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America’s New Anti-China Alliance (Tom McTague, Defense One)

A new world is beginning to take shape, even if it remains disguised in the clothes of the old.

The United States, Britain, and Australia have announced what is in effect a new “Anglo” military alliance. The basics are these: In 2016, Australia struck a deal with France to buy a fleet of diesel-powered submarines, rejecting an Anglo-American alternative for nuclear-powered vessels. In March this year, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (or, “that fellow down under,” as Joe Biden referred to him), began talking with Washington about reversing its decision. Then, last night, in a live three-way public announcement, Biden, Morrison, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the Australians would scrap their agreement with France to team up with Britain and the U.S. instead, forming a new “AUKUS” military alliance in the process.

America’s New Anti-China Alliance – Defense One

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Milley’s China Calls During Trump Defeat Were ‘Lawful,’ Conveyed Reassurance, Pentagon Says (Tara Copp, Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

Gen. Mark Milley did not go outside the chain of command when the Joint Chiefs chairman reached out to Chinese leaders to reassure them the U.S. would not attack China in the unsteady weeks before and after the 2020 election, his office said Wednesday.

Milley, who is guaranteed another two years in his job, has faced pressure from Congressional Republicans to resign following revelations in Bob Woodward’s upcoming book Peril that the chairman took unusual steps to prevent war. Those steps included reminding flag officers of their specific roles and responsibilities if a nuclear launch were ordered during former President Donald Trump’s erratic final days in office.

Milley’s China Calls During Trump Defeat Were ‘Lawful,’ Conveyed Reassurance, Pentagon Says – Defense One

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Australia Will Get Nuclear-Powered Subs In New Partnership With US, UK (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

Australia will get its first nuclear-powered submarines under a new trilateral relationship with the United States and United Kingdom intended to improve security in the Pacific, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday.

The move will put nuclear-powered submarines, which have longer range than Australia’s current conventional subs and can stay underwater for months, in China’s backyard as the administration seeks to pivot its foreign policy to the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia Will Get Nuclear-Powered Subs In New Partnership With US, UK – Defense One

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Tell Us Why Small Businesses Can’t Get Contracts, Pentagon Asks (Courtney Bublé, Defense One)

Defense officials are seeking input by October 25 on how they can make the department’s contracting opportunities more attractive to small businesses.

“The participation of dynamic, resilient, and innovative small businesses in the defense industrial base is critical to the United States’ efforts to maintain its technological superiority, military readiness, and warfighting advantage,” said a request for comments in the Federal Register on Sept. 8. “The department seeks public input on the barriers that small businesses face in working with the department. This input will be used to update the department’s Small Business Strategy led by the DoD Office of Small Business Programs.”

Tell Us Why Small Businesses Can’t Get Contracts, Pentagon Asks – Defense One

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Defense/Warfare. The Third Revolution in Warfare (Kai-Fu Lee, Defense One)

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On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, against the backdrop of the rushed U.S.-allied Afghanistan withdrawal, the grisly reality of armed combat and the challenge posed by asymmetric suicide terror attacks grow harder to ignore.

But weapons technology has changed substantially over the past two decades. And thinking ahead to the not-so-distant future, we must ask: What if these assailants were able to remove human suicide bombers or attackers from the equation altogether? As someone who has studied and worked in artificial intelligence for the better part of four decades, I worry about such a technology threat, born from artificial intelligence and robotics.

The Third Revolution in Warfare – Defense One

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USA. The U.S. Should Get Serious About Submarine Cable Security (Justin Sherman, Defense One)

GREG MAHLKNECHT

Nokia recently won a 5G contract with U.S. Cellular, the fourth-largest wireless provider in the United States, another step in building out American 5G without Chinese telecom Huawei. Yet, for all the noise about 5G, cloud, and other “emerging” technologies, the internet still vitally depends on a far-less-flashy infrastructure — submarine cables that haul internet traffic along the ocean floor.

The U.S. Should Get Serious About Submarine Cable Security – Defense One

 

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USA/Afghanistan. Congress’ Afghanistan Oversight Marred By Politics (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

In Congress’ first oversight hearing on America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, lawmakers focused on political mudslinging and blaming the other party instead of asking legitimate questions about the chaotic evacuation effort and the security of the country.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing is just the latest incidence of Democrats attempting to spread blame for Afghanistan among the four bipartisan administrations that oversaw the war, while Republicans sought to pin the failure squarely on President Joe Biden.

Congress’ Afghanistan Oversight Marred By Politics – Defense One

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USA. Will Congress Ever Repeal Its Post-9/11 War Authorizations? (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

Northern Alliance soldiers watch as U.S. air strikes attack Taliban positions in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2001.

Northern Alliance soldiers watch as U.S. air strikes attack Taliban positions in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2001. AP / IVAN SEKRETAREV

The wars launched in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago are both over, but the legal authorizations for them are still in effect.

There is growing bipartisan support among lawmakers for Congress to assert its responsibility to authorize military action and take back some power from the executive branch. Though lawmakers seem poised to act on the 2002 authorization for military operations in Iraq, some experts say the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after 20 years could prompt Congress to seriously debate repealing and replacing the 2001 authorization for conflict in Afghanistan as well.

Will Congress Ever Repeal Its Post-9/11 War Authorizations? – Defense One

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Defense/USA. Boost Defense Spending? Congress Owes Us a Better Explanation (Billy Osermeyer, Defense One)

Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and ranking member Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., arrive for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on June 15, 2021.

Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and ranking member Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., arrive for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on June 15, 2021. TOM WILLIAMS/CQ-ROLL CALL, INC VIA GETTY IMAGES / SHUTTERSTOCK

In 1968, the United States entered negotiations to return control of Okinawa to Japan. The U.S. occupation of Okinawa had become deeply unpopular in Japan, and leaders from both countries feared it might jeopardize the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Within the U.S. government, the central friction point was the Defense Department’s unofficial “blue sky” policy, which favored maintaining control of Okinawa in order to continue stationing nuclear weapons there for deterrence against China and the Soviet Union.

Boost Defense Spending? Congress Owes Us a Better Explanation – Defense One

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