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 – Russia’s new all robotic strike force, U.S. warships sailing to Black Sea as Russia threatens Ukraine, and House Armed Services leader blasts Biden for slow rolling defense budget.
Plus U.S. and Chinese aircraft carrier groups are facing off in South China Sea amid Chinese threats to invade Taiwan.
And Biden orders all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 – 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, and returns 500 troops to Germany – of the approximately 10,000 redeployed by Trump.
Meanwhile, 200 Sheriffs ask Biden to finish building Trump’s border wall to stop surge of “gangs, guns, and drugs.”
And five state governors vow to resist or block Biden’s executive actions violating the 2nd Amendment.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
HASC Chair Blasts White House For ‘Dragging Their Feet’ On Defense Budget. “The White House itself is not doing the job they should be doing,” charged the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith
US adds 500 troops in Germany, ends large-scale troop cut plans despite Trump pledge: SECDEF. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made the announcement after talks with German Defense Minister on his first tour of Europe since becoming Pentagon chief in January.
U.S., Chinese carrier groups exercise in the South China Sea. “Military activity in the South China Sea spiked over the weekend as a Chinese aircraft carrier entered the region and a US Navy expeditionary strike group wrapped up exercises.”
2 US Navy ships to sail Black Sea amid Russian troop buildup near Ukraine. Amid the recent tensions, the United States notified Turkey that two U.S. warships would sail to the Black Sea on April 14 and April 15 and stay there until May 4 and May 5.
Ukraine Turns To West For Fighters; Plans To Drop MiG Fleet. Ukraine, faced with Russian troops on two fronts, has gone public with plans to buy combat aircraft that are not Russian-made. The vulnerable NATO partner plans to become independent of Vladimir Putin’s military in a crucial domain
The Russian Army says it’s creating a robotic strike unit. On Thursday, TASS announced that “the first unit with strike robots will be set up in the Russian Armed Forces to operate five Uran-9 robotic systems or 20 combat vehicles.”
Israel May Have Destroyed Iranian Centrifuges Simply by Cutting Power. The explosion and blackout at the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran over the weekend raised the specter of past sabotage — including the Stuxnet cyberattack that took out some of Natanz’s centrifuges.
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