Tuesday Defense Briefing

Senior Air Force leaders have drafted a budget-driven plan that would strip the three- and four-star generals who oversee major commands of their authority to manage their bases. – Washington Times

General Dynamics Corp. received the U.S. Defense Department’s biggest contract last month, a behemoth of a deal valued at almost $18 billion for more nuclear attack submarines. – DOD Buzz

Interview with General Dempsey: As U.S. combat forces withdraw from Afghanistan this year, the service chiefs are trying to manage a force drawdown across the military as combatant commanders cope with myriad crises and an unstable world.  – Defense One

Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. – The Daily Beast

The War

An FBI inquiry that disrupted criminal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and generated fears of government spying is not expected to result in charges, law enforcement officials said. – Washington Post

The botched kidnapping of two U.S. Embassy officials in Yemen last month lacked most hallmarks of an al Qaeda attack, leading some security experts to contend it was latest in a growing number of abduction attempts by tribesmen and criminals targeting Westerners. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

After years of Western condemnation for the civilian casualties of terrorist attacks, Al Qaeda’s affiliate here is trying to turn the tables in a stream of online videos arguing that Washington and its Yemeni Army allies are the ones carelessly killing innocent bystanders in their drone attacks and military campaigns targeting suspected militants. – New York Times

A suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed six al-Qaida militants on Monday, military and security officials said. – Associated Press

A Kuwaiti cabinet minister has resigned his post following U.S. allegations that he has been a fundraiser for al-Qaeda-linked extremist fighters in Syria, according to Kuwaiti media reports. – Washington Post

On the first day of their “spring offensive,” the Taliban mounted attacks in three provinces that killed at least 11 people on Monday. In a fourth province, the families of two would-be suicide bombers turned them in to the police, helping to forestall what would have probably been another attack. – New York Times

A car bomb killed at least 12 people, including Somali soldiers and civilians, on Monday in a city that was once a stronghold of al Qaeda-linked rebels, police said. – Reuters

Jordan’s kidnapped ambassador to Libya has been freed by his captors, has left the country and is on his way home, a Jordanian cabinet minister said on Tuesday. – Reuters

A rogue Iraqi offshoot of al Qaeda is now killing more rival al Qaeda fighters every week in Syria than President Bashar al-Assad’s forces as infighting intensifies among opposition gunmen. – Reuters

Fighting raged between government and rebel forces in two oil-producing regions of South Sudan on Monday, despite a U.S.-brokered agreement to resolve the five-month war peacefully and form a transitional government. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The  administration is conducting surveillance flights over Nigeria in the search for more than 250 abducted schoolgirls and is considering the deployment of drones to the region to bolster the effort, officials said Monday. – Washington Post

Foreign Armies East

The United Nations has shelved plans to deploy surveillance drones as part of its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast due to improved security, but is now seeking a company to provide the unarmed aircraft for its peacekeeping mission in Mali. – Reuters

India has revealed that it secretly conducted the maiden test-firing of an intermediate-range ballistic missile from an underwater platform in March. – Global Security Newswire

Iran said Sunday it has succeeded in copying a US drone it captured in December 2011, with state television broadcasting images apparently showing the replicated aircraft. – AFP

China’s defense minister urged the military to step up border security during a tour of Yunnan province which abuts Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, in comments that underscore government jitters over the southwest region’s stability. – Reuters

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russian troops are still amassed along the Ukrainian border, despite Moscow’s assertions to the contrary. – The Hill

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