FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – Today’s PDB Includes national security hot topics such as when the U.S. will leave Afghanistan, mobilizing U.S. allies against China, Russia’s Hypersonic missile threat, should South Korea join the Quad, and did Biden help South Korea pay Iran a $1 billion ransom?
Plus, should the National Security Agency (NSA) be allowed to hunt cyber threat actors inside the United States?
And U.S. Special Operations Forces need more Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets to support their global mission against China and Russia.
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:
The United States will remove all of its troops from Afghanistan likely this year, President Joe Biden declared unequivocally on Thursday, but not by the May 1 deadline outlined in the peace agreement with the Taliban signed under the previous administration.
China Threat – NATO
The United States and other Western countries are waging a psychological war on Russia to try to undermine President Vladimir Putin and state institutions, an adviser to Russia’s defense minister said.
North Korea Threat
Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress are pressing Secretary of State Antony Blinken to fully disclose the contents of secret talks with South Korea that are believed to have paved the way for that country to hand Iran $1 billion as part of a ransom payment.
US Military – Special Operations Forces
On Thursday March 25, 2021 the Senate Committee on Armed Services held a hearing on the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal 2022. Watch video.
After SolarWinds hack, Gen. Nakasone welcomes a fix for the cybersecurity ‘blind spot’ against Russia, China, but others cite privacy concerns.
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