Friday Defense Biefing

Defense

The House on Thursday evening passed the 2013 the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets Defense Department policy on a range of areas and authorizes $633 billion in spending in the current fiscal year. – The Hill’s Floor Action Blog

The U.S. House on Dec. 20 approved part of House Speaker John Boehner’s so-called fiscal “Plan B” measure that would cancel pending deep defense cuts and protect the Pentagon budget from cuts this year. – Defense News

The White House says its position has not changed on the threat to veto the defense authorization bill over restrictions on transferring Guantanamo detainees after the final bill was completed in conference committee Tuesday. – DEFCON Hill

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued a department-wide memorandum Dec. 20 that reiterated prior statements on the mechanics of defense cuts while reassuring civilian employees that the department would operate as normal to start the year. – Defense News

America still needs us. That’s the fundamental message of the first top-level Army document to address the post-Afghanistan era. It’s a shot that will be heard round the Beltway in the coming budget wars. – AOL Defense

A staff noncommissioned officer at Camp Lejeune, N.C., was busted to sergeant and ordered to forfeit $500 after he plead guilty to two charges tied to the 2011 incident where a scout-sniper unit videotaped themselves urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters, the Marine Corps announced Thursday. – Military Times

The nation’s most elite fighting forces — celebrated this year in film and best-selling books — are under more emotional strain after a decade of war than commanders realized, according to the senior non-commissioned officer for special operations. – USA Today

Foreign Armies East

Rebels fighting to overthrow Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Thursday they had shot down a MiG-23 combat jet and threatened all military aircraft flying over areas they control with the same fate. – Reuters

A powerful general who is the son of Yemen’s former president has agreed to give up his missiles after his elite Republican Guard was disbanded by the Arab nation’s new leader, sources at the presidency said on Thursday. – Reuters

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to establish a U.S. and European-backed African military force to rebuild Mali’s troubled military, and to begin preparing it for a possible military offensive to retake control of northern Mali from a coalition of Malian separatists and Islamic extremists. – Turtle Bay

The head of the Israeli air force on Wednesday said his nation is keeping a close eye on the chemical weapons of neighboring Syria and could use armed force if they are diverted to rogue actors, United Press International reported. – Global Security Newswire

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have resumed firing Scud ballistic missiles against rebel positions in recent days, American officials said on Thursday. – New York Times

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers are poised to greenlight a defense bill that would add millions of dollars to federal cybersecurity programs while requiring contractors to inform the government in the event of a cyberattack. – Politico

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