Thursday PDB – Biden Sees Terrorism at Home as Bigger Threat, Pelosi Says Chairman of JCS Doesn’t have full Picture of Capitol Riot, Russian Aircraft Intercepts Straining Alaska Air Defenses, SEALS refocus on Russia and China

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:

National Security

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.

Homeland Security

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.

Afghanistan

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.

China Threat

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.

Russia Threat

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.

END of PDB

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Billv
2 months ago

I agree domestic terrorist groups ANTIFA and BLM our the biggest and the hardest destroying many DEMOCRAT Cities and the leaders of those cities are Democrat Politicians and they say they are peaceful even when the cities are inflame! Get after them Joe!

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
2 months ago

The biggest current threat to the Country is Biden and his socialist proposals. Hopefully, the Republicans will be able to defeat this huge threat.

Trish
Trish
2 months ago

If homegrown terrorism is such a problem, quit paying them and make them get a job. You are a hypocrite and incite your own goons to destroy us. For what? The first time in 48 yrs in government and you are actually doing something, it’s against the Americans and have to use force to get your way.

Bill Quay
Bill Quay
2 months ago

O boy I know Biden’s administration is going to get right on this because he is so anti China and even if China did do this our freaking government is so corrupt we can’t even have elections anymore and don’t expect the Republicans to do anything they are hiding because they are afraid of there shadow

Eugene Ross
Eugene Ross
2 months ago

just goes to show how stupid this man really is

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

My god, what a blithering idiot, this racist,lying,corrupt,puppet is an unfit,unstable,unhinged, laughing stock of the world. He is an embarrassment, everytime he tries to feed us his propraganda and bs, he’s competent and needs to removed for our border invasion.

Ronald Matthews
Ronald Matthews
2 months ago

Biden means Whites who dare to question his Imperial decrees. Thank yopu Comrade Biden you would be Dictator. Impeach the Fake 46.

Reese
Reese
2 months ago

Biden is talking about terrorism and polosi is talking about one incident which happened at the capitol. There is a difference. She doesn’t get it. BLM, Antifa, are terrorist organizations.

Davidme
Davidme
2 months ago

Hell, the Most Lethal Terrorist Threat is the Criminal and Fake President O’Biden and family, Harris, Pelizzy, Schumer and all the other Anti-American, Anti-Religion Deep Dark State within Washington, DC ( District Of Monumental Corruption) and the various state within America !!!
Wake Up America, We Are In Very, Very Serious and Dire Danger “FROM WITHIN AMERICA” !!!!!

Major B
Major B
2 months ago

Everything the Biden Administration has done since taking office supports the assertion that they are totally incompetent….. about everything.

The conductor
The conductor
2 months ago

The biggest threat we have is sitting in the White House right now!!’


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