THURSDAY PDB – AFGHAN CRISIS: Biden Drone Strike Kills US Ally, Top GOP Senator Backs Afghan Resistance, Milley vs Trump, US-UK-Australia Pact vs China, Russia’s Robot Tanks, Both Koreas Test Fire Missiles Hours Apart, Capitol Police Requests National Guard for ‘Pro-Jan 6’ Protests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian Officials /

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


Pentagon Watch

Milley denies wrongdoing amid calls for his resignation over details in new book. A new book to be released next week says Milley took steps to guard against Trump launching a questionable military strike in the final days of his presidency.

Pentagon Asks Personnel to Report Any Symptoms of Mysterious Ailments. The Pentagon is asking all military personnel, civilian officials and contractors to report any anomalous health episodes similar to the illnesses that have befallen diplomats and C.I.A. officers at the American Embassy in Havana, according to a new departmentwide message.

What Happens to Soldiers Who Refuse the COVID Vaccine? Punishments for troops, especially senior leaders, who steadfastly refuse without an exemption could include discharge.

Homeland Security

Capitol Police request National Guard support for Sept. 18 rally backing Jan. 6 rioters. The Pentagon could not say what kind of support the National Guard would be lending to the Capitol Police.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Afghan killed by drone praised by co-workers in US aid group. The Afghan man who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month was an enthusiastic and beloved longtime employee at an American humanitarian organization, his colleagues say, painting a stark contrast to the Pentagon’s claims that he was an Islamic State group militant about to carry out an attack on American troops.

Top Armed Services Republican asks Biden about counterterrorism ‘plan’ after Afghanistan withdrawal. The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee wants answers from the Biden administration about how it intends to keep America safe from terrorism.

7 Marines still hospitalized weeks after Kabul airport suicide bombing. Two are in critical but stable condition; five are in serious but stable condition.


Lindsey Graham, one-man PR shop for the Afghan resistance. There are no indications that the Biden administration is prepared to help, but the GOP senator isn’t alone in his party.

National Security

The Counterterror War That America Is Winning. The United States has centered its efforts on invasions and insurgencies. But another campaign appears to be having greater success.

France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defense deal. France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defense deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.

China Threat

UK, US and Australia (AUKUS) launch pact to counter China. The UK, US and Australia have announced a special security pact to share advanced defense technologies, in an effort to counter China.

Japan ground troops begin nationwide drills for 1st time in 30 years. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on Wednesday started nationwide exercises involving all units for the first time in about 30 years in an attempt to boost deterrence and strengthen its capabilities amid China’s ramped-up regional assertiveness.

Russia Threat

Russia Claims Battlefield Breakthrough with Robot Tanks. Russia has employed unmanned ground vehicles in combat formations for the first time, a significant step in the country’s quest to develop an effective all-robot military unit, experts say.

North Korea Threat

Rival Koreas test-fire ballistic missiles hours apart. North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles hours apart Wednesday in a display of military might that is sure to exacerbate tensions between the rivals at a time when talks aimed at stripping the North of its nuclear program are stalled.


The Marines are copying the Air Force’s efforts to counter online disinformation. Disinformation and malign influence online are among nascent digital threats the U.S. military is actively countering, top officials said on Monday.


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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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8 months ago

The Biden administration is apparently strongly pro-Taliban – and therefore a terrorist organization themselves. What American could EVER have thought the American government could become an anti-Western, terrorist organization? So goes the modern American Democrat Party. Americans must face the fact that the Democrat Party (and all Democrats) are “no damn good”!! Never, EVER vote for a Democrat again – no matter the office they are running for.

James H. Shanley
8 months ago

Communists have been with us since the 1920’s They never change ( it is their religion) they never sleep. Our only hope is that true Americans have gotten the wake up call.

8 months ago

NO, Mr. Biden: Putin, Xi and Kim are NOT out little friends. Don’t take too many basement naps…or you will soon be taking a protracted dirt nap…you and the rest of America.

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