WEDESDAY PDB – China Taking Over U.S. Bagram Airbase? Biden’s Taliban Plane Hostages, CENTCOM Absorbs Israel to Deter Iran, US Carrier Ignores CCP Order to Notify Prior to Crossing Illegally Claimed Waters, Satellite Gas Stations in Space

Photo of US Bagram Air Base taken during Operation Enduring Freedom / SSGT Cherie A. Thurlby, USAF

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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical national security issues.

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Biden’s Afghan Disaster

China weighing occupation of former US air base at Bagram: sources. Building on friendly relations Beijing has secured with the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, China is now considering new ways to expand influence and embarrass the U.S.

Taliban forms acting government in Afghanistan, saying permanent leadership to be named soon, as protests grow. The Taliban on Tuesday took its first step toward formalizing its rule of Afghanistan, announcing the leaders of a caretaker government that included members of the powerful Haqqani network but excluded representatives of the country’s toppled government.

AFGHAN EVACUATION

Veterans groups, evacuees plead for action: ‘We are in some kind of jail.’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday the U.S. was working with the Taliban to resolve the matter.’

State Dept. working ‘at the highest levels’ to clear Mazar-i-Sharif charter aircraft. U.S. State Department officials acknowledged Tuesday that they have been unable so far to get six chartered aircraft carrying about 1,000 evacuees out of Mazar-i-Sharif, but it was not clear whether the holdup was due to U.S. bureaucracy or Taliban action.

National Security

US over-the-horizon (OTH) capabilities robust, but use requires ‘strategic refinement,’ experts say. While over-the-horizon capabilities have never been stronger, a larger counter-terrorism strategy is needed.

After Afghanistan, US should focus on regional stability as Chinese, Russian threats mount. Easing regional tensions could allow the U.S. to focus more on other areas of the world, particularly the Pacific.

China Threat

Strategic ambiguity’: Former INDOPACOM chief calls for Taiwan policy review amid Chinese buildup. Washington should review its ambiguous position on defending Taiwan during a Chinese attack, according to a former Indo-Pacific Command leader who warned that Beijing seeks to “dominate” the island democracy.

US aircraft carrier, destroyer busy in South China Sea despite Beijing’s new notification law. A Navy aircraft carrier strike group and a destroyer steamed separately through the South China Sea on Wednesday, just days after China imposed a law requiring foreign vessels to give notice before entering waters claimed by Beijing.

Adversary Insight: Understanding Chinese Airpower. This is the first in a series of episodes that will explore the China threat in multiple domains and dimensions.

Iran Threat

US Central Command absorbs Israel into its area of responsibility. The move comes as Israel and its neighbors work to improve diplomatic relations under the Abraham Accords.

Why Israel’s transfer to US Central Command could help deter Iran. U.S. Central Command announced Sept. 1 that it has assumed responsibility for U.S. forces in Israel.

Military

New US Air Force study asks: What’s the right number of F-35s? A new tactical aircraft study underway could make certain what has until now been a suspicion: The U.S. Air Force is unlikely to purchase all of the 1,763 F-35A jets in its program of record.

Navy arming surface ships with drone repellent system. With the use of drones becoming more prevalent, the Navy has found a way to ensure all of its surface ships can repel unmanned aerial vehicles.

Lockheed, Northrop invest in a startup that wants to refuel satellites in space. Defense industry giants Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are investing in Orbit Fab, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to build gas stations in space that can refuel satellites and prolong their lifespan, the companies announced Monday.

Pentagon Watch

Retired Marine Corps colonel pleads guilty for role in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal. Enrico DeGuzman, who served as fleet marine officer on the staff of the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet from July 2004 to July 2007, has become the latest uniformed domino to fall in the far-reaching scandal.

Airmen and guardians have about two months to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Active-duty airmen and guardians have until Nov. 2. Reservists have until Dec. 2.

END of PDB

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Tom Tucker
Tom Tucker
19 days ago

Okay this is bad and it’s all on stupid Joe, but there is a funny side which will play out over the coming years. Afghanistan has minerals China wants. The Taliban foolishly think they can be equal partners with China. But reality is that the civilized and technologically advanced Chinese consider the Taliban to be ignorant gutter rats and will take every advantage of them and the gutter rats to are too stupid to ever get it. And if they threaten or try to get physical with China, there will be hell to pay.

Max
Max
19 days ago

Way to go Biden and his COMMUNISTS DEMOSHIT PARTY….WELL DONE IDIOTS

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
19 days ago

Joe biden orders left weapons of war behind against the law,Who’s foreign policy ?Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization The Talaban, why were was Biden giving weapons of war to them when it is against the laws of the United States? It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO. (The term “material support or resources” is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(1) as ” any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel (1 or more individuals who maybe or include oneself), and transportation, except medicine or religious materials.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(2) provides that for these purposes “the term ‘training’ means instruction or teaching designed to impart a specific skill, as opposed to general knowledge.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(3) further provides that for these purposes the term ‘expert advice or assistance’ means advice or assistance derived from scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge.’’

tom
tom
18 days ago

yep, giving them guns while trying too take ours away !!?? NOT gonna happen asswhipe ( biteme and heels up harris can go to a hell of their own making !!

Carol Cooper
Carol Cooper
19 days ago

We will unfortunately be going back unless we get rid of he idiot Democrats and Biden. We need to fight them. Thank you Paul. We also need to destroy Big Tech Three

Joe
Joe
19 days ago

This is great, this huge base we built with billions,has been gifted to china. to check out all of our weapon systems, this genius,dementia,sockpuppet,joe has really screwed the American people. This sick,pathetic,embarrassment, needs to be impeached, or removed by 25th amendment, for total incompetence.

robert mcdermott
robert mcdermott
19 days ago

As I said in an earlier post the CCP will operate out of Bagram. This is a strategic forward airbase for them that helps encircle India, and enables connection to the gulf states through their ally Iran. Their ability to project airpower from this base can not be understated. This blunder will go down in infamy.

Anne Campagna
Anne Campagna
19 days ago

Bright people, good research, accurate stuff.

tom
tom
18 days ago

The biggest threat to America is BITEME !! that worm is cowering to all foreign governments, and they will crush us if it keeps up. The democrooks should NEVER AGAIN BE in power in the United States. !!!

carl gerker
carl gerker
18 days ago

I think it is time to hire the little guy from Texas who got his employees out of the Mid East against State Department Orders. That was Ross Perot, a non political person. Believed in a balanced budget and close borders. I understand he quit because people threaten his immediate family.


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