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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 20, 2020


Stratfor: What’s Driving Iran to Build a Better Missile

Highlights

* Iran's perceptions of the threats it faces combined with its weakness in other military areas will continue to drive its desire to develop ballistic and cruise missiles.
* Iranian missile research and development efforts have increasingly focused on improving the reliability, accuracy and effectiveness of its missile systems to give them more tactical utility.
* Attacks over the past two years show that while Iranian missiles have become more accurate, improvements in accuracy remain a work in progress.

Greater attention will be given to Iran's missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs from now on. The September drone attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and the January missile attack on two military bases in Iraq that left 109 U.S. military members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries highlighted Iran's increased willingness to use its missile and UAV arsenal for tactical and strategic objectives.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 20, 2020

The US Navy Just Got Its Hands on a New Kind of Iranian Missile -- Military.com

Iran's New Cruise Missiles Are Not What They Appear To Be -- Michael Peck, National Interest

U.S. Accuses Iran of Providing Yemen Allies with New Missiles, Says Weapons 'Do Not Just Walk Away' -- Newsweek

'Hit with a truck' - How Iran's missiles inflicted brain injury on U.S. troops -- Reuters

Top US Air Force general hopes for major KC-46 fix by March -- Defense News

U-2 spyplane fleet gets new high-powered camera -- Flight Global

Pentagon Chief Esper Tours Remote Nuclear Base As Modernization Budget Soar -- Sputnik

Army Needs Bigger Army Budget To Build Big 6: Lt. Gen. Horlander -- Breaking Defense

US Army researchers and industry partners create new helmet padding -- Army Technology

Facing falling enlistment numbers, the U.S. Army takes a new approach to recruitment: Mom and Dad -- Fortune

Navy Researching New Class of Medium Amphibious Ship, New Logistics Ships -- USNI News

U.S. Navy’s Aircraft Launch Rail Gun Revealed -- Aviation Week

How the Navy wants to fix its woefully antiquated computer systems -- Navy Times

Trump appoints loyalist Richard Grenell to oversee spy agencies -- The Guardian

GOP chairman after Africa trip: US military drawdown would have 'real and lasting negative consequences' -- The Hill

States That Defend Us—Where Do Our Military Volunteers Call Home? -- Forbes

Iron Fist Teaching Japanese Amphib Force to Synch with U.S. Marines -- USNI News

To Help Our Military Compete with China, the US Needs to Deregulate Tech Development -- Military.com

US Forces Korea imposes new coronavirus protections after uptick in S Korea cases -- Military Times

British Army officer becomes first woman to pass brutal Para course -- BBC

Turkey informs NATO of Idlib operation, asks for enforcement of no fly zone -- Ahval

NATO has no plans to support Turkey in Syria -- Middle East Monitor

Poland is becoming America’s key NATO ally -- Dan Goure, Defense News

Finland to Take Part in NATO Drills in Norway in March - Defence Ministry -- Sputnik

Soyuz rocket launches Russian military satellite after one-month delay -- Spaceflight Now

Russia Boosts Its Military Contingent in Georgia’s Occupied Territories -- Jamestown Foundation

Senior officers fired after spate of non-combat deaths in Armenian military -- Eurasianet

For Belarus, two rockets on a drone are better than one -- C4ISRNet

Chinese army takes over drive to find coronavirus cure -- RFI

China’s military tightens secrecy rules as PLA steps up exchanges abroad -- SCMP

Report: Yemen’s Houthis now sporting deadlier drones -- Al-Monitor

Top military leaders of 42 African countries, US meet -- Anadolu Agency

What if the Navy and Marine Corps had bypassed Iwo Jima? -- Mark Grimsley, World War II Magazine/Navy Times

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