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Today’s PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – New report calls for allied monitoring of Chinese in Pacific as part of ‘deterrence by detection’ plan. Turkey delivers the first armed drone to Ukrainian Navy, much to Russia’s ire. Biden announces end to the combat mission in Iraq — What that really means is unclear.
As the Taliban advance, thousands of Afghans seek refuge in Turkey.
As Biden retreats, Americans are evenly divided on whether the Afghanistan War was a mistake.
‘It failed miserably’: After wargaming loss, Joint Chiefs are overhauling how the US military will fight.
Chaos – The Predators Threatening Africa.
Biden’s defense budget makes China smile.
Surviving the inflation anaconda: Congress must invest more in defense. As Congress begins to consider and discuss the fiscal 2022 defense budget, it must mitigate the real threat to America’s defense posture caused by current inflation, which has now risen to 5%.
A US defense budget that makes China smile. No matter the topline, it seems defense continues to get less for more. Except when it comes to civilians.
‘It failed miserably’: After wargaming loss, Joint Chiefs are overhauling how the US military will fight. A brutal loss in a wargaming exercise last October convinced the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. John Hyten to scrap the joint warfighting concept that had guided U.S. military operations for decades.
Biden’s China strategy meets resistance at the negotiating table. Washington hopes to find areas of collaboration, while also confronting Beijing on disputed issues. But talks between the two sides began with harsh words from Chinese officials.
New report calls for allied monitoring of Chinese in Pacific as part of ‘deterrence by detection’ plan. A “neighborhood watch approach” using coordinated American and allies’ unmanned systems and sensors could provide a continuous and effective, yet low-risk way to ward off Chinese ambitions across the Indo-Pacific, a new report from a Washington, D.C., think tank contends.
Turkey delivers first armed drone to Ukrainian Navy, much to Russia’s ire. After completing acceptance tests, the drone, along with mobile control terminals and spare parts, will be deployed at the Ukrainian Navy’s 10th Naval Aviation Brigade in Mykolaiv.
Russia holds military drills off Japan’s mainland during Tokyo Olympics. Russia’s military doesn’t stand down for the Olympics.
Iran Threat (Iraq)
Biden announces end to combat mission in Iraq. What that really means is unclear. The move comes as White House officials evaluate U.S deployments worldwide.
As Taliban advance, thousands of Afghans seek refuge in Turkey. Migrants from Afghanistan are making arduous journeys through Iran to reach Turkey, which already hosts millions of Syrian refugees
Afghanistan on the brink. The U.S. resumes bombing, but Biden needs to do more. How to avert disaster in Afghanistan. The least the U.S. can do is offer air support, intel and ensure proper logistics and maintenance contracting.
Americans evenly divided on whether Afghanistan War was a mistake: Gallup. Americans are evenly divided on whether the war in Afghanistan was a mistake, as the U.S.’s troop withdrawal from the region nears completion.
The Predators Threatening Africa. Africa is a large and diverse continent. Many different peoples, ethnic groups, tribes – these terms overlap but are not synonymous – speaking more than a thousand languages, organized into more than 50 nation-states.
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