MONDAY PDB – New Taliban Same as Old Taliban, Biden’s Deadly Drone Strike ‘Mistake,’ US-Australia Defense Ties Deepen, General Milley’s China Calls Scrutinized, Will US Navy Defend Taiwan? US Bolsters Ukraine Defenses, Pentagon’s ‘Extremist’ Witch Hunt Continues, Iranian Militias Create Chaos in Iraq

A Reaper Drone at Kandahar Airfield in 2014 Photo By Capt Brian Wagner

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Biden’s Afghan Disaster

The Taliban PR Campaign Has Not Ended But Transformed. Messages of liberation and inclusiveness have given way to ones that serve the consolidation of power.

‘It was a mistake.’ CENTCOM admits Aug. 29 drone strike killed civilians, not ISIS. “The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference.

The US military needs to do more than apologize for its deadly ‘mistake’ in Kabul. The admission and apology were stunning, especially as the unmanned drone strike was among the last US military actions with troops still on the ground in Afghanistan, bringing a 20-year military presence in the country to a painful end.

How the Afghan withdrawal impacts US-China competition. The long-term geopolitical consequences of U.S. withdrawal vis-à-vis China are becoming increasingly apparent.

National Security

France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia over new national security partnership. The French government has immediately recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultation in response to America’s recently announced national security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia.

Trade versus subs: The risky U.S. tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific. Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world’s largest economies ever closer toward China?

China Threat

Will the U.S. Navy defend Taiwan from China? Talk of a ‘prolonged counterinsurgency’ suggests otherwise.

Australia says more US troops to come, plans missile project. About 2,200 US Marines scheduled to come through Darwin in the 2021 rotation as Canberra also eyes enhanced air and maritime capability.

What are the regional reactions to the new US-UK-Australia security pact? China has lashed out at plans by Australia to forge a closer alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom, which includes the sharing of nuclear-powered submarine technology. But other Indo-Pacific nations are reacting more cautiously.

China enters Taiwan air defense zone a day after army budget rise. Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away 10 Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

Russia Threat

Joint military drill to kick off in Ukraine as Congress seeks air defense boost for the country. Congress is keen to support Ukraine as the country tries to fill an air and missile defense capability, and lawmakers want to know how the Pentagon can help the ally.

Ukraine spies tried to ensnare alleged Russian war criminals with a fake website, promises of riches and an international sting. Security forces shattered the early morning calm of the lakeside Soviet-era resort outside the Belarusian capital of Minsk, bursting in to arrest 32 Russian mercenaries.

Iran Threat

There is chaos’; Iran-backed militias battle activists in a holy Iraqi City. Karbala, the southern Iraqi city whose gold-domed shrines attract Shiite pilgrims from around the world, has become a flash point in Iraq’s internal conflict over the presence of dozens of powerful Iranian-backed militias.

Pentagon Watch

A plan for rooting out extremism in the military: report. Detecting and intervening are the keys, according to Rand Corp.

Milley: Calls to China were ‘perfectly’ within scope of job. Milley spoke for the first time about statements attributed to him in a new book.

Jan. 6 committee seeking records on Milley’s China calls. Both Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have said they have confidence in Milley as some Republicans in Congress urge his firing.


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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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charles A wilkins
7 months ago

Time to put a man back in the White House, not sure what we have now, but he is no President, current resident lacks coherent policies both domestic foreign, lacks any leadership attributes, does not have any principal, lacks honesty for sure, definitely lacks truthfilness, most of all lacks ability to fully comprehend most situtations, refuses to accept counsel , suffers Inabilty to communicate on world diplomacy, worst national security matters. Joe must go. This issue to govern is only going to get worse, where is the medical sign off this person is fit to serve mentally? The executive branch is in crisis getting worse each day it’s allowed to continu

7 months ago

Given the New Fraudulent Criminal “President” O’Biden Regime and with over 3 Years, Left Our American Will No Longer Exist !!!!
Wake Up America, We Are In Very, Very Serious, Grave and Dire Danger “From Within” and From China, O’Biden’s Ally !!!!!

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