Wednesday PDB –Chinese Rocket Crashing to Earth, Huge US-NATO Military Wargames Near Russia, F-35s from UK Carrier strike ISIS, Drawing a Line in Space, Biden’s Reckless Taiwan Approach

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 Wednesday PDB:

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

Today’s PDB Includes a variety of critical global issues.

TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:

National Security

General says US military should consider a deconfliction line for space. A top commander at U.S. Space Command says it may be time to establish a “deconfliction channel” between the U.S. and adversary countries to ensure the safety of operations in space.

Cyber Command shifts counterterrorism task force to focus on higher-priority threats

Military – Aiding the Enemy

Honeywell gets hit with $13M fine for defense export violations. The U.S. State Department announced it reached a $13 million settlement with American defense firm Honeywell over allegations it exported technical drawings of parts for the F-35 fighter jets and other weapons platforms to China and other foreign countries.

China Threat

Xi claims ultimate authority, adopts Mao’s title ‘helmsman’

Eliminate ambiguity over Taiwan, or risk unravelling regional credibility. Concerns over the tension across the Taiwan Strait have increased pointedly since the start of the Biden administration.

Biden’s Taiwan Policy Is Truly, Deeply Reckless

Pentagon tracking out-of-control Chinese rocket that could re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. The Pentagon has said it is tracking a large Chinese rocket that is out of control and set to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, raising concerns about where its debris may make an impact.

Russia Threat

US military begins major exercises in Russia’s backyard. U.S. military forces in Europe started an exercise Tuesday that will put 28,000 troops from 26 countries near Russian territory for over six weeks, with a focus on the Balkans and Black Sea region.

EUCOM chief reminded of D-Day images as thousands of troops assemble for large-scale drills. The U.S. kicked off one of the largest allied military drills in Europe in decades Tuesday with amphibious maneuvers in the Adriatic Sea that harkened in “scope and scale” to the beach landings of World War II, the top American commander said Tuesday.

Iran Threat – ISIS

Why are US Navy warships and Coast Guard boats anywhere near Iran? Three small Iranian warships came uncomfortably close to a U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship and a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat in the Persian Gulf last week, the Navy reported.

UK F-35Bs to strike Islamic State on inaugural Queen Elizabeth carrier cruise. The United Kingdom is to deploy the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria when the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier sails into the eastern Mediterranean later in May.

Afghanistan 

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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ROBERT POWELL
ROBERT POWELL
4 months ago

honeywell should be fined billions not millions, this is treason in any book. COMMUNIST CHINA IS NO FRIEND OF AMERICA.

WALTER FLATT
WALTER FLATT
4 months ago

CHINA IS NO FRIEND OF ANY COUNTRY. EVERYTHOMG THEY DO IS TO FURTHER COMMUSNIST RULE, JUST LIKE MUSLIMS, THEY ALSO HAVE ONE GOAL ABSOULTE RULE.

Major Khan
4 months ago
Reply to  WALTER FLATT

What about Christians? Don’t they petrol sea lanes all around Iran and China? Stop being islamophobic! And anyway, this wrath of the Muslims towards USA Christians is the result of destruction and theft of their countries and natural resources by USA Christians…..
I’m adding the word Christians just to highlight your twisted mind about religions.

Bret
Bret
4 months ago
Reply to  Major Khan

Just like the reason China is afraid to invade the USA, 2 Wong’s don’t make a White! HaHaHa!

anniedawn
4 months ago
Reply to  Major Khan

Major Khan, According to the Vatican Muslims kill/murder/behead about 100,000 Christians a year. Might burn your eyes little but Revelation 20:4 NIV prophecy written 600 years before Islam existed. Amazing.

Charles Nolan
4 months ago
Reply to  Major Khan

They don’t rape virgins in our heaven. Your prophet Mohamad was lied to by a demon claiming to be the Angel Gabriel. As Mohamad was illiterate, he had no way to study the earlier writings of the Bible. Yet, much of the Quran parallels much the Bible, which does tend to prove that Mohamad did not make it up, but was simply deceived.
There is no way that the God of Christians and Jews would provide women to used as sex toys, but the Devil that subverted Adam and Eve, in defiance of God, would be the most likely suspect, instead. The same goes for the call to behead infidels, instead of being called to pray for their souls to be enlightened. Here we have the Prophets, Jesus and Buddha, on one side and Mohamad on the other.
I pray that in the end the deceived victims of the Devil will be forgiven for honoring the traditions of their parents.

typicalwhiteguy
typicalwhiteguy
4 months ago

Can we sue the CCP and their bought and paid for puppet China Joe Biteme and his crackhead son Hunter if their POS rocket hits us?

Nrr
Nrr
4 months ago

These treasonous voter fraudsters and hypocrite gang of thieves (lying sack of Schiff) don’t know the meaning of the truth! They are at it again and just as mentally deranged as the rest of the Globalists Commie Liberal Demoncrats! Deep State, FBI, CIA, BLM, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Fauci, Hollywood, CDC, Academia, MSM Fox and the rest of Fake News, Swamp News and you know the rest!! ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News deep state treasonous Godless commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs! Liz Cheney, Mutt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Pence,Richard Burr, Ron Johnson,Susan Collins, Murkowski, Kasich, Justice Roberts, Bolton and you know the rest of the traitors. All the useless republicans that talk a lot of BS and do nothing!

Jawad
Jawad
4 months ago

As long as the ‘Muslim brothers’ mystique remains, Afghanistan will remain ambivalent, corruptible and endangered. The Taliban can swing back into action and tell the ‘good guys:’ ‘You are our Muslim brothers!’ and many will swing over to join their cause. Are Christians so convicted and emboldened?

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…HONEYWELL Should Be SERVING JAIL T IME Not JUST a FINE for SELLING OUT AMERICA. That GOES for ANY A MERICAN CO MPANY Who CARES More ABOUT $$$$$$ than AMERICANS. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Bob
Bob
4 months ago

Super intel.

True American
True American
4 months ago

Just pay money and all will be well. What about murder Would paying money keep one out of prison ?

Charles Nolan
4 months ago

This analysis neglects several contingencies.
1 – For the last 4000 years, Chinese have consolidated power by killing opponents. Merging with Taiwan would allow ideas of rebellion to migrate to main land China, unless China avoids striking any industrial targets and focuses on exterminating the Taiwanese military and the freedom loving civilian population, while Kerry and co-travelers write letters of protest to present at the UN. The survivors will be as docile as the Russians were under Stalin, after the purges.
2 – The Chinese military draws in US Naval forces by slowly building an invasion force to invade Taiwan. Rather than suffer massive casualties, as both they and Russia have threatened, they shift quickly to nuclear weapons to remove the US from Asia, while warning that any retaliation against main land China would result in a massive Chinese counter strike against the main land US cities. Only a massive US initial nuclear counter strike could take out the majority of the Chinese nuclear weapons, saving millions of US lives, or we could learn Mandarin, as Kerry and Hunter would prefer.


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