Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 13, 2018

SCMP: China ‘ready to build bigger warships’ as first home-grown carrier starts sea trial

New vessel is an upgrade to the Liaoning, a retrofitted Soviet-era aircraft carrier

China is ready to build bigger warships, its naval shipyard said as the first domestically built aircraft carrier began a sea trial early on Sunday.

The new warship was a collaboration between civilian contractors and researchers and the defence industry, Hu Wenming, chairman of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, told state television on Sunday. He said more than 70 per cent of the companies involved in the warship project were from civilian sectors.

The new aircraft carrier left the shipyard in northeastern Dalian at 6.45am, Xinhua reported, sailing out of the port half an hour later in heavy fog to put its home-grown power and propulsion systems to the test at sea for the first time.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 13, 2018

China's first home-built aircraft carrier begins sea trials as country looks to modernise its military -- ABC News Online

2nd aircraft carrier a natural step for China’s navy -- Global Times

China's First Homebuilt Carrier Sails: So What? -- Sam Roggeveen, The Interpreter

China's Navy Prepares to Close the Gap on the U.S. -- Stratfor

China now reportedly has a full set of Russia's advanced S-400 air-defense missile system -- Business Insider

Satellite images prove we can no longer ignore China’s military advances --

'Kalashnikov Has Never Let Us Down': Afghans Go For Russian Arms -- Sputnik

UAE extends military reach in Yemen and Somalia -- Reuters

Ex-Shin Bet head admits to lying about army service -- Times of Israel

Saudi defense spending soars, but not to America's benefit -- Al-Monitor

Amid new approach to Canadian military justice, Sajjan pledges to 'aggressively' handle offenders -- CTV News

New Supply Ship, Frigates and MCM Vessels for Dutch Navy -- Naval Recognition

France aims to bolster relations between military, cinema industry through Cannes -- Defense /News

MI5 chief: UK and EU intelligence sharing ‘never more important’ -- The Guardian

Door opens to keep Britain in EU (security) -- Politico

Iraqi air successes can mean a reduced need for US military assets -- Air Force Times

Following Niger ambush, Pentagon promises more air support in Africa -- Air Force Times

Truman Strike Group is pummeling ISIS in Syria -- Navy Times

Marine Corps F-35Bs train with Japanese F-35A fighters for first time -- Stars and Stripes

Navy to Explode Bombs Near New USS Ford Carrier & Finalize Weapons -- Warrior Maven

Forget Stealth Fighters: The Army Wants 'Stealth' Uniforms -- Michael Peck, National Interest

The US Army wants its first robot combat vehicle ready in 3 years -- Business Insider/

SOCOM Tapping into Biotechnology -- National Defense

US military suspends 2 special operations members in Africa -- Military Times/AP

Report: Special ops Marines under scrutiny, along with Navy SEALs, in Green Beret’s death -- Army Times

Father of soldier killed in Niger says officers cited in a military investigation are not at fault for his son's death -- Washington Post

Senators face choice on CIA director nominee ahead of key votes -- CNN

All-female Crew Proves its Chops on Carrier Roosevelt -- Leader-Telegram

A New Battleship for the Navy? Why This Could Be China's Biggest Military Nightmare -- Salvatore Babones, National Interest

Air Superiority Under 2000 Feet: Lessons from Waging Drone Warfare Against ISIL -- Pablo Chovil, War on the Rocks

Here's How a National Cybersecurity Agency Could Work -- NextGov

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