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Fiscal Times: 10 Things You Need to Know about America’s New Top General

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and President Obama almost never agree on anything related to the military or U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. So it was something of a surprise on Tuesday when the Armed Services Committee chair lavished praise on the president’s choice of Marine Corps commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to become the next chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“I’m a strong supporter of Gen. Dunford,” McCain told Defense One. “I think he’ll speak truth to power. That’s a habit the Marines have, and I think that he will also bring the benefit of his experience and leadership roles in combat. He’s a true combat veteran.”

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 7, 2015

5 Things to Know about Gen. Joseph Dunford, tapped to be Joint Chiefs chairman -- US News and World Report/AP

Retired generals react to Obama’s pick for Joint Chiefs chairman -- Killeen Daily Herald

Five challenges for new Joint Chiefs nominee -- The Hill

North Korea Conducts Ejection Test of New Submarine Missile -- Washington Free Beacon

North Korea Conducts Third SLBM Test -- Marine Link

S. Korea launches new attack submarine -- Yonhap News Agency

Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces to get new division with railway-based missile system -- ITAR-TASS

Construction of Russian Next-Generation Warship Delayed by Ukraine Export Ban -- Moscow Times

Russia to adjust national security strategy due to Ukrainian crisis, other threats -- ITAR-TASS

Economic Crisis Slows Putin’s Plans to Modernize Russian Military -- WSJ

Russia, China set up headquarters joint Mediterranean Sea military drills -- ITAR-TASS

China's Air Superiority Fighters Are Getting Stealthier -- The Diplomat

China's nuclear submarine fleet vulnerable due to idleness: report -- Focus Taiwan

Germany: official backed company's call for military intelligence to probe leaks about rifle -- FOX News/AP

France launches criminal inquiry into alleged sex abuse by UN soldiers -- The Guardian

Finland to Join 100 Plane NATO Exercises in Northern Scandinavia -- Sputnik

NATO military exercises aim to send message of resolve to Russia -- L.A. Times

Indian Parliamentary panel concerned that Sukhoi-30 fighters have no protective shelters -- Indian Express

Israel Ramps Up Orders of Armored Personnel Carriers Following Gaza War -- Sputnik

Exclusive - Boeing poised to clinch $3 billion-plus Kuwait F/A-18 order -- Reuters

Pentagon Notifies Congress of Potential $3 Billion V-22 Osprey Sale to Japan -- USNI News

US Army Begins Massive Makeover of Combat Vehicle Fleet -- National Defense

Raytheon Ramps Up Production of Anti-Ballistic Missiles for US Navy -- Sputnik

Tank Turret Turns Light Boat Into Deadly Fighter -- Popular Science

Debate over UCLASS capabilities increases programme risk, auditors warn -- IHS Jane's 360

AUVSI: Lockheed urges more X-47B testing -- Flight Global

First female F-35 pilot begins training -- Eglin Air Force Base

NSA phone data collection 'illegal', US court rules -- BBC

NSA mass phone surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden ruled illegal -- The Guardian

Obama threatens veto of defense funding shift -- Washington Times

Carter: US Arctic defense policy falls short -- Alaska Dispatch News

Obama to Push for Creation of Persian Gulf Missile Defense System -- Sputnik

Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit -- Reuters

ICBM Defense: It's Up to Congress -- Chet Nagle, Real Clear Defense

Save Our Seoul: South Korea Needs THAAD ASAP -- Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., Breaking Defense

What Americans Don’t Understand About Their Own Military -- Harvey M. Sapolsky, Defense One/Quartz

Educating the U.S. Military: Is Real Change Possible? -- Joan Johnson-Freese, War On The Rocks

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