FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – Today’s PDB includes the China Threat and combative U.S.-China Talks, North Korea Denuclearization, U.S. Army’s new anti-jam GPS, Germany bashes UK over its nukes, Senate confirms Biden CIA director. And the Army denies Special Forces soldier pardoned by President Trump, his SF tab and Silver Star.
Plus, the threat to America’s vulnerable drinking water supply.
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:
Following the U.S.-China meeting in Alaska, a senior administration official released a statement criticizing the Chinese for “violating protocol” by going over the two-minute limit set for opening statements and accused the Chinese delegation of “grandstanding” and focusing on “public theatrics and dramatics over substance.”
North Korea Threat
Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed China on Thursday to use its influence with North Korea to push Pyongyang toward denuclearization.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that the United Kingdom’s plan to expand its nuclear arsenal works against European disarmament efforts.
Intelligence and Unconventional Warfare
The Senate has confirmed William Burns to be the next CIA director after Senator Ted Cruz lifted his hold that aimed to pressure President Biden over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
US Military – Army – Special Operations
The Army intends to field a first iteration of its MAPS navigation system on armored vehicles this year, as it pushes to begin initial production of a more capable version in fiscal 2022.
Former Green Beret, whom Trump pardoned for alleged murder, won’t get Silver Star or SF tab back, Army rules
Secret Plans Detail Failures of U.S. Commandos in Africa
Homeland Security – Threats to Water Supply
The experts say the sorts of rudimentary vulnerabilities revealed in the breach are common among America’s 151,000 public water systems.
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