Def Brief Wednesday

U.S. Defense Department should be prepared for budget cuts every year through 2021 to remain within the spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns in a new report. – Defense News

Amid accusations that the Defense Department still has bloated budgets — and protects them by hyping the potential harm of even modest cuts — the Pentagon’s top financial officer said big cuts are in fact being made and more are coming. – Military Times

Ten years to the day after the US invaded Iraq with shock, awe and too few ground troops, the Army is anxious never to repeat the errors of the past. Yet as policymakers not only cut the defense budget — the Army’s portion most of all — but also emphasize investing in air, sea, and increasingly cyber power at the expense of troops on land, there’s an understandable and uneasy sense of deja vu. – AOL Defense

Tight budgets mean new [Army] vehicles must be more survivable, and must be easily modified to accept new technologies. – Defense News

Missile Defense

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Kelly Ayotte says the administration intends to “cancel,” not restructure, the SM-3 Block II missile program, and that the White House and Pentagon are bowing to Moscow’s demands. – Defense News

North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling has reignited debate on Capitol Hill on the need for a missile defense system on the Eastern Seaboard. – DEFCON Hill

The apparent disagreement comes after defense authorizations in both the House and Senate banned funding MEADS in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed last year. – DEFCON Hill

Romania on Tuesday said it remains on track to house U.S. ballistic missile interceptors under the administration’s revised plan for a European antimissile system, the Associated Press reported. – Global Security Newswire

Compromises could have made sense as part of a broader agreement with Russia on missile defenses. To undertake them unilaterally, for what are portrayed as purely budgetary reasons, is imprudent. – Washington Post

Pressure on the administration to use military force in Syria intensified Tuesday after reports that President Bashar Assad’s government had crossed a line drawn by 44 by using chemical weapons. – DEFCON Hill


The criminal smuggling channels used to transport illicit drugs into the United States might also be used to move unconventional arms across the nation’s borders, several top U.S. military officials warned lawmakers on Tuesday. – Global Security Newswire

The War

Two influential U.S. senators are split on whether most — or any — of the armed UAV strikes carried out by the CIA should instead be conducted by the military. – Defense News

More prisoners have joined a hunger strike at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. – CNN’s Security Clearance

Foreign Armies East

The size of the U.S. military’s footprint in Europe could continue to shrink, the head of U.S. European Command said on Tuesday. – Military Times

The Czech Republic nominated a retired four-star general Tuesday as the country’s new defense minister, a move that sparked concern among politicians who want civilian control over the military. – AFP

North Korea’s nuclear test last month wasn’t just a show of defiance and national pride; it also serves as advertising. The target audience, analysts say, is anyone in the world looking to buy nuclear material. – Associated Press

Tunisian troops clashed with Islamist militants near the border with Algeria on Tuesday, a security source said, in an area where the army is hunting al Qaeda-linked fighters. – Reuters

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