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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.