WEDNESDAY PDB –Taliban Victory Inspiring Domestic Terrorists, SECDEF Austin Must Resign, North Korea Flaunts ‘Invincible’ Military, Lt. Col. Scheller to Plead Guilty – Ask for Leniency, Russian-US-N Korean Hypersonics, Armed Robot Dogs

Secretary of State Atony J. Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin meet with NATO Secretary General Jans Stoltenberg in Brussels, Belgium on April 14, 2021. / State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain

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Pentagon Watch

Opinion: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin must resign. Resignation won’t atone for lives lost, or the debacle that American involvement in Afghanistan became, but it would at least demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics.

Marine who criticized U.S. handling of Afghanistan withdrawal will plead guilty, seek favorable discharge. A Marine officer whose viral videos criticizing senior officials for how they withdrew from Afghanistan created a political uproar will plead guilty to several charges and seek a discharge that allows him to keep some military benefits.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is inspiring Americans online, FBI says “That’s where they see this rallying cry and their opportunity. Now it’s ‘time to buy a gun, run people over with a car,’ do whatever they’re going to do,” an FBI official said Tuesday.

Army Central Command highlights indirect threats in worldwide strategic competition. The head of U.S. Army Central Command said indirect competition with China and Russia in the Middle East will shape future conflicts, and the United States must respond.

China Threat

Pentagon official says he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China. A senior cybersecurity official at the Pentagon said he quit because he thought it was impossible for the US to compete with China on AI.

National Security

Pentagon says hypersonic weapons are too expensive. The Pentagon wants defense contractors to cut the ultimate cost of hypersonic weapons, the head of research and development said on Tuesday, as the next generation of super-fast missiles being developed currently cost tens of millions per unit.

Russia Threat

Amid tensions with Russia, Army sends units to Europe. The Army is sending advisers and a brigade of combat helicopters to Eastern Europe to work alongside NATO allies as tensions show no sign of easing between an aggressive Russia and its wary neighbors.

Russia developing Su-57-launched hypersonic anti-ship missile. The missile, called the Larchinka-MD, is being developed to replace the Kh-31 supersonic anti-ship missile, which the service started using in 1988.

North Korea Threat

Kim vows to build ‘invincible’ military while slamming US. The exhibition featured an array of newly developed weapons.

This is our best look yet at North Korea’s hypersonic missile. The Hwasong-8 missile was just one of North Korea’s most advanced weapons on display at a glitzy Kim Jong Un-hosted event.

Iran Threat

Iran launches large-scale air defense military drill. Iran’s army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have launched a joint military exercise with a focus on air defence that they say will encompass half the country’s airspace.

Military

The Air Force is testing a new bunker-busting bomb that could counter North Korea and Iran. Air Force weapons testers are vetting a new 5,000-pound bomb that could become a bunker-busting tool against North Korean or Iranian nuclear facilities.

Here’s where the Marine Corps is headed as it shifts away from Afghanistan and the ‘old wars.’ Here’s where the Corps is at, and here’s what’s ahead.

Robot dogs now have assault rifles mounted on their backs. Robot dogs have been met with equal parts fascination and fear by the public, but their utility for military applications is becoming undeniable.

END of PDB

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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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