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‘Policy Nightmare’: Biden’s Options In Afghanistan Fraught With Risks

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/biden-decision-troops-withdrawal-taliban-afghanistan/31121994.html









India: What do we know about CATS, India’s new fighter jet drone program?

https://www.aerotime.aero/27216-What-do-we-know-about-Indias-fighter-jet-drone-program









Decades after the Gulf War, Iraq’s youth view oil as a curse

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/2/26/decades-after-the-gulf-war-iraqs-youth-view-oil-as-a-curse



Italian Tornado IDS Aircraft Have Logged More Than 4,000 Hours Flying Recce Missions Over 5,000 Targets In Iraq

https://theaviationist.com/2021/02/25/italian-tornado-ids-aircraft-have-logged-more-than-4000-hours-flying-recce-missions-over-5000-targets-in-iraq/









Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension

https://apnews.com/article/dubai-united-kingdom-united-arab-emirates-persian-gulf-tensions-oman-a63aec3ba34abb4cb0aa56a148cf45a6




Steven Seagal is the new pitchman for a shady armored vehicle manufacturer in the UAE

https://taskandpurpose.com/mandatory-fun/steven-seagal-streit-group-armored-vehicles/



New Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) From UAE

http://www.hisutton.com/UAE-ArmaCraft-Trident-Submarines.html




2 US Navy warships in Mideast hit by coronavirus outbreaks

https://apnews.com/article/bahrain-dubai-united-arab-emirates-persian-gulf-tensions-coronavirus-pandemic-706500afe1fe80156ca40eb481b02176



U.S. Coast Guard, Greek navy conduct Arabian Sea exercises

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/02/26/coastguard-greece-arabiansea-exercises/6621614357963/




Saudi crown prince approved operation to capture or kill Khashoggi: U.S. intelligence

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-khashoggi/saudi-crown-prince-approved-operation-to-capture-or-kill-khashoggi-u-s-intelligence-idUSKBN2AQ2OC



Officials: Heavy fighting kills 27 people in central Yemen

https://apnews.com/article/civil-wars-middle-east-yemen-sanaa-4348a0eebe3e8229dcd057d467ad5736




Turkey rolls out mockup of unmanned electric attack helicopter

https://www.aerotime.aero/27361-Turkey-rolls-out-mockup-of-unmanned-attack-helicopter



TAI delivers 2 new ANKA UCAV to the Turkish Navy

https://navalpost.com/tai-delivers-2-new-anka-ucav-to-the-turkish-navy/









Biden Strikes Back: What We Know About The Bombing Raid On Iran's Militias

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39475/biden-strikes-back-what-we-know-about-bombing-raid-on-irans-militias



Biden’s Retaliatory Strike In Syria Is A Double-Edged Message To Tehran

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastienroblin/2021/02/26/bidens-retaliatory-strike-in-syria-is-a-double-edged-message-to-tehran/



Joe Biden’s Syria Airstrike Hit the Wrong Target

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/02/joe-bidens-syria-airstrike-hit-the-wrong-target/



Russia says U.S. gave only a few minutes’ warning before strike in Syria

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-says-us-gave-only-a-few-minutes-warning-before-strike-in-syria/ar-BB1e2YGL



British aircraft hit 15k hours over Syria and Iraq last year

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-aircraft-hit-15k-hours-over-syria-and-iraq-last-year/



Islamic State Fuels Syria Violence, Re-energizing Fighters and Supporters

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/islamic-state-fuels-syria-violence-re-energizing-fighters-and-supporters









CH-53K King Stallion Beats CH-47 Chinook To Become Israel's Next Heavy Lift Helicopter

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39458/ch-53k-king-stallion-beats-ch-47-chinook-to-become-israels-next-heavy-lift-helicopter



Rafael Develops Ground-Based Air Defense Variant of I-Derby ER Missile

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29062/Rafael_Develops_Ground_Based_Air_Defense_Variant_of_I_Derby_ER_Missile









Egypt, 10 years on: From revolution to counter-revolution

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/revisited/20210226-egypt-10-years-on-from-revolution-to-counter-revolution




Libya risks losing control of its destiny as planeloads of fighters and arms flood the country

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2021/libya-civil-war-russia-turkey-fighter-planes/




ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s Sub-Saharan Affiliates Are Poised for Growth in 2021

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/02/isis-and-al-qaedas-sub-saharan-affiliates-are-poised-growth-2021/172313/




Mali: French helicopter collision due to poor communication, report finds

https://www.aerotime.aero/27128-french-helicopter-collision-mali-final-report




Nigeria confronts second mass kidnapping of schoolchildren in nine days after 317 girls vanish

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/nigeria-girls-kidnapped/2021/02/26/14fd3c1a-780a-11eb-9489-8f7dacd51e75_story.html




Eritrean troops killed hundreds of civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amnesty says

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20210226-eritrean-troops-killed-hundreds-of-civilians-in-ethiopia-s-tigray-amnesty-says









Antonov to design indigenous heavy strike drone for Ukraine

https://www.aerotime.aero/27349-antonov-to-design-indigenous-heavy-strike-drone-for-ukraine



Biden Says U.S. Stands With Ukraine, Will Never Recognize Crimea Annexation

https://www.rferl.org/a/biden-ukraine-crimea/31123729.html



A New Class of Ship by Russia, UMK Varan

https://navalpost.com/a-new-class-of-ship-by-russia-umk-varan/



New details on KB SAT’s AR-10 stealthy UCAV

http://alert5.com/2021/02/27/new-details-on-kb-sats-ar-10-stealthy-ucav/



Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow after engine sensor problem

https://www.reuters.com/article/boeing-777-russia/boeing-777-makes-emergency-landing-in-moscow-after-engine-sensor-problem-idUSL8N2KW2JF



21st Century T-34s

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmoral/articles/20210226.aspx



MiG-41: what it was and what it wasn’t | Part 1

https://www.aerotime.aero/27104-MiG-41-what-it-was-and-what-it-wasnt-Part-1



MiG-41: the program, the plane, the legend | Part 2

https://www.aerotime.aero/27121-MiG-41-the-program-the-plane-the-legend-Part-2



New Details of Russian Belgorod ‘Doomsday’ Submarine Revealed

https://news.usni.org/2021/02/25/new-details-of-russian-belgorod-doomsday-submarine-revealed



Explosive Rhetoric: The Russian Missile At The Heart Of Yerevan Unrest

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-missile-iskander-armenia/31123725.html



Russia sends Putin opponent Navalny to penal colony for 18-month sentence

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210226-russia-sends-putin-opponent-navalny-to-penal-colony-for-18-month-sentence




Putin May Have Triggered an Attempted Coup in Armenia After PM Insulted His Missiles

https://www.thedailybeast.com/putin-may-have-triggered-an-attempted-coup-in-armenia-after-pm-insults-his-missiles?ref=home




Italy orders first two U212 ‘Near Future Submarines’

https://defbrief.com/2021/02/26/italy-orders-first-two-u212-near-future-submarines/



Italian army unveils new details on its future AH-249 combat helicopter

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/02/italian-army-ah249-nees-helicopter.html




France: Military Alternatives To DJI

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsf/articles/20210226.aspx




RAF Retires Sentinel R1 Intelligence Gathering Aircraft With Final Mission To Watch Kaliningrad And Belarus

https://theaviationist.com/2021/02/25/raf-retires-sentinel-r1-intelligence-gathering-aircraft-with-final-mission-to-watch-kaliningrad-and-belarus/



Is the RAF’s ‘Go-Go Gadget Plane’ a good idea? Analysis of the Aeralis concept

https://hushkit.net/2021/02/24/is-the-rafs-go-go-gadget-plane-a-good-idea-analysis-of-the-aeralis-concept/









Chinese Skunk Works: what is COMAC Dream Studio?

https://www.aerotime.aero/27343-Chinese-Skunk-Works-what-is-COMAC-Dream-Studio



China Said to be Installing Missile Base Near Border with Vietnam

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/china-said-be-installing-missile-base-near-border-vietnam



Chinese troops showcase super-soldier exoskeleton suits

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/chinese-troops-showcase-super-soldier-exoskeleton-suits/



From MiG-19 with lift fans to J-18: China’s VTOL fighter jet problem

https://www.aerotime.aero/27251-From-MiG-19-with-lift-fans-to-J-18-Chinas-VTOL-problem



China Trying to Redefine Human Rights in Latest Campaign, Says D.C. Analyst

https://www.newsweek.com/china-trying-redefine-human-rights-latest-campaign-says-dc-analyst-1571937





Destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur Transits Taiwan Strait

https://news.usni.org/2021/02/25/destroyer-uss-curtis-wilbur-transits-taiwan-strait



Taiwan’s Oceanic Affairs Council proposed getting C-130J and King Air 350ER for Coast Guard

http://alert5.com/2021/02/25/taiwans-oceanic-affairs-council-proposed-getting-c-130j-and-king-air-350er-for-coast-guard/



More missiles, dispersed forces are key to stopping Chinese invasion of Taiwan, says former US Navy official

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/02/26/more-missiles-dispersed-forces-are-key-to-stopping-chinese-invasion-of-taiwan-says-former-us-navy-official/





Russian diplomats push their way home with handcar out of North Korea

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-northkorea-diplomats/russian-diplomats-push-their-way-home-with-handcar-out-of-north-korea-idUSKBN2AQ05B



North Korea has at least eight ICBMs, think tank says

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/02/26/NKorea-eight-intercontinental-ballistic-missiles/1621614352415/





Japan Could Attack Chinese Vessels Attempting to land on Senkaku Islands

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29056/Japan_Could_Attack_Chinese_Vessels_Attempting_to_land_on_Senkaku_Islands





Vietnam strengthens fortifications in disputed South China Sea, satellite images reveal

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/02/26/vietnam-strengthens-fortifications-in-disputed-south-china-sea-satellite-images-reveal/





Singapore: Kelley Aerospace unveils supersonic combat drone concept

https://www.flightglobal.com/aerospace/kelley-aerospace-unveils-supersonic-combat-drone-concept/142635.article










U.S. 'War on Terror' Covered Nearly Half the World in Past 3 Years, This Map Shows Where

https://www.newsweek.com/us-war-terror-nearly-half-world-three-years-1572189



Navy Destroyer Pulled Into San Diego Flying An Absolutely Gargantuan American Flag

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39473/navy-destroyer-pulled-into-san-diego-flying-an-absolutely-gargantuan-american-flag



U.S., China lead world as military spending increases globally

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/02/25/china-us-defense-spending-increase-global/2641614299634/



Algorithmic Warfare: Spending on Quantum Tech on the Upswing

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/2/26/spending-on-quantum-tech-on-the-upswing



Bill Allowing Big Tech To Form “Techno-Governments” To Be Announced Today

https://thedebrief.org/bill-allowing-big-tech-to-form-techno-governments-to-be-announced-today/



Cruiser USS Vella Gulf Returns to Norfolk After Suffering Damage in Heavy Seas

https://news.usni.org/2021/02/26/cruiser-uss-vella-gulf-returns-to-norfolk-after-suffering-damage-in-heavy-seas



Contractor steals 2,500 pages of secret documents from Air Force Research Lab; "No one checks your bags or folders or anything when you leave the office."

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/air-force-top-secret-document-leak/



Air Force general busts myth that enemies always try to stop rivals’ communications

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/2021/02/25/air-force-general-busts-myth-that-enemies-always-try-to-stop-rivals-communications/



Top Air Force General In The Pacific Wants E-7 Wedgetails To Replace E-3 Radar Planes

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39451/top-air-force-general-in-the-pacific-wants-e-7-wedgetails-to-replace-e-3-radar-planes



Robo-Jets Part of Mix for Air Force TacAir Study

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/2/25/breaking-robo-jets-part-of-mix-for-air-force-tacair-study



TacAir Study Will Determine If F-35 Production Surge Needed

https://www.airforcemag.com/tacair-study-will-determine-if-f-35-production-surge-needed/



M60: The Old U.S. Main Battle Tank That Refuses to Die

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/02/m60-the-old-u-s-main-battle-tank-that-refuses-to-die/



The F-111 Was The ‘F-35 Of Its Day,’ But Its Failure Was A Boon To U.S. Air Power

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/02/26/the-f-111-was-the-f-35-of-its-day-but-its-failure-was-a-boon-to-us-air-power/



Legacy Hornet has completed its final carrier deployment

http://alert5.com/2021/02/26/legacy-hornet-has-completed-its-final-carrier-deployment/



Soldiers Exposed to Blasts at Greater Risk of Alzheimer’s: Study

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/02/26/soldiers-blasts-alzheimers-study/



Congress wants a closer look at US special operations after 2 decades of secret missions and scandals

https://www.businessinsider.com/with-new-house-subcommittee-congress-wants-more-special-ops-oversight-2021-2



Mirage F1 Aggressor Jet Crash Lands At Tyndall Air Force Base

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39472/contractor-flown-mirage-f1-aggressor-crash-lands-at-tyndall-air-force-base-reports



The U.S. Is Trying To Secure Rare Earth Elements For National Security. That Goes Beyond Simple Investment

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2021/02/26/the-us-is-trying-to-secure-rare-earth-elements-for-national-security-that-goes-beyond-simple-investment/



Federal Judge Awards USS Pueblo Survivors and Families $2.3 Billion in Damages

https://news.usni.org/2021/02/25/federal-judge-awards-uss-pueblo-survivors-and-families-2-3-billion-in-damages



Army EW Targets Foes For Infantry

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/02/army-ew-targets-foes-for-infantry/



Army upgrading EMARSS turboprop reconnaissance aircraft with surveillance sensors for dangerous missions

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14198291/reconnaissance-surveillance-sensors



USAF to flight test Skyborg autonomous system at Orange Flag this summer

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/usaf-to-flight-test-skyborg-autonomous-system-at-orange-flag-this-summer/142626.article



Air Force clears KC-46A for limited, non-combat refueling

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/02/25/kc46-tanker-cleared-noncombat-flights/1981614296224/



New Air Force ISR Strategy Ready, Including MQ-9

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/02/new-air-force-isr-strategy-ready-including-mq-9/



B-52 Could Get New Hypersonic Missile: Global Strike Commander

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/02/b-52-could-get-new-hypersonic-missile-global-strike-commander/?_ga=2.163755130.493385954.1614304240-1968516293.1614304240



USAF Will Not Sacrifice F-35 To Buy NGAD, Brown Says

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/budget-policy-operations/usaf-will-not-sacrifice-f-35-buy-ngad-brown-says



Report to Congress on Gerald R. Ford Carrier Program

https://news.usni.org/2021/02/25/report-to-congress-on-gerald-r-ford-carrier-program-5



Eying China, CNO Plans Hypersonics & Lasers On Zumwalt Destroyers

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/02/exclusive-eying-china-cno-plans-hypersonics-lasers-on-zumwalt-destroyers/



Report to U.S.Congress on U.S. Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyers

https://navalpost.com/report-to-congress-on-ddg-51-ddg1000-usnavy/



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