Thursday PDB: Russian Planes Linger near Alaska, US Ambassador visits Taiwan, Biden Reverses Trump Transgender Military Ban, and Should Coast Guard Join JSC?

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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – With the many national security and intelligence topics that American Defense News (ADN) cannot adequately cover every day – in collaboration with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS) – 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 China’s political warfare ‘diplomacy’ on its repression in Xinjiang, U.S. Ambassador visit to Taiwan first in 40 years, and Russian aircraft spend hours in airspace near Alaska. Also, North Korea stole $300 million in 2020 to fund weapons programs.

Plus, can the U.S. military maintain its edge against peer rivals?

And, should Coast Guard have a seat on Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)?

Meanwhile, Biden reverses Trump transgender ban for military.


National Security

The US system created the world’s most advanced military. Can it maintain an edge? The United States, once the world’s undisputed military superpower, has been struggling for years to efficiently update its arsenal and field new technology in cutting-edge areas such as hypersonics and artificial intelligence, at a time when some senior officials warn that China could be within five years of surpassing the U.S. military.

China Threat

China’s disinformation on Xinjiang is political warfare, not diplomacy

After Coup, Can Myanmar’s Protesters Win?

US Ambassador Makes First Visit to Taiwan in More Than 40 Years

Russia Threat

NORTHCOM: Russians stay in airspace ‘for hours’ during flight operations near Alaska The Russian military is spending “hours” in airspace near Alaska when it performs flyovers in the region, the head of U.S. Northern Command said on Wednesday.

North Korea Threat

N. Korea steals over US$300 mln to support weapons development in 2020: UN panel

US Military 

Carrier strike group, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will join Air Force in massive Alaska exercise The Navy and Marine Corps will team up with the Air Force for the first time in an Alaska exercise that will serve as a testbed for emerging joint warfighting ideas in all three services, planners told reporters on Thursday.

Coast Guard role containing China should garner full seat with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lawmakers say The so-called Coast Guard Caucus in Congress is calling for the commandant of that service to be added to the Joint Chiefs of Staff after it was used to respond to Chinese aggression in the Philippine Sea.

Reversing Trump, Pentagon releases new transgender policies The Pentagon on Wednesday swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military. 



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

Just because some freak chops his pecker off so that he can compete in girls sports DOES NOT MAKE HIM A FEMALE!!

Mike W
Mike W
1 year ago

I wonder if anyone has ever given a thought to what happens to female and transgender troops taken prisoner by the enemy. Do these people think that the enemy plays by the rules and that their rights will follow them into combat?

Sandra Lee Smith
Sandra Lee Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike W

Of course they don’t. Iraq SHOULD’VE made that clear, since Japan seems to not have done (You DO know there were women POWs during WW II, I trust?) But since you seem unaware, women have been taken prisoner in wars by past enemies who did not “play by the rules”. We know how they were treated. The trans’ are an whole other issue. Some of our current enemies will do worse than rape those before most likely killing them, IF they are deployed. The probability is they’ll just be taking up space and money, but undeployable, and of little use stateside either.

1 year ago

Why not?, most of the 3 branches of our government are so corrupted, why not to turn our Defense forces into a Sodom and Gomorrah Paradise; BurroRats are leading the USA into self destruction.

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