FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – Today’s PDB includes the China Threat and India in U.S. policy as SECDEF visits India, Senators want more intelligence assets for U.S.’ Latin America Command (SOUTHCOM), Putin demands apology from Biden calling him “a killer,” U.S. Army’s new focus and Arctic strategy, and how best to deal with extremism in the U.S. military.
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TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
China Threat: India Ties
Austin is set to land in India on Friday, for a visit that aims to deepen defense cooperation between the United States and India.
Decades of failed efforts to woo China explains the Biden administration’s tough talk ahead of Alaska meeting.
North Korea Threat
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized North Korea’s human rights record and reiterated a vow to strip the country of its nuclear program, a day after Pyongyang warned Washington to “refrain from causing a stink” amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked for an apology from President Biden after Biden called Putin a “killer” with no soul. This comes as the Kremlin has recalled its U.S. ambassador after the U.S. intelligence community published a report documenting Russian interference in the 2020 U.S presidential election.
US Military – Army – Special Operations
The Army aims to outmaneuver and outthink its adversaries so thoroughly it achieves “decision dominance,” its generals said in unison this week. Will the new term become the latest bureaucratic buzzword or shed real light on how the future force should fight?
The Army’s newly released Arctic strategy will primarily impact troops stationed in Alaska, but the document has global ambitions that go beyond the northernmost U.S. state.
Homeland Security – Domestic Extremism
Interviews with a former neo-Nazi indicate that pre-discharge education and deradicalization might hinder extremist groups’ recruiting efforts.
The head of U.S. Southern Command on Tuesday appeared to find a receptive audience to his requests for greater intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities in the next budget.
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