WEDNESDAY PDB – Next US Attack Sub Will Have ‘Lots of Torpedoes,’ Iraqi Militias Hope to Repeat Taliban Victory, DoD Creates New UFO Group, Marines to be Smarter Not Harder, Ukraine Wants More US Help to Deter Russia, NATO’s Core Task- Collective Defense

Joint Task Force Bravo’s 1-228th Aviation Regiment works with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and Panama Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) Security Force to conduct casualty evacuation training in Santiago, Panama, Oct. 18, 2021. DPAA will be conducting recovery operations in Panama for the next 60 days in hopes of finding missing naval aircrew members lost during a training flight in 1985. The mission of DPAA is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melanye Martinez)

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National Security

Pentagon creates new organization to investigate mysterious objects in the sky. The Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, nested in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security, will now lead investigations into mysterious objects in the sky.

Homeland Security

PARTISAN WITCH HUNT? Capitol Riot probe turns to extremist groups linked to attack. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol has subpoenaed leaders of militia groups linked to the riot.

MORE POLITICS? 70 West Point graduates call on Alaska lawmaker to resign. Dozens of West Point graduates have demanded state Rep. David Eastman resign from office over his ties to a right-wing extremist group, saying his affiliation has betrayed the values of the U.S. Military Academy he attended.

China Threat

US begins exercise off Japan with Canadian, German and Australian Navies. Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and the United States are conducting naval drills in the Philippine Sea off the southern coast of Japan for the next week.

Russia Threat

Ukraine wants more exercises, training with US. Russian military buildup is “atypical,” Ukrainian officials say.

Ukrainian navy receives two former US coast guard patrol boats. Two refitted former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats intended to bolster the Ukrainian navy have arrived at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa, the Ukrainian navy said on Tuesday.

Prioritize NATO’s core task: collective defense. Protecting against cyber attacks, hybrid warfare, the Chinese challenge, terrorism, and global warming indeed all need to be part of NATO’s expanding mission. But traditional collective defense remains the top priority, and that needs to be reflected in the new Strategic Concept, which will be drafted next year.

Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster

Iraq militias, seeing Taliban’s success, plan to force US troops out after Dec. 31. As Iraqi paramilitary groups vowed to enforce a year’s-end deadline for the withdrawal of the U.S. military from their country, one influential faction has told Newsweek that Iraq’s militias managed to force U.S. troops out a decade before the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan, and that such success could soon be replicated in Iraq.

No Afghan family members of US troops have been eligible to come to the US. Here’s why. Dozens of family members would like to leave Afghanistan, but there isn’t a special emigration process for them.

Taliban sends hundreds of fighters to eastern Afghanistan to wage war against Islamic State. The Taliban has expanded its shadowy war against the Islamic State branch in Afghanistan, deploying hundreds more fighters to this eastern province in an increasingly violent fight and critical test of the group’s counterterrorism abilities after the U.S. troop withdrawal.

Military 

Smarter not harder: How the Marine Corps wants to improve performance. To make up for lost advantages, the Corps is focusing on making each Marine better than their near-peer equivalent.

Prepping for a maritime fight. The Air Force is preparing for a new era in maritime operations, taking on a larger role in surface warfare as the U.S. casts a wary eye at China and Russia.

Next generation SSN(X) attack sub ‘is going to carry a lot of torpedoes,’ says admiral. The next U.S. nuclear attack submarine must require less maintenance, be fast, quiet and packed with torpedoes, the service’s director of undersea warfare said on Thursday.

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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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