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Today’s Expanded Edition PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Air Force to allow scalp tattoos and morale patches as part of raft of changes to appearance rules. Biden’s Pentagon nominees: More diverse and more of them.
Joe Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal is looking like a disaster.
China’s new missile fields are just part of the PLA Rocket Force’s growth.
Space Development Agency launches experimental infrared sensor into orbit.
Chinese see US littoral combat ship as ‘powerful tool’ in future distributed conflicts.
READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:
WHY? Biden’s Pentagon nominees: More diverse and more of them. Eight months into President Joe Biden’s first year as commander-in-chief, he’s making good on a campaign pledge to form an administration that would “look like America,” selecting for the Defense Department top officials meant to reflect the country’s diversity.
Air Force to allow scalp tattoos and morale patches as part of raft of changes to appearance rules. The Air Force said Tuesday it will allow airmen to wear morale patches on certain days, put hands in their pockets, and to tattoo their scalps as part of an upcoming revision to dress and appearance standards.
China, Russia hold military drills amid security concerns in Afghanistan, Central Asia. Exercises by two U.S. strategic adversaries are focused on counterterrorism and maintaining stability.
Really? Speed of Taliban advance surprises Biden administration, dismays US allies. Fears spread among countries that worked to prop up the Afghan government, from the fate of their embassy staff to the value of U.S. commitments.
Too Late? Biden administration tries to mobilize international diplomatic effort to halt Taliban. The Biden administration has mounted a last-ditch effort this week to convince the Taliban, as it continues its relentless march across Afghanistan, that the world will reject it if it takes over the entire country by force.
Biden Still Owns This. US keeping distance as Afghan forces face Taliban rout. Afghan government forces are collapsing even faster than U.S. military leaders thought possible just a few months ago when President Joe Biden ordered a full withdrawal. But there’s little appetite at the White House, the Pentagon or among the American public for trying to stop the rout and it probably is too late to do so.
Joe Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal is looking like a disaster. Over the summer we’ve seen the debate over the tactics of withdrawal from Afghanistan ebb and flow as headlines announce more bad news.
‘Close to the danger zone’: Security experts warn about increasing possibility of war over Taiwan. A panel of security experts, including a former Japanese government official, expressed concern this week about the increasing potential for war between China and the United States, but made clear they believe conflict can be avoided.
China’s new missile fields are just part of the PLA Rocket Force’s growth. Since 2017, the PLARF has grown by one-third and worked to streamline and improve various support functions that are key to combat efficiency.
Chinese see US littoral combat ship as ‘powerful tool’ in future distributed conflicts. The Chinese military sees the littoral combat ship armed with anti-ship missiles as a key element of a U.S. distributed maritime force in the Western Pacific, according to a translation of a 2020 Chinese government research paper on the U.S. Navy’s distributed lethality concept reviewed by USNI News.
Blast from the past: Cold War artillery command in Germany resurrected and restructured. A two-star general will lead a new European theater command in Germany that will oversee efforts to coordinate artillery and other advanced weaponry focused on hitting more distant targets.
Iran’s new president chooses defense minister, names former as interior minister. Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, presented a Cabinet dominated by hard-liners on Wednesday, state TV reported, providing one of the first glimpses into the policies he might pursue over the next four years.
Spacesuits and lawsuits put 2024 moon landing in jeopardy. Two lunar-exploration spacesuits won’t be ready, a new report says, while bid protests have held up work on the lander.
Space Development Agency launches experimental infrared sensor into orbit. The demonstration will help the agency reduce background noise and detect hypersonic weapons from space.
Space Force planning for new component in the Middle East alongside AFCENT. Space Force leaders are hashing out a plan to create a new group under U.S. Central Command to coordinate what military space assets to use in the region, complementary to the Air Force’s own ops organization in the region.
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