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Examining the Taliban’s Words, Thoughts, and Deeds, Part I: The Myth of Taliban 2.0

https://thediplomat.com/2021/12/examining-the-talibans-words-thoughts-and-deeds-part-i-the-myth-of-taliban-2-0/



UN Warns Of Killings, 'Total Reversal' On Rights In Afghanistan Under Taliban Rule

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-taliban-extrajudicial-killings/31608422.html



Pentagon won’t punish troops in wrongful Kabul drone strike

https://dronedj.com/2021/12/14/pentagon-wont-punish-troops-in-wrongful-kabul-drone-strike/









India may become the first buyer of S-500 anti-aircraft missile system: Russian deputy PM Borisov

https://www.wionews.com/world/india-may-become-the-first-buyer-of-s-500-anti-aircraft-missile-system-russian-deputy-pm-borisov-436769









Nuclear deal with Iran will soon be 'empty shell' -European diplomats

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/iran-nuclear-deal-will-soon-be-empty-shell-european-diplomats-say-2021-12-13/



Europe, US frustrated with Iranian stance in nuclear talks

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-iran-diplomacy-iran-nuclear-e0165bf6b4d6afc4c19369fb54e83781



IRGC Navy receives another batch of attack boats

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/naval-weapons/latest/irgc-navy-receives-another-batch-of-attack-boats









UAE threatens to pull out of $23 bln F-35, drone deal with U.S.- WSJ

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/uae-threatens-pull-out-23-bln-f-35-drone-deal-with-us-wsj-2021-12-14/




Turkey Tests World’s First Laser-Equipped Drone

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/12/14/turkey-laser-equipped-drone/









U.S. Navy Tests Unmanned Sailboat Off Jordan

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43487/u-s-navy-tests-unmanned-sailboat-off-jordan









The message behind ‘Israel airstrikes on Syrian chemical weapons’? - analysis

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/the-message-behind-israel-airstrikes-on-syrian-chemical-weapons-analysis-688715



Israeli official says Syria must not have chemical weapons

https://apnews.com/article/technology-science-business-tel-aviv-middle-east-b9e416e3c92b413d9fe2d413ec108114



Israel won’t have tankers needed for Iran strike until late 2024 — report

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/israel-wont-have-tankers-needed-for-iran-strike-until-late-2024-report/



Operating In Plain Sight

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsf/articles/20211214.aspx



RADA teases new exMHR radar for mobile Iron Dome variants

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/c4isr-command-tech/latest/update-rada-teases-new-exmhr-radar-for-mobile-iron-dome-variants









French soldiers to leave Timbuktu, last of three bases in Northern Mali

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20211214-french-soldiers-to-leave-timbuktu-last-of-three-bases-in-northern-mali




Tanzania displays Chinese VT2 Main Battle Tank during military parade

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_december_2021_global_security_army_industry/tanzania_displays_chinese_vt2_main_battle_tank_during_military_parade.html




Aided by Drones, Ethiopia Is Turning the Tide in Tigray

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/aided-drones-ethiopia-turning-tide-tigray-197921



New Drone Infrastructure Emerges At Harar Meda Air Base

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/12/new-drone-infrastructure-emerges-at.html





Burkina Faso says it killed about 100 militants in operation with Niger

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/burkina-faso-says-it-killed-about-100-militants-operation-with-niger-2021-12-14/









How Ukraine Can Strengthen Itself

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/12/14/how_ukraine_can_strengthen_itself_807734.html



Ukraine MoD to order additional RK-360MC Neptune coastal missile battalion

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_december_2021_global_security_army_industry/ukraine_mod_to_order_additional_rk-360mc_neptune_coastal_missile_battalion.html



Ukraine Says Troop Call Up is Defensive Maneuver Over Concerns Russian Planning Invasion

https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-says-troop-call-defensive-maneuver-over-concerns-russian-planning-invasion-1659339



Russia to Upgrade Air Defense Along Ukraine Border

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/12/14/russia-upgrade-air-defense/



Don’t Expect Tank-On-Tank Battles In Ukraine

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/12/14/dont-expect-tank-on-tank-battles-in-ukraine/



Russia Unveils Stealthier Version Of Its Flying-Wing Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43504/russia-unveils-stealthier-version-of-its-flying-wing-unmanned-combat-air-vehicle



CIA employees worked in Russian government in mid-1990s — Putin

https://tass.com/russia/1373523



“Unidentified Aircraft” Causes Russian Commercial Flights To Change Course

https://thedebrief.org/unidentified-aircraft-causes-russian-commercial-flights-to-change-course/



EXPLAINER: Moscow’s rocky relationship with NATO alliance

https://apnews.com/article/europe-russia-ukraine-vladimir-putin-moscow-112b1ddb7727213e5711de6550a23546





Large helicopter order Serbian Armed Forces

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/large-helicopter-order-serbian-armed-forces




Germany Blocks Anti-Drone Guns Sale to Ukraine

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/31004/Germany_Blocks_Anti_Drone_Guns_Sale_to_Ukraine#.YbjBwVmIZPY




MBDA’s Marte ER Anti-Ship Missile Successfully Passes Final Test

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/12/mbdas-marte-er-anti-ship-missile-successfully-passes-final-test/




‘Porcupines’ at sea: British lawmakers sound the alarm on the Royal Navy

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/12/14/porcupines-at-sea-british-lawmakers-sound-the-alarm-on-the-royal-navy/



S-70i for UK's NMH?

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/s-70i-for-uk-s-nmh



Type 83 Destroyer to enter concept phase next year

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/type-83-destroyer-to-enter-concept-phase-next-year/









Chinese army builds highways and roads in eastern Ladakh

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/chinese-army-builds-highways-and-roads-in-eastern-ladakh/cid/1843234



China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Enters Mass Production after Domestic Engine 'Puzzle' Solved

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30997/China_s_J_20_Stealth_Fighter_Enters_Mass_Production_after_Domestic_Engine__Puzzle__Solved#.YbjB-1mIZPY



Time to set global rules for AI warfare, China tells UN weapons review

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3159704/time-set-global-rules-ai-warfare-china-tells-un-weapons-review



Don't Buy China's Hypersonic Head-Fake. Its Spaceplanes Are Racing Ahead.

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/12/dont-buy-chinas-hypersonic-head-fake-its-spaceplanes-are-racing-ahead/359705/



How Beijing Influences the Influencers

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/12/13/technology/china-propaganda-youtube-influencers.html



China: Priorities Foreign and Domestic

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/china/articles/20211214.aspx



A recent spy case shows how China has been able to pull off its whirlwind military modernization

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-recent-spy-case-shows-how-china-has-been-able-to-pull-off-its-whirlwind-military-modernization/ar-AARMkAi





Sinpho South Shipyard: The SINPO-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Moved to Drydock

https://www.38north.org/2021/12/sinpho-south-shipyard-the-sinpo-class-ballistic-missile-submarine-moved-to-drydock/





South Korean Navy Launches High Speed Landing Craft

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/31002/South_Korean_Navy_Launches_High_Speed_Landing_Craft#.YbjB0lmIZPY





Thai Army’s Training Helicopter Crashes, 2 Crew Killed

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/31003/Thai_Army___s_Training_Helicopter_Crashes__2_Crew_Killed#.YbjBylmIZPY





Australia’s Aukus nuclear submarines could cost as much as $171bn, report finds

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/14/australias-aukus-nuclear-submarines-estimated-to-cost-at-least-70bn










Scientists Will Release Over 3 Terabytes of UFO Data in 2022

https://interestingengineering.com/scientists-will-release-3-terabytes-of-new-ufo-data-in-2022



A Stanford Professor Wants to Unlock the Secrets of UFO Crash Materials

https://interestingengineering.com/stanford-professor-wants-to-unlock-the-secrets-of-ufo-crash-materials



The Navy's fusion plans could produce a world-shattering weapon

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/navy-team-floats-idea-for-a-spacetime-modification-weapon-more-powerful-than-nukes/



Hackers launch over 840,000 attacks through Log4J flaw

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/12/hackers-launch-over-840000-attacks-through-log4j-flaw/



This New AI Tool Can Help Spot an Imminent Invasion

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/12/new-ai-tool-can-help-spot-imminent-invasion/359731/



US and Mexico begin work on new security framework

https://apnews.com/article/mexico-crime-drug-cartels-organized-crime-marcelo-ebrard-d622deb6155fac66c3342e775a9e7179



Solid-State Batteries Are Here and They're Going to Change How We Live

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a38349967/solid-state-lithium-batteries/



Electric vehicles for military just a ‘matter of timeline’: BAE Systems Inc CEO

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/12/electric-vehicles-for-military-just-a-matter-of-timeline-bae-systems-ceo/



US to provide C408 SkyCourier to FMS customers

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/us-to-provide-c408-skycourier-to-fms-customers



Kaman Pitches New Cargo Drone for Marines

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/12/14/kaman-pitches-new-cargo-drone-for-marines



This Is Our First Look At Kratos' Shadowy New Drone Design For The U.S. Air Force

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43493/this-is-our-first-look-at-kratos-shadowy-new-drone-design-for-the-u-s-air-force



Jet ejection seat, breathing system oversight strengthened in defense bill

https://www.defensenews.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/12/13/jet-ejection-seat-breathing-system-oversight-gets-ramped-up-in-defense-bill/



U.S. Space Force holds war game to test satellite network under attack

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/us-space-force-holds-war-game-test-satellite-network-under-attack-2021-12-14/



USMC to conduct first live-fire test to ‘stress' MRIC prototype against cruise missile threat

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/usmc-to-conduct-first-live-fire-test-to-stress-mric-prototype-against-cruise-missile-threat



Raytheon to Upgrade radars of U.S. Marine Corps’ F/A-18 Hornet Jets

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/31000/Raytheon_to_Upgrade_radars_of_U_S__Marine_Corps____F_A_18_Hornet_Jets#.YbjB5lmIZPY



Long-range missiles force US Air Force to rethink AWACS technology

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/long-range-missiles-force-us-air-force-to-rethink-awacs-technology/146816.article



USAF Short Lists Concepts For High-Speed VTOL Prototyping

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/usaf-short-lists-concepts-high-speed-vtol-prototyping



391st Fighter Squadron F-15Es are the first aircraft of an operational unit to drop the GBU-53/B StormBreaker Small Diameter Bomb II

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/391st-fighter-squadron-f-15es-are-the-first-aircraft-of-an-operational-unit-to-drop-the-gbu-53-b-stormbreaker-small-diameter-bomb-ii/



Damaged USS Connecticut Likely Had A "Nightmare Voyage" To San Diego Says Veteran Submariner

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/43481/damaged-submarine-likely-had-a-nightmare-voyage-to-san-diego-says-veteran-submariner



Report to Congress on DDG(X)

https://news.usni.org/2021/12/14/report-to-congress-on-ddgx-2



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