Tuesday Defense Briefing


The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for thousands of alleged “inappropriate communications” with another woman involved in the case. The Pentagon had begun an internal investigation into emails from Gen. John Allen to a Florida woman involved in the case. – AP

With 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers already in service, four under construction, and at least nine more in the Navy’s latest five-year plan, getting the DDG-51 right — at the right price — is critical to the Navy. The Packard Award recognized an innovative approach that saved an estimated $300 million over the three most recent ships — and which might help the Navy afford the next, far more challenging phase of the destroyer’s evolution. – AOL Defense

U.S. amphibious warfare ships often have been pressed into a variety of roles beyond those of carrying Marines and their gear and taking part in beach assaults. Now, the design of the Navy’s next amphib might itself be adapted to different missions and requirements. – Defense News

The Iranian attack on a U.S. drone was clearly a “hostile act” against the United States, the top U.S. military officer said Monday. – DEFCON Hill

Lockheed Martin on Monday said Pentagon officials had underscored their support for Marillyn Hewson, named to take over as chief executive in January after an ethics scandal, and urged the company to stay focused on its flagship program the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. – Reuters

America is getting a crash course in sequestration. The potential danger of the automatic budget restrictions, by now so familiar in Washington, burst into the mainstream of American consciousness in the week after Election Day. – Politico

The election accelerated an already shifting political dynamic that next year will pair a second-term Democratic president searching for spending cuts with tea partyers and conservatives intent on preserving lower tax rates above all else, even if it means once unheard of reductions in defense. – Associated Press

Dale Lumme writes: Our elected officials now have an opportunity to put aside partisan concerns and do the right thing — stop sequestration now. No more campaign ads and no more political pandering. The effects of sequestration would have devastating effects on our national security, the effectiveness and sustainability of our defense industrial base and our economic prosperity unless they act now. – Politico

Michael O’Hanlon writes: I am inclined to think that women with the skills and desire for intense ground combat should, at least initially, be steered toward other parts of the military (certain responsibilities within the special forces, for example) where they can contribute in important ways even in small numbers. But this judgment is provisional. We need to see if other women volunteer for training and see how they do. There is no need to rush, or to let politics drive the decision-making. The stakes are too high for that. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Missile Defense

Future unmanned ships could be retrofitted with missile-firing systems following successful prototype tests, but how long before the technology can be deployed remains a question, U.S. Navy officials say. – CNN’s Security Clearance

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin promised there would be a pointed retaliation should any U.S. Aegis-equipped antimissile try to approach Russian waters, RIA Novosti reported on Monday. – Global Security Newswire

Foreign Armies East

Taiwan tested its longest range ship-to-ship missile within a month of China putting its first aircraft carrier into service, a report said Nov. 12. – AFP

Turkey warned on Monday of the risk of Syria using missiles with chemical weapons as tensions rose between Israel and Syria, whose forces traded fire for a second consecutive day. – Financial Times

Iraq will renegotiate a massive weapons deal with Russia, a spokesman said Nov. 12, after Baghdad canceled a $4.2 billion agreement that would have made Moscow Iraq’s biggest supplier after the U.S. – AFP

Israel faced the prospect of stepped-up military action on two fronts Monday as rockets fired from Gaza hit southern communities for the third straight day, and the army said it shelled a Syrian artillery battery after a stray shell landed near one of its posts in the Golan Heights. – Washington Post

The War

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the White House has not ruled out cooperating with a pending U.N. probe into the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes. – The Hill’s Global Affairs

Now that the Haqqani network has been recognized as a terrorist organization by the world’s premier governing body, are its days of refuge in Pakistan over? Not likely, according to veteran observers of the Taliban-allied militant group that hails from Afghanistan but is seen to enjoy cozy relations with Pakistani intelligence services. – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Nov. 12 on a visit to Afghanistan that his government would decide in the coming days on the next steps in withdrawing troops from the country. – AFP

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