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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 12, 2019



Gen. Mark Milley


CNN: China will be US military's 'primary challenge' for decades, says top general

China will remain the "primary challenge" to the United States military for as long as a century, warned President Donald Trump's nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday.

China had learned from watching the US go to war in the Middle East, and was using those lessons to advance the development of its own military, said current Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"China went to school on us," Milley said, responding to a question from Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

"They watched us very closely in the First Gulf War, the Second Gulf War. They watched our capabilities. And in many many ways, they have mimicked those, and they have adopted many of the doctrines and organizations."

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 12, 2019


Trump's pick to lead the armed forces says China will be the US' biggest military threat for 100 years, and warns it is improving 'very, very rapidly' -- Insider

China poses top threat for decades ahead, says General Mark Milley, Donald Trump’s pick to head Joint Chiefs of Staff -- SCMP/Bloomberg

Milley Warns That War with Iran Would Disrupt Strategy to Confront Russia, China -- Military.com

Early Afghanistan troop pullout would be mistake, Joint Chiefs nominee says -- AP

Trump's joint chiefs nominee weighs in on Pentagon leadership crisis -- Washington Examiner

Trump pick to be top general says he will 'not be intimidated into making stupid decisions' -- CNN

Milley Details Vision as Next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Senate Panel -- USNI

US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers: Pentagon -- AFP

Pentagon says US plans naval escorts for Gulf tankers -- Al Jazeera

Iranian gunboats backed away in a showdown with a Royal Navy frigate after staring down the barrel of the 'perfect weapon' -- Business Insider

Coast Guard releases video of $232 million cocaine bust on moving submarine -- The Hill

Pentagon Will Raid F-35 Spare Parts Budget To Help Pay For Kicking Turkey Out Of The Program -- Warzone/The Drive

By buying F-15 jets, Pentagon leaders are repeating past mistakes -- Defense News

Aging US B-52 Strategic Bomber Fleet to Receive New Raytheon AESA Radar Upgrades -- Sputnik

Rubio asks White House to delay $10B Pentagon contract over Amazon concerns -- The Hill

Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo -- ABC News/AP

Lawmakers question probe that cleared Hyten of sex assault allegations -- Defense News

New Marine Commandant: There Will 'Definitely' Be More Coed Companies at Boot Camp -- Military.com

The U.S. Army Is Training Militia Troops To Beat Back a Russian Invasion -- David Axe, National Interest

New START’s Death May Up Costs of Triad Modernization -- Breaking Defense

Highly mobile rocket systems to stay in Australia after Talisman Sabre ends -- Stars and Stripes

Former China defence minister Chang Wanquan ‘given military demotion over link to corruption case’ -- SCMP

Beijing to impose sanctions on US firms involved in US$2.2 billion Taiwan arms deal -- SCMP

Russia Says U.S. Military Lied about Its Missiles and Plans to Put New Ones Near Border -- Newsweek

UAE, Saudi navies eye Russian-made Gepard frigate, Karakurt-class missile corvettes -- TASS

Turkey receives first delivery of Russian S-400 missile system -- UPI

Turkey says the first parts of its Russian-made S-400 started arriving Friday, and the US says it will respond -- Reuters

Second plane carrying S-400 systems to depart for Turkey soon — source -- TASS

Turkish servicemen to arrive in Russia to train to operate S-400s in July-August — source -- TASS

With Canada’s military justice system in limbo, cases are being dropped or reduced -- Global News/Canadian Press

Report: North Korea will maintain nuclear arsenal for decades -- UPI

Israel arms company signs $100m missile deal with India army -- Middle East Monitor