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Today’s PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Senate to Air Force: You’re gonna keep your A-10 Warthogs and you’re gonna like it. Congress passes bill to reimburse Guard for Capitol security mission, increase Afghan visas. ‘Deeply troubling’ in Afghanistan. After US withdrawal, can Afghan Air Force keep planes flying?
Everything America did wrong in Afghanistan, according to the top US government watchdog.
Biden orders the Pentagon to consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
Overmatch by other means: integrating Irregular Warfare into Joint Force Wargaming.
What are the best ways to shield Taiwan from a hungry China?
Biden orders Pentagon to consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. Unvaccinated service members will be subject to weekly testing, and perhaps mandatory vaccination.
Congress passes bill to reimburse Guard for Capitol security mission, increase Afghan visas. The $2.1 billion bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.
What are the best ways to shield Taiwan from a hungry China? Should America bang out a treaty clearly and unequivocally committing it to the defense of Taiwan?
China is training for war in the South China Sea (and to invade Taiwan?). While the UK’s new carrier will continue to visit dozens of nations during her maiden voyage, a stop in China isn’t scheduled.
Iran Threat – And Syria
US plans sanctions against Iran’s drones and guided missiles. The U.S. plans a sanctions campaign against Iran’s evolving capabilities for precision strikes using drones and guided missiles, according to U.S. officials, amid concerns over the threat these weapons represent to American and allied interests.
Biden’s Syria strategy is missing in action. Half a year into his administration, President Biden has yet to arrive at a new strategy for addressing the horrifying conflict in Syria, now in its 11th year.
‘Deeply troubling’ in Afghanistan. As the Taliban continue to gain ground in Afghanistan, the brutal reality of their advance is becoming hard to ignore.
After US withdrawal, can Afghan Air Force keep planes flying? As the United States rapidly approaches its final withdrawal from Afghanistan, the nation’s struggling air force is being asked to stave off a surging Taliban.
‘We will do this again,’ Afghanistan IG warns of future drawn-out wars. John Sopko is not convinced the U.S. learned its lesson in Afghanistan.
Everything America did wrong in Afghanistan, according to the top US government watchdog. The Taliban currently have a knife to the throat of the Afghan government in Kabul. While the Afghan military still has a chance to succeed, it will lose if it keeps on its present course, said John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
Senate to Air Force: You’re gonna keep your A-10 Warthogs and you’re gonna like it. Not even the Air Force can kill the A-10.
Air Force special operations’ next big battlefield: Facebook. There’s a war going on and, like it or not, you’ve already been drafted into it. But there’s no battlefield, no explosions, and no uniforms in this fight.
Overmatch by other means: integrating Irregular Warfare into Joint Force Wargaming. Wargaming is an essential component of professional military education, but is it obsolete for the irregular challenges of competition today?
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