MONDAY PDB – Afghan Hearings Disaster, China Jets Threaten Taiwan, $2 Million Raised for Detained Outspoken Marine Officer, Iran Threat Contained by Trump Policies, US Base in Lithuania? North and South Korea Re-establish Military Hotline

A J-11 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Eastern Theater Command takes off for a combat sortie during a round-the-clock flight training exercise / / Photo by Fu Gan

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Pentagon Watch

$2 million raised for Marine who scorned superiors over Afghan withdrawal. Over 27,000 donors have contributed $2 million for the decorated U.S. Marine who criticized his commanders for mishandling troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.

U.S. Navy hit by another international bribery scandal. Federal agents are investigating a new U.S. Navy corruption case that has strong echoes of the Fat Leonard scandal, with a defense contractor facing accusations that he delivered cash bribes and bilked the Navy out of at least $50 million to service its ships in foreign ports, according to recently unsealed court records.

The army has skills that government clearly lacks. Service personnel have helped in many civil crises and their decision-making process offers lessons for all managers.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Three reasons the Afghanistan hearings were a disaster. America failed 38 million Afghans. In two days of hearings about that failure, Washington failed 331 million Americans.

HMMM? Afghanistan isn’t good terrorist real estate. Even if the Taliban wanted to serve as a safe haven, there’s no reason to think terrorists would want to take up the offer.

Gunny exhibits ‘small-unit leadership’ for Marines returning from Afghanistan. When the Marines of Combat Logistics Battalion 24 returned to Kuwait from their time processing people fleeing the Taliban at Hamid Karzai International Airport, they were greeted by a Marine who reminded them of the good they did.

National Security

Here’s how the new continuing resolution will frustrate the Pentagon. The Pentagon isn’t facing a government shutdown, thanks to an emergency budget extension passed Thursday. But that doesn’t mean top officials are without budget worries.

Homeland Security

After a harrowing year, the National Guard takes stock of its mental health. Officials don’t believe that the stressors of 2020 contributed to the suicide numbers.

China Threat

TALK, TALK – US raises concern as China flies warplanes south of Taiwan. A statement from U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price warned that China’s military activity near Taiwan risks miscalculation and undermines regional peace and stability.

Taiwan sharply criticizes repeated incursions by China’s air force. Taiwan sharply criticized China Saturday after dozens of military jets flew into its air defense zone in what it said was the largest incursion by Beijing to date.

Marine Corps F-35s are about to be the first fighters to fly from a Japanese carrier since WWII. Next week, F-35B stealth fighters are due to go aboard the newly modified Japanese carrier Izumo for the first time.

Russia Threat

TRUMP STARTED THIS SHIFT – Is this the next US military base in Europe? American soldiers have found gracious hosts in Lithuania.

Iran Threat

Threat posed by Iran is ‘unlikely’ to extend beyond CENTCOM region, report. Strengthening regional partnerships through training and equipment represents a bulwark against Iranian expansion, experts say.

North Korea Threat

Korea reopens communication and military hotline with South. Communication lines between North and South Korea have been restored for the first time in months, Seoul said in a statement Monday.


House intel committee OKs Space Force intel center. In its wide-ranging fiscal 2022 intelligence policy bill, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) paves the way for the creation of a separate Space Force intelligence center — but with caveats that raise questions about any actual change stemming from the move.


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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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