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  • [New] Japan hopes to avoid increasing its contribution by convincing the United States that it is doing its part in strengthening the bilateral security alliance, including in cyberspace and outer space where China is increasing its clout. / The Japan Times
  • [New] The Afghan government has shifted military strategy, focusing its resources on protecting cities and strategic areas such as border crossings, and hopes to fight to a stalemate that will force the Taliban back to the negotiating table. / The Guardian
  • [New] The withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq is currently being discussed, but the US will maintain its influence in Iraq through training and intelligence cooperation. / Japan Institute of International Affairs
  • [New] Some in China's government and military, with no apparent repercussions, have made nuclear threats against Japan, apparently to deter the pacifistic country from coming to the defense of Taiwan. /
  • [New] Without much concrete defensive response from the United States, experts are increasingly concerned that an amphibious invasion of Taiwan could come within the next five years. /
  • [New] The U.S. role in Iraq will shift entirely to training and advising the Iraqi military to defend itself. / Chahal Academy
  • [New] Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will hold joint military drills next week near Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban has made huge military gains. / Yahoo News
  • [New] In the period 2021-2027, quantum technologies will be supported by the Digital Europe programme, which will develop and reinforce Europe's strategic digital capacities, as well as the Commission's Horizon Europe programme, contributing to research and space applications. / Shaping Europe's digital future
  • [New] A lack of precision-guided munitions available to the Afghan Air Force could be one of many factors contributing to a significant rise in reported civilian casualties in Afghanistan. / The Drive
  • [New] There has been discussion about U.S. military forces potentially operating from bases in neighboring countries after the completion of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which could allow aircraft to be positioned closer to the ongoing fighting. / The Drive
  • [New] The European Space Agency is launching the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer, which will begin the exploration of Ganymede, as well as two other moons Callisto, and Europa, in the year 2030. / Inverse
  • [New] Former colonial ruler Portugal is already providing training for Mozambican troops, with Lisbon's military instructors expected to make up some half of the new EU mission. / Barrons
  • [New] There are environmental dangers (we are probing the carbon cost of earth flights but not space flights), and an accident, as well as leading to loss of life in space, could send fatal debris back down to the planet. / Techregister
  • [New] North Korea threatens to scrap a military tension reduction deal with South Korea and shut down major exchange projects in anger over Seoul's supposed failure to stop activists from sending anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets into the communist nation. / Yonhap News Agency
  • [New] NASA is at risk of losing a foothold in orbit after the end of the International Space Station. / Axios
  • [New] The European Space Agency hopes to find out, when it launches its Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) to the gas giant in 2022, with planned arrival in 2029, to spend several years observing the planet and its largest moons for potential habitats. / CBS News
  • [New] Venezuela has engaged in a prolonged internal discussion within its armed forces over appropriate military doctrine given its strategic analysis of the United States and Colombia as major threats. /
  • [New] Increasing Military Capabilities Venezuela is only the latest Latin American state to take on an order-breaker role, and given that the post-Cold War period is generally thought of as a period of U.S. hegemony, it is not surprising that Venezuela would perceive the U.S. as a significant threat. /
  • [New] Some of Xi's military advisers are reported to believe China's People's Liberation Army could stage a lightning assault on Taiwan before the U.S. could react with effective force. / Nikkei Asia
  • [New] Israeli will use Lebanese air space to launch weapons from its air platforms, while also upping the use of ground-based systems launching from the Golan heights. / Breaking Defense
  • [New] The University of Tokyo School of Engineering will be responsible for the the development of a self-position estimation system for remote communication-focused space avatars deployed in the International Space Station (ISS). / Electronics Weekly
  • [New] Further defence cooperation with the US could put more pressure on Japan to increase its defence spending, something that could prove highly unpopular among Japans' aging population. / globalpolicyjournal

Last updated: 31 July 2021