Af/Pak & Other News (6/8/2021)

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Afghan Soldiers Gird for Taliban to Attack Cities After the U.S. Leaves

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/afghan-soldiers-gird-for-taliban-to-attack-cities-after-the-u-s-leaves/ar-AAKNxvO



Taliban aversion to peace talks could imperil U.S. diplomats and interpreters after military leaves

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/no-talibanpeace-talks-could-imperil-us-diplomats-interpreters



US pullout from Afghanistan half done, but questions remain

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-middle-east-government-and-politics-e36e0d2ad50f797bc2484af53a75d533



Afghan army racing to recruit 1,500 troops to defend Bagram Airfield as US troops prepare to leave in 20 days

https://warisboring.com/afghan-army-racing-to-recruit-1500-troops-to-defend-bagram-airfield-as-us-troops-prepare-to-leave-in-20-days/



US Could Close Kabul Embassy If Future Afghanistan Government Includes Taliban, Top General Says

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/06/us-would-close-kabul-embassy-if-future-afghanistan-government-withdraws-its-welcome-top-general-says/174546/



Turkey To Take Over Kabul International Airport From NATO

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/06/08/turkey-to-take-over-kabul-international-airport-from-nato/









Indian Navy to receive three of the first MH-60R Seahawk naval helicopters

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/june/10274-indian-navy-to-receive-three-of-the-first-mh-60r-seahawk-naval-helicopters.html









Iran Steps up Efforts to Sow Discord Inside the U.S.

https://time.com/6071615/iran-disinformation-united-states/



Blinken: Iran's nuclear 'breakout time' a matter of weeks if violations continue

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/blinken-irans-nuclear-breakout-time-matter-weeks-if-violations-continue



Former Iranian Officer Says Sabotage, Hostile Action Possible In Sinking Of Navy's Largest Ship

https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-ship-sinking-sabotage/31295041.html









Drone Attacks On U.S. Airbase In Iraq Give Cause For Concern

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2021/06/08/drone-attacks-on-us-airbase-in-iraq-give-cause-for-concern/









Turkey wraps up ‘largest-ever’ version of Denizkurdu naval drill

https://www.defensenews.com/training-sim/2021/06/07/turkey-wraps-up-largest-ever-version-of-denizkurdu-naval-drill/









Lebanese Navy to receive 7 offshore patrol vessels

https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2021/06/07/lebanese-navy-to-receive-7-offshore-patrol-vessels/









Erdan to AP CEO: Hamas worked on anti-Iron Dome tech in AP Gaza building

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/erdan-hamas-tried-to-develop-iron-dome-busting-tech-in-ap-gaza-building-670433









Libya: Possible First Use of AI-Armed Drones Triggers Alarm Bells

https://www.voanews.com/africa/possible-first-use-ai-armed-drones-triggers-alarm-bells




Four new C-130J Super Hercules for Algeria

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/06/four-new-c-130j-super-hercules-for-algeria




France Freezes Aid to Central African Republic Over its Collusion With Russia

https://sofrep.com/news/france-freezes-aid-to-central-african-republic-over-its-collusion-with-russia/









Ukraine Making Progress on Defense Reforms, But More Needed Before NATO Entry: U.S. Official

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29750/Ukraine_Making_Progress_on_Defense_Reforms__But_More_Needed_Before_NATO_Entry__U_S__Official#.YL-iTkxlBaQ



Judge sees evidence of Buk missile being used in downing of MH17 airliner

https://www.reuters.com/article/ukraine-crisis-mh17/judge-sees-evidence-of-buk-missile-being-used-in-downing-of-mh17-airliner-idUSL2N2NQ0RC



Russian Navy's First Full-Stealth Ship Reportedly Under Construction

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-navy-full-stealth/31296438.html



Russia: Frustrating Foreign Wars

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/russia/articles/20210608.aspx



The Russian Submarine Threat In The Atlantic Is Growing, But A Low-Cost Solution Is Available

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/06/08/the-russian-submarine-threat-in-the-atlantic-is-growing-but-a-low-cost-solution-is-available/





Multi-nation BALTOPS 50 exercise includes defensive cyber warfare for first time

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/07/baltops-50-maritime-focused-exercise-launch-defensive-cyberwarfare-tactics/5001623094089/




UN court upholds conviction of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic on war crimes charges

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210608-un-court-upholds-conviction-of-former-bosnian-serb-military-chief-ratko-mladic-on-war-crimes-charges




Polish MiG-29 accidentally shoots on another fighter jet

https://defence-blog.com/polish-mig-29-accidentally-shoots-on-another-fighter-jet/




F-35 Lightning IIs from Four Nations Integrate with fourth-generation aircraft in Italian Exercise

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/f-35-lightning-iis-from-four-nations-integrate-with-fourth-generation-aircraft-in-italian-exercise/




Why Portugal paints F-16s to look like tigers

https://taskandpurpose.com/culture/nato-tiger-meet-paint-fighter-jet/




UK confirms JAGM missile for AH-64E Apache fleet

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-confirms-jagm-missile-for-ah-64e-apache-fleet/









First Sighting Of New Stealth Fighter For Chinese Navy’s Aircraft Carriers

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/06/first-sighting-of-new-stealth-fighter-for-chinese-navy-aircraft-carrier/



Wargaming the China-US Space Race

https://thediplomat.com/2021/06/wargaming-the-china-us-space-race/



China Looks to Increase Its Nuclear Arsenal

https://spectator.org/china-nuclear-arsenal-threatens-taiwan/



China’s Submarine Fleet Is Huge. The U.S. Navy Plans To Whittle Away At It With Mines.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/06/08/chinas-submarine-fleet-is-huge-the-us-navy-plans-to-whittle-away-at-it-with-mines/



Bill Gertz: China's space weapons program most dangerous threat facing US

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6257856328001#sp=show-clips



How Chinese Unmanned Platforms Could Degrade Taiwan’s Air Defense and Disable a US Navy Carrier

https://thediplomat.com/2021/06/how-chinese-unmanned-platforms-could-degrade-taiwans-air-defense-and-disable-a-us-navy-carrier/



How China Steals US Tech to Catch Up in Underwater Warfare

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/06/how-china-steals-us-tech-catch-underwater-warfare/174558/



U.S. report concluded COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab - WSJ

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/us-report-concluded-covid-19-may-have-leaked-wuhan-lab-wsj-2021-06-07/



The Taiwan Temptation; Why Beijing Might Resort to Force

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2021-06-03/china-taiwan-war-temptation





Philippine Air Force Receives New Black Hawk Helicopters

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/06/08/philippines-receives-black-hawk-helicopters/





Japan will launch its loyal wingman from F-X fighter

http://alert5.com/2021/06/08/japan-will-launch-its-loyal-wingman-from-f-x-fighter/





Vietnam: Get What You Can Afford

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20210608.aspx










Experts Weigh In on Pentagon UFO Report

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/experts-weigh-in-on-pentagon-ufo-report/



‘Forbidden subject’: Air Force officers recount ridicule after sharing UFO experiences

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jun/7/air-force-officers-recount-ridicule-after-sharing-/



U.S. Senate committees urge new security steps after Capitol riot

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-committees-urge-new-security-steps-after-capitol-riot-2021-06-08/



US Capitol attack report finds intelligence, military and police failings

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/08/us-capitol-attack-report-finds-intelligence-military-and-police-failings



Border Patrol Helicopter Just Tried To Disperse A Protest Using Its Rotor Downwash

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40969/watch-border-patrol-helicopters-apparent-attempt-to-disperse-protesters-with-its-downwash



From Doomsday Preppers to Doomsday Plotters

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/world/accelerationism-qanon-day-x.html



GPT-3 May Become The AI Disinformation Machine We’ve Always Feared, Study Finds

https://thedebrief.org/gpt-3-may-become-the-ai-disinformation-machine-weve-always-feared-study-finds/



Encrypted phone sting leads to global crackdown on organised crime

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210608-encrypted-phone-sting-leads-to-global-crackdown-on-organised-crime



The FBI recovered a huge chunk of the Colonial Pipeline ransom by secretly gaining access to DarkSide's bitcoin wallet password

https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-used-hackers-bitcoin-password-to-recover-colonial-pipeline-ransom-2021-6



Reconnaissance Marine Faces Court-Martial for Stealing Grenades, Ammo

https://coffeeordie.com/marine-court-martial-stolen-ammo/



Kauai remains ‘preferred’ location for missile defense radar Pentagon won’t fund

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/06/07/breaking-news/kauai-remains-preferred-location-for-missile-defense-radar-pentagon-wont-fund/



U.S. Senate set to pass sweeping bill to address China tech threat

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-set-pass-sweeping-bill-address-china-tech-threat-2021-06-08/



DARPA Tests Autonomous Counter-Drone Tech for Use in Crowded Areas

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29753/DARPA_Tests_Autonomous_Counter_Drone_Tech_for_Use_in_Crowded_Areas#.YL-iPUxlBaQ



Aerospace & Defense Roundup: June 07

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/z/aerospace-defense-roundup-june-07



HawkEye 360's third cluster of satellites arrive at launch site

https://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/satcom/article/14204756/hawkeye-360s-third-cluster-of-satellites-arrive-at-launch-site



US Army Investing Nearly $1 Billion in Stryker Vehicle Upgrades

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/06/08/us-army-stryker-vehicle-upgrades/



US Air Force, Kitty Hawk complete first medevac evolution with electric plane

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/08/us-air-force-kitty-hawk-complete-first-medevac-evolution-with-electric-plane/



MC-130J Commando II Simulated Launching A Pallet Of Cruise Missiles During A Mock Strike Mission

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40958/mc-130j-commando-ii-simulated-launching-a-pallet-of-cruise-missiles-in-mock-strike-mission



AH-1Z now has Link-16

http://alert5.com/2021/06/08/ah-1z-now-has-link-16/



Second Ghost Fleet Overlord USV finishes trip to Pacific

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/06/07/ghost-fleet-overlord-unmanned-surface-vessel-second-trip-pacific/2431623089299/



Navy Taps One-Star To Drive LCS Program Improvements

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/07/navy-taps-one-star-to-drive-lcs-program-improvements



Navy Expects First Fixed Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ships In Early Fiscal 2022

https://www.forbes.com/sites/craighooper/2021/06/07/navy-targets-early-fy-2022-for-first--freedom-class-littoral-combat-ship-fix/



US Navy’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer hits the water

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/07/us-navys-first-flight-iii-arleigh-burke-destroyer-hits-the-water/



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