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 – STRATCOM commander says US will need to put strategic nuclear bombers on ‘alert’ if ICBMs reduced. Withdrawing from Afghanistan will make fight against terror harder. White House announces 100 day plan to beef up US cyber defenses.
Plus, China’s naval base on Red Sea is now able to support aircraft carriers.
Russia defends closing off the Crimean coast to foreign warships.
Biden says Congress, not Courts should decide to draft women into military
CENTCOM commander says Iran is a daily threat as US dominance in region wanes.
And Arizona governor sends National Guard to border amid Biden’s self-created migrant border crisis.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
AFRICOM: Chinese naval base in Africa set to support aircraft carriers. A recently completed pier at the Chinese naval base near the entrance to the Red Sea is large enough to support an aircraft carrier, the top U.S. commander for Africa told lawmakers on Tuesday.
Russia defends restricting foreign navy ships off Crimea amid troop buildup near Ukraine. Russia insisted Tuesday that it has the right to restrict foreign naval ships’ movement off Crimea, rejecting international criticism amid Western worries about a Russian troops buildup near Ukraine.
Iran is a daily threat as U.S. dominance wanes, general says. Iran poses a daily threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East as America’s military superiority in the region wanes, the top U.S. commander in the region told Congress on Tuesday, as indirect nuclear talks between the two nations continue in Vienna.
U.S Military – Nuclear Weapons
US bombers could go back on alert if ICBMs are curtailed, top general says. If the Defense Department is forced to get rid of its intercontinental ballistic missiles, it will have to move its bombers to alert status to pick up the slack, the head of U.S. Strategic Command said Tuesday.
Congress, not courts, should decide the future of the military draft, Justice Department says. Biden administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a petition calling for the men-only draft registration to be declared unconstitutional and let Congress decide the future of the Selective Service System.
Afghan withdrawal will make terrorism fight harder, says top US general in the Mideast. In a blunt assessment Tuesday, the top U.S. general for the Middle East told Congress it will be extremely difficult but not impossible for the U.S. to find, track and take out counterterrorism threats in Afghanistan once all American troops are withdrawn.
Arizona governor sending National Guard troops to southern border. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he is sending 250 National Guard troops to the state’s southern border with Mexico amid the increased arrivals of migrants.
White House outlines 100-day plan to upgrade U.S. cyberdefenses. The White House said Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s administration is beginning a 100-day plan to guard critical U.S. electric infrastructure against sophisticated cyber threats.
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