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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical national security issues.
READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
The Afghan Fiasco Will Stick to Biden. It hit at his reputational core. He no longer comes across as empathetic, much less serious.
Anti-Taliban resistance fighters rely on grit, history and geography to hang onto a sliver of Afghanistan. Guerrilla fighters are part of a fledgling resistance force determined to prevent the Taliban from seizing the last fragment of Afghanistan the militants have yet to dominate.
Syria Villagers Fear Exit of American Troops After U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan. The Biden administration has said it wants to reduce the U.S. military footprint in the broader Middle East
Bidens visit wounded troops at Walter Reed. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are visiting injured U.S. troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
I helped design the SIV program. It needs an urgent update if we want to help Afghan refugees. Fortunately, there is a solution that could resolve the status of most of these Afghans, securely and fairly, if both Congress and the Biden administration will take a few long-overdue steps.
The best way for the U.S. to deal with the Taliban? Carefully and mostly invisibly. America has no alternative but to work with the Taliban in some way to protect U.S. interests.
‘We need everybody’: Plans to make women register for potential military draft advance in policy bill. Both House and Senate lawmakers have offered support for the idea in recent months.
China’s Type 003 aircraft carrier will be advanced, but not a game-changer for US, experts say. A report from Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense details advanced Electronic Warfare capabilities and an increased ability to project power into the Pacific.
The US Navy is combining diver teams as it readies for future wars. The Navy’s salvage and Seabee divers both work underwater but on very different missions. Now they may find themselves working together more often to prepare for a future conflict where its outcome could depend on the speed of their capabilities.
POLITICIZING BOARDS – Pentagon restarts 16 advisory boards after 7-month pause. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has agreed to restart 16 defense advisory boards, after halting activity by all the panels in February and essentially purging a number of members who were appointed in the final days of the Trump administration.
Dishonorable discharges for vaccine refusal would be blocked under congressional proposal. The plan is included in the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the annual defense authorization bill.
Fired Marine’s question about leader accountability should not be dismissed. Let’s not conflate Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller’s story with the questions that he asked, which were not unreasonable, this retired Marine colonel writes.
END of PDB
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