Friday PDB – Russia Threat Increasing, Biden Cutting Defense Budget Amid Growing China Threat, Did COVID Leak from Wuhan biolab?

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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 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:

National Security

Let’s Get Real About US Military ‘Dominance’. Is it even realistic anymore?

China Threat

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.

Taiwan to buy new U.S. air defense missiles to guard against China

Australia to build guided missiles to boost defense capacity

Russia Threat

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.

Iran Threat

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.

Homeland Security

What if the former CDC director is right about the Wuhan labs?

END of PDB

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Paul Crespo

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.

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Tom Foolery
Tom Foolery
2 months ago

No Covid 19 did not leak from the Wuhan lab. It was accidentally (read) thru carelessness released on the world and its release was kept confidential for an indefinite period while it incubated.

don
don
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Foolery

BS, it was released on purpose. China wouldn’t mind a few million of their own dying,,if it helped them gain world dominance faster

CHARLES NOLAN
2 months ago

China now knows how well bioweapons can damage its competitors. The military dictatorship that runs China should be expected to continue to release newer bioweapons.
Our government will continue to deny this ongoing attack, to avoid stirring up public demands for military action. Call this Pearl Harbor Two.

Lawrence
Lawrence
2 months ago

Biden is setting us up to be attacked then we lose the war and bye bye Constitution can you see it this where obumer had us and the hilderbeast was to finish us off with a war you will not the hole globe was quiet and now in less than 3 month conflict is breaking out all over the place i tell it is all by design

John
John
2 months ago

Leak from the Wuhan lab? Nope, intentionally released…what better way to reduce the elderly population and retain the healthy drones…

John J
2 months ago

Biden is 10 x’s more dangerous for America than COVID


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