Af/Pak & Other News (12/21/2020)

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A(nother) New Afghanistan Strategy, Based on an Old Approach

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/12/21/another_new_afghanistan_strategy_based_on_an_old_approach_653952.html



In First, NATO Forces Now Outnumber US Troops in Afghanistan

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/12/21/first-nato-forces-now-outnumber-us-troops-afghanistan.html



In Afghanistan, a place mired in war, the virus is an afterthought.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/21/world/in-afghanistan-a-place-mired-in-war-the-virus-is-an-afterthought.html









US Navy sails nuclear submarine through Strait of Hormuz

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/21/politics/us-nuclear-sub-hormuz/index.html









Israeli spyware likely to proliferate in Mid East amid Al Jazeera journalists hack, says report

https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-spyware-likely-proliferate-mid-142355284.html









Illegal Gold Mining Funding Armed Groups in Sahel: Interpol

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/12/21/illegal-mining-armed-groups-sahel/




Somalia: The Reason Why

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20201221.aspx




Russia, Rwanda send troops to C.Africa after alleged coup bid

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201221-russia-rwanda-send-troops-to-c-africa-after-alleged-coup-bid









The Ukrainian military fleet will change dramatically in the coming years

https://en.topcor.ru/17728-ukrainskij-voennyj-flot-kardinalno-izmenitsja-v-blizhajshie-gody.html



Russian MoD Receives Tanker Planes That Can Refuel 3 Aircraft Simultaneously

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28602/Russian_MoD_Receives_Tanker_Planes_That_Can_Refuel_3_Aircraft_Simultaneously



For Some in Russia’s Elite, Putin’s Future Is Again a Hot Topic

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-20/for-some-in-russia-s-elite-putin-s-future-is-again-a-hot-topic



Russian Army Tests Artificial Intelligence Equipped Target Robots

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28593/Russian_Army_Tests_Artificial_Intelligence_Equipped_Target_Robots



Kremlin foe Navalny says he pranked secret agent, learns of underwear murder plot

https://news.yahoo.com/kremlin-foe-navalny-says-pranked-154322204.html



Corruption Cuts Both Ways in Russia's Surveillance State

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-12-20/corruption-cuts-both-ways-in-russia-s-surveillance-state




HII Delivers REMUS 100 Unmanned Underwater Vehicles to German Navy

https://defpost.com/huntington-ingalls-industries-delivers-remus-100-uuvs-to-german-navy/




Lockerbie bombing: Alleged bomb-maker charged on 32nd anniversary of attack

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55399551



World closes borders to Britain as new coronavirus strain breeds panic

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain/world-closes-borders-to-britain-as-new-coronavirus-strain-breeds-panic-idUSKBN28V1FF









Drug smugglers turn to drones, advancing operations

https://dronedj.com/2020/12/21/drug-smugglers-turn-to-drones-advancing-operations/









China Used Stolen Data to Expose CIA Operatives in Africa and Europe

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/12/21/china-stolen-us-data-exposed-cia-operatives-spy-networks/



How China’s “wolf warrior” diplomats use Twitter to troll Beijing’s enemies

https://www.vox.com/22167626/china-wolf-warrior-twitter-online-interview





Singapore confirms Aster 30 SAMP/T operations, reveals new details of system configuration

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/singapore-confirms-aster-30-sampt-operations-reveals-new-details-of-system-configuration





Japan sets record $52 billion military budget with stealth jets, long-range missiles

https://www.reuters.com/article/japan-defence-budget/japan-sets-record-52-billion-military-budget-with-stealth-jets-long-range-missiles-idUSKBN28V03X



Japanese Stealthy Multimission

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsurf/articles/20201221.aspx





U.S., French Nuclear Attack Submarines Exercise Together Off Guam

https://defpost.com/u-s-french-nuclear-attack-submarines-exercise-together-off-guam/










Ex-CIA Director John Brennan admits Navy pilot UFO footage is "eyebrow raising"

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/ex-cia-director-on-navy-pilot-ufo-footage



Trump Pentagon, Biden Team Clash As Transition Grows Controversial

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/trump-pentagon-biden-team-clash-as-transition-grows-controversial/



The Aviation & Defense Stories To Watch For In 2021

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/12/21/the-aviation--defense-stories-to-watch-for-in-2021/



Fort Drum soldier arrested in connection to fellow soldier’s death

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/fort-drum-soldier-arrested-murder/



U.S. Treasury confirms SolarWinds hack as more officials blame Russia

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-cyber/u-s-treasury-confirms-solarwinds-hack-as-more-officials-blame-russia-idUSKBN28V2DX?il=0



Tomcat Tales With The F-14 Association's President On The Iconic Jet's 50th Anniversary

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38303/tomcat-tales-with-the-f-14-associations-president-on-the-iconic-jets-50th-anniversary



The Nuclear Energy That Will Send Us to the Moon and Mars

https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a35006021/nuclear-energy-moon-mars-missions-nasa-trump/



5 Army Weapons Soldiers Might Actually Get Their Hands on Soon

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/12/21/5-army-weapons-soldiers-might-actually-get-their-hands-soon.html



US Army's ERCA prototype strikes target at 70 km distance

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-armys-erca-prototype-strikes-target-at-70-km-distance



Bell shows V-280 Valor new capabilities

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/bell-shows-v-280-valor-new-capabilities.html



US Army Moves Step Closer to ‘Drone Tank’ Development

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/12/21/us-army-drone-tank-development/



AFWERX Agility Prime Announces “Flying Car” Military Airworthiness, Infrastructure Milestones

https://defpost.com/afwerx-agility-prime-announces-flying-car-military-airworthiness-infrastructure-milestones/



The importance of advancing loyal wingman technology

https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2020/12/21/the-importance-of-advancing-loyal-wingman-technology/



Boeing’s unmanned combat aircraft completes key taxi test

https://defence-blog.com/news/boeings-unmanned-combat-aircraft-completes-key-taxi-test.html



Watch A Super Hornet Launch Off A “Ski Jump” During Testing Aimed At The Indian Navy

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38324/watch-a-super-hornet-launch-off-of-a-ski-jump-during-testing-aimed-at-the-indian-navy



US Navy to field C-130J-30 in nuclear communications role

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-navy-to-field-c-130j-30-in-nuclear-communications-role



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