TUESDAY PDB – Taliban Ignored Biden Warning to Stay out of Kabul, US Coordinating with Russia? Ukraine and NATO ‘Red Line’ for Russia, ‘Political’ US Marine Officer in Brig, US Marine F-35Bs on Japanese Carriers, N Korean Missiles
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Milley: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue. Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four.
Biden hit with backlash over removal of Pentagon’s top nuclear policy official. Lawmakers on both sides of nuclear weapons issues want answers after the lead Pentagon official overseeing the Nuclear Posture Review was ousted after nine months on the job and her position eliminated.
Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer whose meteoric rise to internet fandom began with a video criticizing military leadership over Afghanistan, is currently in the brig, his father told Task & Purpose.
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
A U.S. general warned the Taliban to stay out of Kabul or be bombed. The Taliban rolled into Kabul anyway. Senators are expected to grill Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the chairman of the Joint chiefs and the head of Central Command about the Afghanistan pullout.
NO – A LOT MORE: About 100 U.S. citizens, permanent residents still waiting to leave Afghanistan -official. The United States is aware of about 100 American citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) who remain in Afghanistan and are ready to leave the country, a senior State Department official said on Monday.
Errant drone strike undercuts Biden vow to hit terrorists abroad. The Pentagon’s admission that a drone strike killed innocent civilians as U.S. forces hastily withdrew from Afghanistan undercut one of the Biden administration’s chief arguments for leaving — the ability to use “over the horizon” capabilities to hit terrorists.
U.S. asked Russia about offer of bases to monitor Afghan terror threat. Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley asked his Russian counterpart about Putin’s comments at the request of the White House.
Republican lawmakers warn against more military coordination with Russia. Top Republicans in the House and Senate on Monday pushed back on the Pentagon’s recent call to increase coordination between the U.S. and Russian militaries, saying they were “deeply troubled” by the news.
U.S. fighter jets will operate from Japan’s newest aircraft carrier, the JS Izumo. It’s certainly an unlikely location. U.S. Marine Corps fighters will fly from Japan’s first fixed-wing aircraft carrier in more than half a century.
To deter China, relearn the lost art of dissuasion. Threats of denial or punishment will not deter a peer adversary fighting at home.
New US Navy task group taps destroyers to focus on countering Russian undersea threat. The Navy is organizing East Coast destroyers to better protect the homeland from Russian threats — specifically those undersea — as part of a new initiative called Task Group Greyhound.
Kremlin says NATO expansion in Ukraine is a ‘red line’ for Putin. The Kremlin warned on Monday that any expansion of NATO military infrastructure in Ukraine would cross one of President Vladimir Putin’s “red lines”, and Belarus said it had agreed to take action with Moscow to counter growing NATO activity.
N Korea accuses US of hostility, continues weapons tests. North Korea on Monday accused the United States of hostility and demanded the Biden administration permanently end joint military exercises with South Korea even as it continued its recent streak of weapons tests apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear diplomacy.
U.S. Navy building ‘portable’ laser weapon. The U.S. Navy is building the smallest-ever high-energy laser weapon to take out small drones.
U.S. successfully flight tests hypersonic weapon – Pentagon. The United States has tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of speeds faster than five times the speed of sound, marking the first successful test of the class of weapon since 2013, the Pentagon said on Monday.
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