MONDAY PDB – Team Biden Grilled on Afghanistan, GOP Wants Afghanistan Intel, China’s New Electronic Warfare Jet, Trump DOD Official Subpoena Over Jan 6, Navy Obsession With Diversity, DOD and UFOs, Space Energy for Army?

China's upcoming Zhuhai air show is where the new Shenyang J-16D will be revealed / Screencap via Chinese state CCTV footage

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Pentagon Watch

WHY? Gilday outlines goal for Navy to become the most diverse service. The ultimate goal is for the force to respect, and benefit from, diversity, Gilday said.

DoD Civilians on notice for mandatory vaccine deadline as Pentagon weighs enforcement. The Air Force has told civilian staff they face a Nov. 22 deadline to be vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming the first service to issue a deadline for its civilians and matching a White House schedule for federal employees as the Pentagon works on a plan for enforcing the mandate.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

UNPREPARED – Jake Sullivan: the Biden insider at the center of the Afghanistan crisis. Critics say Biden’s national security adviser should have considered the worst-case scenario.

This week in Congress: Lawmakers confront Pentagon leaders on Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley will appear before both the House and Senate Armed Services this week to answer what are expected to be confrontational questions about the U.S. military exit from Afghanistan.

Top foreign affairs Republican seeks declassification of Afghan intel. The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is asking the Biden administration to declassify and release its intelligence on Afghanistan after arguing they were caught off guard by the rapid fall of Kabul.

BLAMING THE VICTIM? How Afghanistan’s security forces lost the war. Building Afghanistan’s national security forces was one of the most ambitious and expensive aspects of two decades of U.S.-led war.

Homeland Security

Former DoD official among Trump advisers, associates subpoenaed by House Jan. 6 panel. The subpoenas are a significant escalation for the committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

More than 1,000 Haitian migrants intercepted at sea this fiscal year, Coast Guard says. The number of Haitian migrants stopped at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard zoomed past 1,000 for this fiscal year after two interceptions of 260 migrants returned to Haiti Friday, the agency announced.

National Security

Playing defense is totally fine. The U.S. has built many layers of protection against attack, and toughness doesn’t require endless war.

A total lack of focus’: Lawmaker on a mission to compel Pentagon to take UFOs seriously. There has been a growing number of reports in recent years from Navy pilots and other military personnel of highly advanced craft of unknown origin violating protected airspace, some of them maneuvering in ways that seem to defy known aerodynamics.

DON’T ASK DON’T TELL – US won’t be asking Taliban permission to strike terror groups in Afghanistan. Counterterror strikes from abroad will not be cleared through the Taliban.

America needs a permanent military presence in the Baltics, and here’s why. With the Defense Department weighing whether and how to change the U.S. military footprint overseas, it’s time to make the American military presence in the Baltic states durable.

China Threat

China to show off its new electronic-attack jet. China is set to debut its dedicated electronic-attack aircraft on public display at the upcoming Zhuhai airshow, giving observers a first look at the newly developed type.

Russia Threat

Russian fighter jets escorted US Air Force bomber after it reportedly approached Russian airspace. Russian fighter jets were scrambled to escort a US Air Force plane that reportedly approached Russian airspace over the Pacific Ocean, Russian state news agency TASS said Sunday.


Could solar panels in space power Army operations on Earth? What the Army needs is an energy source it can tap into from anywhere on Earth with limited infrastructure: A constellation of satellite-mounted solar arrays that can collect energy on orbit and beam it down to Earth. Terrestrial service members would be able to plug into that energy source from anywhere on the planet with mobile equipment, enabling them to power an entire forward operating base or simply charge a radio.


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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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