Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 23, 2021

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the Pentagon, with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley
Breaking Defense: No Growth, No Big Cuts Likely For First Biden Defense Budget
The full budget, set to be released on May 3, should spark heated debate in Congress between an emboldened progressive wing of the Democratic party looking to cut defense budgets, and Republicans and conservative Democrats who say spending must increase to stay ahead of the Chinese military buildup.
WASHINGTON: Early planning indicates that the Biden administration’s first defense budget might only match last year’s request, marking the second year in a row that the budget request will not keep up with inflation according to several sources familiar with the guidance.
If that planning holds up, the top line for the Pentagon’s 2022 budget will likely come in around the $696 billion the department received in it’s base funding 2021, which was itself just $2.6 billion more than the enacted 2020 budget.
Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 23, 2021
Pentagon budget must prioritize Navy, Air Force and cyber, lawmakers say — Defense News
Schumer says Senate will draft tech research funding bill — Defense News
Pentagon spending may escape deep budget cuts, key senator says — Bloomberg
After SolarWinds, US needs to toughen cyber defenses, says Microsoft president — C4ISRNet
Navy Will Make All Sailors Reaffirm Oath to the Constitution in Extremism Stand-Down —
How the Navy's newest aircraft carrier keeps jets flying with fewer sailors than older carriers — Business Insider
LCS shipbuilder president resigns amid US and Australian financial investigations — Defense News
One Shot, One Kill: Marines Begin Fielding New Precision Rifle Optic —
Hawaii 1st to receive new amphibious warships as part of Marine littoral regiments — Marine Times/AP
New Marine Infantry Training Course Aims to Make Deadlier, More Independent Grunts —
Army partners with Air Force’s THOR for base defense — U.S. Air Force
Boeing Offers Up Its T-7A Trainer Jet to Replace Navy's T-45 Goshawk —
Air Force Wants to Harden the B-2 Bomber to Withstand an EMP Attack —
Keep all B-1 and B-2 bombers until the new B-21 is available — Defense News
US B-1 bombers arrive in Norway in historic first — The Hill
Air Force’s MQ-9 Reapers are now conducting missions from Romania — Air Force Times
The Army’s new infantry goggles put the ‘Tron’ in ‘Army Strong’ — Task & Purpose
Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination unlikely so long as supply remains low, Army health official says — Army Times
'I'm still here': Transgender troops begin new era of open military service — ABC News
NATO Anti-Sub Exercise Dynamic Manta 2021 Will Include French Carrier Strike Group, U.S. Attack Boat — USNI News
Report: Far-right incidents surge in German military — ABC News/AP
Germany Contracts Israeli Protection Systems for Leopard Tanks — Sputnik
Requests for Russia's Su-57E fighter received from foreign customers – government agency — TASS
Why would Russia’s Kalashnikov make a NATO-friendly assault rifle? — Sputnik
Kalashnikov plans to start deliveries of brand new submachine gun in 2021 — TASS
China refits combat trucks in Tibet to take on Indian military — SCMP
No More Nannies—The Chinese Air Force Is Finally Training Its Fighter Pilots To Match The Americans — Forbes
India, China Agree to Sort Out Residual Issues After Thousands of Troops Withdraw From Pangong Lake — Sputnik
Kia military truck concept shows off for the world to see — Road Show
Saudi, Emirati defense conglomerates cut deal for military vehicle production — Defense News
UAE, Saudis Team On Armored Vehicles For Kingdom; Precedent Setting Deal — Breaking Defense
7 Dead In Nigerian Air Force Crash After Reported Engine Failure — NPR
Modi Hopes Smaller Countries' Fears Will Help India Meet $5Bn Weapons Sale Target — SputnikOriginal Article

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