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Biden-Xi meeting. The leaders of the United States and China will meet face to face for the first time next week at the G-20 summit in Indonesia. President Biden is expected to discuss Taiwan with President Xi, as well as China’s support for Russia, Defense One reports. Xi recently gained an unprecedented third term, and the U.S. has taken actions to restrict Chinese access to sophisticated microchips and American workers in the industry.
Spy couple sentenced. Jonathan Toebbe, a nuclear engineer for the Navy who tried to sell secrets about the design of nuclear-powered warships, was sentenced Wednesday to more than 19 years in prison, the Justice Department announced. His wife Diana, who conspired with him, was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison.
Air defenses, arriving. Ukrainian forces are now using the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, or NASAMS, provided by the U.S. to protect against aerial threats by Russian forces, Defense One reports. The crews had been trained in an unnamed European country, according to the Pentagon.
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From Defense One
Russian Forces Retreat from Kherson, In Major Loss // Patrick Tucker
Retaking the city will put Ukrainian rockets in range of a new swath of targets in Crimea and elsewhere.
"Wonder Weapons" Will Not Win Russia's War // Raphael S. Cohen and Gian Gentile
Russia's turn to kamikaze drones is premised on a flawed strategy.
More Than 100 C-130s Are Down, Likely Because Mechanics Scratched Their Propellers, Air Force Says // Marcus Weisgerber
The standard practice of inscribing serial numbers during inspections turns out to be counterproductive.