FRIDAY PDB – DOD Blames State Department Over Afghan Retreat, Biden Afghan Blunder Helped China, Some Biden Afghan Evacuees Assault and Rob, US Military Talks with Russia and China, DOD Continues to Bolster Poland Defenses

U.S. Army Spc. Mark Caloca, 2nd Platoon, a soldier assigned to P Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, fires a Polish RPG-7D alongside a Polish paratrooper from the 6th Airborne Brigade during allied weapons training July 9, 2015, at Nowa Deba Training Area in southern Poland. / Courtesy photo by Polish Army Pfc. Mariusz Bieniek, 16th Airborne Battalion

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Pentagon Watch

Troops ask court to block DoD’s vaccine requirement. Troops take DoD to court to get out of vaccine requirement, which they call illegal and unconstitutional.

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD. Army women are being harangued over hair as superiors ignore new rules. Cpt. Kelsey Boursinos just arrived in Hawaii to serve with the 25th Infantry Division in September, but before she could settle into her new assignment, she quickly found herself at the center of a controversy regarding her hair.

The Man at the Center of a Shocking U.S. Navy Scandal. Procurer, protector, supplier for all needs: Leonard Francis claims that he made himself indispensable to the U.S. Navy. Then he became the star witness in a sweeping corruption probe.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

State Department, Pentagon trade blame over Afghanistan evac. The State Department says everyone was on board with the evacuation timeline. But the Pentagon says it pushed to move faster.

Multiple reports of assault, robbery among Afghan evacuees at military bases. Two Afghan refugees have been detained and more are under investigation as the U.S. works to resettle tens of thousands evacuated from Kabul during the final days of the war in Afghanistan.

Lawmakers vow investigations into Afghanistan missteps have only just begun. Plans for more hearings, independent investigations into the issue are underway.

The Taliban’s social media presence is a clear danger to America. Too often the generals stick to talking points, their calculated answers suggesting a missing appreciation for the scale and gravity of the catastrophe they presided over.

National Security

LESS WAR WAR, MORE JAW JAW? Americans prefer diplomacy to military engagement as threats shift, poll shows. Most Americans would like the U.S. to increase diplomatic engagement with other countries on issues such as climate change and migration, and many think Washington should scale down its military activities abroad, a new public poll showed.

China Threat

Biden’s Afghan blunder has weakened his hand against China. In a defiant speech on Aug. 31, President Biden claimed that his precipitous exit from Afghanistan, which facilitated the terrorist takeover of that country, would allow the United States to focus on its “serious competition with China.”

China, US in talks on military relations amid strained ties. Smalls signs of progress amid increasing tensions.

Russia Threat

Russia urges calm between ally Tajikistan, Afghanistan. Russia urged Tajikistan and Afghanistan to resolve any dispute in a mutually acceptable manner, saying it had heard reports they were sending troops to their common border, TASS quoted the foreign ministry in Moscow as saying on Thursday.

U.S. and Russia say they held ‘substantive’ arms control talks in Geneva. The United States and Russia said in a joint statement on Thursday that they had held “intensive and substantive” talks in their second meeting within a framework that is aimed at easing tensions between the world’s largest nuclear weapons powers.

TRUMP STARTED THIS SHIFT. A $30 million US Army command hub in defense bill as military steps up presence in Poland. A $30 million U.S. Army command and control headquarters in Poland is among the projects being proposed to support the military’s expansion in the country, which has emerged as a focal point for coordinating allied defense efforts along NATO’s eastern flank.

Military

WHY IS US PLAYING ‘CATCH-UP”? Hypersonics test shows the US is catching up in the new missile race. Last week’s successful demonstration of a hypersonic glide vehicle is a “step in the right direction” in closing the research and testing gap between the United States and rivals Russia and China, a top Air Force technologist said this week.

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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.

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robert powell
robert powell
19 days ago

NO ONE IN THE WHITEHOUSE WITH ANY BRAIN LEFT AT ALL.byden and his communist crew has in as much declared civil war open for business to highest bidder….

Jawad
Jawad
19 days ago

Who is really running the military? Alfred E, Newman: ‘What, me WORRY?’ Forrest Gump: ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’


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