Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 22, 2021

These Feb. 17 photos show the aftermath of Monday's militia rocket attack on the U.S. military base at Erbil, Iraq, that destroyed facilities, killed one civilian contractor, and injured others. KATIE BO WILLIAMS / DEFENSE ONE
Defense One: Troops Describe Night of Fire From Shadowy Iraqi Militants
After the first rocket struck the Erbil base on Monday, “everything happened pretty quickly.” But U.S. officials still aren't sure who's responsible.
ERBIL, Iraq — When the base’s incoming-fire sirens shrieked, the firefighters had just seconds to roll out of their bunks onto the tent floor and cover their heads before the rocket hit.
The explosion swiftly engulfed two of the fragile barracks in flames. Although it was 9:30 at night, not all of the 20 men who slept there were inside. Firefighters moved quickly to save their own, pulling injured men from the tents and moving their trucks to fight the fire. There were shrapnel injuries, some severe enough to send the men to surgery, and one U.S.-employed contractor was killed.
Military And Intelligence News Briefs — February 22, 2021
Army to Test New Anti-Missile System to Protect Tanks, Bradleys and Strykers —
Air Force chief of staff suggests finding a replacement for F-16 fighter — UPI
Air Force tests suicide prevention training with virtual reality system — UPI
Pentagon budget must prioritize Navy, Air Force and cyber, lawmakers say — Defense News
Navy seeks new underwater drones to help contain submarine threat — UPI
Carrier Ike heads out on its second deployment in a year — Navy Times
Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to undergo $2.99B, four-year overhaul — UPI
Biden defense secretary backs Space Command HQ process —
‘I found the video deeply disturbing’: Here’s what we know about the viral video of a female Marine claiming her alleged ‘perpetrator’ will be allowed to stay in the Corps — Marine Times
U.S. military grapples with a rising epidemic of sexual assault in its ranks — PBS
Austin calls video claiming military allowed assailant to stay in uniform 'disturbing' — The Hill
US military must develop radically new ideas to win the next big war — Clint Hinote, The Hill
Our Military’s SJW-Driven Abandonment of Warfighting Is Going to Get Troops Killed — Kurt Schlichter, Townhall
'Woke' American military puts US in danger. Here's how — Newt Gingrich, FOX News
Removing extremists from the military will take more than surveys — Kelsey Baker, The Hill
NATO begins anti-submarine warfare exercises in Italy — UPI
France to begin building new ballistic missile subs — Defense News
Requests for Su-57E fighter received from foreign customers – government agency — TASS
Russian spies try to steal Ukrainian modern tank secrets — Defence Blog
Armenia seeks bigger Russian military presence on its territory — Reuters
Russia’s military exports to Middle East and North Africa hit $6 bln — TASS
Satellite images suggest China’s new tanker aircraft is under production — Defense News
South Korea discloses plans for light-aircraft carrier — UPI
Seoul says Jakarta still in KF-X despite Rafale, F-15EX talk — Flight Global
Khamenei says Iran may enrich uranium to 60% purity if needed — Reuters
Iranian military adviser urges US to return to 2015 nuclear deal — France 24
UAE announces $2 billion in defence contracts, confirms Saab GlobalEye deal — Reuters
UAE-based Halcon is debuting a new cruise missile system at IDEX 2021 — Defence Blog
Blackwater founder Erik Prince accused of Libya weapons ban violations in UN report — FOX News
Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Denies Role in Libya Mercenary Operation — New York Times
Saudi, Emirati defense conglomerates cut deal for military vehicle production — Defense News
Saudi women can join military in latest widening of rights — Al Jazeera
Greece to install long-range cameras and radars along border with Turkey: Report — Middle East EyeOriginal Article

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