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 – Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff pushes for more diversity. US-China war over Taiwan would escalate quickly. Russia watches as US Army shows off its firepower in huge NATO exercises in Russia’s backyard.
Plus, more B-52 bombers to the Middle East as the US withdraws forces from Afghanistan.
Pentagon pushing limits to contain non-existent ‘domestic extremism’ threat.
National Guard is tired and overused. Needs a break and health care.
China’s bases in Africa threatening the US from the Atlantic.
And DoD won’t shoot down crashing Chinese rocket headed to earth.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
Cheer up about the Middle East. Democracy hasn’t advanced, but the U.S. has bolstered its regional interests.
Military – Homeland Security
Pentagon wants to take a harder line on domestic extremism. How far can it go? Pentagon officials are considering new restrictions on service members’ interactions with far-right groups, part of the military’s reckoning with extremism, but the measures could trigger legal challenges from critics who say they would violate First Amendment rights.
Austin rolls back Trump-era policy on special ops. A change in November elevated the Pentagon civilian overseeing special operations matters.
Joint Chiefs chairman urges greater racial diversity in the military. The U.S. military must widen opportunity and improve advancement for Black service members, who remain vastly underrepresented in some areas, including among Air Force pilots and in the most senior ranks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.
National Guard needs a break and health care, top brass tell Congress. After a year of unprecedented use of the National Guard at home while it still juggles its combat missions abroad, military leaders say their goals are to slow the operational tempo and to provide health care for the force.
More B-52s land in Middle East as Afghanistan withdrawal continues. Two more B-52s arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on May 4, bringing the total number of Stratofortresses deployed to the region to six as the U.S. continues its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
US airstrikes target Taliban as fighting intensifies. The United States is making good on its pledge to support Afghanistan’s security forces with military force even as U.S. and coalition troops continue to leave the country.
White House: US-China war over Taiwan ‘would broaden quickly.’ China and the United States face a growing likelihood of conflict over the status of Taiwan, a contest that current and former officials fear could lead to upheaval unseen since World War II.
China’s Africa outreach poses threat from Atlantic, says a top US general. The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific, but from the Atlantic as well.
DOD says it won’t shoot down falling Chinese space rocket. Defense Department said Wednesday it has no plans to shoot down and break up a 46,000-pound Chinese rocket hurtling toward Earth and expected to reenter the atmosphere on Saturday.
Army fires are at the center of a major NATO exercise — as Russia watches. The Army this week kicked off a key element of Defender Europe 2021, a series of Army-led military exercises across Europe and Africa, as the United States works out ways to fight battles alongside allies from Estonia to Morocco.
END of PDB