A Chinese navy vessel fires its cannon during joint exercises with the Russian navy in the East China Sea, May 24, 2014.

Li Bo, VOA: Are Chinese/Russian Military Exercises an Effort to Offset US Primacy?

China and Russia conducted joint naval exercises this week in the Mediterranean Sea — a sign, some security experts say, that the two countries are stepping up defense cooperation to offset U.S. military primacy.

The Russian Defense Ministry said a total of 10 warships from the Russian Navy and China’s People's Liberation Army Navy took part in the week-long exercises. The Chinese Defense Ministry said the joint exercises focused on navigation safety, at-sea replenishment, escort missions and live fire exercises.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 22, 2015

Russian-Chinese naval exercise in Mediterranean ends -- ITAR-TASS

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Defense giants expected to deliver nearly $2B in arms to Israel -- Washington Business Journal

Israel Defense Exports Plunge to Seven-Year Low -- Defense News

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Saudi Arabia Seeks 10 Sea Hawk Helicopters -- Defense News

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Russia, Paris to Reach 'Acceptable Decision' on Mistral Deal Next Week -- Sputnik

Analyst: China's Djibouti Ambitions a Sign of the Future -- Defense News

Chinese Army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war -- Ars Technica

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German Spy Chief Admits NSA Was Allowed to Ride Roughshod for Years -- Sputnik

B-52s debut in Eager Lion exercise held in Jordan -- Military Times

DoD Strategy in Iraq Unchanged Post Ramadi -- Defense News

USAF Releases Strategic Master Plan -- Defense News

U.S. Air Force eyes ways to avert delays in more F-35 capabilities -- Reuters

AF shifting maintainers from A-10 to F-35 -- Defense News

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The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners -- Gizmodo

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We’re gonna need a bigger Navy: In a world of many threats, our ships at sea are as crucial as drones -- John Lehman , New York Daily News

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