Military And Intelligence News Briefs — December 11, 2018

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — December 11, 2018
….People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built. If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2018
FOX News: Trump threatens to have military build border wall if Pelosi, Schumer won’t budge

President Trump threatened Tuesday to have the military “build the remaining sections” of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, appearing to revive a call to use Pentagon money to finish the project ahead of a meeting with congressional Democratic leaders opposed to the president’s funding request.

“People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built. If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!” Trump vowed, capping a series of tweets meant to set the stage for the White House summit.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — December 11, 2018

Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall — The Hill

Pentagon to begin withdrawing hundreds of active duty troops at border — The Hill

US military flexes muscles in message to Russia — CNN

Pentagon claims nearly $4.4 billion in savings last year. Can it top it for FY19? — Defense News

Pentagon: Dunford will serve full term as Joint Chiefs chairman — The Hill

Pentagon mum on Trump’s unusual timing of Joint Chiefs chairman nomination — Washington Examiner

Trump’s pick for the country’s top military post could splinter his relationship with Mattis — Business Insider

‘Mattis revolution’: Defense secretary is last Trump ‘general’ standing — Washington Times

Head of F-35 Joint Program Office: Stealth fighter enters the new year in midst of a growing phase — Defense News

U.S. missile defense system succeeds in significant test: military — Reuters

US Navy, Missile Defense Agency shoot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile in space — Defense News

US Air Force chief of staff: Our military must harness the potential of multidomain operations — Gen. David Goldfein, Defense News

Coast Guard Commandant Boosts Plan to Outfit Cutters with ScanEagle Drones — Defense Tech

The US Navy’s last stealth destroyer is in the water — Defense News

U.S. military abandons search for five missing Marines after crash near Japan — Washington Post

US military returns 3 disputed bells taken from Philippines as spoils of war — Military Times/AP

Russia becomes world’s second-largest arms producer: analysis — The Hill

Why NATO (Or Anyone) Should Fear Russia’s TOR Air Defense System — National Interest

Top Russian, NATO generals to meet in Baku on December 12 — TASS

UK military chief warns global tensions ‘like those seen before First World War’ — The Independent

Here are the top 3 contenders for the British Royal Navy’s new budget frigate — Defense News

Rivals and neighbours: China and India count down to joint military drill — SCMP

China detains 10 after October protests by military veterans — Reuters

Thailand’s military is working to further link major weapon systems — Defense News

Japan’s military sees record spending, aims to buy more U.S. arms: Nikkei — Reuters

Saudi Arabia Vs Iran: Which Country Has the Strongest Military Force? — Eve Watling, Newsweek

NATO secretary general: The Cold War is over, but big challenges remain — Jens Stoltenberg, Defense News

Does a New US Goal for Syrian Training Portend a Longer Mission? — Paulina Glass, Defense One

NATO needs a European level of ambition — Hans Binnendijk and Gene Germanovich, Defense News

Google’s missing moral compass: Tech giant happy to help China but not our US military — Gen. Anthony J. Tata, FOX News

Americans’ Blind Faith in the Military Is Dangerous — Foreign Policy

Global defense leaders spotlight the power in numbers — Jill Aitoro, Defense News

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — December 11, 2018