Af/Pak & Other News (7/1/2021)

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One Month, 700 Trucks: Afghanistan’s U.S. Military Vehicles Fall Into Taliban Hands

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastienroblin/2021/06/30/one-month-700-trucks-afghanistans-us-military-vehicles-fall-into-taliban-hands/



Western forces pack up to end their war, Afghans "manage the consequences"

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/western-forces-pack-up-end-their-war-afghans-manage-consequences-2021-07-01/



Afghan civilians take up arms against Taliban as foreign troops depart

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/01/afghan-civilians-forced-to-fight-taliban-as-foreign-troops-depart



McConnell has warned of ‘likely catastrophe’ over US troop pullout in Afghanistan. Will he be proved right?

https://warisboring.com/mcconnell-has-warned-of-likely-catastrophe-over-us-troop-pullout-in-afghanistan-will-he-be-proved-right/









Iran restricts IAEA access to main enrichment plant after attack -diplomats

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/exclusive-iran-restricts-iaea-access-main-enrichment-plant-after-attack-2021-07-01/



Iranian Navy conducts exercise in the Caspian Sea

https://navalpost.com/iranian-navy-conducts-drills-in-the-caspian-sea/



Iran Finds A Way

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairfo/articles/20210701.aspx









Iraq Voices Anger Over Strikes to U.S. Allies, Says Don't Use Nation to Attack Syria, Iran

https://www.newsweek.com/iraq-voices-anger-over-strikes-us-allies-says-dont-use-nation-attack-syria-iran-1605735



Iraq hedges its bets, cozies up to Iran as US pullout looms

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/iraq-hedges-its-bets-cozies-up-to-iran-as-us-pullout-looms









Russia says 'non-starter' to allow Syria aid through Iraq

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/russia-says-non-starter-allow-syria-aid-through-iraq-2021-06-30/



Cadets of Syrian Military Pilots Academy, Re-opened in 2018, Prepare for Graduation

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29938/Cadets_of_Syrian_Military_Pilots_Academy__Re_opened_in_2018__Prepare_for_Graduation#.YN31tkxlBaQ




Gunmen take to streets in Lebanese city over economic crisis

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-lebanon-beirut-business-0f9c7212661a870da17e72b7c9e5d215



Lebanon’s struggling army offers tourists helicopter rides to boost revenue

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1885806/offbeat









Egyptian Air Force MiG-29 deliveries completed, Su-35 deliveries begins

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/07/egyptian-air-force-mig-29-deliveries-completed-su-35-deliveries-begins




Bridge key to delivering aid to Ethiopia’s Tigray destroyed

https://apnews.com/article/ethiopia-africa-f3d493256f4196c07f5e72e845ec0a29



Ethiopia Tigray conflict: Rebels build on capture of capital

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-57642746




Nigeria: NAF confirms use of indigenous rockets in counterterror fight

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/07/naf-confirms-use-of-indigenous-rockets-in-counterterror-fight









Ukraine says Russian gas supply curbs to Europe are ‘blackmail’

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/ee05f8a2-ced1-366c-84df-a12281256afd/ukraine-says-russian-gas.html



Putin hints at new Ukraine escalation

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/putin-hints-at-new-ukraine-escalation



Harassing Ships And Spoofing Radios, Russia Is Telling A Story—That Occupied Crimea Is Russian

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/01/harassing-ships-and-spoofing-radios-russia-is-telling-a-story-that-occupied-crimea-is-russian/



Russian navy conducts live fire exercise in Black Sea as Ukraine, NATO drill

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russian-navy-conducts-live-fire-exercise-black-sea-ukraine-nato-drill-2021-07-01/



Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier Is In Bad Shape, Won’t Sail Anywhere Until Late 2023

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/russias-only-aircraft-carrier-is-in-bad-shape-wont-sail-anywhere-until-late-2023/



Russia Says Foiled IS Attacks in Moscow, South

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/07/01/russia-foils-is-attacks/



Russia successfully test-launches latest ICBM — source

https://tass.com/defense/1307845



Russian Military Hackers Are Pummeling Top Targets in U.S and Europe

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-military-hackers-are-pummeling-top-targets-in-us-and-europe



NSA discloses hacking methods it says are used by Russia

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-europe-russia-health-coronavirus-pandemic-9dcfb8608fd80b76cda0e17d56ada736



Russia Offers to Supply S-400 Air Defense System to Belarus

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/07/01/russia-offers-belarus-s400/



Russia races Tom Cruise and Musk for first movie in space

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210701-russia-races-tom-cruise-and-musk-for-first-movie-in-space





Switzerland Chooses F-35 As Its Next Fighter Jet

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41362/switzerland-chooses-f-35-as-its-next-fighter-jet




Airbus flies armed C295 gunship for persistent CAS

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/06/airbus-unveils-c295-armed-isr.html



Airbus has developed a wide range of helicopters tailored for Special Forces

https://www.armyrecognition.com/sofins_2021_news_online_show_daily/sofins_2021_airbus_has_developed_a_wide_range_of_helicopters_tailored_for_special_forces.html




Belgian F-16 hits a wall, burns down; pilot injured

https://www.aerotime.aero/28289-Belgian-F-16-hits-a-wall-burns-down-pilot-injured




“Impacts of Noise” Result In Suspension Of Ajax Vehicle Trials

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/07/01/impacts-of-noise-result-in-suspension-of-ajax-vehicle-trials/



UK has no plans for investigation into UFOs after Pentagon report

https://news.sky.com/story/uk-has-no-plans-for-investigation-into-ufos-after-pentagon-report-12345899









China Announces Plans to Build Base on Mars

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/china-announces-plans-to-build-base-on-mars/



China Publicly Debuts Z-8L Heavy-Lift Helicopter

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/china-publicly-debuts-z-8l-heavy-lift-helicopter



China’s J-35 Carrier Fighter Appears; Step To ‘Most Powerful Navy’?

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/07/chinas-j-35-carrier-fighter-appears-step-to-most-powerful-navy/



China’s J-20 ‘Mighty Dragons’ take starring role in aerial display for Communist Party centenary celebrations

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3139487/chinas-j-20-mighty-dragons-take-starring-role-aerial-display



Ex-diplomat says Xi Jinping has 'pushed the envelope' but Chinese Communist Party still 'insecure'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ex-diplomat-says-xi-jinping-has-pushed-the-envelope-but-chinese-communist-party-still-insecure/vi-AALDIYU



China building more than 100 missile silos, expanding nuclear capabilities

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/china-nuclear-missile-silos/2021/06/30/0fa8debc-d9c2-11eb-bb9e-70fda8c37057_story.html





Taiwan to commission first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette in August

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/taiwan-to-commission-first-improved-tuo-chiang-class-corvette-in-august





North Korea Loves Causing Trouble on the Fourth of July. Is a Missile Test Coming Sunday?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/north-korea-loves-causing-trouble-on-the-fourth-of-july-is-a-missile-test-coming-sunday/





Korean Air to bid for second Baekdu ISR project

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/korean-air-to-bid-for-second-baekdu-isr-project





Japanese official warns US of potential surprise attack on Hawaii — from Russia and China

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/japanese-official-warns-us-of-potential-surprise-attack-on-hawaii-from-russia-and-china





Australia: Astronomer says declassified UFO reports will open way for scientific discovery

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-01/declassified-ufo-reports-to-open-a-window-into-new-science/100254896



Canberra returns to the sky

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/canberra-returns-to-the-sky





Philippines: Another Attitude Adjustment

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/phillip/articles/20210701.aspx





Coast Guard on Guam Now at Full Strength

https://www.realcleardefense.com/2021/07/01/coast_guard_on_guam_now_at_full_strength_783789.html










Pentagon report isn’t the end of the search for UFOs. Scientists say the right technology could lead to more answers.

https://www.inquirer.com/science/uap-pentagon-sky-scientists-explain-20210701.html



Did a Billionaire Just Rent the South Dakota National Guard? It Sure Looks Like It

https://coffeeordie.com/billionaire-hires-guard/



Rioters broke into the US Capitol by at least 8 separate points, more than previously known, NYT investigation finds

https://www.businessinsider.com/capitol-riot-8-entrances-used-get-into-building-nyt-found-2021-7



Donald Rumsfeld, youngest and oldest US defense secretary, dies at 88

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/donald-rumsfeld-defense-secretary-dies-88



Virgin Orbit plane launches four US military satellites into space

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2021/06/30/virgin-orbit-launches-four-us-military-satellites-into-orbit-from-plane/



Exoskeletons and unjammable radios: Soldiers, academia team up to solve tactical troubles

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2021/06/29/exoskeletons-and-unjammable-radios-soldiers-academia-team-up-to-solve-tactical-troubles/



Meet The MC-145B Wily Coyote Armed Special Ops Transport Plane

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41347/meet-the-mc-145b-wily-coyote-armed-special-ops-transport-plane



Special Operators sound off about SOCOM’s Armed Overwatch Program

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/exclusive-special-operators-sound-off-about-socoms-armed-overwatch-program/



Army to set in stone the importance of information advantage, with new capabilities on deck

https://www.c4isrnet.com/information-warfare/2021/07/01/army-to-set-in-stone-the-importance-of-information-advantage-with-new-capabilities-on-deck/



Marines shut off power, run base with renewable energy

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/30/renewable-energy-marines-miramar-microgrid/7341625076393/



B-52 Engine Replacement Could Keep Bomber Flying Through Its 100th Birthday

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/06/engine-replacement-could-keep-venerable-b-52-flying-through-its-100th-birthday/182687/



Skyborg AI Computer "Brain" Successfully Flew A General Atomics Avenger Drone

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41364/skyborg-ai-computer-brain-successfully-flew-a-general-atomics-avenger-drone



Air Force to move rescue, support training to Arizona, retire older A-10s

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/30/davis-monthan-a10-warthog-searchandrescue/6891625079402/



Naval Special Warfare in a ‘Race for Relevancy’ as Mission Shifts to High-end Conflict

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/30/naval-special-warfare-in-a-race-for-relevancy-as-mission-shifts-to-high-end-conflict



Navy ditches futuristic railgun, eyes hypersonic missiles

https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-a67d3200fad72488ebb37ce1b46bce5b



The US and British navies' newest submarines are equipped with totally different kinds of periscopes

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-british-navies-newest-submarines-121800975.html



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