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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 18, 2020 US, China Drive Surge in Global Military Spending

Biggest increase in spending in 10 years

New data from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has shown a roughly 4% increase in military spending for 2019, the single largest rate of growth seen in the past 10 years.

The increase is being driven in large part by the two largest military spenders in the world, the United States and China. Both nations increased their respective spending by 6.6%. The US alone increased spending $53.4 billion, which is itself almost as much as other major nations, like Britain, spend on their entire national defense budget.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 18, 2020

US-China strategic rivalry and new technology propel global surge in military spending, IISS report says -- SCMP/AFP

Europeans crank up defense spending amid doubts over US backing -- Defense News

Graham tells Defense Secretary Esper he could 'make your life hell' in battle over Trump Africa policy -- NBC

Graham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report -- The Hill

Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall -- The Hill

US Successfully Tests Trident II Ballistic Missile Capable of Carrying Nuclear Warhead -- Sputnik

Roosevelt, America strike groups unite for Pacific operations -- UPI

DoD: We’re retiring 44 A-10s. Arizona lawmakers: fight me -- Task & Purpose

DARPA Wants Millions To Design An Unmanned 'Flying Gun' Under Its New Gunslinger Program -- Warzone/The Drive

The Army is doubling down on a brand new sniper rifle -- Task & Purpose

Life of a C.I.A. Coder: Nerf Guns, Pranks and Fat Jokes -- The New York Times

Report: U.S., South Korea defense talks on shaky ground -- UPI

Ending Philippines-US military pact will affect South China Sea disputes: analysts -- SCMP

Allies show US the price of reducing common defense funding -- Dov S. Zakheim, The Hill

Esper to allies: Picking Huawei risks intel and security ties with the US -- Defense News

‘It is dangerous’: France’s Macron startles allies and angers US officials with defense proposals -- Washington Examiner

Without Britain, the European Union Lurches Towards Its Own Army -- Bill Wirtz, American Conservative

Cyprus buys missiles, partners with France for exercises to thwart Turkey -- UPI

Germany wants another crack at a EU mission in the Strait of Hormuz -- Defense News

Despite suggestion, shorter skirts not the way the Canadian military is trying to recruit more women -- CTV News

US Plans to Deploy Weapons in Space Would Destroy Current Security Balance - Moscow -- Sputnik

US Paving Way to Deploy Intermediate and Short-Range Missiles in Europe and Asia - Lavrov -- Sputnik

Russia’s Next Aircraft Carrier Will Likely Be Nuclear -- Forbes

More Than a Decade After Military Reform, Hazing Still Plagues the Russian Army -- Moscow Times

Afghan forces facing an increase in insider killings -- Army Times

China to fast-track biosecurity law in coronavirus aftermath -- SCMP

Taiwan's Military Is a Hollow Shell -- Foreign Policy

Australian navy begins three-week fleet certification exercise -- UPI

Italy in talks to sell frigates to Egypt -- Defense News

Why is Egypt seeking African military force? -- George Mikhail, Al-Monitor

Israel rolls out new wartime plan to reform armed forces -- Defense News

AI a new and ‘frightening’ battlefield in cyber war, experts warn -- Shoshanna Solomon, Times of Israel

This Israeli Cyber Billionaire Battles Hackers In China, Russia And Iran: ‘It Will Only Get Worse’ -- Forbes

WWI-era helmets as good for shock wave protection as modern versions -- UPI

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