Af/Pak & Other News (6/16/2021)

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‘With Masters Defeated, the Slaves Can’t Fight:’ Taliban Eye Victory After US Exit

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/06/16/taliban-eye-victory-after-us-exit/



Time running out for Afghan peace process, more efforts needed - EU envoy

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/time-running-out-afghan-peace-process-more-efforts-needed-eu-envoy-2021-06-16/









This Could Be India’s Next Tank (Thanks to Russia)

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/this-could-be-indias-next-tank-thanks-to-russia/



DSME Sheds Light on Submarine Offer to India for P-75I

https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/madex-2021/2021/06/madex-2021-dsme-sheds-light-on-submarine-offer-to-india-for-p-75i/




Monsoon delays salvage of fire-ravaged ship off Sri Lanka coast

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/16/monsoon-delays-salvage-of-fire-ravaged-ship-off-sri-lanka-coast









Iran's Interest in Russian Satellite 'Not Particularly Concerning' to US Security, CENTCOM Chief Tells VOA

https://www.voanews.com/usa/irans-interest-russian-satellite-not-particularly-concerning-us-security-centcom-chief-tells



‘Ferocious Kitten’: the cyberspies preying on Iranian web users

https://www.france24.com/en/business/20210616-ferocious-kitten-the-cyberspies-preying-on-iranian-web-users



Explainer: Iran hardliners set to retain hold on economy, foreign policy after vote

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-hardliners-set-retain-hold-economy-foreign-policy-after-vote-2021-06-16/



Iran’s next president will ride a wave of voter apathy into power

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/16/iran-president-apathy-power-iranians-boycott-elections









40 years after Israeli strike, Iraq looks to build nuclear reactors

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/40-years-after-israeli-strike-iraq-looks-to-build-nuclear-reactors-671145



Senate will vote to repeal Iraq War authorization, Schumer says

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/16/senate-vote-iraq-war-authorization-494845










Saudi Arabia seeks foreign contractor to run Air National Guard

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/saudi-arabia-seeks-foreign-contractor-to-run-air-national-guard



UN envoy: Study other options to prevent Yemen tanker spill

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-yemen-business-04651e7dc1bc4c29475dbc6dfe2fad4d



Houthi ‘Terror’ Scuds Now Threaten Most Of Saudi Arabia

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/houthi-terror-scuds-now-threaten-most-of-saudi-arabia/




Turkey: Deals To Be Had

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/turkey/articles/20210616.aspx









Lebanon: France, partners seek urgent aid to help Lebanese army, says French official

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/france-partners-seek-urgent-aid-help-lebanese-army-says-french-official-2021-06-16/









Gaza Ceasefire Breaks As Israeli Airstrikes Follow Incendiary Balloon Attacks

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41109/gaza-ceasefire-breaks-as-israeli-airstrikes-follow-incendiary-balloon-attacks



Israel to halt nighttime ‘mapping’ of Palestinian homes

https://apnews.com/article/israel-middle-east-bbcd7e2345ff7b0ea9db294111e20a29









NATO rejects Ukrainian president's 'confirmation' of entry into alliance

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/15/world-ukraine-russia-usa-NATO-Jens-Stoltenberg/6281623783203/



Ukraine, at war with Russian-backed separatists, said it would reject any deals from the summit.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/16/world/europe/ukraine-putin-biden-summit.html



Russia Conducts Largest Navy Exercise Since Cold War As Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin Meet

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-conducts-largest-navy-exercise-since-cold-war-joe-biden-vladimir-putin-meet-1601107



Russia's New Cruise Missile Submarines Are "On Par With Ours" Says Senior U.S. General

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41105/russias-new-cruise-missile-submarines-are-on-par-with-ours-says-senior-u-s-general



Russian Helicopters details Ka-52K shipborne rotorcraft

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/russian-helicopters-details-ka-52k-shipborne-rotorcraft



Russian defense industry upgrades RPG-7V2 rocket launcher

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_june_2021_global_security_army_industry/russian_defense_industry_upgrades_rpg-7v2_rocket_launcher.html



Russia to develop two-seat variant of Su-57

http://alert5.com/2021/06/16/russia-to-develop-two-seat-variant-of-su-57/



Once, Superpower Summits Were About Nukes. Now, It’s Cyberweapons.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/15/world/europe/biden-putin-cyberweapons.html



Vladimir Putin's Plane: Five Facts About Russian Air Force One As He Meets With Biden

https://www.newsweek.com/vladimir-putin-plane-facts-russian-air-force-one-1601197





Azerbaijan Says 15 Armenian Military Prisoners Swapped For Land-Mine Map

https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-armenia-prisoners-of-war-land-mines-map/31304175.html




Germany pulling platoon from Lithuania amid sexual misconduct, extremism allegations

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/16/germany-pulling-platoon-from-lithuania-amid-sexual-misconduct-extremism-allegations/




Check Out The Anti-Drone Weapons Carried By Security At Biden's Meeting In Brussels

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41093/check-out-the-anti-drone-weapons-carried-by-security-at-biden-meeting-in-brussels









Tracking China's Sudden Airpower Expansion Along Its Western Border

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41065/tracking-chinas-sudden-airpower-expansion-along-its-western-border



Chinese SLBM Triumph

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/hticbm/articles/20210616.aspx



Taishan nuclear plant: China admits damage to fuel rods

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-57496831





China's latest tactic to exert control over Taiwan? Using hundreds of dredgers to carve sand from its coast.

https://www.insider.com/china-deploys-armada-of-sand-dredgers-carve-up-taiwans-coast-2021-6



Dozens Of Chinese Warplanes Fly South Of Taiwan After Beijing Blasts Criticism From G7

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41096/dozens-of-chinese-warplanes-fly-south-of-taiwan-after-beijing-blasts-criticism-from-g7



After massed plane incursion near Taiwan, China says must respond to ‘collusion’

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/after-massed-plane-incursion-near-taiwan-china-says-must-respond-collusion-2021-06-16/



An invasion isn't the only threat from China that Taiwan and the US have to worry about

https://www.businessinsider.com/taiwan-and-us-also-face-risk-of-china-blockading-taiwan-2021-6





N Korea’s Kim looks much thinner, causing health speculation

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-lifestyle-effd61316feab540d6eb1922935ba1e2



North Korea’s Kim calls food situation ‘tense’ as reports of shortages mount

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/northkorea-food-shortage-kim/2021/06/16/fb745272-ce5a-11eb-a224-bd59bd22197c_story.html





Indonesia signs letter of intent to buy 36 Rafale fighters

https://www.aerotime.aero/28172-indonesia-signs-letter-of-intent-to-buy-36-rafale-fighters



Indonesia Purchasing Eight Frigates From Italy

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/06/16/indonesia-buys-frigates-from-italy/










Government UFO report is the product of years of military infighting over whether to take sightings seriously

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/15/politics/ufo-report-briefing-pentagon-fighting/index.html



The U.S. Military Doesn't Even Track How Many Weapons It Loses, And It Has Lost Thousands

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41104/the-u-s-military-doesnt-even-track-how-many-weapons-it-loses-and-it-has-lost-thousands



The Mystery of the F-22s Scrambled in Hawaii Has Been Solved

https://sofrep.com/news/the-mystery-of-the-f-22s-scrambled-in-hawaii-has-been-solved/



A “Day Without Space”: GPS Concerns May be Overblown, New Study Finds

https://thedebrief.org/a-day-without-space-gps-concerns-may-be-overblown-new-study-finds/



The unfortunate truth of why we’ll never have space marines, according to science or whatever

https://taskandpurpose.com/culture/real-life-space-marines-space-force/



Northrop’s Minotaur I rocket launches NROL-111 mission for NRO

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/16/northrops-minotaur-i-rocket-launches-nrol-111-mission-for-nro/



Lawmakers push to boost Missile Defense Agency budget second year in a row

https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2021/06/16/lawmakers-push-to-boost-missile-defense-agency-budget-second-year-in-a-row/



Give Lasers Back to the Missile Defense Agency, Lawmaker Says

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/06/give-lasers-back-missile-defense-agency-lawmaker-says/174762/



GBSD scheduled to make maiden flight in 2023

http://alert5.com/2021/06/16/gbsd-scheduled-to-make-maiden-flight-in-2023/



U.S. Army fields new counter-drone systems

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-army-fields-new-counter-drone-systems/



Army-funded research helps develop digital fibers that could be sewn into uniforms to monitor troops

https://warisboring.com/army-research-helps-develop-digital-fibers-that-could-be-sewn-into-uniforms-to-monitor-troops/



The Army Lays Out Plans For Its New Intelligence Gathering Jet

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41098/armys-plans-for-new-high-flying-intelligence-aircraft-are-taking-shape



Marine Corps Wants 92 Amphibious Combat Vehicles To Replace Aging AAV Fleet

https://coffeeordie.com/marines-amphibious-combat-vehicles/



U.S. Air Force develops bio-inspired micro drones

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-air-force-develops-bio-inspired-micro-drones/



ALQ-131C proven to work with APG-83 on F-16

http://alert5.com/2021/06/16/alq-131c-proven-to-work-with-apg-83-on-f-16/



Report to Congress on Coast Guard Cutter Procurement

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/16/report-to-congress-on-coast-guard-cutter-procurement-11



Pentagon considers permanent naval task force to counter China in the Pacific

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3137426/pentagon-considers-permanent-naval-task-force



Maritime authorities consider future modes of wide-area ocean persistent surveillance to enhance intelligence

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14205251/persistent-surveillance-widearea-ocean



MQ-25A Stingray: Is This the Navy’s Future Stealth ‘Everything’ Drone?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/mq-25a-stingray-is-this-the-navys-future-stealth-everything-drone/



US Navy, Marines Test Next-Gen Mine Detection Systems

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/06/16/us-next-gen-mine-detection-systems/



The Navy Is Developing "Bio-Inspired" Drones That Transition Between Air And Water

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41044/the-navy-is-developing-bio-inspired-drones-that-transition-between-air-and-water



US Navy plans to arm F/A-18E/F and F-35C with US Air Force JASSM-ER cruise missile

https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/june-2021/7390-us-navy-plans-to-arm-f-a-18e-f-and-f-35c-with-us-air-force-jassm-er-cruise-missile.html



Don’t Look Now, But The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships Are Actually Doing Stuff

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/06/16/dont-look-now-but-the-us-navys-littoral-combat-ships-are-actually-doing-stuff/



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