THURSDAY PDB – AFGHAN CRISIS: New Taliban Same as Old Taliban, Reckless Withdrawal is Costing Billions, Biden Politicizing Defense Advisory Boards, Countering Iran with Drones, Challenging China in South China Sea, Memorial to 13 Fallen Marines Defaced in California

U.S. Marine Corps military police officers with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct live-fire drills showcasing the principles of the Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship Program in Djibouti / DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Orr, U.S. Marine Corps/Released

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


Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Pentagon chief says hopes fading for more open Taliban government in Afghanistan. U.S. defense secretary says he sees no evidence of reforms after Taliban appoints old guard leaders to top government positions.

White House wants $6.4 billion to help resettle Afghan allies, refugees. Lawmakers could approve the money as part of a budget extension plan due at the end of September.

US Army working to recoup Afghanistan withdrawal costs. The U.S. Army is working to ensure the cost of the withdrawal from Afghanistan does not negatively impact its readiness and how it shapes its future budgets, top service leaders said at the Defense News Conference on Sept. 8.


Taliban allows at least 200 Afghan dual nationals, including Americans, to leave the country. Roughly 200 Afghans dual nationals — including about 30 Americans — have been granted permission to leave the country Thursday, two diplomats based in Kabul confirmed.

Democrats say Fort McCoy refugees are being properly vetted. Several Democratic members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation who toured Fort McCoy say they’re confident Afghan refugees arriving at the Wisconsin base are being properly vetted before they resettle across the country.

Congress should explore extending certain VA benefits to Afghan allies. One of the most popular quotations describing America is: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” the words of Emma Lazarus in her poem “The New Colossus,” which are inscribed on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty.

National Security

America’s high-tech problem in low-tech wars. Technology evolves quickly.

China Threat

Pentagon seeks microbe miners to cut rare earth reliance on China. Researchers at the Pentagon have launched a project that aims to extract rare earth minerals critical for military technologies from domestic sources ― using microscopic bugs.

Another guided-missile destroyer joins Navy’s Japan-based 7th Fleet. The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey, formerly of San Diego, pulled into its new homeport Wednesday, the largest U.S. naval base in the Far East.

Navy’s info chief trades Twitter barbs with Chinese journalist over destroyer in South China Sea. A top Navy official and the editor of a Chinese state-run newspaper traded digital quips Thursday, a day after a Navy destroyer cruised past a disputed reef in the South China Sea.

Iran Threat

US Navy launches Mideast drone task force amid Iran tensions. “We want to put more systems out in the maritime domain above, on and below the sea,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the head of U.S. 5th Fleet.


California flag memorial to 13 slain US troops vandalized. Four of the 13 troops killed were from California.

Algorithmic warfare: How AI could go disastrously wrong. As researchers and engineers race to develop new artificial intelligence systems for the U.S. military, they must consider how the technology could lead to accidents with catastrophic consequences.

Space Force expects $1 billion in contracts in first year of Space Enterprise Consortium Reloaded. The U.S. Space Force has ramped up use of its Space Enterprise Consortium, pushing out $1 billion in contracts for prototyping efforts in its first year under new management.

Pentagon Watch

Biden boots Trump appointees from military academy advisory boards. White House officials have asked for the resignation of multiple members of the military academies’ advisory boards who were appointed by President Donald Trump in a move his supporters are blasting as a dangerous politicization of non-partisan advisory panels.

Next Pentagon budget will detail climate change spending. The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2023 budget proposal will more clearly than in the past delineate how the U.S. military proposes to pay for climate change mitigation efforts, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.


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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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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10 months ago

same old shit differnent war. Obamy taught the Buffoon how to f**k up.

james bolton
james bolton
10 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

globalist puppets; bush and cliton and lil bush and barry soetoro and his husband big MIKE and chester the molester biden .

james bolton
james bolton
10 months ago

globalists and their demonrat criminal party, NEW taliban terrorists are the same globalists and their demonrat criminal party, OLD taliban terrorists .

Norman Shier
10 months ago

This message may not be deemed “PC” but I believe it to be true and accurate.

Most of Afghanistan appears to be Muslim.
For 20 +/- years, USA has supported Afghanistan with money, logistics,
Military Training and safety.
At the first sign of trouble, their President fled the Country with its money.
At the first sign of trouble, their Military threw down their weapons and hid.
Their citizens are anxious to flee to USA who, as usual, welcomes immigrants.
But, do these folks desire to come to America to assimilate into a free and
open society or will they group together into a new Afghan/Muslim community?
Do they understand “when in Rome……..”?
Do we have confidence these new residents will step up and promote
American values and appreciate their new Hosts or will they fall in behind
the likes Omar, Talib and Pressley?
To be determined!
Norman Shier
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241


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