Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 13, 2020

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2’s ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

Defense News: The Air Force is massively scaling back a major upgrade for the B-2 stealth bomber

WASHINGTON — After years of delays and technical issues, the Air Force is restructuring a key B-2 modernization program, transforming it from a suite of technologies meant to help the bomber evade Russia and China into a less ambitious cockpit display upgrade.

In the Air Force’s fiscal year 2021 budget request, the service zeroes out the Defensive Management System Modernization program, or DMS-M, over the next five years. Instead, it intends to put about $155 million toward a cockpit upgrade that will include a more advanced graphics processor and modernized displays.


Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 13, 2020

B-2 Stealth Bombers Are Getting Upgraded Cockpits as DoD Seeks Billions for B-21 Build — Sputnik

For F-22 and F-35 demo pilots, aggressive manoeuvres are just part of the job — Flight Magazine

US service member killed in non-combat incident in Afghanistan — The Hill

DoD looks to divert $3.8B from weapons programs to border wall — UPI

FIRE!: The Navy’s New Torpedo Will Make American Submarines Even Deadlier — National Interest

Navy preps stealthy USS Zumwalt for new lasers, missiles and guns — FOX News/Warrior Maven

Bataan ARG and 26th MEU complete passage through Strait of Hormuz — UPI

Raytheon nabs $35.9M for work on Navy’s over-the-horizon missile system — UPI

Army to invest $3B in new handheld radios — C4ISRNet

The Army’s Anti-Tank Javelin Missiles Are Getting A Range Upgrade — National Interest

The Army is offering select Green Berets up to $100,000 to stay in the service — Task & Purpose

Pentagon seeks to cut F-35s, other equipment to pay for Trump’s border wall — Defense News

Judge temporarily blocks Microsoft Pentagon cloud contract after Amazon suit — CNBC

Top Armed Services Republican: Pentagon using $3.8B on border wall ‘requires Congress to take action’ — The Hill

Pentagon Mulls Space National Guard Options — Air Force Magazine

US national security concerns return to spotlight as new investment regulations set in — SCMP

In standoff with Iran, U.S. sailors say the threat level was unlike anything they had seen in years — Washington Post

China threatens Pacific stability, US commander warns, citing ‘military intimidation and outright corruption’ — SCMP/Reuters

US sends three aircraft along Taiwan Strait after back-to-back Chinese drills near Taiwan — Stars and Stripes

NATO plans expanded training mission in Iraq — Defense News

NATO eyes boosting Iraq army training, still needs Iraq’s OK — Military Times/AP

Munich Report: NATO funding quarrels mask a more sinister threat to the Alliance — Defense News

Russia alarmed by U.S. Air Force visit to Norwegian island — Reuters

Aircraft Carriers: This Icon Of U.S. Power Is More Sinkable Than Ever But Hard To Kill Off — Investors Business Daily

India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant Set for 2022 Commissioning — Naval News

Mystery as Royal Navy’s £3.1bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth set to slink back to Portsmouth at 4am — Posrtmouth News

A new anti-drone system shows promising results — Asia Times

You Can’t Stop This Fighter Jet: Why Israel’s Air Force Rules — National Interest

War on Autopilot? It Will Be Harder Than the Pentagon Thinks — Patrick Tucker, Defense One

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