THURSDAY PDB – Should Taiwan Join UN? DoD Say Climate ‘Existential’ Risk, Pentagon RampsUp Bio-Chem Defense, China-Russia-Iran-Pakistan Unite on Afghanistan, Will Taliban Commit Genocide Against Hazaras? Japan’s First Post-WWII Aircraft Carrier

Members of the 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron convoy response force and 91st Security Support Squadron tactical response force respond to opposing forces during a recapture, recovery exercise May 15, 2014, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The purpose of this training is to maintain readiness for launch facility recapture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Y. Auld)

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Pentagon Watch

Climate change is a risk to national security, the Pentagon says. In a report last week, the Pentagon found that “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are exacerbating existing risks” for the U.S.

Washington Watch

Iowa’s 2022 Senate race may change national security leadership in DC. In Congress, national security leadership is at stake. In the event Franken sends Senator Grassley into a well-deserved retirement in 2022, joining defense-oriented Republican Joni Ernst in the Senate, Iowa will change.

National Security

The F-35 is one step closer to carrying nuclear bombs. What’s next? Some disagree that nuclear-armed fighter jets are still a reliable deterrent in a post-Cold War world.

Pentagon reexamining how it addresses chem-bio threats. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic quickly and ferociously brought home the dangers and perils posed by biological threats and has prompted the Defense Department to bolster its ability to combat them in the future.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Blinken says he ordered reviews of State Dept’s evacuation efforts out of Afghanistan. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on Wednesday that he has ordered a series of internal reviews of the State Department’s planning and execution of the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan and the relocation efforts, operations that were widely criticized as chaotic.

Republican lawmakers question vetting standards for Afghans brought to US. Some evacuees who failed to pass extra screening checks are being temporarily held in Kosovo.

Why the Hazara people fear genocide in Afghanistan. In the aftermath of the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, violence against the Hazara population has escalated. With a long history of persecution, including by the Taliban, the Hazaras are right to fear a genocide.

China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan move to create united front on Afghanistan. China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and others in the region surrounding Afghanistan have set out to establish unity in confronting the crises enveloping the nation since the U.S. military withdrawal.

China Threat

Taiwan confirms US military presence, says defending island is vital for democracy. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed that American troops have been training the Taiwanese military, as tensions between Beijing and the self-governing island intensify over China’s fears of Taipei’s evolving relationship with Washington.

With a wink and a nod, Japan has an aircraft carrier again. When Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro returned from his trip to Japan, he fired off a tweet that touted his tour of that country’s “Aircraft Carrier Izumo.” It was a short comment that recognized an important new naval reality for the longtime ally.

China says Taiwan has no right to join UN after US support. China on Wednesday said Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations after Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated U.S. support for the move the previous day.

Russia Threat

US embassy in Moscow dwindling to “caretaker presence,” US official says. The U.S. State Department is getting to the point of being able to maintain only a “caretaker presence” in Russia in the face of a deep downturn in diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow, a senior department official said on Wednesday.

Iran Threat

YIPPEE? Iran to return to nuclear deal talks next month. Tehran will return to negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal by the end of November, its chief negotiator said Wednesday.

Turkey

Turkey reinforces Syria troops for possible attack on US ally. Turkey deployed hundreds more troops in northern Syria overnight in preparation for a long-suspended offensive against American-backed Kurdish forces, according to two officials, a move that could help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shore up flagging domestic support and put pressure on the U.S. and Russia to rein in the Kurdish troops.

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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
1 month ago

I would truly love for Comcast to stop censuring the email photos..


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