FRIDAY PDB – Biden Weakness on Russia-Ukraine, China Committing Cultural Genocide Against Uyghurs, Israel Looks to US Aerial Refueling for Possible Iran Strike, Army’s ‘Pivotal’ Role in Pacific? Ballistic Missile Defense Radar for Hawaii to Protect CONUS, Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan

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Pentagon Watch

Congress wants Hawaiian missile defense radar up and running by end of 2028. Congress wants the Missile Defense Agency to get a radar installed in Hawaii that can protect the homeland from ballistic missiles by the end of 2028, according to the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act released this week.

Washington Watch

Coast Guard’s Schultz gives ‘full-throated’ support for UN sea law treaty. Proponents say treaty would allow US to pressure other nations to join as well; opponents say it’ll threaten national security interests.

Homeland Security

SURVEILLANCE STATES – Who’s watching? How governments used the pandemic to normalize surveillance. Today’s young are born into a world where big data and AI will shape everyday life long before they’re old enough to consent.

International Security

A new ambition for the European Union: ‘power.’ President Emmanuel Macron, in a rare news conference, called on Thursday for the European Union to change from a “Europe of internal cooperation to a powerful Europe active in the world, fully sovereign, free in its choices and master of its own destiny.”

China, Nicaragua re-establish ties in blow to US, Taiwan. China and Nicaragua re-established diplomatic ties on Friday after the country broke relations with Chinese-claimed Taiwan, boosting Beijing in a part of the world long considered the United States’ backyard and increasing Taipei’s isolation.

Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster

NO CLUE – US commander: Al-Qaida numbers in Afghanistan up ‘slightly.’ Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the departure of U.S. military and intelligence assets from Afghanistan has made it much harder to track al-Qaida and other extremist groups inside Afghanistan.

China Threat

China’s treatment of Uyghurs amounts to genocide, panel finds. An independent panel wrapped up its yearlong examination of China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, concluding that China’s policies in the region amounted to a form of genocide.

Russia Threat

Russian military movements near Ukraine: What satellite images show. Since at least October, Russian military movements near the Ukrainian border have been prompting worries among U.S. and European officials about the possibility that Moscow is preparing to launch a large-scale offensive in Ukraine early next year.

BIDEN’S SURRENDER OPTION – Biden, Ukraine leader discuss ways to resolve Russia crisis. Administration officials have suggested that the U.S. will press Ukraine to formally cede a measure of autonomy within its eastern Donbas region, which is now under de facto control by Russia-backed separatists who rose up against Kyiv in 2014.

Russia military chief warns Ukraine against attacking rebels. The tough statement by Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, comes amid soaring tensions over a Russian troop buildup near the border with Ukraine that stoked Ukrainian and Western fears of a possible invasion.

US small arms and ammo set to arrive in Ukraine as Pentagon details troops to train country’s military. The final elements of a $60 million security assistance package will arrive in Ukraine this week, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday, including small arms and ammunition.

Iran Threat

In war plan prep against Iran, Israel seeking US air refueling assistance. Israel’s defense minister met today with US Defense secretary Lloyd Austin to discuss the situation with Iran.

WHAT BIDEN SHOULD HAVE DONE IN AFGHANISTAN – General says US troops to remain in Iraq. The Iraqi government earlier Thursday announced the conclusion of talks on ending the U.S. combat mission against IS.

Military

Army would play pivotal role in an Indo-Pacific conflict, says service’s top civilian leader. The U.S. Army’s top civilian leader at recent forums said the service has been reevaluating its role in the Indo-Pacific region as challenges continue to arise from China.

The Air Force’s top civilian wants a drone wingman for the B-21 bomber. The Air Force wants to give the secretive Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider stealth bomber a drone sidekick, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall announced today.

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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.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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