20 October 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy Releases Extensive Bonhomme Richard Fire Report, Major Fires Review US Navy 20 Oct 2021 -- The Navy released today two reports related to the fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on July 12, 2020: the results of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Command Investigation and a Major Fires Review commissioned by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations that examined all major fires in the Navy over the last 12 years.
- 164th ADA assumes authority from 174th ADA for air defense MCE Army News 20 Oct 2021 -- The 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (ADA) assumed authority of air defense mission command element from 174th ADA in a ceremony Oct. 18 at the Katterbach Fitness Center.
- Readout of Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Mara Karlin Meeting With Estonian Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Kusti Salm DoD 20 Oct 2021
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Remarks at Romanian Ministry of Defense Post-Bilat Joint Press Event DoD 20 Oct 2021
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Visit to Romania DoD 20 Oct 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Minister of National Defense Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă in Bucharest today.
- Defense Secretary Holds Talks in Romania DoD News 20 Oct 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III held talks with leaders in stalwart NATO ally Romania today and then visited the U.S. forces who work day in and day out to make NATO a reality.
- In Romania, Pentagon Chief Urges More Black Sea Cooperation RFE/RL 20 Oct 2021 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged more defense cooperation among Black Sea allies as he visited Romania on October 20 as part of a three-country tour of the region amid ongoing tensions with Russia.
- NATO Secretary General Details Agenda for Defense Meeting DoD News 20 Oct 2021 -- NATO defense ministers are meeting in Belgium to chart the course for the alliance as it modernizes and adapts to a world dominated by strategic competition, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference in Brussels today.
- Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers on 21 and 22 October at NATO Headquarters NATO 20 Oct 2021
- Swedish Submarine Loaded Live Torpedoes Amid Major Russian Drill – Report Sputnik 20 Oct 2021 -- The Zapad-21 drills, featuring some 200,000 personnel, were held in western Russia and Belarus in September and were labelled a "demonstration of strength" showing Moscow's "extensive military capability" by Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.
- Two Russian Jets Intercept American Bombers Over Black Sea Sputnik 20 Oct 2021 -- Two SU-30 warplanes escorted two US B-1B strategic bombers over the Black Sea in order to prevent the American planes from violating Russia's borders, the Defence Ministry stated on Wednesday.
- US Marines depart Australia's top end Australia DOD 20 Oct 2021 -- The 2021 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) has departed from the Northern Territory, bringing to a close the tenth rotation of U.S. Marines through Australia's Top End.
- Maritime partnerships strengthened Australia DOD 20 Oct 2021 -- The Royal Australian Navy this month joined key partners Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom for the Maritime Partnership Exercise in the Indian Ocean.
- North Korea confirms submarine launch of new ballistic missile Press TV 20 Oct 2021 -- North Korea says it has successfully test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), in a move that prompted the UN Security Council to hold an emergency closed-door meeting at the request of the US and Britain.
- Academy of Defence Science Succeeds in Test-Launch of New Type SLBM KCNA 20 Oct 2021 -- The Academy of Defence Science of the DPRK test-fired a new type submarine-launched ballistic missile on Tuesday.
- Indian Army Expedites Its Plan to Modernise Air Defence Amid Rising Threats of Enemy Drone Swarms Sputnik 20 Oct 2021 -- The Indian Army claims China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has increased the scale and duration of patrolling and military drills near the loosely demarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC). Indian Army Chief Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane has vowed to counter China's infrastructure build-up and deployment with equal power.
- Iran Air Force to hold large-scale Devotees of Velayat Sanctuary-10 drills Press TV 20 Oct 2021 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) is set to hold large-scale and nationwide drills, enlisting as many as five airbases and featuring a variety of military aircraft.
- Blinken Focuses on Democracy, Migration While Visiting Ecuador, Colombia VOA 20 Oct 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined several challenges being faced by democracies in the Western Hemisphere in a speech Wednesday in Ecuador but said he is optimistic they can be overcome, while noting the survival of a democracy driven by ordinary people is vital to the shared future in the region.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez at a Joint Press Availability US Dept. of State 20 Oct 2021
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jen Psaki En Route Avoca, PA The White House 20 Oct 2021
- 20 October 2021 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 20 Oct 2021
- Joint Statement of the Participants in the Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan, Moscow, 20 October 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 20 Oct 2021
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks at the third meeting of the Moscow format consultations on Afghanistan, Moscow, October 20, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 20 Oct 2021
- Moscow Hosts Taliban For International Talks On Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Oct 2021 -- Russia hosted a high-level Taliban delegation for talks attended by officials from China, Pakistan, and eight other countries, as Moscow seeks to assert its influence on Central Asia amid worries about instability or violence spilling from Afghanistan into the region.
- Taliban won't be allowed access to Afghan Central Bank reserves: US Treasury official Press TV 20 Oct 2021 -- A US Treasury official has ruled out any possibility of allowing the Taliban to gain access to Afghan Central Bank reserves, which are largely held in the United States.
- Regional Powers Back Aid for Afghanistan, Press Taliban on Inclusivity VOA 20 Oct 2021 -- An international Russia-hosted meeting Wednesday pressed the Taliban to form a "truly inclusive" government in Afghanistan and called for the United Nations to convene a donor conference as soon as possible to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe facing the war-torn country.
- Moscow Hosts International Talks With Taliban to Discuss Afghan Crisis VOA 20 Oct 2021 -- Russia has lauded the efforts of Afghanistan's Taliban government to improve the national security and political situation but stressed the need for the Islamist group to ensure inclusivity in its governance to achieve a stable peace in the war-torn country.
- After sub accident, China demands US end free navigation ops Radio Free Asia 20 Oct 2021 -- China is demanding the United States stop its freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, and has accused the U.S. of a "stupid mistake" when one of its nuclear-powered submarines collide with an unidentified object this month.
- Humanitarian assistance stepped up on Yemen's west coast, amid clashes UN News 20 Oct 2021 -- Humanitarian assistance has been ramped up on Yemen's west coast where ongoing violence has increased the needs of communities displaced by years of conflict, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday.
- Taliban Attacks Kill Several Members Of Pakistan's Security Forces RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Oct 2021 -- At least five members of the Pakistani security forces were killed in attacks in the northwest of the country on October 20.
- Bomb Attack on Syrian Army Bus in Damascus Kills at Least 14 VOA 20 Oct 2021 -- At least 14 people were killed Wednesday when two bombs exploded that were attached to a Syrian army bus in Damascus, state media reported
- UN's top envoy warns Great Lakes Region is 'at a crossroads' UN News 20 Oct 2021 -- Speaking at a Security Council meeting on the situation in Africa's Great Lakes region on Wednesday, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy, Huang Xia, told ambassadors that the countries concerned now stand "at a crossroads".
- 'Overzealous' security services undermining South Sudan peace: rights experts UN News 20 Oct 2021 -- State security forces in South Sudan have been responsible for imposing new and potentially arbitrary restrictions against the country's most prominent civil society leaders, issuing "credible" death threats that have undermined peace efforts, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.
- New Airstrikes Target Capital of Ethiopia's Tigray Region VOA 20 Oct 2021 -- Ethiopian forces have carried out another airstrike on the capital city of the northern Tigray region Wednesday, two days after an airstrike killed three children there.
- Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. Deliver Opening Remarks at the Criminal Division's Cybersecurity Roundtable on 'The Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape' US Dept. of Justice 20 Oct 2021
- Two Individuals Sentenced for Providing "Bulletproof Hosting" for Cybercriminals US Dept. of Justice 20 Oct 2021 -- Two Eastern European men were sentenced for providing "bulletproof hosting" services, which were used by cybercriminals between 2009 to 2015 to distribute malware and attack financial institutions and victims throughout the United States.
- CIA to Have Weekly Meetings on China Following Launch of New Mission Center, Director Burns Says Sputnik 20 Oct 2021 -- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will hold weekly meetings on threats posed by China following the launch of the agency's new China mission center, CIA Director William Burns said in an interview at Stanford University on Wednesday.
- A Get-Out-Of-Jail-Alive Certificate? Sakharov Prize Gives Navalny Global Recognition, Protection RFE/RL 20 Oct 2021 -- For months, the Kremlin has been trying to convince its citizens and others that opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is just a criminal who ran an extremist organization.
- In Aftermath Of Navalny Poisoning, Chemical-Weapons Group Tiptoes Toward Unprecedented Step RFE/RL 20 Oct 2021 -- The finding, by a German military laboratory, set off alarm bells across Western capitals 13 months ago: A powerful Soviet-era nerve agent was found in the tissue of Russian anti-corruption crusader Aleksei Navalny, lying comatose in a Berlin hospital.
- Russia's Navalny Wins Sakharov Prize, EU's Top Human Rights Award RFE/RL 20 Oct 2021 -- Jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has been chosen as the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Parliament's annual human rights prize, for his work to expose corruption and efforts to restrict freedoms in Russia.
- Jailed Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Wins Top EU Human Rights Prize VOA 20 Oct 2021 -- The European Parliament has awarded the European Union's highest human rights prize to imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny for challenging President Vladimir Putin's rule over the country.
- CCP to tell world that China is 'standing up' under leader Xi Jinping Radio Free Asia 20 Oct 2021 -- The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will pass a resolution at a top political meeting from Nov. 8-11, in what looks to be a defiant message to the international community that the country will continue to "stand up" to foreign oppression in its quest for "national rejuvenation."
- How LinkedIn China Outlasted Other US Tech Giants and Why It's Departing Now VOA 20 Oct 2021 -- American-born entrepreneur Danny Levinson estimates half of his LinkedIn connections come from inside China. He has been using the social media platform for four years and is involved in several China-based businesses that use LinkedIn as one of their primary communication channels.
- Report documents extensive grassroots policing of Uyghurs in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 20 Oct 2021 -- Scores of Chinese government bodies are engaged in an elaborate whole-of-government campaign of repression targeting Muslim Uyghurs in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, according to report published this week by an Australian think tank.
- EU to engage with Taiwan despite China's pressure: European official CNA 20 Oct 2021 -- The European Union will further its engagement with Taipei at a time when China is ramping up its pressure on Taiwan and the island's partners, European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said Tuesday.
- DPP's self-deceiving "int'l support" stunt doomed to failure: spokesperson People's Daily 20 Oct 2021 -- The attempts by Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority to create a false narrative of "international support" for its "Taiwan independence" agenda are doomed to failure, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said Tuesday.
- North Korea cracks down on senior citizen gatherings to stymie criticism Radio Free Asia 20 Oct 2021 -- North Korea is cracking down on gatherings of elderly citizens, fearing that they will use their abundance of free time to criticize the government and its policies, sources in the country told RFA.
- U.S. remains prepared to engage with DPRK after missile test: White House People's Daily 20 Oct 2021 -- The White House said on Tuesday that the United States remains prepared to engage with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after its latest missile test.
- North Korea orders arrest of armed border guard who escaped to China Radio Free Asia 20 Oct 2021 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the extraterritorial arrest of an armed border guard who was tempted by the bright lights of far wealthier China and fled across the border, sources in both countries told RFA.
- US, Thailand discuss using Myanmar border to supply humanitarian aid Radio Free Asia 20 Oct 2021 -- Thailand and the United States are considering jointly providing humanitarian aid to the Burmese people via the Thai-Myanmar border, the Thai foreign ministry said Wednesday, while a member of an NGO working along the frontier said she did not believe Bangkok would step up to the plate.
- Joint Statement on the Western Balkans US Dept. of State 20 Oct 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Government of the United States of America and the European Union.
- Romanian PM-Designate Loses Confidence Vote To Extend Political Crisis Amid COVID Surge RFE/RL 20 Oct 2021 -- Romanian Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos has failed in his bid to form the next government after his centrist minority cabinet was rejected in a confidence vote, extending the country's political crisis.
- Jailed Ex-Georgian President Consents To Medical Help During Hunger Strike But Says He's 'Ready To Die' RFE/RL 20 Oct 2021 -- Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on a hunger strike in prison for nearly three weeks, has consented to medical intervention while vowing to continue his protest.
- Bosnian Serb Entity Passes New Law Seen As Undermining Country's Constitution RFE/RL 20 Oct 2021 -- Lawmakers in Republika Srpska, the Serb-majority entity that makes up part of Bosnia-Herzegovina, have passed a new law which potentially undermines the country's constitution.
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