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.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
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.
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
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.
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