Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 15, 2018

Newsweek: U.S. Military Dispatched to Protect Middle East Embassies After Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Move

U.S. Marines were deployed to beef up security at U.S. embassies across the Middle East on Monday, in the wake of the Trump administration’s inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Marines trained specifically to protect embassies were sent to U.S. diplomatic facilities in countries like Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, ostensibly to protect the buildings from any retaliation following the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December and announced his intention to move the embassy. The move angered many across the Middle East, who believe that half of Jerusalem should be the future capital of a Palestinian state if a two-state solution is negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 15, 2018

Marines bolster security across the Middle East as US opens embassy in Jerusalem -- Marin Times

US Reportedly Sets Up New Military Base in Syria's Deir ez-Zor -- Sputnik

China Looks for New Ways to Help Russia in Syria as U.S. Backs Israel Against Iran -- Newsweek

Russia appears to have turned its back on Iran's forces in Syria — and now Israel looks in charge -- Business Insider

WATCH Syrian Army Roll Out New Secret Golan-1000 Rocket System -- Sputnik

Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well under way', satellite images show -- The Guardian

Trump relies on spies over diplomats in dangerous game with Kim -- Nikkei Asian Review

Costly helicopter rides for U.S. officials show Afghanistan’s security decline -- Bloomberg

Turkey used German spy software on opposition politicians and activists -- DW

EXCLUSIVE: NATO Arms Dealer Attempted to Buy Russian Weaponry for Iraq in 2015 -- Sputnik

Russia’s upgraded strategic bomber to join Aerospace Force in October -- TASS

Russian naval ship set to dock in Port Moresby but Papua New Guinea, Australia downplay visit -- ABC News Online

Navy and ground troops to join air force in drills around Taiwan as China increases pressure on President Tsai Ing-wen -- SCMP

Why is China expanding its airbase 160 miles from Taiwan? -- Defense News

Taiwan Has a Plan to Find (And Destroy) China's Stealth Fighters -- National Interest

Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy -- Japan Times

India Says Its Nuke-Missile-Carrying Submarine Fully Operational -- Sputnik

German military to move forward with plan to lease Israeli drones -- Reuters

Angela Merkel hints at increased military spending -- DW

Germany to increase defense spending, but not high enough for Trump -- UPI

UK military school audit reveals teenage recruits at risk -- The Guardian

European spy chiefs warn of hybrid threats from Russia, ISIS -- AP

Air Force contracts with UTAS for reconnaissance pods -- UPI

U.S. Lawmakers Want To Axe Funding For New Surveillance Planes To Monitor Russia -- The Warzone/The Drive

Air Force Debates Replacing Depleted Uranium Rounds for A-10 -- DoD Buzz

With Older F-35s 'On Life Support,' Wing Struggles to Train Pilots -- DoD Buzz

Marine Corps announces sweeping changes to ground-combat forces -- Stars and Stripes

Trump's CIA chief nominee committee vote scheduled for Wednesday -- CNN

Air Force adopts Army's Occupational Camouflage Pattern uniform -- UPI

Pentagon Wants Cloud Secure Enough to Hold Nuke Secrets -- NextGov

The Top 5 Reasons Soldiers Really Join The Army, According To Junior Enlisteds -- Task & Purpose

Distinguished Flying Crosses awarded to 23 AC-130 crew members -- Air Force Times

Air War: Stealth F-22 Raptor vs. F-14 Tomcat (That Iran Still Flies) -- National Interest

USS Ronald Reagan Sailor Accused of Smuggling Drugs into Japan -- and Stripes

Ernest Medina, Key Figure in My Lai Massacre, Dies at 81 --

Supreme court rejects appeal from Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqi civilians -- The Guardian

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