Af/Pak & Other News (6/15/2021)

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MoD charters aircraft to move personnel out of Afghanistan

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/mod-charters-aircraft-to-move-personnel-out-of-afghanistan/



U.S. To Continue ‘Robust And Serious’ Afghan Assistance After Withdrawal

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/u-s-to-continue-afghan-assistance-after-withdrawal/31307331.html



Afghan allies ‘begging’ for their lives, face Taliban attacks amid US withdrawal

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/afghan-allies-begging-for-their-lives-face-taliban-attacks-amid-us-withdrawal



US out, Taliban ride on violence, situation critical in Afghanistan

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/us-out-taliban-rides-on-violence-situation-critical-in-afghanistan-101623737176287.html



Taliban takes control of 30 districts in past six weeks

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/06/taliban-takes-control-of-30-districts-in-past-six-weeks.php



NATO to decide on Kabul airport, key role for Turkey: Stoltenberg

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/nato-to-decide-on-kabul-airport-key-role-for-turkey-stoltenberg



Turkey seeks US support to maintain troops in Afghanistan

https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-joe-biden-middle-east-turkey-business-ddfb42f9f232563d3fd9529e41946895



Turkey’s Erdogan proposes new security mission involving Pakistan for Kabul airport safety

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/849960-turkeys-erdogan-proposes-new-security-mission-involving-pakistan-for-kabul-airport-safety









Iran says it produced 6.5 kg of uranium enriched to 60%

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-says-it-produced-65-kg-uranium-enriched-60-2021-06-15/



The Mossad’s International Brigade in Iran

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-mossad-s-international-brigade-in-iran-1.9908056



Iran intensified efforts for nuclear weapons, missile tech in Germany

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-intensified-efforts-for-nuclear-weapons-missile-tech-in-germany-671101



Khamenei set to tighten grip in Iran vote as frustrations grow

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/khamenei-set-tighten-grip-iran-vote-frustrations-grow-2021-06-15/









Biden Backs Effort in Congress to Repeal 'Forever War' Authority in Iraq

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-06-14/biden-backs-effort-in-congress-to-repeal-forever-war-authority-in-iraq



How special-ops units used 'old-school commando stuff' behind enemy lines to keep Saddam's forces distracted

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/how-special-ops-units-used-old-school-commando-stuff-behind-enemy-lines-to-keep-saddam-s-forces-distracted/ar-AAL47OM









UAE-backed Yemen leader says his troops at island air base

https://apnews.com/article/yemen-middle-east-business-628ae4a2d20e074e7e5f43fda2df46b6




Houthis Lay Sea Mines In Red Sea; Coalition Boasts Few Minesweepers

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/houthis-lay-sea-mines-in-red-sea-coalition-boasts-few-minesweepers/









Israeli military says Gaza tower bombing destroyed Hamas EW capability

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/israeli-military-says-gaza-tower-bombing-destroyed-hamas-ew-capability



Israeli Blue Bird Aero Strikes World's Single Biggest Drone Deal for 150 UAVs with European Nation

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29816/Israeli_Blue_Bird_Aero_Strikes_World_s_Single_Biggest_Drone_Deal_for_150_UAVs_with_European_Nation









US Navy’s largest exercise in Africa underway in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/15/us-navys-largest-exercise-in-africa-underway-in-morocco-tunisia-senegal/




S-400 SAMs Knocked Out In Simulated Strikes During Big Army-Led Exercise In Africa

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41074/s-400-sams-knocked-out-in-simulated-strikes-during-big-army-led-big-exercise-in-africa




Eritrea and Somalia’s Behavior in the Tigray Conflict Is Worse than First Reported

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/eritrea-and-somalias-behavior-in-the-tigray-conflict-is-worse-than-first-reported/









LUCH to develop SD-300 mid-range air defense system for Ukrainian Army

https://defence-blog.com/luch-to-develop-sd-300-mid-range-air-defense-system-for-ukrainian-army/



New Ukrainian Attack Drone Concept Has Russian UAVs, Tanks in its Sights

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29815/New_Ukrainian_Attack_Drone_Concept_Has_Russian_UAVs__Tanks_in_its_Sights



From the trenches of Russia's undeclared war on Ukraine, a warning for America about Putin's intentions

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-putin-meeting-russia-intentions-ukraine-war-zelenskyy-cbs/



Russia, Once a Space Superpower, Turns to China for Missions

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/15/world/asia/china-russia-space.html



New Missile Tested for Russia's S-500 Air Defense System

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29813/New_Missile_Tested_for_Russia_s_S_500_Air_Defense_System



Why Vladimir Putin Wants A Deal to Prevent 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' From Pulling Joe Biden Into War

https://www.newsweek.com/why-vladimir-putin-wants-deal-prevent-cyber-pearl-harbor-pulling-joe-biden-war-1600597





NATO: “Case By Case” Decisions On Whether Cyber and Space Attacks Could Trigger Article 5

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/06/15/nato-case-by-case-decisions-on-whether-cyber-and-space-attacks-could-trigger-article-5/



Nato says China presents ‘systemic challenges’ and vows to counter its rise

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3137272/nato-says-china-presents-systemic-challenges-and-vows-counter




Germany: New Generation Military Trucks

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlog/articles/20210615.aspx




UK to sell E-3D to US Navy as ‘Doomsday' trainer aircraft

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-to-sell-e-3d-to-us-navy-as-doomsday-trainer-aircraft









The Chinese navy is building destroyers so quickly that it's running out of cities to name them after

https://www.businessinsider.com/new-chinese-destroyers-in-south-china-sea-amid-shipbuilding-spree-2021-6



Chinese Air Force Pilots Pit their Skills against AI Opponents in High-Tech Simulator

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29806/Chinese_Air_Force_Pilots_Pit_their_Skills_against_AI_Opponents_in_High_Tech_Simulator



Explainer: What happened at China’s Taishan nuclear reactor?

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/what-happened-chinas-taishan-nuclear-reactor-2021-06-15/



Bad News: China Is Copying More Than Stealth Fighter Jet Technology

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/bad-news-china-copying-more-stealth-fighter-jet-technology-187749



China's maritime militia breaks rules and charts course for global dominance

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-s-maritime-militia-breaks-rules-and-charts-course-for-global-dominance/ar-AAL404a



China: Peace In Our Time

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/china/articles/20210615.aspx



Critical entities targeted in suspected Chinese cyber spying

https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-hacking-technology-business-7350235e07d46ba5afc1238b553ea4b9





Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taiwan-reports-largest-incursion-yet-by-chinese-air-force-2021-06-15/





Police deployed at South Korea THAAD base as U.S. seeks upgrades

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/06/15/skorea-South-Korea-THAAD-base-delivery-police/3411623767932/





Vietnam Expands Maritime Presence Amid South China Sea Tension

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/06/14/vietnam-expands-maritime-presence/





Australia: New Material Able To Withstand Extreme Temperatures Discovered Totally By Accident

https://thedebrief.org/new-material-able-to-withstand-extreme-temperatures-discovered-totally-by-accident/









Canadian Submarine Bedeviled By Accidents For A Decade Is Finally Back In The Water

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41075/canadian-submarine-bedeviled-by-accidents-for-a-decade-is-finally-back-in-the-water










That Pentagon UFO report has us thinking all wrong about the military

https://www.cnet.com/news/that-pentagon-ufo-report-has-us-thinking-all-wrong-about-the-military/



Former Boeing 737 pilot tells the story of an odd UFO sighting he had in the skies above Los Angeles

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/former-boeing-737-pilot-tells-the-story-of-an-odd-ufo-sighting-he-had-in-the-skies-above-los-angeles/



Military stumped by stolen box of armor-piercing grenades

https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-pa-state-wire-ga-state-wire-fl-state-wire-c1ce597ffce30b16f3b17e60dfd9161e



Hawaii-Based F-22s Scrambled On FAA's Request But Nobody Will Say Why

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41089/hawaii-based-f-22s-scrambled-on-faas-request-but-nobody-will-say-why



U.S. to take steps against white supremacists and militia groups

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-administration-unveils-plan-tackle-domestic-terrorism-2021-06-15/



Stolen Army assault rifles keep showing up in California

https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-ca-state-wire-california-lifestyle-99a16712dfcc59f9160b476ec5381a81



The US Army beat every other service in losing track of weapons over the past decade

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/lost-stolen-military-weapons/



Biden to Stay Course on Nuclear Modernization

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/6/15/biden-to-stay-course-on-nuclear-modernization



XF-108 Rapier: The Mach 3 Monster The Air Force Said ‘No’ To

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/xf-108-rapier-the-mach-3-monster-the-air-force-said-no-to/



Researchers ask industry for military technologies in artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned aircraft

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/computers/article/14205192/enabling-technologies-artificial-intelligence-ai-unmanned



Report to Congress on Precision-Guided Weapons

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/15/report-to-congress-on-precision-guided-weapons



Space Force Got A Satellite Into Orbit In Just Four Months

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41076/the-space-force-designed-and-launched-a-satellite-into-orbit-in-just-four-weeks



GPS III Launch Will Provide Global M-Code

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/gps-iii-launch-will-provide-global-m-code/



The U.S. Army Is Falling In Love Again with the M240 Machine Gun

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/06/the-u-s-army-is-falling-in-love-again-with-the-m240-machine-gun/



U.S. Army moves on to the next phase of next-gen artillery system program

https://defence-blog.com/u-s-army-moves-on-to-the-next-phase-of-next-gen-artillery-system-program/



US Army to fund extended-range Precision Strike Missile starting in FY22

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/06/14/us-army-to-fund-extended-range-precision-strike-missile-starting-in-fy22/



Special Ops MH-47 Chinooks Can Use These Fuel Dump Pipes To Help Climb Over Mountains

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41083/night-stalker-mh-47-chinooks-can-use-these-fuel-dump-pipes-to-help-climb-over-mountains



US Army looks for vehicle-launched swarming loitering munition ideas

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/us-army-looks-for-vehicle-launched-swarming-loitering-munition-ideas/144150.article



Army orders two prototype sensor suites for next generation surveillance plane

https://www.c4isrnet.com/intel-geoint/isr/2021/06/15/army-orders-two-prototype-sensor-suites-for-next-generation-surveillance-plane/



U.S. Marine Corps eyes DARPA OpFires hypersonic missile to target enemy ships from islands in the Pacific

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14205156/hypersonic-missile-target-enemy-ships



MADIS Marine Air Defense Integrated System allows US Marines to be swift

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_june_2021_global_security_army_industry/madis_marine_air_defense_integrated_system_allows_us_marines_to_be_swift.html



Why The Air Force’s Plan For Fighting China Could Make Nuclear War More Likely

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/06/15/why-the-air-forces-plan-for-fighting-china-could-make-nuclear-war-more-likely/



F-35 pilot: Forget drones, the skies still belong to fighter pilots

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/f-35-pilot-forget-drones-the-skies-still-belong-to-fighter-pilots/



Small drone biz Vanilla Unmanned has big plans for the US Navy

https://www.defensenews.com/unmanned/2021/06/14/small-drone-biz-vanilla-unmanned-has-big-plans-for-the-us-navy/



The Navy's Railgun Is Finally Dead

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a36633707/us-navy-railgun-is-finally-dead/



US Navy’s Zumwalt Destroyers to Carry 12 Hypersonic Weapons in 2025

https://thediplomat.com/2021/06/us-navys-zumwalt-destroyers-to-carry-12-hypersonic-weapons-in-2025/



A Few Weeks Ago, American And Chinese Aircraft Carriers Were On A Collision Course In The Western Pacific—Check Out The Map

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/06/15/this-spring-american-and-chinese-aircraft-carriers-were-on-a-collision-course-in-the-western-pacific-check-out-the-map/



US Navy accelerates TACAMO nuclear communications recap plan

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-navy-accelerates-tacamo-nuclear-communications-recap-plan



MDA: U.S. Aircraft Carriers Now at Risk from Hypersonic Missiles

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/14/mda-u-s-aircraft-carriers-now-at-risk-from-hypersonic-missiles



The Navy Is Developing "Bio-Inspired" Drones That Transition Between Air And Water

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41044/the-navy-is-developing-bio-inspired-drones-that-transition-between-air-and-water



Drop “Littoral Combat”-America’s 17 Independence Class Ships Are Surveillance Frigates

https://www.forbes.com/sites/craighooper/2021/06/14/drop-littoral-combat-americas-17-independence-class-ships-are-surveillance-frigates/



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