Tuesday Defense Briefing

The U.S. is sending four F-15E fighters and a KC-135 Stratotanker to Norway to participate in an exercise running from Tuesday through Thursday, according to U.S. Air Forces in Europe. – Military Times

The Marines departed their last two forward operating bases in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan late Sunday night, bringing one of the most costly and combat-intensive chapters of the Corps’ work in the country to a close. – Military Times

The U.S. Army has deployed its first unit equipped with the new AH-64E Apache attack helicopter to Afghanistan, according to the officer in charge of the acquisition effort. – DOD Buzz

Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle, who has come to serve as a key Pentagon spokesman on Chinese issues, told several hundred insiders that China may be considering creation of two new Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) and warned the rising power against any such move. – Breaking Defense

In July, the US Army will make its first big decision on how to proceed with the ambitious, decades-long developmental project to replace up to 4,000 Apache and Black Hawk helicopters by the mid-2030s. – Defense News

Although House lawmakers are resisting — for now — the Pentagon’s call to slash the annual commissary operating budget by two-thirds over three years, the House Armed Services Committee appears comfortable with a more modest budget cut next year. – Military Times

About nine in 10 active-duty service members oppose the Defense Department’s proposals to reduce their pay raises and basic allowances for housing, according to a new survey by Military.com. – Military.com

U.S. signed a 20-year lease on its military base in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the only American installation on the continent and a staging ground for counterterrorism operations in Yemen and Somalia. – New York Times

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel swore in his new deputy, Robert Work, during a small ceremony at the Pentagon Monday morning. – Defense News

Unfortunately, the U.S. military lacks the capability to carry out all these missions today—and that can only be cause for cheer where autocrats believe their power will only rise as America’s strength declines. – Commentary

Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises Monday after 44 vowed “ironclad” backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China. – AFP

The War

Wondering what happened to the controversial CIA interrogation report that the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify a month ago? So are many Senate Democrats. – Politico

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri issued a public appeal recently urging an ultra-violent splinter faction of the terrorist group to return to Iraq and cease fighting rebels of the al Nusra Front, the official al Qaeda franchise in Syria. – Washington Free Beacon

A Saudi inmate suspected of being an al Qaeda recruiter stayed away from a parole-style hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison on Monday because he objects to a body search, leaving the board to face an empty seat. – Reuters

Yemeni prison and interior ministry authorities had information as early as two months beforehand that al Qaeda militants were planning a prison break in the capital’s main prison, documents seen by Reuters showed. – Reuters

In a video message apparently made by the leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls nearly three weeks ago, called them slaves and threatened to “sell them in the market, by Allah.” – New York Times

French peacekeepers killed several militants during a three-hour battle on Monday after coming under attack from some 40 heavily armed unidentified gunmen in the northwest of Central African Republic, a French army official said on Tuesday. – Reuters

In the nearly 20 months since the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks, al Qaeda operatives and allied terrorists have flocked to Libya, making the fragile North African country a hub for those seeking to wage jihad from north Africa, current and former U.S. counterterrorism officials tell The Daily Beast. – The Daily Beast

The  administration bears responsibility for this mess because, having intervened to help rebels overthrow Gaddafi, they then swiftly exited without making a serious effort to help Libyans establish security and build a new political order. Congress might usefully probe why the administration allowed a country in which it initiated military operations to slide into chaos. – Washington Post

Foreign Armies East

South Sudan’s outgoing army chief General James Hoth Mai accused neighbor and old foe Sudan on Monday of arming rebels fighting his troops in an increasingly ethnic conflict – allegations quickly dismissed by Khartoum. – Reuters

China has drawn up detailed contingency plans for the collapse of the North Korean government, suggesting that Beijing has little faith in the longevity of Kim Jong-un’s regime. – The Telegraph

Newly detected digging at North Korea’s nuclear test site suggests that another atomic blast is not imminent, according to 38 North. – Global Security Newswire

Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are seeking a variety of helicopters, including the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, to offset China’s growing maritime threat in the East China and South China seas, and to deal with other security issues, such as humanitarian and disaster relief missions. – Defense News

Iran will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf should a war between the two countries ever break out, the naval chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Tuesday as the country completes work on a large-scale mock-up of a U.S. carrier. – Associated Press

A senior Iranian official said this week that Iran’s strategic front line now lies in southern Lebanon, just north of Israel’s border. – Washington Free Beacon

The Iranian and Chinese defense ministers held high-level talks Monday in a bid to expand the military relationship between Tehran and Beijing, according to reports in China and Iran’s state-run media organs. – Washington Free Beacon

Funding for joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs has been significantly boosted by House lawmakers following a bid by the White House to reduce the amount of money spent on these critical systems, according to funding documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. – Washington Free Beacon

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