Monday Defense Briefing

The littoral combat ship (LCS) Freedom remained in port at Singapore Friday to deal with yet another engineering problem — the latest in a string of relatively minor issues that have affected the ship over the course of a planned 10-month deployment. – Defense News

Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the two largest defense companies in the world, are teaming up on the next-generation bomber. – Defense News

The disparity was stark between the gleaming convention show floor with its new combat vehicles, hulking MRAPs, full-sized helicopters and drone mock-ups hanging from the ceiling, and the grim message being delivered by Army officials in conference rooms upstairs at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center here last week. – Defense News

There are not enough fast-attack and guided-missile submarines in the Navy’s arsenal to meet the needs of combatant commanders around the globe, senior service officials said at the 2013 Naval Submarine League symposium, Falls Church, Va. – DOD Buzz

The most expensive ship now under construction for the US Navy is the nuclear aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Representing the first entirely new carrier design since the 1960s, the ship’s cost has risen more than 22 percent since construction was authorized in 2008 and is projected to hit $12.8 billion by the time it’s delivered in 2016. – Defense News

While the sequestration budget cuts were intended to reduce government spending, two top Air Force officials say the sequester has already increased the costs to the Pentagon’s key space awareness program. – Defense News

The military’s personnel system does lots of stupid things, like sending Arabic speakers to Korea or forcing out skilled commanders at age 50. But of all our self-inflicted wounds, argues a forthcoming report from the Center for a New American Security, the stupidest is how we manage our generals and admirals. – Breaking Defense

The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer wants details on how Lockheed Martin Corp and other companies will be held accountable for the quality and reliability of the F-35 fighter jet as he considers whether to approve an increase in the plane’s production, U.S. defense officials said on Friday. – Reuters

Video: Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno warns that the combination of continuining resolutions and sequestration could reduce readiness to dangerously low levels, causing more casualties if an unbalanced force were to be sent into combat. – This Week in Defense News

The War

Experts and media figures are questioning the accuracy of Amnesty International’s new report on the human rights impact of the U.S. drone program in Pakistan, saying the study is marred by discrepancies, unverified claims, and dubious witness statements. – Washington Free Beacon

The military trial of the accused 9/11 co-conspirators likely will not begin until early 2015, nearly a year after the highly anticipated terrorism trial was slated to begin. – DEFCON Hill

Defense teams representing the five alleged 9/11 conspirators are demanding 44 declassify all details of their clients’ time in the CIA’s detainee interrogation program. – DEFCON Hill

Details concerning the  administration’s cooperation with the makers of the film “Zero Dark Thirty” could be admitted as evidence in the ongoing 9/11 military tribunal. – DEFCON Hill

Missile Defense

The United States, Germany and Italy this week agreed to maintain trilateral collaboration on a developmental battlefield short-range missile defense system, whose continued financing by the U.S. government has been strongly opposed by Congress, Inside Defense reported on Thursday – Global Security Newswire

Nuclear Weapons

The administration might reconsider a potentially costly plan to upgrade certain nuclear warheads because of increasing budget constraints and skepticism from lawmakers and some military officials, congressional aides and other observers say. – Global Security Newswire

Foreign Armies East

Japan’s leader warned China on Sunday against forcibly changing the regional balance of power, as reports said Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets in response to Chinese military aircraft flying near Okinawa. – AFP

The South Korean Navy believes it can deploy two light aircraft carriers by 2036 and expand its blue-water force to cope with the rapid naval buildups of China and Japan, according to a Navy source. – Defense News

Russia will expand its airbase in Kyrgyzstan at the end of the year ahead of the shutdown of a US base in the country, a senior commander said Saturday. – AFP

Turkey said Saturday it was open to new bids in its plan to acquire its first long-range anti-missile system, should its controversial negotiations with China come to nothing. – AFP

China has revealed that its first fleet of nuclear submarines has started sea patrols, in the latest sign of its military’s growing confidence which has raised concerns in the region. – Financial Times

The Israel Air Force (IAF) is revamping headquarters staff, planning procedures and air operations to support a 10-fold increase in the number of targets it can detect and destroy, the Air Force’s chief of air operations said. – Defense News

Baghdad is requesting the White House and Pentagon accelerate planned deliveries of U.S. warplanes and unmanned drones to battle resurgent al Qaeda cells in the country. – DEFCON Hill

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