MONDAY PDB – 2021 Defense ‘In Review,’ US Military Coup in 2024? US-Japan Face China, Biden’s Afghan Humanitarian Catastrophe, Pentagon to Control DC Guard During Crises, Biden’s Empty Threats on Ukraine, Army SOF in Pacific and Eastern Europe

U.S. Army Soldiers of 101 Airborne Division 1st Battalion, Bush Masters (TF No Slack), assisted by Afghan National Army troops move into an over watch position during operation Strong Eagle 2, July 19 Photo by the US Army via ( Flickr

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National Security

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – 2021 IN REVIEW – What were the biggest military stories of 2021? A look back. Military Times journalists talk about where 2021’s biggest military stories in a year packed with major headlines. Take a look back at the some of the biggest topics of the past 12 months.

PARTISAN FEAR MONGERING? Retired general warns the US military could lead a coup after the 2024 election. Paul Eaton, a retired U.S. Army major general and a senior adviser to VoteVets, spoke with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly earlier this week.

China Threat

Rising threat from China pushes US and Japan to deepen military cooperation. In a camouflaged tent in a forest in northern Japan, U.S. Marines and Japanese soldiers hunched together over maps and laptops, using the planes of one country and the missile launchers of another to attack an imaginary enemy ship.

A FIRST – China transfers secondhand submarine to Myanmar. China has transferred a former People’s Liberation Army Navy diesel-electric attack submarine to Myanmar, marking the first transfer of such equipment between the two countries.

Russia Threat

UNCONVINCING? Biden tells Ukraine that US will ‘respond decisively’ if Russia further invades. U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday told Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the United States and its allies will “respond decisively” if Russia further invades Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.

What happens if Russia invades Ukraine? Military Times’ James Webb delivers updates on Russia’s aggressions near Crimea.

Iran Threat

Rally in Baghdad on anniversary of Iranian general’s death. The crowd called for the expulsion of remaining American forces from Iraq during the demonstration commemorating the airstrike at Baghdad airport.

Homeland Security

The Pentagon has streamlined the process for sending National Guard troops into DC. The change should make it less complicated to request D.C. National Guard activation.

Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster

Afghanistan’s imminent humanitarian crisis is our unfinished business. It’s not too late for the Biden administration to mitigate an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan by working with key foreign partners and non-state actors.

A Times journalist’s diary inside the fall of Afghanistan. Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and photographer Marcus Yam entered Afghanistan on the verge of the American withdrawal and stayed for the next two months to document the Taliban’s swift takeover. Here are his reflections.

WINDOW DRESSING – US names two women to senior diplomatic posts for Afghanistan. The US has named two female diplomats to senior roles representing Washington in Afghanistan, as women’s rights in the country continue to deteriorate under the new Taliban government.

Military and Space

Army SOF to continue work in Pacific, Eastern Europe in 2022. Even as tensions rise across the world, 2022 will find the Army’s top troops at work in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Congress gives Missile Defense Agency authority to research and develop laser tech for missile defense. Congress is giving the Missile Defense Agency the authority to research and develop laser technology to use in ballistic and hypersonic missile defense applications, according to the recently passed fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.




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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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