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.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
‘Running for the exits pell-mell by May 1 is dangerous,’ said HASC Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, who backs pulling out ‘responsibly.’
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
“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)
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.
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?
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.
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