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 – U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) says cyber threats are the most common weapon used by adversaries. New Zealand ‘uncomfortable with the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance approach on China. The U.S. and NATO warn Putin about dissident opposition leader Navalny dying in prison. EUCOM commander seeks more firepower to deter Russia.
Europe is increasing its naval presence in Pacific to counter the growing Chinese threat.
And, are Iran and North Korea threats a ‘Package Deal?’ Former Acting CIA Director says, yes.
How Biden changed his mind on Afghanistan and followed Trump.
Plus, this week’s Special Operations Update, the weekly roundup of news on Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the U.S. and across the world.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
U.S., China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency. The agreement was reached by U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua.
Europe’s strategic long-shot: More warships in the Indo-Pacific. Naval ambitions come as part of the EU’s strategy to extend its Asian reach and counter the rise of China.
New Zealand ‘uncomfortable’ with growing scope of Five Eyes as members speak out on China. Foreign Minister told reporters on Monday that Wellington prefers ‘multilateral opportunities to express our interests’ rather than to invoke the intelligence network.
Russia will face consequences if Putin critic Alexei Navalny dies in prison, White House warns. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday that the Biden administration warned the Russian government to not let jailed Putin critic Alexey Navalny die in custody.
New Sanctions Put American ‘Helplessness on Display,’ Russian Foreign Ministry Says. The ministry went on to say that the U.S. is “inventing an enemy” in Russia, instead of addressing serious threats such as “terrorism.” It accused U.S. politicians of being under “illusions” that their country is a “global guardian.”
EUCOM commander seeks more destroyers, F-35s to deter Russian belligerence. The Air Force general heading U.S. European Command says more Navy destroyers and Air Force strike fighters are what he needs to both deter and monitor Russia’s aggressive behavior from Arctic waters to the Black Sea.
Iran and North Korea Threat
Iran and North Korea are Package Deal. Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence John E. McLaughlin says the U.S. has to tackle nuclear issues one at a time, but it is very hard to separate Iran’s nuclear and missile ambitions from those of North Korea.
U.S Military – Special Operations
Special Operations News Weekly Update – Monday, April 19, 2021. Includes SOF ethics, SF social media, Delta Force training in West Virginia, SOF in the Arctic, international SOF, Best Ranger competition, ARSOF in Europe, SOF history.
DNI: Cyber is the common weapon among top adversaries. China aims to displace the U.S. as the world’s pre-eminent superpower; Russia is “pushing back” against the U.S., sometimes with force; Iran is a “regional menace” and North Korea is a “disruptive player,” and will be for years to come, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said in the U.S. intelligence community’s annual assessment of top threats facing the U.S.
From moral responsibility to magical thinking: How Biden changed his mind on Afghanistan. After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.
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