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No F-35s at Farnborough, Will Pentagon Need a Funding Stopgap?

By Jordain Carney ( @jordainc)

Welcome to NJ's Early Bird, today's best national security, defense, and foreign policy coverage. To contact us, email earlybird@nationaljournal.com

 

No F-35s Coming to Farnborough
(Breaking Defense: Colin Clark)
That whoosh sound you just heard was the air rushing out of all the Pentagon officials, Lockheed Martin employees, and the myriads who still hoped the F-35Bs would fly here.

Will Pentagon Need a Funding Stopgap?
(The Hill: Martin Matishak)
A senior member of the HASC said that Congress would likely need to pass a continuing resolution to fund the Defense Department until after the November elections.

Iraqi Parliament Breaks Political Deadlock
(The Washington Post: Abigail Hauslohner)
It's a crucial first step toward forming a new government that Iraqi leaders hope will pull this divided country out of crisis.

 

CONGRESS

U.S. Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill
(Defense News: John Bennett)
The chamber's Defense Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved legislation that would give the Pentagon $489.6 billion in base spending and $58.3 billion in war funding.

Senate Panel Backs One Percent Pay Increase
(Air Force Times: Leo Shane III)
The moves, if adopted later this week, leave troops and families with a mixed message from lawmakers about how much belt tightening they'll see next year. 

Senate Derails Army Bid to Take Guard Helicopters
(Associated Press: Lolita Baldor)
The war-fighting arguments and billions of dollars in cost savings haven't been enough to overcome lawmakers' staunch support for their state unit.

Everybody Picks on Military Readiness Because It's Easy, Panel Chairman Says
(Roll Call: Tim Starks)
Wittman said he spends a lot of time briefing fellow lawmakers on the issue.

 

Reid: House GOP Holding Up VA Talks
(The Hill: Martin Matishak)
Lawmakers serving on a House-Senate conference committee are having "trouble" finding a deal on on legislation because of GOP objections, Reid said.

Staffers Purged at Homeland Security Committee
(Roll Call: Daniel Newhauser)
A spate of sudden firings adds to a pattern of extensive turnover that has left members and staffers questioning the House panel's leadership.

Senate Conflict Creates Logjam of Ambassador Confirmation
(The New York Times: Andrew Siddons)
The Senate has yet to act on the nominations of 13 ambassadors to African countries, and two of the nominations have languished for more than a year.

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Senate Defense Bill Doubles Obama's Request for Israel's Iron Dome
(Defense One: Molly O'Toole)
The Senate is nearly doubling the Obama administration's funding request for Israel's Iron Dome, applying an adage that's long guided the U.S.approach to conflicts in the Middle East.

IRAQ

Vice President Joe Biden Vows to Work Closely With New Iraqi Speaker
(Associated Press)
Biden and al-Jubouri discussed the need for Iraq to move quickly to form a new government that can unite various sects and fight ISIS.

Iraqi Army Retreats From Tikrit After Assault Stalls
(Reuters: Raheem Salman, Maggie Fick)
The failure highlights the difficulties of Baghdad's struggle to recapture territory from the insurgents who seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities last month.

Saudis Add Helicopters, Patrols Along Iraq Border
(Bloomberg: Glen Carey)
Saudi Arabia has deployed helicopters and boosted patrols along its 500-mile northern border with Iraq, where it faces security threats from both sides in a deepening sectarian conflict.

IRAN

61 Percent of Americans Favor Cooperating With Iran to Contain Islamic State Militants
(The Washington Post: Adam Taylor)
The question does not go into specifics about what that cooperation should look like.

Kerry Cites 'Progress' in Iran Talks While Gaps Remain
(The New York Times: Michael Gordon, David Sanger)
Kerry declined to comment on the proposal that Zarif outlined to The New York Times, saying that he would not negotiate in public.

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli Military Operation May Force U.S.'s Hand
(The Washington Post: Anne Gearan)
The Obama administration is likely to face pressure from European and Arab allies to urge Israel to end its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Mideast Conflict 2014: Israel Targets Top Hamas Leader As Gaza Ceasefire Collapses
(Reuters)
Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal.

Netanyahu Says Israel Will Hit Hamas Hard
(Associated Press)
Israel's leader says the country will exert "great force" against Gaza's Hamas rulers after the Islamic militants rejected a truce agreement.

Kerry Condemns Hamas Rocket Attacks
(The Wall Street Journal: Laurence Norman)
The secretary of State supports Egypt-led cease-fire initiative.

Syrian President Bashar Assad Is Sworn in for 3rd Term in Office
(Associated Press)
Syrian President Bashar Assad is sworn in for 3rd term in office.

AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN

Obama's Counterterror Plan Has New Doubters: His Own Generals and Spies
(The Daily Beast: Josh Rogin, Kimberly Dozier)
The idea of pulling nearly all American troops out of Afghanistan in 2016 suddenly seems pretty lousy, after so much of Iraq has collapsed under a similar scenario.

Kerry-Brokered Plan to End Afghanistan Election Crisis Has Stalled
(The Washington Post: Erin Cunningham)
The far-reaching audit of the ballots was postponed indefinitely to address the technical disputes.

U.S. Watchdog Urges Delaying Delivery of More Cargo Aircraft to Afghan Military
(The Wall Street Journal: Nathan Hodge)
Letter questions whether country's air force is making full use of existing planes.

Pakistan Jets, U.S. Drones Attack Militants, At Least 50 Said Killed
(Reuters: Jibran Ahmad)
The violence in Pakistan comes as the United States struggles to bring stability to neighboring Afghanistan before most of its forces pull out after 12 years of inconclusive war.

Pakistan Army Captures High-Ranking Taliban Commander
(Reuters: Saud Mehsud)
Rashid is the first major Taliban commander captured since the military launched an offensive in neighbouring North Waziristan.

Afghan Market Blast Kills Scores
(The Wall Street Journal: Margherita Stancati, Ehsanullah Amiri)
A car bomb ripped through a busy market in eastern Afghanistan, killing scores, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians since the 2001 U.S. invasion.

ASIA/PACIFIC

U.S. Admiral in China for Top-Level Navy Talks
(Agence France-Presse)
Adm. Wu Shengli, commander in chief of China's navy, welcomed Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the U.S. chief of naval operations, with a red-carpet ceremony and an honor guard.

Chinese Hackers Extend Reach to Smaller U.S. Agencies, Officials Say
(The New York Times: Michael Schmidt)
Law enforcement and cybersecurity analysts in detected intrusions on the computer networks of the Government Printing Office and the Government Accountability Office.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un Supervises Rocket Launches Near South Korea Border
(Reuters: James Pearson)
Satellite imagery and photos released by state media show the rockets were fired several kilometers north of a popular South Korean tourist observatory.

EUROPE

Russia-Ukraine Tensions Escalate
(The Wall Street Journal: Paul Sonne)
Russia and Ukraine moved to bolster accusations against each other of cross-border attacks, stepping up a war of disputed facts that has accompanied the bloody separatist conflict.

U.S. Preparing Unilateral Sanctions on Russia
(Associated Press: Julie Pace)
The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine.

U.S. Pressing EU Envoys for Added Russia Sanctions
(Bloomberg: Indira A.R. Lakshmanan)
EU ambassadors were called to the White House for the closed-door session at which the U.S. urged the adoption of tougher measures.

U.S. Designates Suspected Norwegian Al-Qaida Member a 'Terrorist'
(Reuters: David Alexander)
Anders Cameroon Ostenvig Dale was designated under an executive order that "targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism."

Kerry Confers Premature Knighthood on Departing Friend Hague
(Reuters: David Brunnstrom)
Hague has not been knighted—an honor normally bestowed by the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

INTELLIGENCE

U.S. Top Spy to Leave Berlin By End of Week
(Reuters: Annika Breidthardt, Sabine Siebold)
Bild mass daily cited security sources, adding it was only a "matter of days" now.

Obama and Merkel Discuss 'Cooperation' on Intelligence
(The New York Times: Michael Shear)
President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel's call was the first since revelations of American spying activities.

Civil-Liberties Groups Demand Cyber Veto
(The Hill: Julian Hattem)
Civil-liberties advocates are calling on President Obama to take a stand against cybersecurity legislation they fear would further embolden the National Security Agency.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

The Changing Face of the Military
(Politico: Philip Ewing)
For Pentagon skeptics in Congress and elsewhere, however, the military still has much further to go.

Frank Kendall, Pentagon Acquisition Czar, At Farnborough On F-35, Arms Exports, Drones
(Breaking Defense: Colin Clark)
Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke with Breaking Defense at Farnborough.

DOD: New POW/MIA Accounting Agency to Open in January
(Stars and Stripes: Travis Tritten)
The agency will consolidate the work of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office and the Joint Personnel Accounting Command.

AIR FORCE

Pentagon Announces New Commanders for PACAF, ACC
(Stars and Stripes)
The Pentagon announced White House nominations for two top Air Force jobs.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James: Top 3 Tough Money Choices
(Breaking Defense: Colin Clark)
She still faces a myriad of tough choices and did not leave them behind her even as she crossed the Atlantic Ocean to wave the flag for the F-35 fighter on its first foreign visit.

Air Force Reservist Dies After PT Test
(Air Force Times: Oriana Pawlyk)
An Air Force reservist collapsed and later died Saturday as he was nearing the last lap of the run during his physical fitness test.

NAVY

Navy Tests Stealth-Like Features for Super Hornet
(Military.com: Kris Osborn)
The Navy recently conducted several ground and airborne tests of stealth-enhancing upgrades to the F/A-18 Super Hornet in an effort to improve the fighter aircraft's ability to elude radar detection.

MARINE CORPS 

Marines' Legendary 'Lion of Fallujah' Died While Working for the CIA
(The Washington Post: Thomas Gibbons-Neff)
Maj. Doug Zembiec had taken on a secret role with the agency's paramilitary arm when he was killed.

NATIONAL GUARD

Governors Want Cyber Role for National Guard, States
(Politico: Tal Kopan)
The plan does not alter any existing laws or authorities for the feds or states.

INDUSTRY

Raytheon To Produce U.S. Variant of Kongsberg's JSM
(Defense News: Andrew Chuter)
The deal involves Raytheon becoming Kongsberg's production partner on a U.S. variant of the JSM, which could be funded by the U.S. Navy.

Witnesses Testify in Case of 2007 Iraq Killings
(The New York Times: Matt Apuzzo)
Former Blackwater employees confronted their one-time colleagues on trial for a shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead.

VETERANS

Veterans Criticize Care at St. Louis VA Hospitals
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Leah Thorsen)
The veterans who came to the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum told of their frustration getting care at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

DETAINEES

Navy Nurse Refuses to Force-Feed Guantanamo Detainees
(The Miami Herald: Carol Rosenberg)
A Navy medical officer recently refused to continue managing tube-feedings of prison hunger strikers and was reassigned to "alternative duties."

HOMELAND SECURITY

DHS Plans to Fund University Center for Critical Infrastructure Resilience
(Defense Daily)
The Science and Technology branch of the DHS plans to create a new university-based center of excellence devoted research to enhance the resiliency of the nation's critical infrastructure.

AFRICA

Kerry Calls for Halt to 'Dangerous' Libya Violence
(Reuters: Feras Bosalum, Ulf Laessing)
Western powers fear chaos in Libya will allow arms and militants to flow across its borders.

Libya Considers Calling for International Troops
(Associated Press)
The government also urged all rival parties to cease hostilities, saying commanders who violate its orders would face charges of "crimes against humanity."

AMERICAS

Pentagon Expands Training of Mexican Military
(USA Today: Jim Michaels)
The amount the Pentagon spent on training Mexico's armed forces, though small, increased to more than $15 million last year.

Canadian Ship Called Home for Misconduct at RIMPAC Naval Exercise
(The Washington Post: Thomas Gibbons-Neff)
It looks like a Canadian coastal defense vessel, the HMCS Whitehorse, might be changing its name to Darkhorse.

ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY

Hamas's Misfire
(The Washington Post)
The rulers of Gaza are playing a dangerous game with their citizens' lives.

ISAF Nominee's Telling Sidestep About Taliban Threat
(Defense News: John Bennett)
It's not always what senior officials say.

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