Monday PDB – Pentagon to Define ‘Extremism,’ China is Winning ‘Gray Zone’ War, How Trump won the COVID vaccine war, Russia’s Arctic Domination Strategy

Chinese Luhu-class Destroyer

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 is winning the Gray Zone war in the South China Sea, Russia’s increasing Arctic military capabilities and new strategy, Pentagon re-affirms US ‘ironclad’ commitment to Israel as Biden plays footsies with Iran. Police excessive force against young Army lieutenant in Virginia provokes outrage and firing of one police officer.

Plus, Biden’s reduced Defense budget will cut troops and weapons at a critical time.

Is the Pentagon finally going to define ‘extremism”?

And how Trump won the COVID pandemic ‘vaccine war.’


National Security

Hybrid warfare, pandemic style. When the pandemic hit Trump and his administration, though they acted belatedly they made sure scientists and pharmaceutical companies of the US got together in the rush to develop a vaccine in the shortest possible time.

Biden’s Reduced Defense: Higher Than Expected, Lower than Trump’s Plan. Biden’s “Skinny budget” announcement hints at cuts to troop levels and existing weapons.

China Threat

Beijing has pierced Washington’s deterrence bubble. How can the US recover? The fishing vessels arrived one and two at a time, dropping anchor off the disputed Whitsun Reef near the Philippines.

US-Philippines defense officials discuss concerns over China’s ships. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels” near the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Russia Threat

Russia’s Arctic activity to increase with fresh strategy and more capability tests. The Russian government will soon present a unified document on Arctic development to President Vladimir Putin, meant to combine economic and military aspects of the country’s power projection in the northern region.

Putin vs. the Press. In the old Soviet Union, all media were controlled by the state, and foreign correspondents were severely restricted.

Iran Threat

Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at a tense time in Israeli politics and amid questions about the Biden administration’s efforts to revive nuclear negotiations with Israel’s archenemy, Iran.

US Military

Virginia Gov. Northam announces state investigation into Windsor traffic stop. Hours after Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday said he directed state police to investigate the treatment of a Black Army second lieutenant by two Windsor police officers, the town announced one of the officers had been fired.

A DoD definition of domestic extremism is on its way. Now that the active-duty military has completed its mandated stand-downs to discuss domestic extremism, the Pentagon is lining up the next moves. Did they put the cart before the horse?


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

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago

With Bidens help and support they’ll get it done! The CCP and Russia own Biden so he damn sure won’t be standing in their way!

1 year ago

If you give him 10 percent you can own him to

1 year ago

Senile sleepy Joe Biden as USA Commander in Chief is a cruel, sick joke!

1 year ago
Reply to  joe

What an embarrassing President and VP we have. The first is senile and the second only knows how to complain and blame with no resolutions. The world laughs at us because they know that there are not 80 million stupid Americans that would have voted for this pair, thus, election stole.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Kamala is incompetent!

1 year ago

Teddy Roosevelt: ‘Speak softly but carry a big stick.’ Joe Blow: ‘Speak incoherently and carry a Chinese back-scratcher.’

People, Places & Things