Af/Pak & Other News (5/13/2021)

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Congressional Hearing on Afghanistan Leaves More Questions than Answers

https://www.voanews.com/episode/congressional-hearing-afghanistan-leaves-more-questions-answers-4685936



Three-day ceasefire begins in Afghanistan, but future worries linger

https://warisboring.com/three-day-ceasefire-begins-in-afghanistan-but-future-worries-linger/



'A death sentence': Lawmakers warn Pentagon of impending bloodbath for Afghan partners

https://news.yahoo.com/death-sentence-lawmakers-warn-pentagon-013109108.html



Afghan forces battle to recapture Taliban-held Kabul outskirt

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/12/afghan-forces-battle-to-recapture-taliban-held-kabul-outskirt



A City Under Siege: What the War Looks Like on Afghanistan’s Front Line

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-city-under-siege-what-the-war-looks-like-on-afghanistan-s-front-line/ar-BB1gGw3J



Time Crunch for Afghanistan Withdrawal Is Producing a Big Trash Pile

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/05/time-crunch-afghanistan-withdrawal-producing-big-trash-pile/174021/



How China Views the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

https://warontherocks.com/2021/05/how-china-views-the-u-s-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/









Iran: Desperate Times, Desperate Gambles

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iran/articles/20210513.aspx



The MiG-21 Keeps Getting Copied: Is Iran's Latest Version Any Good?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/mig-21-keeps-getting-copied-irans-latest-version-any-good-184933









Coalition says it intercepted Houthi missile and drone attack on Saudi targets

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/coalition-says-it-intercepted-houthi-missile-drone-attack-saudi-targets-2021-05-13/









Russia Expands Military Facilities in Syria

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/russia-expands-military-facilities-syria



Questions Mount After Army Charges 82nd Airborne Paratrooper for Syrian Firefight

https://coffeeordie.com/nicoson-syria/









Israeli military says 1,600 rockets fired from Gaza, 7 Israeli deaths

https://warisboring.com/israeli-military-says-1600-rockets-fired-from-gaza-7-israeli-deaths/



Israeli jet shoots down ‘suicide drone’ launched from Gaza Strip

https://nypost.com/2021/05/13/israeli-jet-shoots-down-suicide-drone-launched-from-gaza/



Israel Wary of Iran Allies Spreading War Beyond Gaza

https://www.newsweek.com/israel-wary-iran-allies-spreading-war-beyond-gaza-1590987



Israel Prepares Battle Plan for Gaza Incursion

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/israel-prepares-battle-plan-gaza-incursion



Israel orders ‘massive reinforcement’ of security to quell internal violence

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210513-israel-s-defence-minister-orders-massive-reinforcement-to-quell-internal-violence



Hamas Targets Israel Nuclear Site, Oil Line to Arab World as Conflict Death Toll Rises

https://www.newsweek.com/hamas-targets-israel-nuclear-site-oil-line-arab-world-conflict-death-toll-rises-1590880



Hamas Using New Rocket Launchers with 120km Range to Attack Israel

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29564/Hamas_Using_New_Rocket_Launchers_with_120km_Range_to_Attack_Israel



Massive forces sent to Lod as Netanyahu vows to restore order with ‘iron fist’

https://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-forces-sent-to-lod-as-netanyahu-vows-to-restore-order-with-iron-fist/



Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures

https://apnews.com/article/israel-palestinians-conflict-5-13-cb885f54369c7f4799aff0d8e421212c



The political calculations behind Hamas’s escalating conflict with Israel

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210513-the-political-calculations-behind-hamas-s-escalating-conflict-with-israel









UN confirms military forces blocking aid in Ethiopia's Tigray region following CNN investigation

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/13/africa/ethiopia-tigray-un-confirms-military-aid-blockade-intl/index.html



Ethiopia's Tigray risks starvation as anti-farming 'campaign' underway, official claims

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/eye-on-africa/20210511-tigray-risks-starvation-as-anti-farming-campaign-underway-claims-official-eye-on-africa









Ukrainian scientists investigate spike in nuclear reactions at Chernobyl's inaccessible room

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukrainian-scientists-investigate-spike-nuclear-151723586.html



Infozahyst pitches its latest solutions for intelligence-gathering missions

https://defence-blog.com/news/infozahyst-pitches-its-latest-solutions-for-intelligence-gathering-missions.html



Navy of Ukraine to receive Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UAVs

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/may/10133-navy-of-ukraine-to-receive-turkish-made-bayraktar-tb2-uavs.html



EU Warns Russia Is Trying To Integrate Parts Of Eastern Ukraine

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-ukraine-integration-european-union-response/31253455.html





Norway Says No

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20210513.aspx




Sweden: Luxury Jet Makers Battle Over Lucrative Spy Plane Niche

https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2021-05-12/luxury-jet-makers-battle-over-lucrative-spy-plane-niche




Germany, Poland agree to defend each other's airspace

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/germany-poland-agree-to-defend-each-others-airspace




Greece Overhauling Military With New Helicopters and Frigates, Updating U.S. Defense Pact

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/13/greece-overhauling-military-with-new-helicopters-and-frigates-updating-u-s-defense-pact




French Fighters Packing High-Tech Surveillance Pods Just Probed Russian Defenses

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/05/13/french-fighters-packing-high-tech-surveillance-pods-just-probed-russian-defenses/




Belgium: John Cockerill Defense integrates rocket artillery system into its turret

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/john-cockerill-defense-integrates-rocket-artillery-system-into-its-turret.html




UK signs contract worth £1.4bn for 14 new Chinooks

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-signs-contract-worth-1-4bn-for-14-new-chinooks/









China Media Says U.S. 'Will Be Defeated,' Boasts Army Can Overwhelm American Troops

https://www.newsweek.com/china-media-says-us-will-defeated-boasts-army-can-overwhelm-american-troops-1591084



Z-19s air-to-air and air-to-surface missile firing practice

http://alert5.com/2021/05/13/z-19s-air-to-air-and-air-to-surface-missile-firing-practice/



Mosques disappear as China strives to 'build a beautiful Xinjiang'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mosques-disappear-as-china-strives-to-build-a-beautiful-xinjiang/ar-BB1gH0w6



China uses coercive policies in Xinjiang to drive down Uyghur birth rates, think tank says

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-uses-coercive-policies-xinjiang-drive-down-uyghur-birth-rates-think-tank-2021-05-13/





Why was Bangladesh ‘warned’ by China against joining the Quad?

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3133383/why-was-bangladesh-warned-china-against-joining-quad





South Korea: Concept video of KAI’s twin-engine airlifter

http://alert5.com/2021/05/13/concept-video-of-kais-twin-engine-airlifter/





Philippine Navy to procure Shaldag Mk V patrol crafts from Israel Shipyards

https://navalpost.com/philippine-navy-to-procure-shaldag-patrol-crafts/










An Australian destroyer arrived in San Diego with 2 dead endangered whales stuck to its hull

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/12/australia/australia-destroyer-whales-san-diego-intl-hnk-scli-ml/index.html



Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/us/politics/biden-cia-brain-injury.html



Former NSA hacker argues Russian government connected to Colonial Pipeline attack

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/12/former-nsa-hacker-argues-russian-government-connected-to-colonial-pipeline-attack.html



Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-13/colonial-pipeline-paid-hackers-nearly-5-million-in-ransom



What Is America’s Red Line for Military Action After a Cyberattack?

https://coffeeordie.com/americas-red-line-cyberattack/



'We're trying to figure out what works': U.S. seeks Russia penalty that will stop cyberattacks

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/may/11/joe-biden-seeks-russia-penalty-stop-cyberattacks/



Biden orders wide cybersecurity changes for government, contractors

https://www.c4isrnet.com/cyber/2021/05/13/biden-orders-wide-cybersecurity-changes-for-government-contractors/



Pentagon Officials ‘Doubling Down’ on Acquisition Reform

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/12/just-in-pentagon-doubling-down-on-acquisition-reform



Bonhomme Richard Hull in the Caribbean Sea After Panama Canal Transit

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/12/bonhomme-richard-hull-in-the-caribbean-sea-after-panama-canal-transit



Old-Time Radio: Pentagon’s Electronic-Warfare Gear Is Dated, Experts Say

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/05/old-time-radio-pentagons-electronic-warfare-gear-dated-experts-say/173971/



USAF Logistics Chief Raises Urgent Warning On Surge Capacity

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/supply-chain/usaf-logistics-chief-raises-urgent-warning-surge-capacity



NB-36 Crusader: America’s massive nuclear-powered bomber

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/nb-36-crusader-americas-massive-nuclear-powered-bomber/



USS Sealion Was The Navy’s Unique Helicopter-Accommodating Submarine

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40580/uss-sealion-was-the-navys-unique-helicopter-accomadating-submarine



Competition will speed up fielding timeline for missile defense interceptor, MDA boss says

https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2021/05/12/competition-will-speed-up-timeline-to-field-next-gen-homeland-missile-defense-interceptor-mda-director-says/



New Propulsion System Inspired By Dying Stars Can Reach a Hypersonic Mach 17

https://thedebrief.org/new-propulsion-system-inspired-by-dying-stars-can-reach-a-hypersonic-mach-17/



A new constellation? Space Force wants to get into tactical satellite imagery business

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2021/05/12/a-new-constellation-space-force-wants-to-get-into-tactical-satellite-imagery-business/



US Army concludes trial of Chinook fitted with King Stallion engines

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/us-army-concludes-trial-of-chinook-fitted-with-king-stallion-engines



Army Discloses Hypersonic LRHW Range Of 1,725 Miles; Watch Out China

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/army-discloses-hypersonic-lrhw-range-of-1725-miles-watch-out-china/



U.S. Army Is Evaluating Electric Vehicles But Challenges Remain

https://www.forbes.com/sites/vikrammittal/2021/05/12/us-army-is-evaluating-electric-vehicles-but-challenges-still-remain/



The Cottonmouth amphibious vehicle could carry Marines into future battles

https://www.popsci.com/technology/new-marines-advanced-reconnaissance-vehicle-cottonmouth/



Air Force May Tilt To Drones: CSAF Brown

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/air-force-may-tilt-to-drones-csaf-brown/



USAF plans to reduce fighter aircraft fleet to about four platform types

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/usaf-plans-to-reduce-fighter-aircraft-fleet-to-about-four-platform-types



Top US Air Force general suggests future fighter-jet fleet won't include the F-22 Raptor

https://www.businessinsider.com/air-force-general-hints-future-fighter-fleet-wont-include-f22-2021-5



CSAF: F-22 Not in USAF’s Long-Term Plan

https://www.airforcemag.com/csaf-f-22-not-in-usafs-long-term-plan/



The Air Force Is Planning For a Future Without the F-22

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/05/air-force-planning-future-without-f-22/174001/



Yes, It’s True, The F-22 Isn’t In The Air Force Chief’s Future Fighter Plans

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40595/yes-its-true-the-f-22-isnt-in-the-air-force-chiefs-future-fighter-plans



U.S. Air Force: F-35 is the ‘Cornerstone’

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/03/u-s-air-force-f-35-is-the-cornerstone/



Air Force investigates attacking swarms of enemy unmanned aircraft with bursts of high-power microwaves

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/unmanned/article/14203157/highpower-microwaves-swarms-unmanned



Air Guard Shows Off New ‘Ghost Reaper’ Chops At Northern Edge

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/05/air-guard-shows-off-new-ghost-reaper-chops-at-northern-edge/



Wittman: Navy Needs Money in its Budget for Modernization, But Not From Cutting Cruisers

https://news.usni.org/2021/05/12/wittman-navy-needs-money-in-its-budget-for-modernization-but-not-from-cutting-cruisers



Denver company 3D prints submarine prototype for Navy

https://kdvr.com/news/local/denver-company-3d-prints-submarine-prototype-for-navy/



Navy asks Northrop Grumman to build electronic warfare (EW) with soft kill capability for surface warships

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/sensors/article/14203208/surface-warships-electronic-warfare-soft-kill



Despite Promises, USS Ford Heads To Shock Trials With 4 Broken Elevators

https://www.forbes.com/sites/craighooper/2021/05/13/despite-promises-uss-ford-heads-to-shock-trials-with-4-broken-elevators/



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