Tuesday Defense Briefing

The administration’s military shift to Asia still tops the Pentagon’s budget blueprint as the department girds for another round of budget cuts under sequestration. – DEFCON Hill

Less than three weeks from today, a four-star-studded convoy of  administration appointees will head west to for a one-day conference to build a national consensus on defense  between defense hawks and deficit hawks . – Breaking Defense

The U.S. Defense Department’s inspector general over the next year will audit the program developing a replacement to the iconic Humvee. – DOD Buzz

The Navy’s stealthy Zumwalt destroyer floated out of dry dock without fanfare Monday night and into the waters of the Kennebec River, where the warship will remain dockside for final construction. – Associated Press

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) writes: The volatile security environment, our budget constraints, and changes in the way DOD operates have all come together to make this the time to act on defense reform in our own time.  The bottom line is that we can do better – and we must. – Real Clear Defense

Missile Defense

Russia on Monday said it was open to reaching a compromise with NATO on its plans for European ballistic-missile defense, but warned the current negotiating posture of the alliance is “unacceptable,” ITAR-Tass reported. – Global Security Newswire

Romania on Monday began constructing a facility that will host missile interceptors as part of a planned NATO missile shield, a project that has irked Russia. – AFP

Foreign Armies East

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is pushing for South Korea to cut the technical challenges of its proposed KF-X fighter program, offering a single-engine concept that probably has a distant connection with the Lockheed Martin F-16. KAI’s KFX-E design should be cheaper to develop and build than the larger proposals put forward by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), the chief proponent of the KF-X. – Aviation Week

The U.S. Defense Department on Friday alerted Congress that South Korea wants to bolster its Patriot air-defense system, while North Korea meanwhile is expected to be eyeing more long-range rocket launches. – Global Security Newswire

South Korea on Monday deployed destroyers, jet fighters, attack helicopters and rocket launchers in a major live-fire drill against the threat of North Korea landing troops, the defence ministry said. – AFP

Hagel announced a new agreement that will bring New Zealand into the annual Rim of the Pacific Exercise, or RIMPAC, and formally invited New Zealand ships to dock alongside US ships at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. – Defense News

New Zealand on Monday balked at the idea of joining the international Joint Strike Fighter team, further hindering Pentagon efforts to get the advanced fighter jet into regional arsenals in the Pacific. – DEFCON Hill

Turkey has asked the United States to extend the pricing on Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defense system proposal, two sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters on Monday, a sign that Ankara is keeping its options open in case its talks with the preferred Chinese supplier fall through. – Reuters

The Israel Air Force will host nearly 1,000 officers and air warriors from three nations for desert-based training in a debut Blue Flag air drill scheduled here for next month. – Defense News

The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on Monday seized control of an online tool used by an advocacy organization for 44 to redirect links sent from his Twitter and Facebook accounts. – Reuters

Congolese soldiers pushed rebels out of a stronghold and into the hills along the Rwandan border on Monday, an offensive that army leaders hope will quell the latest unrest in the African country. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

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