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USA/UAE – Hold the UAE Accountable for Meddling in US Politics (Defense One)

Ben Freemen writes: Tom Barrack, the billionaire head of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and a top Trump campaign fundraiser, was indicted on Tuesday for “unlawful efforts to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates in the United States at the direction of senior UAE officials.”

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(USA/China) Launch Arms-Control Talks with China (Defense One)

Louie Reckford writes for Defense One: Reporting on China’s buildup of silos that could house nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles caused a new round of calls for the United States to not only continue its ambitious and expensive nuclear weapons spending, but to accelerate it. This is a predictable reaction from those in favor of an ever-increasing defense budget, but also a deeply misguided one. Instead of spending trillions of dollars on upgrading the world’s most dangerous weapons, we should heed the bipartisan tradition of the 20th-century arms-control efforts. 

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(USA) Exclusive Interview: Lockheed’s CEO Wants His Company to Connect All the Pentagon’s Weapons (Defense One)

Marcus Weisgerber writes for Defense One: The Pentagon should start electronically connecting its most important weapons first as it builds a broader strategy to link everything on the battlefield, the head of the world’s largest defense contractor says.

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(USA) Promote Open Source to a Full Member of the Intelligence Community (Defense One)

Mark Quantock, David Dillow, McDaniel Wicker write for Defense One: The U.S. intelligence community should elevate open-source intelligence to a core “int,” alongside signal intelligence, human intelligence, and geospatial intelligence, and its agencies should better “integrate OSINT into collection and analytic tradecraft.” That’s what the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recently recommended, and based on our extensive experience in the intelligence community and DoD, including multiple combat tours to the Middle East and South Asia, we firmly concur.

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(USA) Bird-Mimicking Electric Drone Hits New Endurance Record (Defense One)

Patrick Tucker writes for Defense One: A new type of electric, fixed-wing drone last week achieved a world record for time in the air using thrust. The flight shows what combat support by electric drones could look like, as the Defense Department works to connect more hardware under increasingly difficult conditions. 

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(USA) The Automation Gap in Biden’s Cybersecurity Order (Defense One)

Kevin Tonkin writes for Defense One: The Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order contains 37 pages of important new guidelines and requirements that will help protect our networks—but it remains silent on the critical issue of how automated testing must become a key part of that defense. 

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(Afghanistan/USA) First Wave of Afghan Interpreters Head to Fort Lee (Defense One)

Tara Copp and Jacqueline Feldscher write for Defense One: Afghan interpreters and their families who have been cleared to come to the United States will be initially housed at Fort Lee, Va., the White House announced Monday. The Army base—and potentially other military installations in the U.S.—will serve as a short-term home for arriving Afghans whose work for the United States during military operations in Afghanistan has imperiled them and their families.

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(USA) What Is Happening to Our Apolitical Military? (Defense One)

Kori Schake writes for Defense One: The nation’s senior military adviser, General Mark Milley, is once again in the news, for reportedly having described President Donald Trump’s postelection rhetoric as “a Reichstag moment” and privately reassuring friends and members of Congress that the president and his supporters “may try, but they’re not going to f—ing succeed” in preventing the peaceful transition of power.

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(Science/Tech) The Air & Space Brief: China cyberspace sanctions, First wooden satellite, China concern, Militarized space? (Defense One)

Tara Copp writes for Defense One: The Biden administration announced new measures—but no sanctions—early Monday aimed at exposing and disrupting China’s government-sponsored cyber criminal activities. The new approach relies heavily on allies collectively putting sanctions on China to pressure them to stop, senior administration officials said. “No one action can change China’s behavior in cyberspace and neither can just one country acting on its own,” the officials said. 

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