Af/Pak & Other News (12/20/2020)

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Nine dead as Kabul car bombing targets Afghan lawmaker

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack/nine-dead-as-kabul-car-bombing-targets-afghan-lawmaker-idUSKBN28U097









India’s DRDO Sets up Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28592/India___s_DRDO_Sets_up_Hypersonic_Wind_Tunnel



ITBP personnel, civilians push back Chinese soldiers in civilian clothes at Chanthang in Ladakh

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/itbp-personnel-civilians-push-back-chinese-soldiers-in-civilian-clothes-at-chanthang-in-ladakh/articleshow/79828557.cms









Iran-linked group claims to hack Israeli defense firm, releases employee data

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-linked-group-claims-to-hack-israeli-defense-firm-releases-employee-data/









Iraqi army: 8 rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraqi-officials-rockets-target-us-embassy-baghdad-74831850









UAE welcomes formation of new government in Yemen, implementation of Riyadh Agreement

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/government/uae-welcomes-formation-of-new-government-in-yemen-implementation-of-riyadh-agreement




Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli firm's spyware

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/dec/20/citizen-lab-nso-dozens-of-aljazeera-journalists-allegedly-hacked-using-israeli-firm-spyware









Egypt’s intel chief meets Libyan warlord Haftar

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/egypts-intel-chief-meets-libyan-warlord-haftar/news




US troops leaving Somalia for elsewhere in East Africa, AFRICOM chief says

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/us-troops-leaving-somalia/




Security forces rescue dozens of schoolchildren after new abduction in Nigeria

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20201220-security-forces-rescue-dozens-of-schoolchildren-after-new-abduction-in-nigeria




Central African Republic Up for Grabs as Coup Looms

https://sofrep.com/news/central-african-republic-up-for-grabs-as-coup-looms/









Keep up the good work, Putin tells spy agency staff

https://www.reuters.com/article/russia-politics-putin/keep-up-the-good-work-putin-tells-spy-agency-staff-idUSKBN28U0GI



Close to 200 organizations allegedly hacked by Russia: cybersecurity firm

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/531013-massachusetts-cybersecurity-firm-detects-at-least-198-organizations-victims



Russian scientist working on COVID-19 vaccine plummets to death in St. Petersburg

https://www.foxnews.com/world/russian-scientist-covid-19-vaccine-death-st-petersburg





NATO checking systems after US cyberattack

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/NATO_checking_systems_after_US_cyberattack_999.html




Germany repatriates three female IS members from Syria for first time in secret operation

https://news.yahoo.com/germany-repatriates-three-female-members-155950018.html




New early warning aircraft to be based in Scotland

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-early-warning-aircraft-to-be-based-in-scotland/









Uruguay welcomes two former Spanish KC-130H aircraft

https://defbrief.com/2020/12/20/uruguay-welcomes-two-former-spanish-kc-130h-aircraft/









South China Sea: PLA’s new dry dock in Hainan big enough for Type 002 aircraft carriers, analysts say

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3114634/south-china-sea-plas-new-dry-dock-hainan-big-enough-type-002



China accused of planning to exploit undersea cable networks to spy on other countries, report says

https://news.yahoo.com/china-accused-planning-exploit-undersea-094643587.html



China eyes new goal of military parity with U.S. in Asia by 2027

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/12/19/asia-pacific/china-us-military-asia/





Taiwan sends ships, aircraft as Chinese carrier passes island

https://www.reuters.com/article/taiwan-china/taiwan-sends-ships-aircraft-as-chinese-carrier-passes-island-idUSKBN28U0F6



Taiwan set for live-fire drill in ‘potential flashpoint’ Pratas Islands

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3114533/taiwan-set-live-fire-drill-potential-flashpoint-pratas-islands





North Korea: Unleash The Capture Teams

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsf/articles/20201220.aspx



New Evidence Suggests Kangson Is Not a Uranium Enrichment Plant

https://www.38north.org/2020/12/kangson201217/










Biden chief of staff says hack response will go beyond 'just sanctions'

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-cyber-breach/biden-chief-of-staff-says-hack-response-will-go-beyond-just-sanctions-idUSKBN28U0IK



DARPA Selects Teams for Atmospheric Water Extraction (AWE) Program

https://defpost.com/darpa-selects-teams-for-atmospheric-water-extraction-awe-program/



Space Force to Triple in Size by 2021

https://thedebrief.org/space-force-to-triple-in-size-by-2021/



IVAS Program Shows That Army Can Move At Speed Of Technology

https://www.forbes.com/sites/vikrammittal/2020/12/20/ivas-program-shows-that-army-can-move-at-speed-of-technology/



Solicitation for Bradley replacement offers flexibility for foreign participation

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2020/12/18/bradley-replacement-request-for-proposals-hits-street-with-flexibility-for-foreign-participation/



Check Out These Exclusive Shots Of B-52 “Wise Guy” Flying Again After Being Resurrected From The “Boneyard”

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/20/check-out-these-exclusive-shots-of-b-52-wise-guy-flying-again-after-being-resurrected-from-the-boneyard/



U.S. Air Force conducts sixth hypersonic strike weapon flight test

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-conducts-sixth-hypersonic-strike-weapon-flight-test.html



America’s New 6th Generation Stealth Fighter: Self-Regenerating?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/america%E2%80%99s-new-6th-generation-stealth-fighter-self-regenerating-174775



This 3D-Printed Sub Could Be the Future of Undersea Warfare

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a34826410/dive-technology-3d-printed-submarine/



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