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YES – Why the US should fight Russia, China in the ‘gray zone.’ Now it’s Washington’s turn to get serious about the “gray zone,” especially when it comes to cyber and information warfare, says a new report from the Atlantic Council. The term is used to describe competitive actions that occur below the threshold of conflict.
FACING CHINA TOGETHER – Australia, Japan to sign security cooperation treaty. Australia and Japan are set to sign a treaty to beef up defence and security cooperation at a virtual summit on Thursday, after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cancelled trips to Australia and the United States due a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Don’t let China weaponize the 2022 Winter Olympics. While a full boycott would unfairly punish American athletes, there are other measures Washington should take.
OR MORE SMOKE? Russian businessman’s Kremlin ties could prove intelligence ‘gold mine’ for US, former official says. A Russian businessman who appeared in US court Monday on securities fraud charges could be a valuable asset in US efforts to gather more information on Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as other intelligence operations.
Russia-US face-off: What should we expect in 2022? The US and its European allies are pushing for diplomacy with Russia but a renewed conflict in Ukraine is still possible.
Russian ASAT debris imperils DoD, NRO sats, while ISS risks increase: COMSPOC. Significant amounts of debris from Russia’s Nov. 15 anti-satellite weapon test will continue to threaten US military weather and spy satellites, as well as the International Space Station over the next several years, according to a detailed analysis by commercial space tracking firm COMSPOC.
IRAN BEWARE – Israel inks $3 billion deal for KC-46 tankers, CH-53K helos. Israel’s Defense Ministry has agreed to purchase two Boeing KC-46A tankers and 12 Lockheed Martin CH-53K helicopters in a long-expected deal
North Korea Threat
North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea. The latest launch came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to further boost his military capability at a high-profile ruling party conference last week.
REAL THREAT OR HYPE? Why the US military isn’t ready for civil war. A significant portion of Americans seek the destruction of political authority. What if they succeed?
He is not your Commander-in-Chief:’ Texas governor promises Guardsmen he’ll fight Biden over vaccine mandate. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is digging in against COVID-19 vaccinations and related mandates, telling National Guardsmen in his state they can ignore Pentagon inoculation rules and will not face any retribution for not getting coronavirus vaccines.
US military coalition in Syria takes out rocket launch sites. The U.S. led-coalition in Syria struck several launch sites for short-range rockets believed to be intended for attacks on an installation used by U.S. troops in eastern Syria, officials said Tuesday.
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Austin to testify on Afghanistan next week. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is scheduled to testify in Congress next week on the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan ― but the hearing is set to happen out of public view.
Military and Space
Low-cost warfare: US military battles with ‘Costco drones.’ For all the hype about hypersonic missiles, small, cheap drones are one of the most significant threats to American forces.
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