Military And Intelligence News Briefs — May 16, 2012

U.S. Navy counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. U.S. Navy/Eric Beauregard


The Most Dangerous Shipping Route In The World Is Getting Its Own Navy — Business Insider

Shipping insurance companies are taking the fight against piracy into their own hands.

With plans to deploy a “private navy” in the Gulf of Aden — where Somali piracy is rampant — the Convoy Escort Program (CEP) hopes to have a fleet of 18 ships protecting merchant vessels by December, reports David Black at The National.



Does Israel Have Stealthy Black Hawks? — Defense Tech

Philippines to Buy Military Jets Amid Sea Dispute With China — Bloomberg Businessweek

Italian AF, Navy Head for F-35B Showdown — Defense News

Misery of defence: Tories find £12billion of unspent cash in MoD budget – but insist soldier cuts must continue — Mirror

US Leads Major War Drill in Jordan – Israel Not Invited — Arutz Sheva

US role in deadly Turkey air strike sparks alarm at Pentagon — FOX News/Wall Street Journal

Pakistan agrees to reopen NATO supply route to Afghanistan, but for a fee — McClatchy News

Cost to relocate Marines off Okinawa a moving target — Stars and Stripes

US submarine emerges near disputed shoal —

Panel calls for steep cuts in US nukes
— Stars and Stripes/AP

Not your grandfather’s B-52
— DoD Buzz

Pentagon restricts F-22 flights, safety a concern — AP

X-47B gears up for summer milestones — Naval Air Systems Command

X-47B Gears Up for Summer Milestones — Defence Professionals

Mini-Missiles For Mini-UAVs — Strategy Page

Contract Supports U.S. Undersea Warfare
— Defense News

Navy’s Sub-Hunting Skills Declined While China, Iran Built More Subs — Aol Defense

House Lawmakers Not in Agreement on U.S. Missile Defense Plans
— Defense News

What New Technologies Will Change Naval Warfare in the 21st Century — Strategy Page

Lead cyberspace tasks headed to Space Command — Air Force Times

Comptroller Blasts USAF’s $1B IT System Failure — Defense News

Blogger Shines Light on U.S. Shadow War in East Africa — The Danger Room

New Law Authorizes Reservists to Respond to Homeland Disasters — US Department of Defense

Army Opens Jobs in Combat Battalions to Women —

Rep Seeks Navy Ship Named for Gay Activist —

GI killed in Vietnam War to get Medal of Honor — AP

How CIA blood money led to family killing in Pakistan — The Guardian

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,843


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