Military And Intelligence News Briefs — May 10, 2012

It’s Official: U.K. To Switch Back to STOVL F-35 — Defense News

LONDON — The British government has confirmed it will revert to the F-35B short-takeoff, vertical-landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter to equip aircraft carriers being built for the Royal Navy.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced in Parliament that the plan to purchase the F-35C carrier variant had been axed due to what he said was unacceptable cost growth and delays in the plan to convert a carrier to handle the conventional takeoff variant.

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MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE NEWS BRIEFS

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announces U-turn over carrier fighter jets — The Telegraph

Britain: About-turn on new variant of carriers’ fighter plane — The Telegraph

It’s Official: UK to Fly F-35B JSFs — Defense Tech

Britain must keep Trident as other countries increase nuclear capabilities, says US adviser — The Telegraph

Australia Announces Purchase of 10 C-27Js From the U.S. — Defense News

Australian DoD Provides Overview of 2012-13 Defence Budget — Defpro

Pakistan Says It Test-Fires Short-Range Missile — New York Times/AP

South Korea to File Complaints About North’s Alleged GPS Jamming
— Voice of America

Call to suspend South Africa spy chief Richard Mdluli — BBC

Algeria buying Chinese frigates — Defense Web

French Scorpene submarines to roll out in 2015: Antony
— Times of India

The F-22 Pilots From Sunday’s 60 Minutes Episode Are Dealing With Much More Than They Let On — Business Insider

Lockheed’s Next F-35 Tied to Testing Progress, U.S. Says
— Bloomberg

Proposal Directs Pentagon to Give Battle-Ready Dates for F-35 — Defense News

U.S. Marines Extend Afghan Deployment of Cargo UAV
— Defense News

Admirals Rally Round LCS As HASC Attacks; Lockheed Takes Fire, General Dynamics Escapes — Aol Defense

Corroding Littoral Combat Ship Faces Scrutiny — Bloomberg

LCS Program Lauded, But Freedom Not Yet Ready — Defense News

Coast Guard’s newest ship filled with holes — RT

Second-Generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Completes Successful Intercept Flight Test — Missile Defense Agency

Fixes for F-35 Helmet in the Works — Defense News

F-22 Fighter Pilots Battle Mysterious ‘Raptor Cough’ — ABC News

Panetta, Dempsey Stage Unusual Joint Appeal For Law Of The Sea — Aol Defense

Amendment puts spotlight on Pentagon propaganda — Stars and Stripes/USA Today

House committee passes $643 billion defense bill
— The Hill

House spares Pentagon, homeland security from cuts — Bloomberg Businessweek

House panel OKs missile defense site on East Coast — CBS/AP

14 sailors implicated in Navy drug investigation — Stars and Stripes/AP

Survey: Cyberattacks top Americans’ concerns — Washington Times

House panel votes to ban same-sex marriages on US military bases — FOX News

Facebook hosting online forum for military families — Washington Post

Military families sound off on their major concerns — CNN

Is Russia’s Opposition To US Missile Defense System Justified? – Analysis — Eurasia Review

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