Thursday Defense Briefing

The US Army wants no part of it and the top leadership of the Army Guard and Reserve remain split, but powerful factions in Congress are moving to set up an independent commission that would examine the sweeping force structure changes the active duty Army says are necessary. – Defense News

The Department of Defense (DOD) paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel made from algae, more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels, according to a report released on Wednesday. – Washington Free Beacon

The Air Force expects spending on bombers to double, come fiscal 2020, as a new aircraft is in the works and older ones get upgrades – Global Security Newswire

House Republicans are sparing Cold War-era aircraft, military bases and ships from Pentagon cuts as they abandon their drive to slash federal spending in an election year. – Associated Press

The War

Abu Hamza al-Masri, the Egyptian-born British cleric standing trial in Manhattan, took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday, denying any role in a 1998 kidnapping or any of the other terrorism charges he faces. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A powerful explosion hit a Pakistani Army convoy early Thursday in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least nine soldiers while leaving several others critically injured, according to a Pakistani security official. – New York Times

President José Mujica said Uruguay would take up to six prisoners from the U.S.-run Guantánamo Bay detention facility, as long as Washington agreed they would be free to live freely in this tiny South American country. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The al Qaeda branch with one of the global terror group’s largest fighting forces pledged to step up attacks in Yemen’s main cities as a government offensive forced the militants to yield ground – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said 10 militants killed by government forces this week included fighters from Libya, Mali and Tunisia, state news reported on Wednesday. – Reuters

Yemeni security forces on Wednesday killed a prominent Islamist militant suspected of masterminding attacks on Westerners, including a French security agent gunned down two days ago, the country’s supreme security committee said. – Reuters

Foreign Armies East

After delays of more than a year, Turkey’s top procurement panel has decided to order the country’s first two F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multirole fighters, officials here said – Defense News

A U.S. military satellite recently detected signs of an “imminent” test at North Korea’s nuclear detonation site, the Korea Herald reported on Tuesday. – Global Security Newswire

Russia’s military engagement in Ukraine has triggered a swift response by Sweden to shore up its military readiness and capability, with more spending expected on big-ticket fighter aircraft and submarine acquisition, and modernization programs. – Defense News

Lawmakers in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s party on Wednesday backed cutting by half the 12 billion euros ($16.72 billion) earmarked for Italy’s order of 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. – Reuters

North Korea is making final preparations to conduct its fourth nuclear test but may not do so anytime soon, South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday. – Associated Press

President Vladimir Putin oversaw test launches of Russia’s most powerful rockets on Thursday during military training exercises held across Russia ahead of celebrations of the anniversary of its World War Two victory. – Reuters

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