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 the heightened Russia threat to Ukraine amid Russian troop deployments on the border, and Russia’s increasingly complex threat to Alaska. Also how Biden is cutting the Defense Budget against bipartisan advice and growing China threat. Meanwhile, Australia and Taiwan are adding missiles to defend against China.
Plus, is U.S. military ‘dominance’ no longer possible?
North Korea is about to display weapons advancements including short range missiles to target South Korea. And what if the former CDC director is right about COVID virus leaking from biolab in Wuhan?
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
Let’s Get Real About US Military ‘Dominance’. Is it even realistic anymore?
Defense Budget for 2022 is First Test of Biden Administration on China. President Biden’s preliminary budget proposes a real cut to military spending—the result of a budget that doesn’t even keep up with inflation. It’s a far cry from the bipartisan National Defense Strategy (NDS) Commission recommendation to resource the strategy with sustained growth of at least three to five percent a year. China will notice.
U.S. and NATO meet to discuss ‘Russia’s recent large-scale military activities’ near Ukraine. The United States and European allies are “discussing concerns” about Russia’s reported military buildup on the border of Ukraine, a senior State Department official said in a warning to Moscow.
U.S. defense officials reassure Ukraine of support amid tension with Russia. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke to Ukraine’s minister of defense on the phone Thursday to express “unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty” and to condemn Russian aggression in the country.
The U.S. military wants to get ahead of ‘more complex’ Russian operations, top North American commander says. Russian military activity around Alaska is increasing and getting more complex, the top US commander in the region said Wednesday.
North Korea Threat
Kim Jong Un’s long game starts with short-range missiles. North Korea poised to display weapons advancements, though unlikely to opt for major provocations for now.
Biden trimming forces sent to Mideast to help Saudi Arabia. Move comes as part of recalibration with Riyadh, but the U.S. also is still seeking ways to shield Saudi Arabia from airborne attacks.
END of PDB