1. Lawmakers storm out of classified Afghanistan briefing after questions go unanswered
(CNN) Multiple lawmakers angrily stormed out of a classified briefing with members of the Biden administration on Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, according to three sources familiar with the briefing.
2. House set to pass defense-policy bill with military-justice provision
(Wall Street Journal) The National Defense Authorization Act, which proposes a 5% boost in spending, is expected to draw broad bipartisan support.
3. Pentagon 'open to discussion' that ties formal end of Korean War to denuclearization
(Military.com) The United States is open to discussing the possibility of formally ending the Korean War in an effort to achieve "the complete denuclearization of the peninsula," the Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.
4. Biden’s nuclear agenda in trouble as Pentagon hawks attack
(Politico) The ouster of Leonor Tomero, who questioned the status quo on nuclear weapons, signals the Biden administration’s ambitious agenda to overhaul America's nuclear policy might be in trouble.
5. Mattis testifies in fraud trial of fallen tech star
(The Associated Press) Mattis testified for more than three hours.
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CENTCOM IDs man it says was ISIS-K facilitator killed in Aug. 27 drone strike
(Military Times) The strike was in response to an attack that killed 13 U.S. service members in the bloodiest single day for Americans since 2011.
Milley: US should explore more military talks with Russia
(The Associated Press) The U.S. should explore ways to expand its military contacts with the Russians, potentially to include allowing observers from each country to watch the other’s combat exercises, in a broad effort to increase transparency and reduce the risk of conflict, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.
Pentagon’s two-year probe of TransDigm over pricing nears end
(Bloomberg) The Pentagon inspector general has almost completed a more than two-year review of TransDigm Group Inc.’s spare parts pricing, an inquiry triggered by 2019 revelations of massive overcharges by the defense contractor.
Congress & Politics
Advocates push for space on National Mall to honor Global War on Terror troops
(Military Times) Plans for construction of the memorial are already underway, but Congress still has to approve the prominent location.
Legislation calling for surface warfare officer specialization is dead in the water
(Navy Times) A progress report, due a year after the defense policy bill’s passage, must outline actions being taken to improve SWO retention, particularly among women.
House to vote on defense bill requiring Air Force timeline for recovering '52 Alaska plane crash
(The Detroit News) The U.S. House is set to vote Thursday on a defense policy bill that would require the Air Force to report on its plans and timeline for recovering of a C-119 airplane crash on an Alaska mountain nearly 70 years ago.
US-China policy: Biden is bringing together Japan, Australia and India to stare down China
(CNN) US President Joe Biden is holding the first in-person meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as "the Quad," an informal strategic forum of the United States, Australia, Japan and India -- all democratic countries with a vested interest in countering China's rise in Asia.
U.S. fallout over Kabul drone strike grows with plans for multiple probes
(Reuters) A senior U.S. Democrat said on Thursday that multiple congressional committees will investigate a drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians last month, to determine what went wrong and answer questions about future counterterrorism strategy.
Sens. Gillibrand, Ernst call House defense legislation ‘inadequate’ on military prosecutions
(Politico) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday called defense legislation in the House “inadequate” because it doesn’t overhaul how the military prosecutes major crimes, including sexual assault.
Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to upgrade Israeli-US military cooperation
(Jerusalem Post) A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a new bill, the US-Israel Military Technology Cooperation Act as part of an effort to upgrade defense cooperation between the two countries.
House votes down amendment to limit transfer of military equipment to police
(Huffpost) The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), aimed to reform the Pentagon’s 1033 program.
Pandemic exposed flaws in military family moves, general tells congress
(Military.com) The coronavirus pandemic exposed flaws in the military's "fragmented approach" to moving troops' household goods and underscored the need to finally outsource management of the moves to a private company, the nominee to head U.S. Transportation Command said Thursday.
Tensions with China grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement
(The Associated Press) China has bristled at recent moves by the U.S. to build up alliances in the Pacific.
China sends 24 fighter jets towards Taiwan in show of force
(The Associated Press) Taiwan deployed air patrol forces in response.
4 California militia members plead guilty to conspiracy
(Military.com) Four members of an alleged California militia group have pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct justice in the case of a federal guard who was fatally shot in Oakland more than a year ago, federal prosecutors said.
CIA station chief in Vienna recalled amid criticism of management and handling of mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome’ cases
(Washington Post) The CIA has removed its top officer in Vienna following criticism of his management, including what some considered an insufficient response to a growing number of mysterious health incidents at the U.S. Embassy there, according to current and former U.S. officials.
Green Beret dies during water training at Fort Campbell
(Army Times) A Special Forces soldier died during a water training event Tuesday at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Army officials confirmed.
Newest sniper rifle for soldiers, Marines takes on ‘final hurdle’ before fielding
(Army Times) The MK-22 replaces the Army’s existing M107 sniper rifle and the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle. Army Times first reported on U.S. Special Operations Command’s decision to go with the weapon in 2019.
New Army aviation warrants no longer automatically promoted after two years
(Army Times) The Army has issued a directive that could add two years to the time required for aviator warrant officers to be promoted to chief warrant officer 2.
Soldiers with this Stryker unit test tool to ‘see’ the electronic battlefield
(Army Times) Soldiers usually known for rattling off machine gun or 40mm rounds are testing a new tool that helps them “see” electronic warfare threats on the battlefield.
Veterans at Revolutionary battlefield dig find camaraderie
(The Associated Press) Military veterans who carefully dug and sifted through clumps of dirt this month at a Revolutionary War battlefield in New York did more than uncover artifacts fired from muskets and cannons.
Remains of North Carolina World War II soldier identified
(Army Times) The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the remains of a WW II soldier was identified.
Army fires officer accused of faking deployments and awards amid multiple affairs
(Task & Purpose) A married Army officer who allegedly spent years creating an elaborate network of lies to deceive women has been fired following an investigation, the service announced.
Army officer admits having all vaccines but not COVID-19 shot because of 'freedom'
(Yahoo News) U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Douglas Hague raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he admitted to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he had received all the vaccines mandated for service members but wouldn’t receive the COVID-19 shot because of “freedom.”
A Florida judge closed the book on a couple who attempted to blow the whistle on U.S. Navy contractors who installed defective pipe fittings on nuclear submarines.
(Law360) A Florida judge closed the book on a couple who attempted to blow the whistle on U.S. Navy contractors who installed defective pipe fittings on nuclear submarines.
U.S. Navy, Bahrain partner to ramp up unmanned systems use
(UPI) Bahraini leaders committed Thursday to partner with a new U.S. Navy task force to ramp up new unmanned systems for maritime operations, the Navy said on Wednesday.
This is how YouTube’s most popular U.S. Navy cruise videos are made
(Forbes) It’s a Navy tradition that has existed for decades but which gained wider public notice after individual squadrons and aircraft-type communities started posting cruise videos on YouTube.
‘Have a good day, make good choices:’ Loved ones mourn corpsman who died of heat injury
(Marine Corps Times) Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Samantha Rose Whitehead's heat-injury death came as an abrupt shock to all who knew her.
Marines run live-fire amphibious raids with Swedish counterparts
(Marine Corps Times) This is only the third time Marines have trained with Swedes in this way.
4 Marines still hospitalized nearly a month after suicide bombing in Afghanistan
(Marine Corps Times) One is in “is very serious but stable condition, three are in serious but stable condition."
Marines on Okinawa bring big ideas to operational challenges in the Indo-Pacific
(Stars & Stripes) Marine Maj. Jenkyn Kittrell’s experience providing water to thousands of Filipinos in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 yielded innovation from necessity.
Investigation underway after Marine stabbed in base housing on Camp Pendleton
(Stars & Stripes) A Marine was stabbed three times in a drunken brawl at his base housing unit on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton early Saturday, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Monday.
Air Force software tool helped coordinate Afghanistan evacuation of civilians
(C4ISRNET) A tool created by an Air Force software factory played an important role in the recent evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan, according to the service.
Air Force cargo jets used in Afghan evacuation taken out of service for reset
(The Hill) The Air Force announced this week that it will be temporarily taking out of service the military cargo planes used in the evacuation airlifts from Afghanistan last month to allow for a period of maintenance and recovery.
Air Force Starlifter group to perform concert in Oswego Friday evening
(The Chicago Tribune) A World War II veteran as well as a long-time Fox Valley veterans advocate who passed away this summer will be honored Friday night as part of a performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Starlifter group at Venue 1012.
Kansas National Guard troops quietly sent to U.S.-Mexico border for immigration work last year
(Topeka Capital-Journal) The soldiers have been deployed since October 2020, but the move to provide troops was inconspicuous, with a Facebook video appearing to be the only public announcement of the mission.
Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Dan Altieri, the ‘glue’ of Ohio-based Lima Company, dies at age 62
(Stars & Stripes) When one of his Marines hit a milestone — got married, became a parent, took a new job, bought a house — retired Sgt. Maj. Dan Altieri generally was the first to reach out. And he would speak to them the words that meant the most.
VA sets sights on firearm safety to prevent veteran suicides
(Military.com) The Department of Veterans Affairs is prioritizing firearm safety as a way to prevent veteran suicides, arguing the method that veterans use should be a focus along with the underlying reasons that drive them to take their own lives.
Cyber, Space & Unmanned
US aerospace giant Boeing says it will build drones in Australia
(Al Jazeera) Boeing said on Wednesday that it has selected Toowoomba city in Queensland state as the final assembly point for its unmanned Loyal Wingman planes. The first test flights were completed earlier this year.
Military Culture & History
Commander Craig: 007 star made honorary Royal Navy officer
(The Associated Press) Honorary naval officers act as ambassadors for the service.
The Army acquired its own hovercraft in the 1980s. It didn’t go well
(The Drive) The Army bought LACV-30 hovercraft derived from a commercial model designed in Canada that ended up being ill-suited for hardy military tasks.
Sweden progresses with two complementary strategies to deter an invasion
(Defense News) A sharp increase in Sweden’s defense budget allocation will enable its military to move forward with implementing all core parts of the government’s “Total Defence 2021-2025? plan.
Gilday: Australian sub deal ‘brilliant,’ partnership with French Navy remains strong
(Defense News) The U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations is committed to helping Australia with its newly announced nuclear-powered submarine program and equally committed to operating seamlessly alongside the French Navy, after the recent Australia-U.K.-U.S. submarine agreement caused a political fallout between the triad and France.
Russian navy practises striking Black Sea targets as Ukraine, U.S. hold drills
(Reuters) Russia's navy practised firing at targets in the Black Sea off the coast of annexed Crimea using its Bastion coastal missile defence system, Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday as Ukraine held joint military drills with the United States.
Taiwan jets scramble again as China air force enters air defense zone
(Reuters) Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Thursday to warn off 19 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, Taiwan's defence ministry said, the latest uptick in tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
The Royal Air Force launches first trial of self-driving technology on its airbases with Academy of Robotics
(Businesswire) Academy of Robotics and the Royal Air Force announced a new trial deployment of autonomous vehicles on an airbase as part of the RAF’s Astra campaign to deliver next generation Air Force capability.
Iraq conducts airstrikes against ‘terrorists’ near Kirkuk
(Al-Monitor) The Iraqi air force conducted “destructive strikes” targeting hideouts belonging to unspecified groups in Wadi Shay, southwest of Kirkuk.
Cuban president calls on United Nations to help end U.S. sanctions
(UPI) Cuban President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel called on the United Nations to help it end long-running sanctions applied against it by the United States, saying the actions have a "marked racist influence."
Iran ups pressure on Kurdish rebels
(Voice of America) Iran is threatening to expand a bombing campaign targeting rebels in border villages of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, saying Iraqi Kurdish authorities must expel the rebels or the offensive will broaden.
Islamic State uses Taliban's own tactics to attack Afghanistan's new rulers
(Reuters) A little more than a month after toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul, Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers are facing internal enemies who have adopted many of the tactics of urban warfare that marked their own successful guerrilla campaign.
In Afghanistan's 'moment of reckoning,' the Taliban lead a harsher-than-promised crackdown
(NBC News) In a report released Monday, Amnesty International warned that while the Taliban "have attempted to portray to the world that they will respect human rights ... the ground reality is far from this."
Afghanistan politics imperils effort to claw back 2001 war powers
(Politico) Lawmakers want to revise the authorization passed after the Sept. 11 attacks. But Afghanistan has complicated the question of how to do it.
Google stays silent on Russia's growing internet threats
(Bloomberg) Over the past decade, Russian officials have requested the removal of nearly 1 million web pages, documents, apps and videos, mostly for reasons Google categorizes as "copyright" or "national security."
U.S., Lithuania keep 'close' watch on Russia-Belarus training centre, general says
(US News & World Report) The top U.S. Army general in Europe said on Thursday the United States and Lithuania would work to preserve the continent's peace "no matter who positions what, where", after Belarus and Russia held war games and set up a military training centre.
Russia intensifies Idlib attacks ahead of summit with Turkey, Iran on Syria
(Al-Monitor) Some believe that the Russian escalation in Syria’s Idlib is either a prelude to a major assault or a means of increasing pressure on Turkey.
Russian spy chief accuses Britain of lies after latest nerve attack charge
(Reuters) A Russian spy chief on Thursday accused Britain of lies and trying to divert attention from other issues after British police said a third Russian suspect had been identified in the 2018 Novichok murder attempt on a former double agent.
Russian plane enters NATO member Estonia's airspace for 6th time this year
(NBC News) The alleged intrusion took place at noon Wednesday as the Beriev A-50 plane entered Estonia's airspace near the Baltic Sea island of Vaindloo and stayed there for less than one minute, Estonia's military said in a statement.
India military accelerates historic overhaul to counter China
(Bloomberg) A long-delayed plan to integrate India’s armed forces would allow for greater cooperation with the U.S. and its allies.
Sweden to deepen military ties with Norway, Denmark, Swedish TV reports
(Reuters) Sweden will sign a defense cooperation agreement with Norway and Denmark this week to counter a deteriorating security situation in the Baltic region, Sweden's TV4 said on Thursday.
‘Main’ ISIS hideout destroyed in Hamrin mountains
(Rudaw) Iraqi security forces on Thursday destroyed the "main" Islamic State (ISIS) hideout in the Hamrin mountain range that crosses Kirkuk and Salahaddin governorates, as Erbil and Baghdad work towards forming two joint brigades to counter the militant group’s remnants.
Serbian troops on alert on Kosovo border as tensions mount
(US News & World Report) Serbia's defense minister says the country has raised the combat readiness of its troops on the border with Kosovo amid increasing tensions with its former province.
Commentary & Analysis
Presentation is key: Why the Pentagon’s budget data needs a makeover
(Defense News) While recognizing that budget data will always be dense and complex given the sheer quantity of the DoD’s programs and funding, Congress, working with the DoD, needs to modernize the way in which the data is displayed.
The art and torture of the empire
(Al Jazeera) Abu Ghraib represents an era of imperial conquest that began in 2003 in Iraq and before that in 2001 in Afghanistan.
The military’s COVID vaccine mandate is sending Tucker Carlson into overdrive
(Vanity Fair) Fox News hosts have been riding the COVID conspiracy train since last year, but Joe Biden’s announcement of a requirement for service members combines two of their favorite talking points.
Improved missile defense essential to countering North Korea, Iran
(The Hill) Earlier this month, the House Armed Services Committee unanimously agreed to an amendment expressing support for deploying the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) before the end of the decade.
Opinion: A no-drama defense secretary in a soap opera country
(Washington Post) When Lloyd Austin took over at the Pentagon, he was the seventh person appointed chief in four years. Civilian leadership had been erratic, and the military was struggling with the burdens of 20 years of war.