Def Sec Briefing

Missile Defense

The U.S. will likely keep its commitment to place missile interceptors in Poland to counter a military threat from Iran regardless of any opposition from Russia and despite defense cutbacks, a U.S. senator said Thursday. – WSJ’s Emerging Europe

The United States and Russia will conclude a missile defense cooperation agreement this year as part of the “strategic stability” talks between the two powers, according to the State Department’s top arms control official. – The Cable


The Obama administration has decided to remove two of the four U.S. Army brigades remaining in Europe as part of a broader effort to cut $487 billion from the Pentagon’s budget over the next decade, said senior U.S. officials. – Washington Post

As the Pentagon continues to build up its AirSea Battle strategy, the Marine Corps is working hard to make sure they are not left out of that plan. – AOL Defense

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship is now in the irregular warfare business, the top service official in charge of the program said today. – AOL Defense

After a rough 2011, Lockheed Martin is touting success with its often-troubled F-35 fighter program. – DEFCON Hill

The British have a unique security strategy and equally unique fiscal challenges. They are meeting those challenges their own way. Separately, one of the great responsibilities of the American presidency is to maintain a stable global order. Our prosperity hinges on open sea lanes, an accessible Internet and open use of satellites and space. The president’s new defense strategy could end up damaging the sentry that keeps those realms secure. – Washington Post


The number of successful pirate attacks in the Horn of Africa region declined nearly 50 percent last year, the first significant drop since the international community established counterpiracy naval forces in the area three years ago. – USA Today


In an important policy shift, the United States will not adopt a European Union code governing space activities, space debris and international data, a senior State Department official said today. – AOL Defense


A Pentagon pilot program that uses classified National Security Agency data to protect the computer networks of defense contractors has had some success but also has failed to meet some expectations, according to a study commissioned by the Defense Department. – Washington Post

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