Af/Pak & Other News (10/14/2021)

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An Afghanistan Evac Flight Was Almost Hijacked, Air Force Reveals

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/10/afghanistan-evac-flight-was-almost-hijacked-air-force-reveals/186081/



Most evacuation flights from Afghanistan this week have been canceled

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/13/politics/afghanistan-evacuation-flights-canceled/index.html



U.S. to resume Afghanistan evacuation flights before year's end -WSJ

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/u-s-to-resume-afghanistan-evacuation-flights-before-year-s-end-wsj/ar-AAPw1al



Blast Kills Taliban Commander in Asadabad, Wounds 11

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/14/blast-kills-taliban-commander/



Intensifying Violence Between Taliban, IS-K Heralds New War In Afghanistan

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-islamic-state-khorasan/31507469.html



Taliban to Visit Russia as Group Cozy Up to America's Adversaries

https://www.newsweek.com/taliban-russia-visit-talks-afghanistan-future-china-india-pakistan-iran-1638910



Resistance Leader Masud 'Visited Dushanbe' For Afghan Peace Talks But Taliban Didn't Show Up

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-masud-talks-taliban/31507575.html



500 kilos of narcotics from Afghanistan seized in Tajikistan

https://warisboring.com/500-kilos-of-narcotics-from-afghanistan-seized-in-tajikistan/




Pakistan Army holds induction ceremony for VT4 MBT

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/land-forces/latest/pakistan-army-holds-induction-ceremony-for-vt4-mbt









Sri Lanka drops charges against ex-navy chief over 11 killings

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/14/sri-lanka-charges-former-navy-chief-11-killings-civil-war-tamils









Iranian Persistence

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/israel/articles/20211014.aspx









Iraq’s dismal election prompts militias to threaten violence

https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2021/10/14/iraqs-dismal-election-prompts-militias-to-threaten-violence









Clashes intensify in key Yemen province, 140 fighters killed

https://apnews.com/article/houthis-yemen-sanaa-saudi-arabia-middle-east-6b5034c6bde203748fba2f3d2138618d




Turkey expands armed drone sales to Ethiopia and Morocco - sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/turkey-expands-armed-drone-sales-ethiopia-morocco-sources-2021-10-14/



Turkish shipyard launches mass production of fast patrol boats for coastal defense

https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2021/10/13/turkish-shipyard-launches-mass-production-of-fast-patrol-boats-for-coastal-defense/



Turkey thwarts attempt to kidnap, smuggle Iranian soldier

https://apnews.com/article/europe-turkey-middle-east-iran-arrests-4a7b5ec877078a887b67c1ca48af778a









Israeli air strike in Syria's Homs province kills four, says monitor

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20211014-israeli-air-strike-in-syria-s-homs-province-kills-four-says-monitor



‘A lull not a loss’: Islamic State is rebuilding in Syria, say Kurdish forces

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/14/a-lull-not-a-loss-islamic-state-is-rebuilding-in-syria-say-kurdish-forces




Day-long firefight racks Beirut after Hezbollah demonstration attacked

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/beirut-protest-shots-dead-blast-probe/2021/10/14/7d5c1f2c-2cca-11ec-b17d-985c186de338_story.html



Beirut clash: Hezbollah a victim of its own ‘resistance’ success - analysis

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/beirut-clash-hezbollah-a-victim-of-its-own-resistance-success-analysis-682012









Israel, US Navies Set Up New Coordination Efforts On Iran: Sources

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/israel-us-navies-set-up-new-coordination-efforts-on-iran-sources/









British jets exercise in Egypt for first time in twenty years

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-jets-exercise-in-egypt-for-first-time-in-twenty-years/




Leader of Islamic State West Africa is dead, Nigeria’s top general says

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20211014-leader-of-islamic-state-west-africa-is-dead-nigeria-s-top-general-says




French forces begin northern Mali drawdown: 'The idea is not to create a vacuum'

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20211014-french-forces-begin-northern-mali-drawdown-the-idea-is-not-to-create-a-vacuum




Spanish shipyard delivers 4 inshore patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy

https://navalpost.com/aresa-delivers-4-patrol-boats-to-the-nigerian-navy/



Nigeria phone blackout is helping us fight bandits, says top general

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/nigeria-phone-blackout-is-helping-us-fight-bandits-says-top-general-2021-10-14/









S-500 enters service in Moscow region

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/s-500-enters-service-in-moscow-region



Helicopters Beware: Russia is Deploying Anti-Helicopter Mines

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/helicopters-beware-russia-is-deploying-anti-helicopter-mines/



Soviet Pilot who test flew captured F-5 against MiG-21, MiG-23 explains why the Tiger beat the Fishbed, Flogger in every engagement

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/soviet-pilot-who-test-flew-captured-f-5-against-mig-21-mig-23-explains-why-the-tiger-beat-the-fishbed-flogger-in-every-engagement/






UK to launch space missions from Scotland next year

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-to-launch-space-missions-from-scotland-next-year/



British Challenger 3: The Best Tank in All of Europe?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/british-challenger-3-the-best-tank-in-all-of-europe/









Chinese military seeks to dominate from space, deploys war-fighting tools into orbit

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/oct/13/chinese-military-seeks-dominate-space/



China military researchers pinpoint AI for hypersonic weapons accuracy

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3152179/china-military-researchers-pinpoint-ai-hypersonic-weapons



Artillery: Smaller, Lighter, Cheaper, Faster

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htart/articles/20211014.aspx



From A Secret Base in Tajikistan, China's War On Terror Adjusts To A New Reality

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-china-war-on-terror-afghan/31509370.html



‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ and China’s New View of War

https://thediplomat.com/2021/10/the-battle-at-lake-changjin-and-chinas-new-view-of-war/



Major Construction Underway At Three Of China's Airbases Closest To Taiwan

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42722/major-construction-underway-at-three-of-chinas-airbases-closest-to-taiwan





Six Takeaways From North Korea’s “Hypersonic Missile” Announcement

https://www.38north.org/2021/10/six-takeaways-from-north-koreas-hypersonic-missile-announcement/



Defectors sue N. Korea's Kim Jong Un in Tokyo over repatriations

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211014-defectors-sue-n-korea-s-kim-jong-un-in-tokyo-over-repatriations





Royal Australian Navy grounds MH-60Rs after Philippine Sea ditching

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/royal-australian-navy-grounds-mh-60rs-after-philippine-sea-ditching/145913.article



Aus Nuke Subs: Extreme Costs to Build, Maintain, Decommission.

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/10/aus-nuke-subs-extreme-costs-to-build.html





U.S. government gave 4 ScanEagles to Philippine Air Force

http://alert5.com/2021/10/14/u-s-government-gave-4-scaneagles-to-philippine-air-force/










Spike in UFO Sightings Across the Nation

https://www.military.com/video/spike-ufo-sightings



An FBI sting and Top Secret info tucked into a sandwich: How a Navy veteran allegedly stole classified submarine docs

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/navy-submarine-secrets-stolen/



Ex-Air Force Tech Boss Eviscerates Pentagon For Already Losing The AI Race Against China

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42733/ex-air-force-software-chief-eviscerates-pentagon-for-already-having-lost-the-ai-race-against-china



‘Absolutely Not True’: Army CIO Answers Claim US Has Already Lost To China In AI

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/absolutely-not-true-army-cio-answers-claim-us-has-already-lost-to-china-in-ai/



U.S., Allies Seek Ways To Combat Ransomware As Online Attacks Proliferate

https://www.rferl.org/a/ransomware-attacks-conference/31506887.html



Ransomware - The Pirate’s Perspective

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/14/ransomware---the-pirates-perspective



Homeland Security secretary warns ‘killware’ is the next big cyber threat

https://siliconangle.com/2021/10/13/dhs-secretary-warns-killware-next-big-cyber-threat/



Army Making Progress on Zero-Trust Cybersecurity Framework

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/13/army-making-progress-on-zero-trust-framework



F-35s Nearly Collided With F-22s Right After Last Year’s Raptor Crash

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42751/f-35s-nearly-collided-with-f-22s-right-after-last-years-raptor-crash



Nuclear Sub Mystery Highlights Risk of China-US Miscalculation

https://www.voanews.com/a/nuclear-sub-mystery-highlights-risk-of-china-us-miscalculation/6269388.html



Sherpas on their final journey

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/sherpas-on-their-final-journey



The American Way of War: Engage, Escalate, Abandon

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/the-american-way-of-war-engage-escalate-abandon/



20 years of fighting terrorism took a heavy toll but has helped prepare for a bigger fight, US special operators say

https://www.businessinsider.com/fighting-war-on-terror-took-heavy-toll-special-operators-say-2021-10



The active-duty Army is facing a record suicide rate. Leaders have no idea how to fix it

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-suicide-rate-2020/



Saab opens Red Hawk production plant in Indiana

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/saab-opens-red-hawk-production-plant-in-indiana



Sikorsky In Talks With Three More Nations For CH-53K Sales

https://aviationweek.com/shows-events/ausa-2020/sikorsky-talks-three-more-nations-ch-53k-sales



Northrop Grumman Eyes Next-Gen SIGINT For Army

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/northrop-grumman-eyes-next-gen-sigint-for-army/



Kaman Air Vehicles launches Kargo heavy-lift autonomous UAV

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/ausa-2021-kaman-air-vehicles-launches-kargo-heavy-lift-autonomous-uav



Lockheed Martin to build electronic warfare (EW) for helicopters to defend against anti-ship missiles

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14212174/electronic-warfare-ew-helicopters-antiship-missiles



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: October 13, 2021

https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/z/aerospace-defense-roundup-october-13-2021



‘Affordable’ hypersonics, small business and sustainment lead DoD tech chief’s priorities

https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/ausa/2021/10/12/affordable-hypersonics-small-business-and-sustainment-lead-dod-tech-chiefs-priorities/



Army Halts Widely-Hyped Multi-Billion Dollar Advanced Augmented Reality Goggle Program

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42739/army-halts-widely-hyped-multi-billion-dollar-advanced-augmented-reality-goggle-program



U.S. Army’s New Expeditionary 3D Concrete Printer Can Go Anywhere, Build Anything

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/10/14/us-army-expeditionary-3d-concrete-printer-to-go-anywhere-build-anything/



The Army Just Tested Its New Ballistic Missiles That Takes Aim At Previously Prohibited Ranges

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42750/the-army-just-tested-its-new-ballistic-missiles-that-takes-aim-at-previously-prohibited-ranges



New Artillery Round Promises Higher Speed, Extended Range

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/13/new-artillery-round-promises-higher-speed-extended-range



The APC9K: We get hands-on with the Army’s new SMG

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/the-apc9k-we-get-hands-on-with-the-armys-new-smg/



The Army Plans To Fire Its Version Of The Navy’s SM-6 Missile From This Launcher

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42712/the-army-plans-to-fire-its-version-of-the-navys-sm-6-missile-from-this-launcher



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