Tuesday Defense Brief

Key U.S. congressional Republicans are calling a comprehensive White House deficit-reduction plan a solid first step toward striking the kind of bipartisan deal that would substantially lessen defense spending cuts. – Defense News

It will cost the Pentagon roughly $6 billion to move the mountain of weapons, vehicles and equipment out of Afghanistan and back to the United States in time to meet the White House’s 2014 drawdown deadline, according to U.S. commanders in country. – DEFCON Hill

Missile Defense

Moscow is considering a possible return to the negotiating table to hammer out a new missile defense pact with the United States, Russia’s newly appointed defense chief told U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday. – DEFCON Hill

Top  administration officials in recent days have held talks with Polish government leaders about the United States’ decision to again alter plans to deploy missile defense systems in Europe. – Global Security Newswire

The War

A hunger strike among detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who have been imprisoned by the United States military without trial — some for more than a decade — is continuing to grow, although there is sharp disagreement between the military and lawyers for the detainees about how many are participating. – New York Times

A majority of Americans oppose launching armed drone attacks against suspected terrorists who are U.S. citizens. – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

The White House’s rush to move a top-level al Qaeda operative into the federal court system has essentially stonewalled efforts by U.S. intelligence agencies to gather vital information from the terror suspect, according to four senior House Republicans. – DEFCON Hill

A Somali man who was a high-level liaison between al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen and later became a U.S. government infoSingapore is expected to announce sometime in the next 10 days that it plans to buy its first squadron –12 planes — of some 75 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35Bs, further bolstering what had been the flagging fortunes of the world’s most expensive conventional weapon system. – AOL Defense

Foreign Armies East

Singapore is expected to announce sometime in the next 10 days that it plans to buy its first squadron –12 planes — of some 75 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35Bs, further bolstering what had been the flagging fortunes of the world’s most expensive conventional weapon system. – AOL Defense

Vietnam has accused China of opening fire on a fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea and burning down its cabin, charges denied by Beijing on Tuesday as tensions resurface over sovereignty in the energy-rich waters. – Reuters

North Korea said on Tuesday its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units have been ordered to be combat ready, targeting U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America after U.S. bombers flew sorties threatening the North. – Reuters

The United States military said Monday that it had signed an agreement with South Korea on how to counter provocations from North Korea. – New York Times

Russia is denying Chinese media claims that Moscow and Beijing have signed agreements to sell Russian-made arms and military technology to China, including 24 Su-35 multirole fighter jets and four Amur-class diesel submarines. – Defense News

China’s military is expanding its unmanned aerial vehicle forces with a new Predator-like armed drone and a new unmanned combat aircraft amid growing tensions with neighbors in Asia, according to United States intelligence officials. – Washington Free Beacon

An Israeli general has raised the possibility of creating a buffer zone in Syria, in cooperation with local forces wary of jihadist fighters, should President Bashar al-Assad be toppled. – Reuters

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