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Podcast: A ride-along with the Afghan Air Force

https://www.latimes.com/podcasts/story/2021-06-30/the-times-podcast-afghan-air-force



US days from completing formal Afghanistan withdrawal but up to 1,000 troops could remain

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/29/politics/afghanistan-accelerated-us-troop-pullout/index.html



Germany, Italy Complete Troop Exit From Afghanistan

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/germany-italy-complete-troop-exit-afghanistan



European troops make low-key return home from Afghanistan

https://apnews.com/article/europe-afghanistan-health-coronavirus-pandemic-9c1c4f5732c032ba85865aab0338a7a3



As the U.S. Pulls Out of Afghanistan, Kabul’s Airport Is a Final Stand

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/us/politics/us-afghanistan-withdrawal-airport.html



House votes to speed up visa processing for Afghans who aided the U.S.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/29/house-votes-to-speed-up-visa-processing-for-afghans-who-aided-the-us.html



Afghans who worked for France get a chance at asylum – and spark an exodus

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210630-afghans-who-worked-for-france-get-a-chance-at-asylum-%E2%80%93-and-spark-an-exodus



Afghan civilians take up arms as U.S.-led forces leave

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-civilians-take-up-arms-us-led-forces-leave-2021-06-30/



Top US general foresees Afghan civil war as security worsens

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-afghanistan-9636261069b03719d569b5cf9fe5e4e5



What next for Afghanistan? Taliban on the offensive ahead of US withdrawal

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/the-debate/20210629-what-next-for-afghanistan-taliban-on-the-offensive-ahead-of-us-withdrawal



The way forward in Afghanistan

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/560683-the-way-forward-in-afghanistan



Satellite images reveal Pakistan’s new midget submarine, site for joint project with China

https://theprint.in/defence/satellite-images-reveal-pakistans-new-midget-submarine-site-for-joint-project-with-china/687345/









Three more sightings of drones in Jammu; security agencies on alert

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/jammu-drones-sightings-air-force-attaack-security-forces-alert-7382248/









Iran: This One Really Works

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htada/articles/20210630.aspx



Iran to Open Maritime Security Coordination Center in Chabahar

https://navalpost.com/iran-maritime-security-coordination-center/









Saudi intel chief who saved U.S. lives was detained, allegedly mistreated by Saudi government

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/saudi-intel-chief-who-saved-u-s-lives-was-detained-allegedly-mistreated-by-saudi-government/ar-AALBY7N









Israel seeks to extend new Gulf ties to all Middle East, says Lapid

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israel-seeks-extend-new-gulf-ties-all-middle-east-says-lapid-2021-06-30/



WATCH: Rafael unveils Seabreaker, a new missile with 300 km range

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/rafael-unveils-seabreaker-a-new-missile-with-300-km-range-672420



Rafael Positions Sea Breaker as a Multi-Domain, Counter A2AD Cruise Missile

https://defense-update.com/20210630_sea-breaker.html



Israel Aerospace to Upgrade Sri Lankan Air Force's Kfir Aircraft

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29923/Israel_Aerospace_to_Upgrade_Sri_Lankan_Air_Force_s_Kfir_Aircraft#.YNy3_kxlBaQ









Libya: The Obstacle

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20210630.aspx




Ethiopia hints at Tigray military move; cease-fire in doubt

https://apnews.com/article/ethiopia-africa-ded7db6911b7a2f9a6b9d9b785306662



Tigray Fighters Believe Cease-Fire Agreement is Fake, Continue Fighting in Ethiopia

https://www.newsweek.com/tigray-fighters-believe-cease-fire-agreement-fake-continue-fighting-ethiopia-1605575









Putin: Russia could sink United Kingdom warship without triggering 'world war'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/putin-russia-could-sink-united-kingdom-warship-without-triggering-world-war/ar-AALDajy



U.S. Destroyer Shows Up Right Off Crimea On Vessel Tracking Sites But It Never Left Port

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41349/u-s-destroyer-shows-up-right-off-crimea-on-vessel-tracking-sites-but-it-never-left-port



Russia's New Super Submarine, Belgorod (K-329}

http://www.hisutton.com/Belgorod-Class-Submarine.html



Little Experience and No Aircraft Replenishment Hits Russian Air Force

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/06/30/little-experience-and-no-aircraft-replenishment-hits-russian-air-force/





NATO Practicing Submarine Tracking in the High North: “Requires Advanced Training”

https://www.highnorthnews.com/en/nato-practicing-submarine-tracking-high-north-requires-advanced-training



When Does a ‘Cyber Attack’ Demand Retaliation? NATO Broadens Its View

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/06/when-does-cyber-attack-demand-retaliation-nato-broadens-its-view/175028/




Swiss go American after deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets and Patriot missiles

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/switzerlands-65-bln-fighter-decision-nears-after-years-delay-2021-06-30/




Germany to regain SIGINT capability with new Pegasus fleet

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/germany-to-regain-sigint-capability-with-new-pegasus-fleet/144391.article




U.S. Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine's Gibraltar Visit Is First In Over Two Decades

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41333/u-s-navy-ballistic-missile-submarines-gibraltar-visit-is-first-in-over-two-decades




Airbus Flies C295 In Armed ISR Configuration

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/missile-defense-weapons/airbus-flies-c295-armed-isr-configuration




In a First, Israeli F-35 Jets Operate from UK's Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29919/In_a_First__Israeli_F_35_Jets_Operate_from_UK_s_Queen_Elizabeth_Aircraft_Carrier#.YNy4EExlBaQ









Why China’s PLA Keeps Putting up Posters to Threaten War Against Taiwan

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/voa-news-china/why-chinas-pla-keeps-putting-posters-threaten-war-against-taiwan





The North Korean Nuclear Arsenal

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/06/30/the_north_korean_nuclear_arsenal_783604.html





Maker of South Korea's KF-21 indigenous fighter hacked, reports say

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/06/30/skorea-South-Korea-KAI-aerospace-hack/5591625059379/



S.Korea's Planned Interceptor Needs Better Tech than Israel's Iron Dome to Stop Pyongyang's Artillery

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29920/S_Korea_s_Planned_Interceptor_Needs_Better_Tech_than_Israel_s_Iron_Dome_to_Stop_Pyongyang_s_Artillery#.YNy4DExlBaQ





Will Philippines Buy F-16 Jets To Patrol South China Sea?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastienroblin/2021/06/30/will-philippines-buy-f-16-jets-to-patrol-south-china-sea/










Why the Pentagon Can’t Identify Flying Objects

https://slate.com/technology/2021/06/pentagon-ufo-uap-report-military-sensors.html



What to Watch Wednesday: A live 3-hour special on Pentagon’s UFO investigation

https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/tv/warm-tv-blog/article252460383.html



Pentagon UFO report: No aliens, but government transparency and desire for better data might bring science to the UFO world

https://theconversation.com/pentagon-ufo-report-no-aliens-but-government-transparency-and-desire-for-better-data-might-bring-science-to-the-ufo-world-163059



Respected Astrobiologist Says DoD Must Release UFO Data If They Want A Scientific Study

https://thedebrief.org/mendez-says-dod-must-release-ufo-data-if-they-want-a-scientific-study/



U.S. Gov't Knows Way More ... Says UFO Filmmaker Jeremy Corbell

https://www.tmz.com/2021/06/29/pentagon-ufo-report-government-knows-more-jeremy-corbell/



Former Pentagon official claims government is trying to silence him over UFO knowledge

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/former-pentagon-official-claims-government-is-trying-to-silence-him-over-his-ufo-knowledge-065110590.html



Navy Says No Further Action Against Eddie Gallagher for Recent Remarks

https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-no-action-against-retired-navy-seal-eddie-gallagher-remarks-2021-6



DoE's Extreme-Security Nevada Test Site Touts The "Ultimate Playground" For Drone Tests

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41344/does-extreme-security-nevada-test-site-touts-the-ultimate-playground-for-drone-tests



Draken Becomes The Next Red Air Private Contractor To Acquire F-16 Fighter Jets

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41354/draken-becomes-the-next-red-air-private-contractor-to-acquire-f-16-fighter-jets



New Radar Method Could Reveal Space Junk, Super Fast Missiles, Objects Behind Walls

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2021/06/new-radar-method-could-help-reveal-objects-behind-walls-space-junk-super-fast-missiles/177940/



HASC Chairman Says Congress Won't 'Kill' GBSD Program

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/6/29/hasc-chairman-says-congress-wont-kill-gbsd-program



Army Develops AI-Enabled Programmable Fiber For Military Uniforms

https://thedebrief.org/army-develops-ai-enabled-programmable-fiber-for-military-uniforms/



US Air Force receives 10,000th AIM-9X Sidewinder missile

https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/usaf-receives-10000th-aim-9x-sidewinder-missile/



Kratos expendable and attritable engine core completes testing

http://alert5.com/2021/06/30/kratos-expendable-and-attritable-engine-core-completes-testing/



New Systems For Navigation In GPS Denied Combat Environments Tested In Air Force's Agile Pod

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41330/new-systems-for-navigation-in-gps-denied-combat-environments-tested-in-air-forces-agile-pod



US Air Force flies Avenger-based Skyborg prototype during Orange Flag drill

https://defbrief.com/2021/06/30/us-air-force-flies-avenger-based-skyborg-prototype-during-orange-flag-drill/



Smith slams F-35 lifecycle costs: ‘We can do a hell of a lot better’

https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2021/06/29/smith-slams-f-35-lifecycle-costs-in-latest-salvo/



$879 million Navy heavy-lift helicopter contract goes to Sikorsky, faces criticism, delays and high cost

https://warisboring.com/879-million-navy-heavy-lift-helicopter-contract-goes-to-sikorsky-faces-criticism-delays-and-high-cost/



INDO-PACOM Used Ground-based Aegis Combat System Prototype to Target Missile Threats, Surface Targets

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/29/indo-pacom-used-ground-based-aegis-combat-system-prototype-to-target-missile-threats-surface-targets



Navy’s powerful aerial jamming pod moves to next phase

https://www.c4isrnet.com/electronic-warfare/2021/06/29/navys-powerful-aerial-jamming-pod-moves-to-next-phase/



House Bill Cuts Money for Navy Nuke Cruise Missile, Saves 3 LCS from Decommissioning

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/29/house-bill-cuts-money-for-navy-nuke-cruise-missile-saves-3-lcs-from-decommissioning



Panel: Budget Priorities Prompted Navy Cut to Forces to Prevent Hollow Fleet

https://news.usni.org/2021/06/29/panel-budget-priorities-prompted-navy-cut-to-forces-to-prevent-hollow-fleet



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