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 – Lawmakers say a civilian cybersecurity reserve corps is needed for the Pentagon and DHS. JCS Chairman says Afghanistan’s future after U.S. withdrawal is difficult to predict. Russian military aircraft intercepts are straining U.S. Air Force units in Alaska. US fast attack submarine leaves Hawaii to face China. Biden talks tough to Putin and says terrorism at home is a bigger threat than abroad.
Plus, focus on the Navy…
US Navy transfers satellites to the Space Force.
Navy SEALS reorient from counter-terrorism to face China and Russia.
Navy at ‘unacceptable risk’ from missiles, Pentagon tester warns.
And Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Milley doesn’t have a full picture of the Capitol riot.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
US ‘Won’t Ignore’ Terrorism at Home or Abroad, Biden Tells Congress. The supposed change in the threat environment is part of why American troops should withdraw from Afghanistan, the president said.
Pelosi: Chairman of JCS Milley ‘doesn’t know the full picture’ of Jan. 6 Capitol attack. House speaker says Trump administration delayed military assistance to lawmakers.
A civilian cybersecurity reserve corps is needed for the Pentagon and DHS, lawmakers from both parties say. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to create a civilian reserve corps of cybersecurity experts to help defend national security interests, amid concerns about growing digital threats to public and private networks and infrastructure.
Milley: Afghanistan’s future after U.S. withdrawal difficult to predict. The military’s top uniformed officer said April 28 it’s difficult to predict what will play out in Afghanistan as Afghan forces prepare to take sole responsibility for the country’s security following the U.S. withdrawal.
Submarine USS Jefferson City deploys as Indo-Pacific tensions rise. The fast-attack submarine USS Jefferson City departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to the Indo-Pacific area.
Spike in Russian aircraft intercepts straining Air Force crews in Alaska, three-star says. Intercepting record numbers of Russian aircraft off of North America’s west coast has stretched Air Force units thin, a top service official in Alaska said Wednesday.
Biden flexes US muscles to Putin: ‘He understands we will respond.’ President Joe Biden told a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that he will be tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin and prevent Moscow from threatening national security by responding to aggressive acts with proportionate moves — and cooperating when possible.
Military – Navy
Navy at ‘unacceptable risk’ from missiles, Pentagon tester warns. The U.S. Navy “currently does not have a well-defined strategy or funding” for testing to determine whether radar and self-defense systems onboard many of its vessels can stop anti-ship cruise missiles, according to the Pentagon’s acting director of combat testing.
Navy SEALs to shift from counterterrorism to global threats. Ten years after they found and killed Osama bin Laden, U.S. Navy SEALs are undergoing a major transition to improve leadership and expand their commando capabilities to better battle threats from global powers like China and Russia.
Navy to transfer 13 satellites to Space Force. The Navy plans to transfer operations of its 13 satellites to U.S. Space Force but will retain the portions of its research labs that focus on space, Chief of Naval Operations Michael Gilday said Tuesday.
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