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Information Warfare: Machinima Reports On Afghanistan

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20211011.aspx



Why Afghanistan Fell; An Insider’s Account of What Went Wrong

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/afghanistan/2021-10-11/why-afghanistan-fell



Taliban Rule Out Cooperation With U.S. to Contain Islamic State

https://www.newsweek.com/taliban-rule-out-cooperation-us-contain-islamic-state-1637325



EXPLAINER: Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat?

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-taliban-islamic-state-group-united-states-middle-east-fbfab79028913b255cd94af3fdcff366



Taliban Takes Revenge On Former Afghan Security Forces

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/taliban-revenge-afghan-security-forces/31505696.html



Taliban: U.S. agreed in first diplomatic talks to provide Afghans with aid

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/10/11/afghanistan-Taliban-United-States-Afghan-aid/6741633927167/



Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan Is Inspiring Americans Online, FBI Says

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/10/taliban-takeover-afghanistan-inspiring-americans-online-fbi-says/186018/



Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) consolidates power in tribal areas

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/10/movement-of-the-taliban-in-pakistan-ttp-consolidates-power-in-tribal-areas.php



‘Father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb’ A. Q. Khan dies aged 85

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20211010-father-of-pakistan-s-nuclear-bomb-a-q-khan-dies-aged-85









India: Another Epic Failure

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20211010.aspx









Microsoft says Iran-linked hackers have targeted US and Israeli defense firms

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/11/politics/microsoft-iran-hackers-defense-firms/index.html



With region on edge, Iran kicks off annual air defense drill

https://apnews.com/article/israel-europe-azerbaijan-tehran-iran-f8722d12a56984d93f4822a145c22c3b









Muqtada al-Sadr set to win Iraq vote, former PM al-Maliki second

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/muqtada-al-sadr-set-to-win-iraq-election



Iraq seeking to buy new air defense system

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_october_2021_global_security_army_industry/iraq_seeking_to_buy_new_air_defence_system.html



Iraqi intelligence agents capture ISIS finance chief Sami Jasim

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/10/11/iraq-intelligence-capture-ISIS-finance-chief-Sami-Jasim/8751633980026/



Turkish intelligence helped Iraq capture Islamic State leader, sources say

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/exclusive-turkish-intelligence-helped-iraq-capture-islamic-state-leader-sources-2021-10-12/









At Least 134 Yemen Rebels Dead In Air Strikes South Of Marib: Saudi-Led Coalition

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/at-least-134-yemen-rebels-dead-in-air-strikes-south-of-marib-saudi-led-coalition-2573202




Erdogan: YPG attacks on Turkish targets the ‘final straw’

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/erdogan-latest-ypg-attack-on-turkish-police-in-syria-final-straw









‘There Will Be No Withdrawal’: Syrian Allies Say US Has Promised to Keep Some Troops There

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/10/there-will-be-no-withdrawal-syrian-allies-say-us-has-promised-keep-some-troops-there/185972/









Why is Israel Buying 3 More Dolphin Submarines?

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/10/why-is-israel-buying-3-more-dolphin.html



Israeli Firms Offer Fuel Tank, Comms Upgrades For F-35

https://aviationweek.com/shows-events/ausa-2020/israeli-firms-offer-fuel-tank-comms-upgrades-f-35



Israel Develops Tech Capable of Detecting Live Objects Behind Walls

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/11/israel-tech-detecting-behind-walls/









Tunisia to receive armed Textron C-208EX from ATI Engineering

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2021/10/tunisia-to-receive-armed-textron-c-208ex-from-ati-engineering




International court backs Somalia in sea dispute with Kenya

https://apnews.com/article/business-international-court-of-justice-kenya-united-nations-somalia-873f5ef84edaf425a24c278153b45cd8




Mozambique Still Matters

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/pothot/articles/20211012.aspx




Tigray forces say Ethiopia has launched a major offensive

https://apnews.com/article/abiy-ahmed-ethiopia-africa-kenya-d5bcb304e0a2c56be6da481273d38651









Russia Developing Su-57-Launched Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/12/russia-su-57-hypersonic-missile/



At least 16 killed as plane carrying parachutists crashes in Russia

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20211010-at-least-16-killed-as-plane-carrying-parachutists-crashes-in-russia



Catching Up With Catching Up

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairfo/articles/20211009.aspx



Russian Spies 'Stole' UK Vaccine Formula, According to Opaquely Sourced Report

https://gizmodo.com/russian-spies-stole-uk-vaccine-formula-according-to-opa-1847836949



UK cyber head says Russia responsible for 'devastating' ransomware attacks

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58877433



Russia rejects Japan's territorial claim over island chain as Kremlin chief responds

https://news.sky.com/story/russia-rejects-japans-territorial-claim-over-island-chain-as-kremlin-chief-responds-12432047





PHOTOS: The US Army's new Strykers blasted drones out of the sky with missiles during first live fire in Europe

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/photos-the-us-army-s-new-strykers-blasted-drones-out-of-the-sky-with-missiles-during-first-live-fire-in-europe/ar-AAPqkVz




Estonia’s Getting A Powerful Cruise Missile. Now It Needs Some Way To Find Targets.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/10/12/estonias-getting-a-powerful-cruise-missile-now-it-needs-some-way-to-find-targets/




Finland: Patria New Generation APC

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20211012.aspx




Airbus says its solar-powered Zephyr HAPS drone set new records during summer tests

https://dronedj.com/2021/10/11/airbus-says-its-solar-powered-zephyr-haps-drone-set-new-records-during-summer-tests/



France: Naval Group Reveal XLUUV Demonstrator

http://www.hisutton.com/Naval-Group-XLUUV.html




UK: Skyrora To Launch From Shetland Islands

https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/commercial-space/skyrora-launch-shetland-islands









Bolivian Air Force Plane Crash Near Agua Dulce Killing 6 Onboard

https://fighterjetsworld.com/latest-news/aircraft-crash/bolivian-air-force-plane-crash-near-agua-dulce-killing-6-onboard/26890/




How Colombia’s drug cartels almost bought a Soviet submarine

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/how-colombias-drug-cartels-almost-bought-a-soviet-submarine/









Chinese Testing Experimental Armed Drone Ships at Secret Naval Base

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/11/chinese-testing-experimental-armed-drone-ships-at-secret-naval-base



J-20 Mighty Dragon production likely to ramp up as China aims to have more stealth fighters than US by 2025

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/j-20-mighty-dragon-production-likely-to-ramp-up-as-china-aims-to-have-more-stealth-fighters-than-us-by-2025/



Chinese Flying Wing Drones Launch Swarming Decoys At Enemy Warships In Industry Video

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42694/chinese-flying-wing-drones-launch-swarming-decoys-at-enemy-warships-in-industry-video



Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/12/report-to-congress-on-chinese-naval-modernization-12



China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-appears-set-to-ban-reporting-by-news-outlets-not-directly-funded-by-the-communist-party-in-a-further-blow-to-free-speech/ar-AAPq1cJ



China Will 'Lose Everything' If It Starts Taiwan War—former Marine Colonel

https://www.newsweek.com/china-will-lose-everything-if-it-starts-taiwan-war-former-marine-colonel-1637967






Taiwan-China situation ‘most grim’ in four decades: minister

https://www.defencetalk.com/taiwan-china-situation-most-grim-in-four-decades-minister-77415/



Does Taiwan Need Nuclear Weapons to Deter China?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/does-taiwan-need-nuclear-weapons-to-deter-china/



Why Taiwan remains calm in the face of unprecedented military pressure from China

https://theconversation.com/why-taiwan-remains-calm-in-the-face-of-unprecedented-military-pressure-from-china-169160





North Korea pursues weapons despite Covid blockade: UN report

https://www.defencetalk.com/north-korea-pursues-weapons-despite-covid-blockade-un-report-77397/



Unpacking Claims of Secret North Korean Intelligence Operations

https://thediplomat.com/2021/10/unpacking-claims-of-secret-north-korean-intelligence-operations/



At exhibition showing off nuclear arms, N. Korea displays apparent new weapon

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-hypersonic-missile-nuclear/2021/10/11/10664d70-2af9-11ec-b17d-985c186de338_story.html





Submarines: South Korea Leads The Way

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20211011.aspx





Mistral 3 missiles for Jose Rizal class frigates have been delivered to Philippines

http://alert5.com/2021/10/11/mistral-3-missiles-for-jose-rizal-class-frigates-have-been-delivered-to-philippines/





Ex-Myanmar President Says Army Tried to Force Him to Cede Power Hours Before Coup

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-10-12/ex-myanmar-president-says-army-tried-to-force-him-to-cede-power-hours-before-coup





Australia cleared to buy 12 MH-60Rs

http://alert5.com/2021/10/10/australia-cleared-to-buy-12-mh-60rs/





The Iron Dome Air Defense System Is Heading To Guam

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42687/the-iron-dome-air-defense-system-is-heading-to-guam










Annapolis Couple Charged with Selling Submarine Secrets Appear in Court, Detention Hearings Scheduled for Friday

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/12/annapolis-couple-charged-with-selling-submarine-secrets-appear-in-court-detention-hearings-scheduled-for-friday



Former U.S. Navy Nuclear Engineer Allegedly Tried to Sell Submarine Secrets via Sandwich

https://gizmodo.com/former-u-s-navy-nuclear-engineer-allegedly-tried-to-se-1847839951



"CIA Station D – Area 51": Insider’s New Book Opens Secrets on CIA Involvement in Area 51 - Who, What, Where, When & Why

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/553580376/cia-station-d-area-51-insider-s-new-book-opens-secrets-on-cia-involvement-in-area-51-who-what-where-when-why



China has won AI battle with U.S., Pentagon's ex-software chief says

https://www.reuters.com/technology/united-states-has-lost-ai-battle-china-pentagons-ex-software-chief-says-2021-10-11/



Pentagon Official Resigns Saying US Cybersecurity Is No Match for China, Calling It ‘Kindergarten Level’

https://sofrep.com/news/pentagon-official-resigns-saying-us-cybersecurity-is-no-match-for-china-calling-it-kindergarten-level/



Ex-NSA Hackers Score $20 Million To Defend Planes, Trains And Tanks From Cyber Sabotage

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2021/10/12/nsa-hackers-announce-20-million-funding-to-defend-planes-trains-and-tanks-from-cyberattack/



Covid-19 Gives China And Russia A Strategic Advantage, Says U.S. Army

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpeck/2021/10/12/covid-19-gives-china-and-russia-a-strategic-advantage-says-us-army/



Nuclear security helicopter scours Boston Marathon route for radiation

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/nuclear-security-helicopter-scours-boston-marathon-route-for-radiation/



GM Defense pitches new version of Infantry Squad Vehicle

https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/ausa/2021/10/12/gm-defense-pitches-new-version-of-infantry-squad-vehicle/



Pratt & Whitney’s GatorWorks to 3D print entire jet engine

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/pratt-and-whitneys-gatorworks-to-3d-print-entire-jet-engine/145813.article



Raytheon Missiles & Defense unveils GhostEye MR, a new medium-range air and missile defense radar for NASAMS

https://www.raytheonmissilesanddefense.com/news/advisories/raytheon-missiles-defense-unveils-ghosteye-mr-new-medium-range-air-and-missile



BAE Systems demos APKWS II in CUAS role

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/bae-systems-demos-apkws-ii-in-cuas-role



Lockheed plans to pitch air defense laser weapon in future Army competition

https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/ausa/2021/10/12/lockheed-plans-to-pitch-air-defense-laser-weapon-in-future-army-competition/



General Atomics developing modular open system for MQ-1C

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/general-atomics-developing-modular-open-system-for-mq-1c/145843.article



NASA to crash spacecraft into asteroid in hopes to test planetary defense systems

https://warisboring.com/nasa-to-crash-spacecraft-into-asteroid-in-hopes-to-test-planetary-defense-systems/



New US military branch gets its own intelligence wing

https://www.defencetalk.com/new-us-military-branch-gets-its-own-intelligence-wing-77412/



One Of U.S. Special Operation Command’s Shyest Spy Planes Has A New Name

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42708/one-of-u-s-special-operation-commands-shyest-spy-planes-has-a-new-name



GDLS displays second iteration of Tracked Robot 10-Ton

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/land-forces/latest/ausa-2021-gdls-displays-second-iteration-of-tracked-robot-10-ton



US Army’s light tank competition enters final stretch

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/10/11/ausa-us-armys-light-tank-competition-enters-final-stretch/



Raytheon’s counter-UAV Coyote heads toward deployment

https://www.flightglobal.com/military-uavs/raytheons-counter-uav-coyote-heads-toward-deployment/145868.article



First platoon of short-range air defense systems get workout ahead of bigger events

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/10/11/first-platoon-of-short-range-air-defense-systems-get-workout-ahead-of-bigger-events/



US Army accelerates delivery of Sentinel A4 Missile Defense Radar

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_october_2021_global_security_army_industry/us_army_accelerates_delivery_of_sentinel_a4_missile_defense_radar.html



US Army is ‘knee-deep’ in tactical, wheeled vehicle assessment. Here are the platforms in play.

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/10/12/us-army-is-knee-deep-in-tactical-wheeled-vehicle-assessment-here-are-the-platforms-in-play/



US Army’s Precision Strike Missile gets green light for development, readies for big test

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/10/11/us-armys-precision-strike-missile-gets-green-light-for-development-readies-for-big-test/



Mark your calendar: The Black Hawk ‘Victor’ models are heading toward a key operational test

https://www.defensenews.com/training-sim/2021/10/11/mark-your-calendar-the-black-hawk-victor-models-are-heading-toward-a-key-operational-test/



This Is Our First Look At The Marines' Loitering Munition-Armed Light Armored Vehicle

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42707/this-is-our-first-look-at-the-marines-loitering-munition-armed-light-armored-vehicle



The Air Force's New 5,000-Pound Bunker Buster Bomb Breaks Cover

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42714/the-air-forces-new-5000-pound-bunker-buster-bomb-breaks-cover



The Navy's Next Laser Weapon Is Basically a Real-Life Ray Gun

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a37791825/navy-cheap-machine-gun-sized-laser-weapon/



Why Multi-Billion Dollar Nuclear Submarines Still Run Into Things Underwater

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42706/why-multi-billion-dollar-nuclear-submarines-still-run-into-things-underwater



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