FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – 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 Includes a variety of critical issues such as the escalation of fighting between Russia and Ukraine, NATO on ‘High Alert,’ are North Korea’s missile tests aimed at South Korea? And the vulnerability of international choke points highlighted by accidental blockage of Suez Canal.
Plus, Congress looks to reign in Biden war powers, and officials at Fort McNair Army base in Washington, DC, say plans for restrictions on access to the base via the waterfront are not directly linked to recent reports of Iran threats.
And does the new China- Iran deal signal that Iran is becoming Chia’s gas station?
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
The Suez Grounding Was an Accident. The Next Blocked Chokepoint Might Not Be. The recent spectacle of the hulking container ship wedged into the Suez Canal is a reminder of how vulnerable maritime transportation is to blocked chokepoints. While the Ever Giving appears to have gotten stuck by accident, military planners must remember that such blockages can be inflicted on purpose.
Congress looks to rein in Biden’s war powers. Congress is wading into a messy fight over President Biden’s war powers after years of ceding authority to the White House.
Fighting Escalates in Eastern Ukraine, Signaling the End to Another Cease-Fire. NATO raises watch level to its highest ‘possible imminent crisis’ level.
Organizations urge Biden to halt ‘reckless’ rhetoric with Putin. Twenty-seven organizations, including a number of left-leaning groups, issued a statement on Tuesday urging President Biden to halt the use of “reckless” rhetoric with Russian President Vladimir Putin and instead conduct “constructive bilateral talks.”
North Korea Threat
Will Iran Turn into China’s Gas Station? The new Iran-China investment deal doesn’t add up. On March 27, the foreign ministers of Iran and China met in Tehran and announced a huge investment deal. China, they said, would invest $400 billion.
Fort McNair officials say plans for water restrictions are not directly linked to recent reports of Iran threats. The proposed restrictions on the Washington Channel, along Fort McNair and near D.C.’s Wharf district, are not linked to recent reports that Iran has made threats against the U.S. military installation, an Army official said Monday.
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