WEDNESDAY PDB – Ending the Iraq War? US in Hypersonics Race with China, Czar to Investigate Biden Afghan Disaster? Russia Warns NATO over Ukraine – NATO Warns Russia Back, Taliban Killing Former Afghan Security Forces, Space Force’s ISR Mission

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

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Pentagon Watch

Unvaccinated Guardsmen won’t be able to drill or draw federal pay: SECDEF memo. Guardsmen who refuse vaccination will not be able to participate in any drills or federal training, which could jeopardize their ability to stay in the military.

Washington Watch

With defense bill stalled, will lawmakers ‘ping pong’ it home? With hope of a normal legislative process almost gone, lawmakers are dusting off a nearly decade-old congressional playbook in the hopes of finding a way to get the annual defense authorization bill to the president’s desk before the end of December.

National Security 

Biden could soon end the Iraq War (no, really).  Under legislation being put together in fits and starts, Biden could be in a position to cancel the two-decades-old congressional measure that provided the March 2003 invasion’s legal rationale, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) lawmakers adopted in October 2002.

China Threat

US in hypersonic weapon ‘arms race’ with China -Air Force secretary. The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the most lethal hypersonic weapons, the U.S. Air Force secretary said on Tuesday, as Beijing and Washington build and test more and more of the high-speed next-generation arms.

Former PM Abe says Japan, US could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan. Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.

Russia Threat

Putin warns West: Moscow has ‘red line’ about Ukraine, NATO. Putin added that Russia has been forced to counter the growing threats by developing new hypersonic weapons.

US, allies warn Russia over military buildup. NATO warned that its members would impose significant costs on Russia if it launched a new military incursion in Ukraine while making clear the limits of support.

Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster

Democratic senator calls on Biden to appoint Afghanistan ‘evacuation czar.’ Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on President Joe Biden to appoint an “evacuation czar” to lead efforts to bring thousands of at-risk Afghans to safety amid reports of targeted assassinations by the Taliban and the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan.

Dozens of former Afghan security forces dead or missing under Taliban, report says. More than 100 former members of the military and police have been killed or forcibly disappeared by the Taliban since the group came into power, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch.

US delegation met with Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar -State Department. A U.S. delegation led by the special representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, held talks with senior Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said.

Space Threat

ISR missions for Space Force ‘just make a lot of sense,’ USECAF says. While the Air Force is in the midst of a push to modernize its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms, it’s the Space Force that could wind up taking on more ISR missions in the years ahead, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones hinted Nov. 30.


Air Force moving toward multi-domain munitions, away from ‘exquisite’ types. The Air Force is moving away from weapons meant to strike specific types of targets and instead toward generic munitions with “low-cost, swappable” payloads that can be used in a variety of ways, Air Force Global Strike Command planner Maj. Gen. Jason R. Armagost said Nov. 30.


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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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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