Af/Pak & Other News (9/30/2021)

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Milley privately blames State Dept. for chaotic Afghanistan evacuation

https://www.axios.com/milley-state-department-afghanistan-evacuation-ebb00a6b-a59d-42b9-b5e0-348b0227b89b.html



Milley Warns ‘Real Possibility’ of Al-Qaeda, ISIS Resurgence in Afghanistan By Spring

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/milley-warns-real-possibility-of-al-qaeda-isis-resurgence-in-afghanistan-by-spring/ar-AAOY0Ej



Al-Qaeda Could Flourish With New Strategy Under Taliban Rule

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-al-qaeda-taliban/31486256.html



With Naming of New Atomic Chief, Is a Nuclear Taliban Possible?

https://www.newsweek.com/naming-new-atomic-chief-nuclear-taliban-possible-1633694



U.S. commander confirms Taliban floated U.S. control of Kabul security during evacuation

https://theweek.com/afghanistan/1005478/us-commander-confirms-taliban-floated-us-control-of-kabul-security-during



Taliban order fighters out of Afghan homes they took over

https://apnews.com/article/business-afghanistan-kabul-taliban-red-cross-and-red-crescent-4ef64046a752824bf4cb394893556e23



Holding Bagram Air Base required more troops in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials say

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/holding-bagram-air-base-required-more-troops-in-afghanistan-pentagon-officials-say/ar-AAOYkYv



Pentagon officials say Afghan govt's collapse was rooted in 2020 US deal with Taliban

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20210930-pentagon-officials-say-afghan-govt-s-collapse-was-rooted-in-2020-us-deal-with-taliban



Kabul's mayor on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/kabul-s-mayor-on-the-taliban-takeover-of-afghanistan/vi-AAOY8hU



Afghans bury paintings and hide books out of fear of Taliban crackdown on arts and culture

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghanistan-taliban-arts-culture/2021/09/29/c58c79bc-1b0a-11ec-bea8-308ea134594f_story.html



Testimony: The Biden Administration’s Policy on Afghanistan

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/09/testimony-to-receive-testimony-on-afghanistan.php



Former adviser Sarah Chayes: The US failed to understand how Afghans wage war

https://www.pri.org/stories/2021-09-29/former-adviser-sarah-chayes-us-failed-understand-how-afghans-wage-war



One Senator’s Plan to Cut Through the Politics and Get Answers on Afghanistan

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/09/one-senators-plan-cut-through-politics-and-get-answers-afghanistan/185744/



'We just got 70 kids and 30 adults to safety': How an ad hoc group rescued thousands of the Afghans left behind

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/we-just-got-70-kids-and-30-adults-to-safety-how-an-ad-hoc-group-rescued-thousands-of-the-afghans-left-behind/ar-AAOZo1l



U.S. intensifies talks to use Russian bases for Afghan counterterrorism ops

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/29/us-russia-bases-afghan-counterterrorism-514743









Unprecedented standoff with China at LAC needed huge mobilisation amid Covid-19: Gen Naravane

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/unprecedented-standoff-with-china-at-lac-needed-huge-mobilisation-amid-covid-19-gen-naravane-101633013730290.html









Tensions grow with Azerbaijan as Iran moves forces to border

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/tensions-grow-with-azerbaijan-as-iran-moves-forces-to-border-680669



Iran Counts Down Days Until U.S. Withdraws from Iraq

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/iran-counts-down-days-until-us-withdraws-iraq-194628









Turkey Demands U.S. Deliver Fighter Jets or Return $1.4 Billion Payment for Them

https://www.newsweek.com/turkey-demands-us-deliver-fighter-jets-return-14-billion-payment-them-1634300









Top generals step down in ominous sign for Turkish military in Syria

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/top-generals-step-down-ominous-sign-turkish-military-syria



Turkey seeks closer alliance with Russia in Syria

https://www.jpost.com/international/turkey-seeks-closer-alliance-with-russia-in-syria-680657









Libya: Negotiating the Price of Peace

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20210930.aspx



An autonomous robot may have already killed people — here’s how the weapons could be more destabilizing than nukes

https://www.c4isrnet.com/opinion/2021/09/29/an-autonomous-robot-may-have-already-killed-people-heres-how-the-weapons-could-be-more-destabilizing-than-nukes/









Russia to Test Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile Ahead of Rollout for Armed Forces

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-test-tsirkon-hypersonic-missile-ahead-rollout-armed-forces-1634194



Putin, Erdogan Discuss "Broadening" S-400 Cooperation Amidst U.S. Threat to Increase Sanctions Against Turkey

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/30528/Putin__Erdogan_Discuss__Broadening__S_400_Cooperation_Amidst_U_S__Threat_to_Increase_Sanctions_Against_Turkey#.YVXYGX1lBaQ



Communists sue, say online voting in Moscow was rigged

https://apnews.com/article/europe-russia-elections-lawsuits-voting-e833a16691e03ba8cddea7bc055ca9a8



Russia declares editor who delved into Navalny poisoning a wanted man, he says

https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/russia-declares-editor-foreign-agent-media-outlet-wanted-man-he-says-2021-09-30/





“Disaster For NATO,” Defeated By Russia Over And Over In Their Own Wargame Exercises

https://sofrep.com/news/this-wargame-revealed-russias-supremacy-over-nato/




Bayraktar TB2 UAVs Join The Inventory Of The Turkmenistan Army

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/09/30/bayraktar-tb2-uavs-join-the-inventory-of-the-turkmenistan-army/




Belarus blocks news site after deaths of dissident, KGB

https://apnews.com/article/europe-media-belarus-minsk-2f0ed459148db573ef4981d3bc273e24




Safran Patroller tactical drone system in the Finnish sky

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/september/7693-safran-patroller-tactical-drone-system-in-the-finnish-sky.html




Fugitive former Nazi death camp secretary 'found' hours after fleeing ahead of war crimes trial

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210930-fugitive-former-nazi-death-camp-secretary-found-hours-after-fleeing-ahead-of-war-crimes-trial



Boeing Awarded Contract for Five P-8A Poseidon MPA for Germany

https://navalpost.com/german-navy-p-8a-poseidon/




Greece Signs Mutual Defense Treaty With France as Tensions Rise With Neighboring Turkey

https://www.newsweek.com/greece-signs-mutual-defense-treaty-france-tensions-rise-neighboring-turkey-1634370




Royal Navy tests carrier-borne drone ops with HMS Prince of Wales

https://defbrief.com/2021/09/29/royal-navy-tests-carrier-borne-drone-ops-with-hms-prince-of-wales/



Type-31 Frigate Key to U.K. Royal Navy’s Growth

https://news.usni.org/2021/09/30/type-31-frigate-key-to-u-k-royal-navys-growth









Ecuador: At least 116 dead in prison battle that has left bodies 'decapitated' and 'dismembered'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/at-least-116-dead-in-prison-battle-that-has-left-bodies-decapitated-and-dismembered/ar-AAP0g2o









Airshow China 2021: Janes analysis of a highly anticipated event

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/terror-insurgent-group/latest/airshow-china-2021



New version of China’s most advanced air-to-air missile the PL-15 is destined for export market

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3150623/new-version-chinas-most-advanced-air-air-missile-pl-15-destined



China ready to start exporting supersonic cruise missiles

https://warisboring.com/china-ready-to-start-exporting-supersonic-cruise-missiles/



China preps rollout of a new carrier-based fighter jet

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/09/29/china-preps-rollout-of-a-new-carrier-based-fighter-jet/



CASC unveils airdrop AUV concept

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/airshow-china-2021-casc-unveils-airdrop-auv-concept



China's Belt and Road saddles nations with billions in 'hidden debt,' study finds

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/sep/29/chinas-belt-and-road-saddles-nations-billions-hidd/



Online Tiananmen museum is blocked in Hong Kong as Internet curbs widen

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/online-tiananmen-museum-is-blocked-in-hong-kong-as-internet-curbs-widen/ar-AAOZnGb





China's Military Aircraft Flights Near Taiwan Hit Monthly Record High

https://www.newsweek.com/chinas-military-aircraft-flights-near-taiwan-hit-monthly-record-high-1634247





Kim Jong Un vows greater nuclear capability, warns US

https://warisboring.com/kim-jong-un-vows-greater-nuclear-capability-warns-us/



N.Korea's Kim offers to reopen hotline with South; denounces 'hostile' U.S.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkoreas-kim-expresses-willingness-restore-inter-korean-hotline-kcna-2021-09-29/



Kim Jong Un's mysterious sister was promoted, cementing her place in North Korea's leadership

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/kim-jong-un-s-mysterious-sister-was-promoted-cementing-her-place-in-north-korea-s-leadership/ar-AAOZvkf





South Korea advances plan for next-generation amphibious assault vehicle

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/land-forces/latest/south-korea-advances-plan-for-next-generation-amphibious-assault-vehicle





US, Philippines assessing defense treaty, China wary

https://apnews.com/article/china-asia-united-states-philippines-manila-a9b1ca68f23d994afda55d2652393428



Philippines defence chief says was urged by China to drop review of U.S. pact

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-defence-chief-says-was-urged-by-china-drop-review-us-pact-2021-09-30/





First two Mitsubishi XSH-60Ls delivered.

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/first-two-mitsubishi-xsh-60ls-delivered





What AUKUS Means For Australia: More Than Nuclear Subs

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/09/what-aukus-means-for-australia-more-than-nuke-subs/










NSA Cyber Chief Warns Hackers Increasingly Use Commercial Tools to Stay Hidden

https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2021/09/nsa-cyber-chief-warns-hackers-increasingly-use-commercial-tools-stay-hidden/185733/



Researchers Warn Of ‘Dangerous’ Artificial Intelligence-Generated Disinformation At Scale

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/09/researchers-warn-of-dangerous-artificial-intelligence-generated-disinformation-at-scale/



U.S. and Russia say they held 'substantive' arms control talks in Geneva

https://news.yahoo.com/1-u-russia-held-substantive-180512482.html



RAND Report Asks What Pushes America’s Competitors to Send Military Abroad

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/09/29/rand-report-asks-what-pushes-americas-competitors-to-send-military-abroad/



Skunk Works Boss Says He Can't Comment On Video Of Mysterious Stealth Shape At Radar Test Range

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42568/skunk-works-boss-says-he-cant-comment-on-video-of-mysterious-stealth-shape-at-radar-test-range



5G Tower Designed to Protect Battlefield Communications

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/9/30/5g-tower-designed-to-protect-battlefield-communications



It's No Coincidence that the U.S. and China Are Building Replicas of Each Other’s Tanks

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a37760660/us-china-tank-replicas/



M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun: Massive and Old (But Irreplaceable?)

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/09/m2-50-caliber-machine-gun-massive-and-old-but-irreplaceable/



20 KC-135s Were Rapidly Launched Out Of Fairchild AFB This Morning

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42569/at-least-17-kc-135s-were-rapidly-launched-out-of-fairchild-afb-this-morning



What it means to be an Apache pilot, according to 6 Apache pilots

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/what-it-means-to-be-an-apache-pilot-according-to-6-apache-pilots/



Army investigating suspected suicides of three Fort Drum soldiers

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/09/29/Army-investigating-suspected-suicides-three-Fort-Drum-soldiers/9541632960821/



US Army trains forces across military on tools to fight drones

https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2021/09/29/us-army-trains-forces-across-military-on-tools-to-fight-drones/



U.S. Fighter Jets Will Operate From Japan’s Newest Aircraft Carrier, the JS Izumo

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a37502407/marine-corps-f-35b-japan-js-izumo/



Transfer of F-22 Formal Training Unit to Langley delayed until tactical air study will determine how many Raptors the USAF needs

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/transfer-of-f-22-formal-training-unit-to-langley-delayed-until-tactical-air-study-will-determine-how-many-raptors-the-usaf-needs/



The Future Is Here: Air Force Porters Get Exoskeleton From Arizona State University

https://sofrep.com/news/the-future-is-here-air-force-porters-get-exoskeleton-from-arizona-state-university/



Hypersonic Missile Tests For The B-1 Bomber Are Coming Next Year According To Boeing

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42564/hypersonic-missile-tests-for-the-b-1-bomber-are-coming-next-year-according-to-boeing



Northrop Grumman Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range transitions into low rate initial production

http://navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/september/10766-northrop-grumman-advanced-anti-radiation-guided-missile-extended-range-transitions-into-low-rate-initial-production.html



Failed Destroyer Design Finds A Purpose

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsurf/articles/20210930.aspx



The New Threats Affecting Aircraft Carriers

https://navalpost.com/aircraft-carrier-new-threats/



Navy asks Raytheon to build ESSM Block 2 anti-air shipboard missiles in potential $1.3 billion deal

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14211359/shipboard-missiles-antiair



Report on Virginia-class Attack Submarine Program

https://news.usni.org/2021/09/30/report-on-virginia-class-attack-submarine-program-4



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