Monday PDB – Biden Punts on Mandatory Vaccines for Troops, Trump’s Drone Strike Rules Revealed, Dangers of Portable Nuke Reactors, Border Wall Funds Returned to Pentagon, and Weekly Special Operations Update

Monday PDB – Biden Punts on Mandatory Vaccines for Troops, Trump’s Drone Strike Rules Revealed, Border Wall Funds Returned to Pentagon, and Weekly Special Operations Update

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 Monday PDB:

Not the President’s Daily Brief, but almost as good – Paul’s Daily Briefing.

Today’s PDB addresses critical issues such as – Questioning Hypersonic weapons, US Special Operations fixing its problems. Defense Secretary calls for ‘new vision for US defense and Biden punts to military the decision to make COVID vaccines mandatory for troops. Report blasts Pentagon plans for portable nuclear reactors. Biden reveals Trump’s drone strike rules outside of war zones.

Plus, will US pullout from Afghanistan create another ‘Fall of Saigon?

US general warns of bad outcome for Afghan forces after US leaves.

Biden and Putin to meet in the summer.

Biden returning unspent border wall funds to Pentagon.

And this week’s Special Operations Forces news update

TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:

National Security

Defense Secretary Austin calls for ‘new vision’ for American defense. In his first major speech as Pentagon chief, Lloyd Austin on Friday called for developing a “new vision” for American defense in the face of emerging cyber and space threats and the prospect of fighting bigger wars.

Military

Biden faces legal, political complications in mandating coronavirus vaccine for troops. The authority to require troops to take an emergency use vaccine has rarely been tested and is politically risky, though the White House is positioning itself to try.

Biden on making COVID vaccine mandatory for troops: ‘I’m going to leave it to the military’. President Joe Biden said Friday he would leave it up to the Defense Department to decide whether the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory for U.S. troops once it receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Trump’s secret rules for drone strikes outside war zones are disclosed. Biden administration has disclosed a set of rules secretly issued by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 for counterterrorism “direct action” operations — like drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional war zones — which the White House has suspended as it weighs whether and how to tighten the guidelines.

As counterterror missions fade, special operations finds time to fix its own problems. A sea change is coming to special operations.

Analysts question the uniqueness of hypersonic weapons. As the U.S. armed forces plow forward with their multifaceted campaign to develop hypersonic weapons, national security analysts are raising questions about how the new capabilities will impact great power competition.

Mobile nuclear reactors? Scathing report slams ‘disturbing’ military program. The author of an academic report on Pentagon plans to build mobile nuclear reactors to power future combat bases called the effort “extremely disturbing” and “based on a lie.”

Special Operations News Update – Monday, May 3, 2021. Navy SEAL focus on Great Powet Conflict, ‘Tab Culture’, AF Special Operations Command, international SOF, female, proxy warfare, Russia’s GRU, and troubles in Sahel.

Afghanistan

Top US general: Afghan forces could face ‘bad possible outcomes’. Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and, in a worst-case scenario, some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal of American and coalition troops accelerates in the coming weeks, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday.

Afghanistan withdrawal won’t be like ‘Fall of Saigon,’ deputy SecDef says. The Pentagon does not expect the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan to result in a chaotic “fall of Saigon”-type evacuation from Kabul, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said Friday.

Homeland Security 

Unspent border wall funds will be rerouted back to military construction projects. The Pentagon announced Friday that it would cancel all of the border construction projects funded by the siphoning of money destined to build military schools, training facilities and more.

Russia

Biden-Putin summit in works for summer, says Sullivan. A summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the works for this summer in a third country to get the tense relationship “on a more stable, predictable path,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday.

END of PDB

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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Jamey
Jamey
4 months ago

If it seems to readers that things are confused in the Biden White House, you are not wrong. Indeed, the situation is markedly worse than current media knowledge would have you believe. The modern Democrats, as usual, hate the military, and Joe Biden’s administration is no exception. They will do just enough, in the military and at the southern border, to make people think they are serious, and then they will expand social give-away programs as much as possible and as fast as possible. Double digit inflation is now on the horizon, as well as our global security. Now it will become clear just how much the stolen election really meant.


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