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 – Pentagon’s Space threats intelligence not good enough, US should create a new version of the Marine Corps’ 21st Century Manual for Small Wars, Ukraine crisis re-igniting Russian-Turkish battle over Bosporus access to Black Sea. Plus, Biden courts Japan as Trump did before him to counter China.
The U.S. deploys four B-52 bombers to Guam amid tensions in the South China Sea.
Defense spending must be tied to strategy. The U.S. must rethink its goals and strategy for 21st century or face possible defeat.
And, with the Pentagon getting frustrated by repeated requests for National Guard deployments for DC, it begins to deny requests.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
Joe Biden Sees Japan’s Leader as His “Ally in Chief” as China Tensions Rise. Japanese Prime Minister Suga was the first foreign leader to visit the Biden White House. Their shared concern: the challenge of containing an increasingly restive Beijing.
Task force of B-52s deploy to Guam. Four B-52s deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on April 17 in the latest Pacific bomber task force mission.
More Russian troops massed near Ukraine than before 2014 invasion. Russia’s military presence along the border with Ukraine is larger than the force used during Moscow’s 2014 invasion of that country, the Pentagon said this week.
Ukraine Tensions Reignite Russian-Turkish Battle over Waterway. Russia is continuing to build up its naval presence in the Black Sea, But the future of the 80-year-old Montreux Convention governing access could be in question.
U.S Military – Space
DoD Space Threat Intel Not Good Enough. “While our adversaries have rapidly advanced a great spectrum of threats … that are intended to defeat US space capabilities, we’re only beginning to get our act together,” says senior intelligence engineer at National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).
Update the Small Wars Manual for the 21st Century. Let’s compile a [1930s Marine Corps] Small Wars Manual for the twenty-first century – and avoid having to improvise a brilliant new strategy from scratch the next time.
U.S. Defense Strategy After the Pandemic. Regardless of the ultimate budget, if that funding is not carefully and prudently targeted toward tomorrow’s competitors, U.S. forces will be unprepared in the years ahead.
Repeated National Guard missions in DC trigger frustration, denials for requests. Three months after more than 26,000 National Guard troops poured into the nation’s capital to secure President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Defense Department and Guard officials are losing patience and are denying some of the city’s recurring requests for troops to protect D.C.
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