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 – what were the top five countries receiving U.S. weapons sales in 2020? Citizens of Myanmar begin an armed fight against the military regime, the Philippines appears willing to allow US troops to stay, and what role should the new U.S. National Cyber Director play?
Plus, in a positive development in the U.S. strategy to contain China, South Korean Conservatives are on the Rise a Year Before their Presidential Election.
And 140 former national security officials demand 9/11-style commission on Capitol riots. Why Nuclear Deterrence Needs an Update in the Next U.S. National Security Strategy, and U.S. Air Force Valkyrie drone launches even smaller drone from inside payload bay.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
140 former national security officials demand 9/11-style commission on Capitol riots. National security, military, and elected officials, including three former defense secretaries, are urging Congress to establish a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to investigate January’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
America’s top five recipients of U.S. arms sales in 2020, according to the left-wing Center for International Policy. Each of the following countries benefited from an overall 59% year-over-year increase in U.S. weapons sales, which totaled nearly $111 billion in 2020. Those top five recipients are…
China’s Greenland Ambitions Run into Local Politics, U.S. Influence. China’s ambitions to develop a massive rare-earth mine has run into a maelstrom of local politics in a part of the world the U.S. considers vital to its national security interests.
Eleven Killed in Myanmar as Protesters Fight Back. Security forces Myanmar have killed at least 11 people on Thursday as domestic media reported that protesters began fighting back with hunting rifles and homemade bombs.
Russia Moves Warships to Black Sea. Russia’s Defense Ministry says it has moved 10 warships to the Black Sea for winter military exercises off the coast of Crimea.
North Korea Threat
Senate Republicans voice opposition to Biden on Iran. A number of top Senate Republicans have sent a letter to President Biden protesting efforts to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and any lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
US Air Force Valkyrie drone launches even smaller drone from inside payload bay. In its sixth flight test, the Valkyrie released a payload while in flight for the first time.
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