Monday Defense Briefing

The flag has been passed at Central Command. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin took command from retiring Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis on Friday – The E-Ring

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom’s first overseas deployment to Southeast Asia has been marred by two more power outages, the U.S. Navy says. – Aviation Week

[T]he centrality of AirSea Battle and comments by various military leaders have raised the possibility that transformation was regaining its centrality in the debate about what America should best do to prepare for war and what kind of war we should prepare for. – AOL Defense

Budget pressures at the Pentagon have renewed a debate about the value of the U.S. Navy’s giant aircraft carriers, with critics arguing the warships are fast becoming costly relics in a new era of warfare. – AFP

In sum, sequestration faces the Navy with degrading its readiness, decreasing its presence in the two most volatile regions of the world, the Middle East and East Asia, and deferring the investments required to keep the fleet from shrinking more than it already has. – TWS

The War

A White House plan to make the administration’s armed drone program the sole domain of the Pentagon is creating concern among congressional lawmakers. – DEFCON Hill

The Defense Department on Friday reaffirmed its readiness to protect the U.S. homeland against weapons of mass destruction and other threats. – Global Security Newswire

Langley deserves a fair public trial. Release the Senate magnum opus. Let people see the CIA’s back and forth as it tried to devise an American way to compel jihadists to talk. And release the tens of thousands of pages of documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden. Everyone would benefit from an open, bruising assessment of the country’s long war against  radicalism. – Washington Post

Foreign Armies East

In what is believed to be the first time since the 1940s, the entire British defense staff will be here March 25 to discuss long-range strategy and the impact of budget cuts with their U.S. counterparts, according to U.S. and British sources. – Defense News

Army units restored order on Saturday to a city in central Myanmar devastated by three days of religious rioting and arson attacks. – New York Times

There is no possibility that North Korea’s new mobile ICBM is operationally ready for use given its lack of flight-testing, an aerospace engineer said on Friday amid mounting U.S. expressions of concern about the missile. – Global Security Newswire

China’s People’s Liberation Army has accepted an invitation to participate for the first time in a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, but legal restrictions will limit its role to less sensitive exercises, like disaster relief, U.S. officials say. – Reuters

The Pakistani military and the nation’s recently dissolved government have been touting a “strategic pivot” toward increased cooperation and transparency with regional neighbors, but it is far from clear whether these major shifts would affect Islamabad’s nuclear weapons. – Global Security Newswire

Pressure intensified Friday on Capitol Hill for 44 to use U.S. military force to end the Syrian civil war, with several senior Republican and Democratic senators joining the pro-intervention ranks. – Defense News

An Australian Defense Force spokesperson confirmed Iranian reports that two of its warships had encountered a Royal Australian Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Indian Ocean earlier this month, but denied there was a confrontation. – Defense News

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