Af/Pak & Other News (12/2/2020)

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Pulling troops from Afghanistan has undermined Afghan confidence, says former ambassador

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pulling-troops-from-afghanistan-has-undermined-afghan-confidence-says-former-ambassador/



‘Turning point’: U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan likely to force NATO, other allies to follow

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/dec/1/us-troop-drawdown-afghanistan-pushes-nato-follow/



Afghan government, Taliban announce breakthrough deal to pursue peace talks

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-agreement/afghan-government-taliban-announce-breakthrough-deal-to-pursue-peace-talks-idUSKBN28C1OK



Australian soldier pictured drinking beer out of dead Taliban fighter's prosthetic leg

https://www.yahoo.com/news/australian-soldier-pictured-drinking-beer-170749540.html









More Reported Attacks on Iranian Military, Intelligence Officials as Parliament Reacts

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/voa-news-iran/more-reported-attacks-iranian-military-intelligence-officials-parliament



Iran watchdog passes law on hardening nuclear stance, halting UN inspections

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-law/iran-watchdog-passes-law-on-hardening-nuclear-stance-halting-u-n-inspections-idUSKBN28C2F7



Biden: US will rejoin Iran nuclear deal if Tehran returns to strict compliance

https://www.timesofisrael.com/biden-us-will-rejoin-iran-nuclear-deal-if-tehran-returns-to-strict-compliance/









Iran expands shrines and influence in Iraq

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/iraq-iran-shrines/



Nasiriya: City at the heart of Iraq’s uprisings and rebellion

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/1/nasiriyah-the-city-at-heart-of-iraqs-uprisings-and-rebellions









U.S. Marines conducts a detailed examination of Russian-made anti-tank missiles captured in Syria

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-marines-conducts-a-detailed-examination-of-russian-made-anti-tank-missiles-captured-in-syria.html









Israel: Did you know that the highest-scoring jet-mounted ace Giora Even-Epstein had also been the eldest Israeli pilot to fly an F-16?

https://theaviationgeekclub.com/did-you-know-that-the-highest-scoring-jet-mounted-ace-giora-even-epstein-had-also-been-the-eldest-israeli-pilot-to-fly-an-f-16/









Libya: Follow The Money, Militias and Mercs

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20201202.aspx



UN: 20,000 foreign fighters in Libya are a ‘serious crisis’

https://apnews.com/article/africa-libya-elections-north-africa-united-nations-faa14b50c17d2a462e755bd6e31f0709



Libya: LNA operating South African-made G5 155 mm howitzers

https://www.africanmilitaryblog.com/2020/12/libya-lna-operating-south-african-made-g5-155-mm-howitzers




Shabaab raids military base in central Somalia

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/12/shabaab-raids-military-base-in-central-somalia.php









Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors deploy near Alaska

https://defence-blog.com/news/russian-mig-31-foxhound-interceptors-deploy-near-alaska.html



Get Ready for the 2030s: Russia's Cold War MiG-31 Is Getting Major Upgrades

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/get-ready-2030s-russias-cold-war-mig-31-getting-major-upgrades-173596



Russian ‘Okhotnik’ Stealth Drone Tested with Air-to-air Missiles

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28444/Russian____Okhotnik____Stealth_Drone_Tested_with_Air_to_air_Missiles



Russian military receives Terminator vehicles for testing

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2020/12/02/russian-military-receives-terminator-vehicles-for-testing/



Russian spaceport officials are being sacked left and right

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/12/russian-spaceport-officials-are-being-sacked-left-and-right/



Within Hours of U.K., Putin Orders Start of Mass Covid-19 Shots

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-02/within-hours-of-u-k-putin-orders-start-of-mass-covid-19-shots




Azerbaijan Reclaims Third District From Armenia Under Nagorno-Karabakh Truce

https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-reclaims-third-district-under-nagorno-karabakh-truce/30978966.html




Kazakhstan Keen to Buy Dozens of Bayraktar TB2 Drones From Turkey: Russian Media

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/12/02/kazakhstan-keen-bayraktar-tb2-drones/




Yes, Serbian Air Defenses Did Hit Another F-117 During Operation Allied Force In 1999

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37894/yes-serbian-air-defenses-did-hit-another-f-117-during-operation-allied-force-in-1999




Austrian intelligence service under pressure to reform

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/austrian-intelligence-service-under-pressure-to-reform




German Navy MKS 180 Frigate Project Redesignated F126

https://defpost.com/german-navy-mks-180-frigate-project-redesignated-f126/




First HH-139B Helicopter Delivered To The Italian Air Force

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/02/first-hh-139b-helicopter-delivered-to-the-italian-air-force/



Italy lays out plans to buy up to eight new sensor-loaded Gulfstreams

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/12/02/italy-lays-out-plans-to-buy-up-to-eight-new-sensor-loaded-gulfstreams/



Secretive EC-27J JEDI EW Aircraft Supporting War On Daesh Breaks Cover On The Italian Air Force 2021 Calendar

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/01/secretive-ec-27j-jedi-ew-aircraft-supporting-war-on-daesh-breaks-cover-on-the-italian-air-force-2021-calendar/




USS Seawolf Visits Gibraltar

https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/News-Stories/Article/2431815/uss-seawolf-visits-gibraltar/




Interpol warns that COVID-19 vaccines could be targeted by criminals

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-interpol/interpol-warns-that-covid-19-vaccines-could-be-targeted-by-criminals-idUSKBN28C166



Researchers Find Powerful Cellphone Location Surveillance in Europe, Middle East, Australia

https://www.vice.com/en/article/wx8jax/researchers-find-powerful-ss7-cellphone-location-surveillance-in-europe-middle-east-australia




Type 32 Frigate could act as ‘drone mothership’

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/type-32-frigate-could-act-as-drone-mothership/









United States agrees the sale of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes to Brazil

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/december/9357-united-states-agrees-the-sale-of-mk-54-lightweight-torpedoes-to-brazil.html



Brazen gun battle in Brazil bank heist leaves cash scattered on road

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-crime/brazen-gun-battle-in-brazil-bank-heist-leaves-cash-scattered-on-road-idUSKBN28B56Z









China spacecraft collects moon samples to take back to Earth

https://apnews.com/article/beijing-moon-china-mars-8cc2c1373eed55e55f24048a21e577c0



China’s space ambitions: Robot on Mars, a human on the moon

https://apnews.com/article/technology-beijing-space-exploration-china-mars-265e6b1227e9ce0ea9c8bb1f6c1dbda3



Rapidly expanding Chinese military has global ambitions, report warns

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/dec/1/china-military-expanding-has-global-ambitions-cong/



China's Sodramjet Engine: Is It The Key to Hypersonic Air Travel?:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a34840801/sodramjet-engine-hypersonic-flight-test/



China Stalks Simulators

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20201202.aspx



DoD Official Warns China Pulling Ahead In Data, Simulation Efforts

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/dod-official-warns-china-pulling-ahead-in-data-simulation-efforts/



Special forces soldier says China's fake photo is part of 'dirty game'

https://www.businessinsider.com/china-fake-picture-australia-special-forces-afghanistan-2020-12





Taiwan Is Building Eight New Submarines—They Alone Could Destroy A Chinese Invasion Fleet

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/12/02/taiwan-is-building-eight-new-submarines-they-alone-could-destroy-a-chinese-invasion-fleet/





North Korea raises coronavirus alert to highest level despite 'zero' cases

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/02/North-Korea-raises-coronavirus-alert-to-highest-level-despite-zero-cases/5281606917488/



North Korea-linked hackers targeted J&J, Novavax in hunt for COVID research

https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL8N2IH4KJ





South Korea: Cobham Mission Systems to Provide Air Refuelling Probe for KAI FA-50

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201202005371/en/Cobham-Mission-Systems-to-Provide-Air-Refuelling-Probe-for-KAI-FA-50





Japan express concern about Russian deployment of S-300 missile systems to disputed islands

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/japan-express-concern-about-russian-deployment-of-s-300-missile-systems-to-disputed-islands.html



Japan awards Kongsberg another follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/japan-awards-kongsberg-another-follow-on-contract-for-joint-strike-missiles





French Navy nuclear attack submarine arrives in Guam

https://defence-blog.com/news/french-navy-nuclear-attack-submarine-arrives-in-guam.html



US Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry WPC 1140 to be stationed in Guam Naval Base

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/december/9360-us-coast-guard-cutter-oliver-henry-wpc-1140-to-be-stationed-in-guam-naval-base.html





Australian prison guards put a stop to drone drug drop

https://dronedj.com/2020/12/02/australian-prison-guards-put-a-stop-to-drone-drug-drop/



Future Australian Ballistic Missile? First Steps

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2020/12/future-australian-ballistic-missile.html



Boeing has completed flight tests for five jets that were flown autonomously by artificial intelligence (AI).

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/12/boeing-completes-test-flights-for-unmanned-fighter-like-jets/





Air Force To Build Alternate Airbase On Tinian Island In Case Guam Gets Knocked Out

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37885/air-force-to-build-alternate-airbase-on-tinian-island-in-case-guam-gets-knocked-out










Obama knows truth about government UFO files

https://nypost.com/2020/12/01/obama-knows-truth-about-space-aliens-government-ufo-files/



The Army is slapping down an election conspiracy theory even more insane than Jade Helm

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-cia-server-farm-germany-conspiracy-theory/



Collapsed Arecibo Radio Telescope Was Originally Built For Ballistic Missile Defense Research

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37898/collapsed-arecibo-radio-telescope-was-first-built-for-ballistic-missile-defense-research



Navy Grounds New Fire Scout Helicopter Drone After Back-to-Back Mishaps

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/12/01/navy-grounds-new-fire-scout-helicopter-drone-after-back-back-mishaps.html



Navy, Marines Plan Big Wargames For Big Wars: Virtual Is Vital

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/navy-marines-plan-big-wargames-for-big-wars-virtual-is-vital/



DARPA asks industry for machine autonomy algorithms to enable unmanned vehicles to operate at manned speeds

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/unmanned/article/14188210/unmanned-machine-autonomy-algorithms



FLIR Eyes Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Competition

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2020/12/1/flir-eyes-optionally-manned-fighting-vehicle-competition



‘Selective Disclosure’ Can Serve as Counter to Russia and China, Says Report

https://news.usni.org/2020/12/01/selective-disclosure-can-serve-as-counter-to-russia-and-china-says-report



Sea Raptor: The Navy’s sweep-wing F-22 that wasn’t to be

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/sea-raptor-the-navys-sweep-wing-f-22-that-wasnt-to-be/



Radian Aerospace pursues a stealthy and unorthodox plan for orbital space plane

https://www.geekwire.com/2020/radian-aerospace-pursues-stealthy-unorthodox-plan-orbital-space-plane/



Could an on-orbit gas station extend the lives of military satellites?

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2020/11/30/could-an-on-orbit-gas-station-help-extend-the-lives-of-military-satellites/



US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters

https://newatlas.com/military/us-army-evtol-silent-helicopter/



U.S. Marine Corps looks to buy Soviet-era AN-2 biplane

https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-marine-corps-looks-to-buy-soviet-era-an-2-biplane.html



Raytheon awarded $235.6M for production of Silent Knight Radar

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/12/01/Raytheon-awarded-2356M-for-production-of-Silent-Knight-Radar/3121606871049/



Lockheed Martin to equip the F-35A combat jet with AARGM-ER anti-radar electronic warfare (EW) missile

https://www.militaryaerospace.com/rf-analog/article/14188234/radar-electronic-warfare-ew-missile



Flying Periscopes? U.S. Submarines Can Now Launch Recon Drones

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpeck/2020/12/02/flying-periscopes-us-submarines-can-now-launch-recon-drones/



U.S. Navy’s Ohio Class Submarine To Get New Hypersonic Weapons

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/12/u-s-navys-ohio-class-submarine-to-get-new-hypersonic-weapons/



Navy Boss Tells Congress That A New Frigate Will Be Named USS Congress. No, Really.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37918/navy-boss-tells-congress-that-a-new-frigate-will-be-named-uss-congress-no-really



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