The Pentagon budget wish lists are out

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The military’s “wishlists” outline the need for more Planes, helicopters and ships as Congress increases the defense budget.

The Afghanistan withdrawal is nearing halftime because the attempt to get local forces up gets bad marks.

New technologies harbor new risks A British think tank warns of accidental nuclear war in a new report.

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WELL OF WISHES: Now that the Pentagon’s budget proposal has gone to Congress, it is time for the military services “unfinanced needs”, the annual list of items that did not make the cut.

The Navy, outline a $ 3.6 billion wish listShe wants 15 additional planes, Lee Hudson reported from Aviation Week on Tuesday. The army $ 5.5 billion wish list includes five additional CH-47F heavy lift helicopters, she reports. And the marines wants $ 2.9 billion in additional funds, including two KC-130J cargo planes and two MQ-9 Reaper drones.

Related: If Congress can find the money, the U.S. Navy wants another new destroyer this year through Defense News.

‘LITTLE RISK’: The Army’s budget proposal for 2022, meanwhile, has shifted more than $ 300 million from its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program to other priorities as the Pentagon shifts from ground wars to a future battlefield dominated by faster, high-end fighting, Major General Paul Chamberlain. who oversees the army’s budget, told reporters on Tuesday.

The request for the JLTV program is $ 575 million, which is significantly less than the $ 884 million it received in fiscal 2021. The move would delay production of some of the tens of thousands of vehicles ordered by the Army. Chamberlain said the Army had decided “to take a small risk here at JLTV, knowing full well we can buy the program well into the future.” OshKosh won the original manufacturing contract the Army plans to re-run for the program for potentially 30,000 vehicles at a cost of more than $ 12 billion.

The army has a long list of more complex weapons programs that will remain relevant as the military grows focus on Asia Pacific operations, including a new helicopter, combat network, and improved air and missile defense systems. The JLTV, designed for counterinsurgency operations in the Middle East, must take a back seat for the time being.

The Atlantic Council will have a meeting with representatives Adam Kinzinger and Jason Crow on the supply chain and trade in the Western Hemisphere at 11:30 a.m.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a meeting with Mike White, Pentagon’s executive director on hypersonic at 1:30 p.m.

TRACKING THE NOMINATE: The Senate Armed Forces Committee is slowly but surely accepting President Joe Biden’s candidates to head the Department of Defense. And our colleague Connor O’Brien is closely monitoring the process for pros.

“In addition to the six Pentagon leaders confirmed to date,” he said in his latest report, “Biden has named 18 civilian candidates for high-level national security posts under the jurisdiction of the Armed Services Committee. Of the latter, seven have received confirmation hearings; 10 were nominated; and one falls into the category of ‘intention to mention’. “

THE “RETROGRADE” REPORT: The US Central Command appears to be allergic to the word withdrawal. But the “regression” from Afghanistan, as they say, is picking up speed, with 30 to 44 percent of the process being completed on Monday.

Some other statistics: Approximately 300 C-17 loads of material were taken out of the country, while nearly 13,000 pieces of equipment were handed over to the Defense Logistics Agency “for disposition”.

“In addition, the US officially handed over six facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. We expect further transfers of bases and military equipment in the future, ”said a statement from the command.

We suspect the word withdrawal doesn’t wash because it sounds negative. It is more neutral to put things backwards or to secure them. The regression is expected to be completed by September 11th, the 20th anniversary of the attacks on America.

“STRATEGIC FAILURES”: What about the fate of efforts to build an Afghan army and police force? A new report on International Security Assistance Efforts released today provides a detailed overview of the lessons learned.

The big souvenir: “When it comes to the scope, scope and ambitions of security aid, what was actually achievable and what enormous resources would be required were often not taken into account,” says the report by the Center for International Policy. “Ultimately, a striking asymmetry between the expectations of the nations providing security, particularly the United States, has imposed Afghanistan, regardless of its size and capabilities, on expectations of maximalist achievement and laid the foundation for strategic failure.”

Related: NATO ministers meet in preparation for summit, Afghan withdrawal through The Associated Press.

Plus: In the run-up to the NATO summit, France is calling on Europe to build muscle through POLITICO Europe.

‘BLIND SPOT’: New technologies that can distort the information space pose a serious and underestimated risk of nuclear miscalculations, according to a new study by the Center for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London Nuclear order ”.

“The effects of new technologies on the risks of nuclear weapons and the prospects for escalation, arms control and disarmament are of increasing concern for the states of the global nuclear order,” it reads. “Nuclear policy makers have to deal with the rapid pace of technological change; But first they need to know which new technologies are likely to affect nuclear risk and how, and how the blind spot of the global nuclear order can be done to mitigate those risks while remaining aware of the potential benefits of innovation. “

“The most worrying technologies in terms of nuclear risk may be those that ‘skew’ the information space,” she adds.

‘REMOVE BASIC CARICATURES’: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who was national security adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence, is due to release new memoirs in October that sound like a full defense of former President Donald Trump and his policies.

“War by Other Means: A General in the Trump White House,” published by Regnery, also described Kellog as a former national security advisor to Trump – which seems an overstretch, given that he held the post of acting for eight years occupied days in February 2017 between Mike Flynn and HR McMaster.

“He was the only national security advisor to work with both President Trump and Vice President Pence and was their confidante when they made their most momentous decisions,” the book’s advertising page reads. “Nobody knows better than him that the hysterical allegations made by the government supporters were unrelated to reality. General Kellogg destroys baseless cartoons of Donald Trump and provides one of the few reliable accounts of the administration from the first days of the 2016 election campaign until the end of the presidential term. “

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