Friday Defense Briefing

The Air Force is eyeing Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews as the possible location for a new center that would oversee base operations for the service’s major commands, according to internal Pentagon documents. – Washington Times

The House will consider the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act next week, setting up potential debates over military sexual assault, base closures and immigration. – The Hill’s Floor Action

An influential conservative political organization is urging Republican members to vote down a House Pentagon policy bill if it includes an immigration measure. – Military Times

The Air Force intends to cut more than 20 percent of its headquarters staffs within a year as part of an overall downsizing effort, according to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. – Military Times

The Pentagon will deploy two long-range Global Hawk reconnaissance drones in Japan for operations to monitor Chinese naval activities and a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, defense officials said. – Washington Free Beacon

The U.S. defense chief on Wednesday used a trip to the Persian Gulf to prod the region’s countries to develop an integrated antimissile plan. – Global Security Newswire

We should never want to see U.S. sailors or Marines in a fair fight. The potency and affordability of new technologies will help ensure that American military personnel and partner nations have such an advantage that our adversaries know they can never win. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

General Dempsey’s description of the situation is not grossly inaccurate. Still, it is not a random act of nature that explains why there is nothing in place inside Syria to assume the powers of government once the murderous ruling clan is gone. It is not accidental that there is no military force in Syria capable simultaneously of defending vulnerable civilians from regime and Al-Qaeda depredations. If, in his capacity as principal military adviser to the president, General Dempsey wishes to recommend steps aimed at correcting these deficiencies, he has the duty and statutory authority to do so. Let’s hope he is doing precisely that. – The New Republic

The War

In an emotional ceremony recalling the moments of courage and grace amid the horrors of a terrorist attack, 44 and other leaders helped dedicate the National September 11 Memorial Museum Thursday. – Wall Street Journal

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants the Pentagon to review the ability of Nigeria’s military to rescue nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram, raising doubts that Abuja could act alone on U.S. intelligence. – Military Times

The CIA could still be months away from approving the release of a long-awaited Senate report that is sharply critical of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation measures on terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a request the administration filed in federal court Thursday. – Washington Post

At least 31 people, many of them civilians, were killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim fighters in Central African Republic this week, a local priest and Red Cross officials said on Thursday. – Reuters

The  administration’s legal team has told Congress that if Guantánamo Bay detainees were relocated to a prison inside the United States, it is unlikely that a court would order their release onto domestic soil. – New York Times

U.S. authorities have quietly released 10 Pakistani detainees from Bagram Prison in Afghanistan, lawyers said on Thursday, after the men had spent years in prison without trial. – Reuters

Uruguayan President José Mujica said Thursday that his nation is willing to accept six detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — one of the largest groups of Arab detainees to be released to a third country. – Washington Post

According to a new report by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Gabriel Weimann, terrorists are using social media for the same reasons most us do — quick, easy, anonymous communication — and these new tactics are making it difficult for counterterrorism officials to stop attacks. – Global Security Newswire

The fate of London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri is in the hands of a New York jury, which began deliberating on Thursday on whether to convict him on terrorism-related charges. – Reuters

Yemen said late on Thursday it had foiled a number of al Qaeda attacks on government, military and diplomatic premises in the capital Sanaa and arrested several suspected would-be suicide bombers. – Reuters

Bombings and shootings around Iraq’s capital, including an attack involving militants using a fake checkpoint to kill army officers, killed at least 29 people and wounded dozens Thursday, officials said. – Associated Press

Thousands of civilians have fled Falluja since last week after the Iraqi military intensified shelling in a new bid to crush a five-month old Sunni uprising, killing scores of people in what residents describe as massive indiscriminate bombardment. – Reuters

Iran has been recruiting thousands of Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, offering $500 a month and Iranian residency to help the Assad regime beat back rebel forces, according to Afghans and Western officials. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A car bomb killed at least 43 people on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Salam crossing on the border with Turkey on Thursday and wounded dozens more, an antigovernment group said. It appeared to be the latest instance of civilians bearing the brunt of clashes between Islamist groups in insurgent-held territory. – New York Times

Foreign Armies East

A top Iranian naval commander said that he is prepared to order suicide attacks, drone strikes, and missile technology to “destroy the U.S. Navy” in any upcoming confrontation, according to an interview printed in Iran’s state-run media. – Washington Free Beacon
India’s much-hyped April missile interceptor test may not have been the great success the military initially claimed, the New Indian Express reports. – Global Security Newswire

Nigerian soldiers charged with countering the “exceptionally brutal” Boko Haram insurgency are outgunned and fearful, and the Pentagon has been reluctant to share intelligence with the Nigerian military because of its own record of brutality, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday. – Washington Post

Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation’s navy has constructed in a quarter-century, a North Korea-watching website reported Thursday. – Associated Press

A top Chinese general Thursday strongly defended Beijing’s territorial claims over disputed islands in the South and East China Seas and charged that the U.S. rebalance of forces to the Pacific was encouraging unrest in the region. – Military.com

 

 

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