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Pakistan has been using border crossing closures for political signaling, restricting transit to Afghanistan to convey its message that armed helicopter flights in Pakistani airspace cross the line of tolerable US actions. The September 30th helicopter incident and its aftermath have significant implications. First is that the US has found a red line that Pakistan cannot afford to let the US cross. Second, mistakes from drone attacks are more forgivable than helicopter attacks. And third, the Taliban will learn that a week-long cut-off of supplies at border crossing points is enough to spur action by the US to have the border reopened.
Pentagon officials look at ways to expand NATO's collective defense tenet, Christian Science Monitor reports.
"It's no exaggeration to say that cyber attacks have become a new form of permanent, low-level warfare," says NATO's Secretary General.
Learn more in today's DoD Report
After 19 years, India has once again leased a nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia. The Nerpa, which NATO classifies as an Akula II attack submarine, departed Russian waters on August 20th bound for India. Once the boat arrives, it will be rechristened INS Chakra and begin sea trials. The ten year lease provides time for India to exploit the Akula II for crew training and guidance in constructing its own nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. A squadron of three is planned. The Akula II - and India's conventionally powered submarines -- can launch torpedoes and cruise missiles. India has purchased some of the most advanced underwater-launched cruise missiles in existence.
Marine Colonel William Maxwell, director of the joint operation center in Kabul, joined the Federal Drive from Afghanistan with an update
The brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Ahmad Wali Karzai has become a target of NATO --so to speak. British Major General Nick Carter, a top commander in Afghanistan said his plan is to reduce his role in the day-to-day governing of Kandahar. The president's brother has been accused of ties to drug traffickers for many years and represents an impediment to transparency in Afghanistan. Carter's goals is to see to it that the actual governor of the Kandahar province gets to govern.
The U2 front man and U.S. President both received awards for their international humanitarian work.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said Friday that the coalition depends too much on private-sector contractors, and insisted his forces are keeping close watch on the flow of Taliban fighters who are training in Iran. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, during a four-day visit to France, said the coalition in Afghanistan has become too dependent on private contractors in the effort to stabilize the country.
April 12th and April 14th, 2009
Elizabeth F. Bagley
Special Representative for Global Partnerships
Office of the Secretary of State
Department of State