Wednesday PDB – Yemeni Terrorists Caught at Border, State Department Opposes Return to Open Skies, Russia & Ukraine, NATO and China, is Army Long Range Fires ‘Stupid’?

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Protector Class Cutter USCGC ADELIE (WPB 87333) and a U.S. Coast Guard 25-foot Defender B Class Boat (RB-S 25579) enforce a security zone around the U.S. Navy Air Show "box" in the San Francisco Bay, Calif., on Oct. 7, 2006, during Fleet Week 2006. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin J. Neff) (Released)

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 Israeli mine hits an Iranian warship in Red Sea, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security scrubs report of Yemeni terrorists arrested at Mexican border, Ukraine asks for NATO membership as tensions rise. Plus, why NATO’s focus on China is too narrow.

And the debate on whether the Army’s focus on long range fires is “stupid.”

Meanwhile, in a first, three Coast Guard cutters head to Europe and Persian Gulf.


China Threat

NATO’s focus on China is too narrow. Many of America’s trans-Atlantic partners still take a fairly narrow view of China’s military impact on the alliance.

Russia Threat

Rejoining Open Skies would send ‘wrong message’ to Russia, says US State Department. A State Department demarche, obtained by Defense News, signals concerns over rejoining the Open Skies Treaty.

Putin, Russia test Biden with ‘hybrid warfare’ operations in Ukraine, Arctic

Ukraine: Give us a path into NATO. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy upped the pressure on Western leaders on Tuesday, asking NATO “to lay out a path for Ukraine to join the Western military alliance, after days in which Russia has massed troops near the conflict-hit Donbass region,”

Iran Threat

Israel hits Iranian ship. An Iranian military vessel in the Red Sea was damaged by an Israeli mine on Tuesday in the latest naval confrontation involving the two countries. 

US Military

Three Coast Guard cutters head to Europe, Bahrain. In a rare move, three U.S. Coast Guard cutters left Puerto Rico to join NATO allies and the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th fleets, the Coast Guard announced.

Hypersonic Missile Fails Test-Launch From B-52 Bomber. The Air Force called the ARRW failure “a setback.”

Air Force general says of Army’s long range precision fires goal: ‘It’s stupid’

US Army’s Not Stupid for Wanting Long-Range Fires — But More Analysis Needed, Hyten Says. “You want each service to bring those long-range fires,” the Joint Chiefs’ vice chairman said.

Homeland Security

U.S. arrested two Yemenis on terror watchlist who tried to cross border from Mexico.

Nothing to see here: DHS deletes announcement of terror suspects arrested at border. Department of Homeland Security has removed the press release announcing the arrest of two Yemeni men on the terrorist watch list. The release was posted Monday, but by Tuesday morning it was no longer available. 


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

Biden the pos doesn’t care that he’s putting all Americans in danger. Democrats are destroying this country I hope SCOTUS is happy the cowards that they are they should have heard the election fraud cases, they are now officially worthless.

1 year ago

America is like Rome 450 A.D.,our Military is spread all over the World,and the vandals or crossing our Border,and joe biden fiddles while the country BURNS – – – – GOD HELP US ALL – – – Amen

1 year ago

With these tense times, I wish with all my heart we have an administration and President that was not so half-baked and corrupt. We do not have an administration that can be trusted in any respect. This is a time we should have Trump running the country, actually if we had Trump running the country I do not believe much of the turmoil would be happening. No one is afraid of Biden/Harris. They are a joke world wide and that is part of why this trouble is occurring.

1 year ago

Unfortunately for Americans we have a CLOWN 🤡 sitting in the White House. There isn’t one ounce of intelligence left in that old husk of a man, yet the idiot dems keep him in place. He is the Scarecrow (without a brain) rom the Wizard of Oz and serves no great purpose to the American people. Too bad a flying monkey doesn’t grab Biddyboy, Pelosi and harris and drop them in the Bermuda Triangle…never to be seen again.

One can to the yellow brick road…

Phyllis Brown
1 year ago

In mny opinion, Biden has been brainwashed by the illuminati who wants our country to fail.. I’ve learned that Soros is an old Nazi, and no doubt all of the illuminati (the Rockefeller clan) is, too. We must eliminate Biden before he reduces America to rubble,=, He is weak! The other nations know we ase weak now and will soon declare war on us and own us!

1 year ago

joe biden is not my president,and never will be !

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