will need a congressional waiver to serve.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis will soon be named the new administration’s pick for Secretary of Defense.

“We’re not announcing it ’til next week, so don’t tell anyone,” Mr. Trump told a cheering crowd in Cincinnati Thursday evening, referring to the nominee by his nickname, “Mad Dog” and calling him “the closest thing we have to George Patton.”

It is what many former military officials consider a “good news, bad news” story for the Pentagon, which, despite its implicit focus on waging war, has a long – and necessary, analysts are quick to add – tradition of civilian, rather than military, leadership.

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WNU Editor:
I must admit that I am a fan of Ret. General Mattis .... and I was also surprised that President-Elect Trump chose him to be the Secretary of the Defense Department. Is the General qualified .... probably. Will his tenure be a long term success story .... or short live and a failure .... it is far too early to make that prediction. But is selecting a former General to head the Department of Defense the right appointment .... on this I have my doubts. I am one of those who firmly believes that there must be a mix of both at the top .... but with a civilian being the top person. This appointment violates this rule .... and we are now entering unknown territory. I am still going to withhold judgement ..... and give the new Secretary of Defense the benefit of the doubt for the next six months. It is going to be during this time that we will quickly learn if he is going to be there for the long term .... or (like former Defense Secretary Hagel) be replaced within two years.

South Korea Blames North Korea For Hacking Into Its Cyber Command



BBC: North Korea 'hacks South's military cyber command'

South Korea's military cyber command, set up to guard against hacking, appears to have been breached by North Korea, the military has said.

A spokesman told the BBC that classified information was thought to have been stolen, although it is not clear exactly what data was accessed.

The North has previously been accused of hacking into banks and media outlets but never the South's military.

Pyongyang has in the past rejected allegations of cyber crime involvement.

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WNU Editor: It appears that the attack originated from China .... North Korea cyberattack traced to city in China, report says (UPI).

More News On North Korea's Cyber Attack Against South Korea's Cyber Command

N. Korea appears to have hacked cyber command: defense ministry -- Arirang News
North may have hacked South’s cyber command -- Korea JoongAng Daily
South Korea blames North Korea for military intranet hack -- CNN
South Korea's military intranet hacked by North Korea -- Straits Times
S Korea's cyber command possibly hacked: Military source -- Channel News Asia
North Korea steals classified military data in latest cyber attack on South Korea -- International Business Times
South Korea accuses North Korea of hacking military, stealing classified data -- Digital Trends

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 6, 2016

A supporter photographs Donald Trump during a campaign event in Ashburn, Virginia, August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Peter Apps, Reuters: Trump’s brave new world of Twitter diplomacy

When it comes to managing relations with China, Donald Trump is tearing up the rulebook. First by using Twitter to announce his telephone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, and then in his Sunday afternoon complaints over Beijing’s economic and military policy.

Traditionally, the key events in something as strategically crucial as Sino-U.S. relations are heavily discussed for hours, if not days, at the highest ranks of government. The new president-elect, however, shows every sign of being more spontaneous – and looks set to continue to use his personal social media posts in a way that will terrify foreign policy purists.

Trump has yet to pick his secretary of state - and that decision will be crucial to the foreign policy tone of his presidency. Given his style so far, however, there seems little doubt that he will also see himself as America’s “diplomat-in-chief.” That could make life difficult for whomever he picks to runs the State Department.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 6, 2016

How China could respond to Trump call -- Michael Auslin, CNN

China Should Heed Pearl Harbor's Lessons -- Kuni Miyake, Bkloomberg

As US and Iran knock heads again, Tehran hard-liners feel vindicated -- Scott Peterson, CSM

Saudi-Egypt crisis leaves Israel concerned -- Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Saudi Arabia’s Glass: Half Empty or Half Full? -- Thomas W. Lippman, Lobelog

Indian Prime Minister's Shake Down of Private Wealth -- Shikha Dalmia, Reason

Two movies China desperately wants to hide -- Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

New Zealand’s popular prime minister bows out -- The Economist

Russia’s Energy Influence Dropping -- Balazs Jarabik, The Cipher Brief

NATO is betraying its principles -- Max Hofmann, DW

Matteo Renzi already plotting his return to Palazzo Chigi -- Stephanie Kirchgaessner, The Guardian

Italian Leader Steps Down: Day of Reckoning for Renzi -- Hans-J├╝rgen Schlamp, Spiegel Online

Following the ashes of Fidel Castro -- Allen Abel, Macleans

Cuba and Castro -- Jack Goldstone, RCW

Trudeau caught in pipeline blues of his own making -- Andrew Coyne, National Post

Why a top Democrat is open to Trump's pick for Pentagon -- Anna Mulrine Grobe, CSM

Trump's Boeing Provocation Could Backfire -- Paula Dwyer, Bloomberg

World News Briefs -- December 6, 2016



Reuters: Iraqi army launches fresh assault toward Mosul center

Iraqi army units surged toward the center of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold.

Campaign commander Lieutenant General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah was quoted by Iraqi television as saying troops had entered Salam Hospital, less than a mile (1.5 km) from the Tigris river running through the city center.

If confirmed, that would mark a significant advance by the Ninth Armoured Division, which had been tied up for more than a month in close-quarter combat with Islamic State on the southeastern fringes of the city.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian troops enter Aleppo's Old City, poised for war's biggest victory.

Syria's army tightens grip on key Aleppo district. Syrian army takes control of another 5 districts in eastern Aleppo — ministry. Syria says it seized nearly 75 percent of eastern Aleppo.

Russia says Aleppo rebels will be 'eradicated' if they don't withdraw.

Iraq army launches assault on vital Mosul bridge. US-backed Iraqi troops inch towards the Tigris in Mosul after weeks of deadlock.

Saudi Arabia condemns 15 Shiites for spying for Iran.

In bid to belong, Israeli Arabs sign up for Israel's army.

2 million Israelis exposed to rocket fire, says report.

UN watchdog: Iran shipped excess heavy water to comply with nuclear deal.

ASIA

China urges United States to block transit visit by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen next month.

White House looks to reassure China after Trump-Taiwan call.

U.S. military to return some land in Okinawa by year end.

More than 20,000 Rohingya flee government crackdown in Myanmar.

North Korea 'hacks South's military cyber command'.

South Korean president Park Geun-hye defies calls to quit.

Investigators: Philippine police killed jailed mayor.

AFRICA

Libyan troops clearing Sirte of remaining ISIL fighters.

UN envoy recommends guard to protect Libya government.

Russia seeks to influence in Libya.

DR Congo: Ethnic clashes leave 31 dead.

Suspected Islamist militants free 93 prisoners from Mali jail.

Congo detains dozens of South Sudanese soldiers fleeing civil war.

LRA commander Dominic Ongwen pleads not guilty to war crimes at ICC.

Egypt arrests 'organ trafficking ring'.

EUROPE

Facing Trump and Putin, NATO and EU renew their vows.

Setting sights on fourth term, Merkel vows tough line on migration.

Angela Merkel endorses party's call for partial ban on burqa and niqab. Angela Merkel endorses burka ban 'wherever legally possible'.

Italian president pushes for new voting law before election.

Russians approve of their nation’s political course, but upset over economic situation, poll shows.

Erdogan maybe more open to Cyprus deal after coup: Cypriot minister.

French Interior Minister Cazeneuve replaces Valls as PM.

Refugees combat cold, frustration in Greece.

Molotov cocktails, firecrackers hurled at police at march over teen’s death in Athens.

AMERICAS

Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals.

Cuba, U.S. to discuss detente in wake of Trump election.

Venezuelans stage protest over political prisoners outside Vatican.

More Central Americans are giving up on the U.S. and looking instead to a Mexican dream.

Brazil's president, beset on all sides, struggling to be savior.

FBI's credibility 'deeply damaged' by leaks during election, congressman says.

Joe Biden leaves door open to 2020 White House run.

Brazil crisis: Rio riot police battle unpaid workers.

Death toll stands at 36 in Oakland warehouse fire.

Outrage as 'lock her up' chant hits Canada.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Obama defends counterterrorism plan before handover to Trump.

Belgium detains eight for questioning over Islamic State support.

Facebook and other tech giants are setting up a database for terrorist content.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Samsung triumphs over Apple in US Supreme Court patent row.

Trump's 'job traitor' tax plan faces Republican block.

Net earnings: top YouTubers' income rises 23% in past year.

EU approves Microsoft-LinkedIn deal.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 6, 2016



Defense News: DoD Disputes Allegations Hid Evidence of $125B in Wasted Funds

The White House Pres US Department of Defense swept under the rug an internal report that described $125 billion worth of administrative waste in the agency's business operations, according to The Washington Post.

In January 2015, Defense News reported that the Pentagon's Defense Business Board recommended the department slash $125 billion in spending over the next five years by reducing services from contractors, implementing early retirements, reworking contracts and reducing administrative costs.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 6, 2016

Emboldened Putin intends to project power with newly modernized military -- AP

Defense minister promises 2017 World Military Games in Sochi to be held 'at highest level' -- TASS

Russia developing robot able to imitate any submarine -- TASS

Chinese Navy Ships Dock in San Diego -- Washington Free Beacon

Djibouti Military Chief-of-Staff Visits China Amid Base Building -- VOA

Ankara mulls permanent military camp in northern Syria -- Daily Sabah

Number of Turkish Soldiers Captured by Daesh Could Be 'Higher' Than Reports Say -- Sputnik

Knesset committee approves bill to shorten military service for men -- Israel Hayom

NATO to Hold Meeting of Foreign Ministers on December 6-7 -- Sputnik

Does NATO Missile Defense Have a Future? -- National Interest

Indian Navy frigate flips over in dock, killing 2 -- CNN

Matter of Prestige: Reasons Behind Bangladesh’s Purchase of Chinese Submarines -- Sputnik

U.S. military to return some land in Okinawa by year end -- Reuters

Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Transits Suez Canal After Anti-Daesh Operations -- Sputnik

Navy’s $4.4B USS Zumwalt Reaches San Diego Thursday -- Times of San Diego

Navy's bomb testers seek new ways to blow things up -- Navy Times

Carter's Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon head -- AP

Pentagon Leaders, International Allies Show Support for Mattis -- Defense News

U.S. wars grounded in law, White House says -- AP

Trump: Boeing's Air Force One Costs 'Ridiculous' -- Bloomberg

Donald Trump plans to attend Army-Navy game -- UPI

SecNav Recommends Two Troops for Medal of Honor -- Military.com

Sextortion: The U.S. military's dirty little secret is a growing national security concern -- Military Times

Some Military Dogs May Get Quicker Adoption -- Military.com

Lessons Never Learned From Pearl Harbor -- Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report

Why the U.S. Army Must Modernize now Rather Than Later -- Dan Goure, National Interest

Drone warfare’s spread to smaller powers has ‘implications for global peace’ – think tank -- RT