THURSDAY PDB – Biden’s DoD COVID Crackdown Harms Defense, Vets Want Afghan Accountability from Team Biden, US and NATO Beefing Up Against Russia, China Bulking Up Against US, Israel and US Working Together Against Iran, FBI Releases Declassified 9/11 Documents

llinois Guardmember Staff Sgt. Bill Thorpe of Millstadt, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Battalion in Marion fires on targets during the Combined Arms Match for All-Army Small Arms Championship at Master Sgt. William E. Krilling Range at Fort Benning, Ga. / U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Adam Fischman Joint Force Headquarters

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Pentagon Watch

Troops who refuse COVID vaccines won’t be guaranteed veterans benefits, officials warn. Local commanders will decide whether to give other-than-honorable dismissals to individuals who refuse the vaccine.

As defense disruptions loom, Biden eases up on vaccine refusers. As the first deadline under federal vaccination orders hit Tuesday for active-duty Air Force personnel the Biden administration said firing those who refuse jabs should not be the first enforcement option.

Homeland Security

Supreme Court seems open to expanding gun rights in a major Second Amendment case. The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about a New York gun-permit law in a major case whose outcome could dramatically expand Second Amendment rights.

National Security

The US just got out of Afghanistan and it’s already at risk of getting sucked into another country’s war. Washington is reportedly negotiating with Pakistan for long-term access to its airspace in exchange for assisting Islamabad with its own counterterrorism operations.

National Reconnaissance Office wants satellite imagery from commercial providers. The National Reconnaissance Office is turning to industry for more satellite imagery, issuing a Nov. 3 request for proposals that could see contracts awarded in early 2022.

FBI releases declassified documents on Sept. 11 attacks. The FBI released hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents Wednesday about its long effort to explore connections between the Saudi government and the Sept. 11 attacks, revealing the scope of a strenuous but ultimately fruitless investigation whose outcome many question to this day.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Veterans are united on wanting accountability for the war in Afghanistan. Like many of our fellow veterans, we were deeply unsettled by the collapse of the Afghan government to the Taliban after decades of American effort to stabilize Afghanistan.

China Threat

China’s march toward a ‘world-class’ military, and how it threatens Taiwan. The annual “China Power Report” points to using force against Taiwan as a motivation for military modernization.

Pentagon: Chinese nuke force growing faster than predicted. China is expanding its nuclear force much faster than U.S. officials predicted just a year ago, highlighting a broad and accelerating buildup of military muscle designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by mid-century, according to a Pentagon report released Wednesday.

Russia Threat

Army resurrects artillery command in Europe. The Army recently announced the reactivation of the 56th Artillery Command in Europe, which deactivated in 1991 following the signing of the now-defunct Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Reactivated US Army unit protecting European allies now fully functional. The Army’s new V Corps, responsible for overseeing units operating up and down NATO’s eastern flank in Europe, was declared “fully operationally capable” Wednesday during a ceremony at its main headquarters at Fort Knox, Ky.

Germany, US plan major aerial drill to defend Europe. Air Defender 2023 will consist of a two-week exercise based in the European theater.

Iran Threat

Iran seizes an oil tanker, but whose tanker is disputed. U.S. and Iranian officials gave conflicting accounts of a ship that was seized last month. Some reports said it was the same tanker the United States had seized last year. The Pentagon denied that.

Blue Flag exercise has Israel’s enemies seeing red. Despite the efforts of Israel’s adversaries, Jerusalem now fields its most capable military ever and is more diplomatically integrated in the region than it has been since Israel’s founding.

Military

Climate change poses great risk for Florida’s military bases. East Central Florida is already feeling the effects of rising seas, flooding, and extreme heat.

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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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Fed Up
Fed Up
1 month ago

Biden bringing these illegal immigrants into our country without being vetted are as much of a danger to our citizens as the countries that are listed above. Biden as well as Harris should be removed from our WH. Neither one of them have enough brains to run run country.

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

People are waking up to find that the Almighty Vax is more lethal and harmful than the Almighty Virus it is purported to vanquish. The cure must never cause more harm than the disease. Watch refusals thin the ranks of dedicated first resonders, not to mention the Military.


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