FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – Today’s PDB includes the China Threat to Dominate Latin America, the Russia Threat to the U.S. Homeland, Possible upcoming North Korea ICBM Test, U.S. Special Operations Update. Plus, how the Pentagon is countering the danger of ‘aggressive’ foreign investors.
With the multitude of national security and intelligence topics that American Defense News (ADN) cannot adequately cover every day – we are providing our readers a PDB – not the President’s Daily Brief, but almost as good – Paul’s Daily Briefing.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
China Threat: Dominating Latin America
Just as top U.S. defense and diplomatic officials are meeting with allies in Asia to find ways to counter the threat from a rising, more aggressive China, a key military commander is warning the front line in the competition for global dominance between Washington and Beijing is much closer to home.
The four-star general who oversees the military command dedicated to defending the U.S. from attack says Russia remains the most “acute challenge to our homeland defense mission,” even as attention turns to China as the biggest emerging threat.
North Korea Threat
North Korea might begin flight testing an improved design for its inter-continental ballistic missiles “in the near future,” the head of the U.S. military’s Northern Command said on Tuesday, a move that would sharply increase tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.
US Military – Special Operations
U.S. special operations troops have launched a mission to assist counterterrorism forces in Mozambique, where there are growing concerns about escalating violence by Islamic State militants.
Record-setting cold-weather front provided a prime training opportunity for Green Berets from the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to dive through the sheet of ice covering Townsend Reservoir on Fort Carson, Colorado.
Homeland Security – ‘Aggressive’ Foreign Investor Threat
The Pentagon’s lead innovation office expanded its business accelerator to compete against “aggressive” foreign investment possibly tied to unfriendly governments and instead is courting U.S. investors to push its desired products to market.
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