FRIDAY PDB – DoD Blame Game on Delayed Capitol Riot Response, ‘Information Disorder’ Threat, ISIS Everywhere in Afghanistan, US-Australia Join Forces Against China in Air & Space, Marines – America’s 911 Force No More? DHS Wants More Guard Troops at Border for ‘Blimps’

A Marine with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, engages his target during a deck shoot aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex. The Marines practiced shooting from behind a barricade to simulate staying behind cover during a fire fight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey /Released)

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Pentagon Watch

Army to begin forcing out soldiers who refuse COVID vaccine, including guardsmen. New policy bars unvaccinated soldiers from re-enlistment, promotions as Oklahoma governor says National Guard need not obey Biden’s vax mandate.

The Marine Corps won’t expel all unvaccinated Marines en masse on the Nov. 28 deadline, Navy secretary says. All active-duty Marines are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 28, but that doesn’t mean every unvaccinated Marine will be separated by Nov. 29, said Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro.

FROM VERY FEW TO A FEW MORE – Extremist crimes among veterans on the rise for the past decade, study finds. Cases jumped dramatically in 2017, 2020 and 2021, according to the report

Washington Watch

PARTISAN VENDETTA? – Lawmaker wants to strip military benefits from DIA director turned Trump aide Mike Flynn. Marine vet Ruben Gallego argues that Flynn’s past actions amount to treason and should forfeit his military pension.

Homeland Security

Former DC Guard commander calls for retraction of Pentagon watchdogs’s Jan. 6 report. William Walker, House sergeant-at-arms and former head of the D.C. National Guard, is demanding an inspector general report that claimed he had to be told twice to send troops to the Capitol on Jan. 6 be retracted, saying it is false and must be corrected.

Homeland Security wants more troops at the US-Mexico border to help operate blimps, congressman says. The Department of Homeland Security is asking the Pentagon to send an additional 1,500 troops to the U.S. border with Mexico next year, in part to operate observation blimps previously used by forces in Afghanistan, said Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.

National Security

Information disorder’ is biggest social danger, commission warns. “When bad information becomes as prevalent, persuasive, and persistent as good information, it creates a chain reaction of harm,” an Aspen Institute report begins.

TRUMP’S PUSH PAYS OFF – Japan is prepared to pay more to support US forces, according to local report. Japan is set to increase funding for American troops stationed in the country starting in fiscal 2022 with an agreement possible next month, according to government sources quoted by the Kyodo news agency.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

CHAOTIC RETREAT – US considering returning some evacuees who don’t pass vetting process to Afghanistan. The Biden administration is considering sending some of the Afghan evacuees at a US military base in Kosovo back to Afghanistan if they cannot clear the intense vetting process to come to the United States, according to three US officials familiar with the matter.

UN envoy says Islamic State now appears present in all Afghan provinces. The U.N. envoy to Afghanistan on Wednesday delivered a bleak assessment of the situation following the Taliban takeover, saying that an affiliate of the Islamic State group has grown and now appears present in nearly all 34 provinces.

China Threat

Australia-US alliance to include enhanced air and space cooperation. Australia is declaring its allegiance to the “global rules-based order,” the U.S. Defense Department’s code for keeping China in check, with a host of joint military capability development plans that go beyond the recent high-profile sharing of nuclear submarine technology.

Russia Threat

HYBRID WARFARE – NATO offers further help to allies in Belarus migrant crisis – Stoltenberg. NATO is ready to further support allies affected by the Belarus migrant crisis, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday, calling the situation on the border with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia deeply concerning.

Iran Threat

Strike on US base was Iranian response to Israeli attack, Officials say. Iran has not acknowledged the attack, but U.S. and Israeli officials said it was retaliation for Israeli airstrikes, drawing the U.S. into Iran’s shadow war with Israel.

United States indicts Iranian hackers in voter intimidation effort. The hackers are accused of sending threatening messages to thousands of people after breaking into voter registration systems and a media company.

Turkey

Don’t give Turkey an F-16 consolation prize. Turkey made its bed, flirting with both Russia and the West. Instead of rewarding Ankara’s estrangement from NATO, the United States should allow Erdoğan to lie in it and end arms sales to Turkey.

Space Threat

The US Space Force wants to clean up junk in orbit. Debris from a Russian anti-satellite weapons test adds new urgency to international and government efforts to get rid of high-flying trash.

Military

Marines end crisis response force rotations in Africa, Middle East in favor of airlifting Army troops. A medical evacuation in the Indian Ocean last week relied on Marine Corps aircraft recently sent to Africa after the service quietly dropped a crisis response approach born in the wake of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Here’s why Marine expeditionary units could soon take a hit. A recent report shows exactly which areas will be shrinking and how that might stretch demands on the force.

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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