Thursday PDB: NATO Faces China, Pentagon to House Illegal Migrants on Military Bases, and North Korea Escalates its Missile Tests

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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – Today’s PDB Includes a variety of critical issues such as the dangers of rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden’s slow filling of key national security positions, and NATO Beginning to face China threat. Also, Nigeria’s Child Kidnapping business, and North Korea’s escalating missile tests worrying South Korea.

Plus, what is behind the reported Iranian plan to attack a base in Washington, DC?

And the Pentagon to house illegal migrants on military bases.

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.


National Security

Afghanistan Deadline is ‘Too Soon’ for Biden Administration, Top House Dem Says

‘Running for the exits pell-mell by May 1 is dangerous,’ said HASC Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, who backs pulling out ‘responsibly.’

Biden Moving Slowly in Filling Key National-Security Posts

The Biden administration has been so slow to nominate staff that it is “unlikely that his security agencies will be fully staffed until fall.”

China Threat – NATO

US, Europe, NATO close ranks to counter ‘aggressive’ China

“The United States and European countries are closing ranks to respond to what the U.S. calls ‘aggressive and coercive’ behavior by China, days after the U.S. and its allies launched coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials accused of rights abuses in the far-western Xinjiang region.”

North Korea Threat

N. Korea’s missile launch may be timed to precede Biden’s first press briefing: NIS (South Korean Press)

S. Korea deeply concerned about N. Korea’s projectile launch: NSC (South Korean Press)

Africa Security

Why Nigerian Schoolchildren Keep Getting Kidnapped: A Brutal Business Model That Pays

There’s a “kidnap-for-ransom economy” in Nigeria, and it’s probably much bigger than you think. The Wall Street Journal put together the available data going back to 2014 and delivers this look at a disrupting trend in West African security. 

Homeland Security

Iran’s alleged suicide boat plot against Washington DC is far-fetched as hell

If Iran’s alleged plan to launch a suicide boat attack on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., sounds nuts, that’s because it is. But what could be behind the reported threat?

Pentagon approves HHS request to house migrant children at 2 military bases

The Pentagon on Wednesday approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to temporarily house unaccompanied migrant children at two Texas military bases.



Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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1 year ago

What the hell is wrong with this country? The Pentagon should not be housing illegal beaners. They exist to defend the land not destroy it.

Rocky Massengale
Rocky Massengale
1 year ago

How Stupid is that ?

James M.
James M.
1 year ago

This is to President Biden: I Know Korea, I have. been to Korea, and, Mr President: you ain’t got a chance, against Korea. Let someone who recognizes Korea, handle things.
James M.

1 year ago

The only thing that is going to get us through the mess Democrats made is the Good Lord! No one in Washington especially Biden knows what the hell is going on!

Mary Geiger
1 year ago

If our government is so foolish to spend so much money on illegals then by all means have Pentagon house them on military bases but not US States bases, sent them to S. Korea, Japan, Germany, UK, Syria, Saudi, Afghanistan, etc. There are even US military bases in Ecuador, Honduras, Cuba. Send them to one of these places. Heck, for a few dollars more maybe even N. Korea or China might take these illegals even tho’ we have no bases there.

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