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  • [New] If a real war breaks out, the US will need to give its all - deploying all its carrier strike groups and amphibious-ready groups. / Global Times
  • [New] If the US deploys its military forces to the South China Sea, no matter how many warships they send, they will only be like a group of rabbits partying obliviously while China's guns aim at them. / Global Times
  • [New] The U.S. and other world leaders have warned the Taliban against a military takeover of Afghanistan, saying they would become an international pariah again if they tried to take power by force. / AP News
  • [New] Russia will send an additional contingent of 800 troops to take part in military exercises at the Afghan border and use two times more hardware there than originally planned. / Al Jazeera
  • [New] The recently published annual Defense of Japan white paper identifies the US as Japan's only ally and the need to protect Taiwan if it is threatened by China. / Asia Times
  • [New] If China senses that the status of Taiwan is truly changing, it could move against the Pratas Island, which is off the east coast of China and the south tip of Taiwan. / European American Chamber of Commerce New York [EACCNY] | Your Partner for Transatlantic Business Resources
  • [New] The Indo-US partnership has allowed for greater integration of India with other partners who share similar interests towards preserving the current global order and perceive threat from China. / TDHJ
  • [New] As U.S. and Chinese military aircraft and warships patrol the Taiwan Strait, the risk of a sudden escalation remains. / Nikkei Asia
  • [New] U.S. sanctions relief will likely benefit Iran's procurement networks and reduce Western ability to block Iran's efforts to obtain advanced technology for its missile program. / FDD
  • [New] Nugee highlighted that military forces and security personnel rely on sensors that could be impacted by hazardous algae-like the major algae blooms seen along the coast of the United States - and more intense rainstorms. / Child Accident Prevention Trust
  • [New] Israel has determined (at least the more recent governments) that countries in the Middle East will not be permitted to have nuclear weapons nor nuclear power plants that might be used to create the seeds of a nuclear weapons program. /
  • [New] Russia and China will hold joint military exercises in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northern China during the first half of August. / The National Interest
  • [New] Nigeria is at permanent risk of breaking apart, and the US provides a lot of military aid to Nigeria and provides training. / Future of Life Institute
  • [New] Nuclear powers such as the United States, India, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and Israel will face mutually assured destruction if they use nuclear weapons against China. /
  • [New] China has begun constructing runways that could eventually fit its next-generation bombers at Ream Naval Base in Cambodia and has increased the military utility of the atolls and sand spits it reclaimed in the South China Sea. / Foreign Policy
  • [New] While currently constrained by constitutional restrictions, the Japan Self-Defense Forces could become more usable in a Taiwan scenario if the current reframing of the status of Taiwan as an existential risk for Japan continues. / Royal United Services Institute
  • [New] A lighter footprint posture in the northern parts of the first island chain could free up the US's own assets to focus on the South China Sea - the part of the region where there is no local power or coalition capable of balancing the PLA Navy's South Sea Fleet. / Royal United Services Institute
  • [New] While in the immediate term Japan will likely play the role of providing logistical support for US forces, the evolution of Japanese policy could provide a more significant medium-term strategic opportunity for the US-Japan alliance. / Royal United Services Institute
  • [New] With China being the Pentagon's primary focus, the Philippines are in a good position to squeeze some more money out of the US and are expected to get more military aid for restoring the VFA. / News From
  • [New] The U.S. government should work with its allies and partners (including European states and Israel) to strengthen controls over the transfer of equipment, material, and technologies that could help the PRC develop hypersonic weapons. / Jamestown

Last updated: 05 August 2021