Tuesday Defense Brief

Defense

The military’s top general issued a statement Monday pushing back against speculation that head of U.S. Africa Command Gen. Carter Ham is leaving his position over the response to the attack in Benghazi last month. – DEFCON Hill

The Marine Corps wants to enhance its jungle warfare training program and make it more accessible to units based in the continental U.S. – Defense News

Countless movies have cemented the popular image of subs as stealthy underwater killers, stalking hapless surface vessels with periscope and torpedo. But today’s Navy is experimenting with launching robotic mini-subs and even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Virginia-class attack subs like the Minnesota. – AOL Defense

Allies

South Korea on Friday affirmed that it would not join the U.S. program for defending against missile attacks, the Yonhap News Agency reported. – Global Security Newswire

Israel faces accusations of conducting an aerial offensive last week against an armament production site in Sudan, a move observers suggested was partly intended to demonstrate Tel Aviv’s ability to potentially also hit atomic installations in Iran, the London Guardian reported. – Global Security Newswire

The War

In the months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the 44th administration received intelligence reports that Islamic extremist groups were operating training camps in the mountains near the Libyan city and that some of the fighters were “Al Qaeda-leaning,” according to American and European officials. – New York Times

These key plaintiffs asked the Supreme Court on Monday to allow them to proceed with a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the federal government’s sweeping electronic monitoring of targeted foreigners suspected of terrorism or spying. – CNN’s Security Clearance

A man wearing an Afghan police uniform shot dead two members of Afghanistan’s NATO-led force in the south of the country on Tuesday, the force said. – Reuters

The Egyptian authorities arrested a terrorist cell suspected to be linked to al-Qaeda in the suburbs of Cairo’s eastern district of Nasr City. The arrest has raised fears that the violence that has swept the Sinai Peninsula could move to Cairo and the regional provinces. – Al Monitor

The Quds Force is sure to recover from its operational sloppiness, and Iranian leaders appear committed to a policy of targeting Western interests. Arbabsiar’s guilty plea ends one chapter in Iran’s shadow war against the West, but authorities must remain vigilant for the plots yet to come. – Foreign Policy

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