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Black Sea – What Really Happened in the Black Sea? A Victory for Russian Disinformation (Elisabeth Braw, Defense One)

On Wednesday, war almost broke out in the Black Sea. Or so it seemed, as news outlets, Twitter users, and state media conveyed accounts of a Royal Navy ship being fired upon by Russian ships off the Crimean coast. The June 23 almost-war dramatically illustrates the power of disinformation – and everyone’s responsibility to check facts.

What Really Happened in the Black Sea? A Victory for Russian Disinformation – Defense One

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USA – Austin, Milley Push Back on Lawmakers’ ‘Critical Race Theory’ Accusations (Tara Coop, Defense One)

Republicans fighting against critical race theory confronted Pentagon leaders in an unusual showdown between white lawmakers, a Black defense secretary, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff over what kind of teachings about racism were appropriate in military education and training.

Austin, Milley Push Back on Lawmakers’ ‘Critical Race Theory’ Accusations – Defense One

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USA – Add Natural Conservation to Security-Cooperation Efforts (Alice C. Hill, Defense One)

U.S. security cooperation efforts, long focused on supporting foreign militaries, should do more to foster conservation.

Add Natural Conservation to Security-Cooperation Efforts – Defense One

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USA/China – It’s Time to Wargame Against an AI-Enabled China (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)

The U.S. military, whose wargames generally feature fictitious adversaries that closely resemble today’s Russian and Chinese forces, must start training for the faster-moving conflicts enabled by artificial intelligence and other emerging capabilities, two top military leaders said this week

It’s Time to Wargame Against an AI-Enabled China – Defense One

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USA/Afghanistan – Uncertainty About Post-Withdrawal Plans Clouds Biden’s Upcoming Meeting with Afghanistan’s Ghani (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

None of the questions about how the United States will support the Afghan government after September is likely to be answered when President Biden meets President Ashraf Ghani at the White House on Friday.

Uncertainty About Post-Withdrawal Plans Clouds Biden’s Upcoming Meeting with Afghanistan’s Ghani – Defense One

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USA/China – Fix the Pacific Deterrence Fund—and the Deeper Problem It Reveals (Bryan Clark, Dan Patt, Defense One)

The Pentagon’s plan to deter China is rightly coming under fire from Congress and national security experts for double-counting planned procurement and not pursuing the missile defense, interoperability, and training investments requested by two Indo-Pacific Command chiefs.

Fix the Pacific Deterrence Fund—and the Deeper Problem It Reveals – Defense One

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USA – The Marine Corps Is Redesigning Infantry Battalions for the Future (Caitlin M. Kenney, Defense One)

The Marine Corps is honing its plans for smaller, tech-heavy infantry battalions through two years of experimentation intended to reveal the best mix of people and capabilities for the distributed operations of the future.

The Marine Corps Is Redesigning Infantry Battalions for the Future – Defense One

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USA – Austin: I Support Taking Military Sex Crime Prosecutions Away From Chain of Command (Tara Coop, Defense One)

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will support congressional efforts to remove the prosecution of sexual assaults and other crimes from the military chain of command, he announced late Tuesday in a statement.

Austin: I Support Taking Military Sex Crime Prosecutions Away From Chain of Command – Defense One

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USA – Lockheed CEO Urges Pentagon to Enshrine COVID-Era’s Bigger Upfront Payments (Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One)

The Pentagon should make permanent its pandemic-era policy that pays contractors more money up front to speed cash to small suppliers and shore up the defense supply chain, the head of America’s largest defense contractor said.

Lockheed CEO Urges Pentagon to Enshrine COVID-Era’s Bigger Upfront Payments – Defense One

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