Af/Pak & Other News (12/23/2020)

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Dec 23, 2020, 10:23:58 PM12/23/20
Due to X-mas/New Year's vacation, my net access will range from spotty to non-existent for the next few days/weeks. Happy Holidays everyone!


Fire From the Sky: The Afghan Taliban’s Drones

US, UN Slam Targeted Killings of Prominent Afghan Civilians

Assassins silence another ‘voice of Afghan democracy’ in Kabul killing

Dutch prosecutors asked to check whether Dutch soldiers killed Afghan civilians

How the Taliban’s Rivalry With ISIS Is Shaping the Afghan Peace Talks

India successfully test fires medium range surface to air missile off Odisha coast

India’s New Maritime Theater Command: A Quantum Leap

U.S. says it has "highly credible" information Iranians created website threatening U.S. election officials

Illicit Iranian Oil Shipment Shut Down at Sea

Why the US Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan Continue to be Targeted

A Quantum Leap Forward: Chinese Influence Grows in Iraq’s Oil Market

Top U.S. officials discuss options to protect Americans in Iraq -senior official

Trump pardon of Blackwater killers sparks outrage in Iraq

The Forgotten Deterrent: Kuwait’s Luna-M ’FROG-7’ Artillery Rockets

Qatar’s NH90 helicopter variants take to the skies for first time

Royal Saudi Air Force Chinese-made CASC CH-4 Drone Allegedly Shot Down By Houthi Rebels Over Marib

How Hezbollah Profits from Black Cocaine

Israeli submarine transits Suez Canal in show of force against Iran

Turkish parliament extends law for troop deployment to Libya

Nigeria: Road Warrior Woes

Nigerian Air Force Set To Induct The First Batch Of Pakistan-made JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets

Gunmen kill more than 100 in dawn attack in western Ethiopian region

America's East Africa Military Hub Sees Spike In Activity As Somalia Withdrawals Continue

Russia’s Naval Base in Sudan Opens a Long-Sought Gateway to the Red Sea

Central African Republic: UN helps retake town seized by rebels ahead of elections

US Calls For Transparency As Russians Enter C.Africa

Russia’s Oldest Bomber Now Controls Drones — Here’s What It Might Do With Them

Russia's sixth-generation MiG-41 fighter to make maiden flight in 2025

First Unmanned Helicopter Drones Delivered to Russian Aerospace Forces

Interview: Russia Blocking Visas For U.S. Diplomatic Staff, Forcing Closure Of Consulates, U.S. Ambassador Says

State Department says US believes Russian FSB used a Novichok nerve agent to poison Navalny

"If it Hadn't Been for the Prompt Work of the Medics": FSB Officer Inadvertently Confesses Murder Plot to Navalny

Russian lawmakers vote for jail penalties for online slander

Russia’s New Territory

Europe At The Forefront of Hypersonic Missile Defense

U.S. Approves Possible Sale of of King Air B300ER Scorpion ISR Aircraft to Kazakhstan

It’s a Bird, It’s a What, It’s a UAV

Leonardo Hack Allegedly Targeted Details Of nEUROn UCAV Program

Leonardo hacked by its own employees, files on nEUROn stolen

First Two T-345 Trainers Delivered To The Italian Air Force

You Can Buy The Royal Air Force's Impressive Sentinel Radar Planes, But Only In Pieces

Big Antarctic Stakeholders Get Ignored As China’s New Antarctic Gear Gets Hyped

Why China’s Amphibious Assault Ships Are a Really Big Deal

Tech Giants Are Giving China a Vital Edge in Espionage

China reportedly demanded that big Chinese tech companies like Alibaba and Tencent process stolen US data for the nation's top spies

The Chinese Navy Has A Command Problem

China aims for commercial race with at least 20 Long March-8 rocket launches a year

China Used Exoskeletons to Recover Lunar Material

China's Chang'e-5 orbiter embarks on new mission to gravitationally stable spot at L1

Casinos, COVID or Drugs? Why China Is Building a Fence on Myanmar Border

The Era of Biotechnology, Mass Surveillance, and Government Control

Action Needs to Be Taken to Avoid Accidental U.S.-China Conflict in Taiwan Strait: Report

With Rival American And Chinese Naval Transits Through The Taiwan Strait, The Advanced F-16s Taiwan Is Buying Will Come In Handy

Japanese air force jets scramble to intercept Russian and Chinese bombers

South Korea: Raytheon offers multiple-intelligence aircraft solution to meet RoKAF's ISTAR requirement

Video Taken By Pilots Of What Could Be The Elusive Los Angeles Jet Pack Guy Emerges

Biden says the Pentagon isn't briefing his team on the suspected Russian cyberattack

Wide-reaching hack has defense firms on their toes

Uncertainty prevails over US cyber strategy shift towards ‘persistent engagement'

Combatting Terrorist Financing in the Age of Crypto: Opportunities for the Biden Administration

200th 'Narco Submarine'

Navy Releases Fourth Round of USS Thresher Inquiry Documents

After Fort Hood, the U.S. Army Will Succeed or Fail on Trust

Drones: The Next IED

Fighter Pilots Are Taking Full Advantage Of The Air Force's Lifted Ban On Custom Helmet Art

Why future fighter designs will retain human pilot

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

Congress provides $130 million for hypersonic missile warning satellites

U.S. Army will use AI to develop chemical-biological defense systems

DroneShield’s counter-drone tech supports U.S. Army exercise

Early Christmas Present: Army Receives Potentially Revolutionary Unmanned Ground Vehicles

US Army Stryker Vehicles Being Prepared for Laser Combat Competition

‘Squadcopter’ market for U.S. combat units tops $1 billion

F-16V to test counter Cruise Missile Defense role

Tyndall AFB replaces T-38's with new aircraft to simulate realistic air-to-air combat

U.S. Air Force’s Hypersonic Cruise Missile Fails in Test

U.S. Air Force uses cutting-edge SAR mapping technology in bomb hit assessment

Air Force Global Hawk Drone May Fly to 2040 With New Sensors, More Autonomy

Florida-based F-22 instructor pilots got to fire live Sidewinder missiles for the first time

L3Harris scores award for Navy’s Next Generation Jammer

Biden Defense Team Inherits Navy Robotic Warship Research Aimed At Deterring/Defeating China

Congress guts funding for cruiser replacements

Navy to Field First New Torpedo in Decades

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