WEDNESDAY PDB – US Has Lost ‘Conventional Overmatch’ vs China, Putin’s Mobilization Provoking Unrest in Russia, China Expanding Submarine Base Near South China Sea, DOJ Wins Appeal Against Trump

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Biden: Russia’s Ukraine abuses ‘make your blood run cold.’ President Joe Biden declared at the United Nations on Wednesday that Russia has “shamelessly violated the core tenets” of the international body with its war in Ukraine as he summoned nations around the globe to stand firm in backing the Ukrainian resistance.

HUGE SHIFT – US has lost conventional overmatch, needs investment to maintain deterrence. China has advanced so far and so fast in its air and space power that the Air Force’s ability to deter through conventional forces is at risk, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mark Kelley said Sept. 21.

Appeals court says DoJ can continue using classified documents in Trump probe. An appeals court granted the Justice Department’s request to put part of the special-master order regarding classified documents seized at Mar-a-Lago on hold.


Satellite images reveal Chinese expansion of submarine base. China is expanding its submarine base on the edge of the South China Sea, with satellite photos showing it’s building two new piers.

US, UK join Pacific allies in Fijian military exercise. A military exercise in Fiji involving the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand ends this week as the traditional allies counter China’s growing influence in the region.

USS Higgins, Canadian ship transit Taiwan Strait amid China tensions. China has toned down its rhetoric on Taiwan, one day after the U.S. and Canadian navies sailed through the strait between China and Taiwan.


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 211. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also urged the United Nations to punish Moscow for its invasion, calling for a special tribunal and for Russia to be stripped of its UN Security Council veto.

As mobilization begins in Russia, sold-out flights, protests and arrests. The Kremlin urgently needs to ramp up public support for the war in Ukraine, but as thousands of reservists were called to duty, there were signs of deep unease. Read More

Here’s why Putin is calling up veterans to fight in his Ukraine war. Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February with hopes for a lightning victory and an expectation that Ukrainian forces would quickly fold, with the world doing little to help.


US military says killed 27 al-Shabab fighters in central Somalia. Air strike on Sunday in Somalia’s Hiran region is the sixth so far this year, US Africa Command says on its website.


A ‘mischievous act of defiance gone wrong’: Navy prosecutors say sailor hated life on San Diego warship. Seaman Recruit Ryan Mays, 21, is on trial at a San Diego Navy base accused of setting the 2020 fire on the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard.

HMMMM – Muslim Americans as likely to join military as other groups, poll says. A survey conducted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding found that Muslim Americans are just as likely to join the military as any other demographic within the country’s general population.

Recruiting and retention issues also affecting the National Guard. The National Guard is going to be about 9,000 troops short on its end-strength goal for the year, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told reporters Tuesday, citing one of the organization’s toughest recruiting environments in recent memory.

THE ‘K’ CAN! – Hugely powerful new Marine helicopter makes training exercise debut. HMH-461 bears the nickname “Ironhorse” — a fitting title for the Marines training with the new King Stallion.


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