Friday PDB: Leaving Afghanistan? Moscow Claims US Trying to Destabilize Putin, Using NSA inside US? Should South Korea Join the QUAD

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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.


National Security

Why Is U.S. National Security Run by a Bunch of Benchwarmers?


‘We Will Leave’ Afghanistan Likely This Year, Biden Declares

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

Biden rallies old alliances behind new mission: Challenging China

Russia Threat

The Russian Navy Is Becoming A Mach 9 Hypersonic Killer

U.S. wages psychological war on Moscow – Russian defense adviser

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

South Korea should join the Quad: Korea Herald writer

Iran Threat

Lawmakers Investigate State Department Over $1 Billion Ransom Payment to Iran

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

SOCOM Shifting To Great Power Competition Strategy, But Needs More ISR Capabilities, Commander Says

Officials Describe Special Operations Forces (SASC hearing 25 March 2021)

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.

Homeland Security

United States Seizes Websites Used by Foreign Terrorist Organization

Senators Offer to Let NSA to Hunt Cyber Actors Inside the US

After SolarWinds hack, Gen. Nakasone welcomes a fix for the cybersecurity ‘blind spot’ against Russia, China, but others cite privacy concerns.



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

Right off under Biden none of this will ba accomplished. The democrats have a terrible history of always being on the wrong side of our military. Case in point Clinton & Obamy ground up 1000’s of out best and brightest patriots in futile recent wars while drones hid out in college and basements. Trump in less that 3 years turned out military loose and did what they are trained to do, killed the enemy and crush him to the point he is impatient.

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