Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 18, 2021

A helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 combats a fire aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego, July 14, 2020. (Garrett LaBarge/U.S. Navy) Navy Announces Timeline to Dismantle Fire-Damaged Bonhomme Richard, Sideline 2 LCSs
The Navy has announced plans to dismantle, sell or sideline eight ships, including one that was ravaged by a devastating fire last summer.
The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard will be dismantled starting April 15, according to a Navy-wide administrative message issued Friday.
The Bonhomme Richard was badly damaged in a July fire that burned for four days
Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 18, 2021
Dismantling of USS Bonhomme Richard to begin in April — UPI
Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Deploys After Extended Scrimmage — Virginia-Pilot
Army Prepared to Sacrifice Unit Readiness to Defeat COVID-19, McConville Says —
The Pentagon says there’s no data on troops refusing vaccines. One general just proved them wrong — Task & Purpose
One in THREE US military service members refuse to take COVID-19 vaccine, early data shows — Daily Mail
Pentagon considers sending more than 18,000 troops to help vaccinate America — Task & Purpose
Winter Weather Causes More Than a Dozen Military Bases to Close —
Air Force Pitches 'Armed Overwatch' Planes to Patrol Austere Regions, Police Africa Extremism —
The Air Force’s Two New B-21 Stealth Bombers Are Almost Ready — National Interest
Bombers for Days: The B-21 Won’t Replace Other Bombers for Awhile — National Interest
Lakenheath's F-35s Get a Nickname: Valkyries — Air Force Magazine
‘Clean Sheet’ F-16 Replacement In The Cards: CSAF Brown — Breaking Defense
Women in the Air Force are finally getting body armor that fits — Task & Purpose
AF, Navy May Both Fly DARPA Missile Mothership — Breaking Defense
The Army Is Seeking Firms to Build Highly Mobile Light Tanks for Infantry Brigades —
Gulf War syndrome which left 250,000 veterans suffering long-term fatigue and dizziness was caused by exposure to a NERVE AGENT – and not debris from depleted uranium munitions, study claims — Daily Mail
How the National Guard Became the Go-To Military Force for Riots and Civil Disturbances –– Shannon M. Smith, Conversation
Want to Shed Older Weapons? You Need a Solid Plan — Defense One
The Pentagon Needs Budget Agility to Compete with China — Defense One
Biden admin wants new 'tone' with NATO, but the old challenges remain — Defense News
NATO Defense Ministers Aim for New Chapter in Alliance History — US Defense Department
NATO allies must all meet spending requirements, says Stoltenberg — Euronews
NATO chief urges joint spending as budget debate rolls on — Stars and Stripes
NATO eyes post-Trump reset as internal challenges loom — Euractiv
NATO Chief Says Afghanistan Troop Pullout Depends on Taliban — VOA
New Zealand to End Military Deployment in Afghanistan — AFP
French military jets cut off village's power supply by flying low — BBC
Russian Su-27 fighters intercept French military aircraft over Black Sea — TASS
Here's Our Best Look Yet At Russia's Secretive Space Cannon, The Only Gun Ever Fired In Space — Warzone/The Drive
Is Russia’s defense industry too busy to take on another fighter jet project? — Defense News
Satellite images suggest China’s new tanker aircraft is under production — Defense News
China ramps up military build-up in Tibet, Xinjiang — Phayul
India Leases Four Heron Drones From Israel To Keep A ‘Hawk-Eye’ On ‘Retreating’ China — Eurasian Times
Iran launches new rocket on suborbital test flight: report —
‘Drone swarms’ are coming, and they are the future of wars in the air — The PrintOriginal Article

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