Thursday PDB – Biden’s DoD Pushing Limits on ‘War’ against ‘Domestic Extremism,’ National Guard Needs a Break, China’s Growing Threat from Africa, US Firepower Backing Afghan Withdrawal

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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:

National Security

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.

Afghanistan

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.

China Threat

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.

Russia Threat

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

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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Gerald Hughes
Gerald Hughes
4 months ago

Military you are already having trouble getting recruits.
I havetwo son that are Marine Jr officerst hey have turned in their resignynation they are not goin to libvr with the queers and Bent genders

JOHN T. FOX
JOHN T. FOX
4 months ago

THE ONLY TIME RECRUITMENT GOES UP IS WHEN THE ECONOMY IS BAD OR A REPUBLICAN IS PRESIDENT. WE’VE ENTERED THE BIDEN GREAT DEPRESSION AND HYPERINFLATION, BUT THE MILITARY HAS GONE WOKE! SO EXPECT THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS TO DROP FAST, AND STAY LOW, WITH POOR MORAL! ESPECIALLY IF THEY ORDER THE LIVE CHINA VIRUS VACCINE TO BE TAKEN!

JDAVIS951
JDAVIS951
4 months ago

TIME TO DEMAND CONGRESS IMPEACH BIDEN AND HARRIS!

WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) had countless opportunities to have stopped this nightmare, but we chose to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

Isn’t it time you actually did something, took action? How much more damage needs to be done?

I urge everyone who reads this to PICK UP THE PHONE and call your REP AND SENATORS in DC and DEMAND IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT OF BIDEN AND HARRIS.

BIDEN is completely UNFIT FOR OFFICE! Biden is guilty of 18 U.S. Code CHAPTER 115—TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES.

HARRIS is guilty of violating 18US Code 2381 Treason, 18 US Code 2382 Misprision of Treason, 18US Code 2383 Rebellion or Insurrection, 18 US Code 2384 Seditious Conspiracy and 18 US CODE 2385 Advocating Overthrow of Government!

Democrats want to legalize anarchy and ban law and order.

Then copy and paste this information into an E-Mail and send to friends and family asking them to make the calls, then forward on to their friends asking them to make the calls and forward on! WE NEED TO MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!

Members of the House
202-224-3841

Members of the Senate
202-224-3121

TOLL FREE:
866-272-6622

Keep in mind:  SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE

Jamey
Jamey
4 months ago
Reply to  JDAVIS951

I agree with your facts. However, if both of these are impeached, then Nancy Pelosi will become president. And if we impeach Pelosi, Chuck Schumer will become president. Our problem is that, short of a revolution and/or a military takeover, the ONLY way to get rational, pro American leadership back into office at the presidential level is to elect them. And that cannot be done unless the American voting system is honest. That is where we are. That is where the ROTTEN Republican Party has left us, since so many of them hated Trump!

George
George
4 months ago

BLM and Antifa are the domestic terrorists. Do you see any other group burning and looting.

Jamey
Jamey
4 months ago
Reply to  George

Strongly agreed! Can you tell brain-dead Joe Biden what you have learned?

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….UNITED STATES Needs AFRICA on its SIDE. JAPAN Needs to JOIN FORCES with the U.S. against CHINA. U.S. Needs to START MAking MORE S TRATEGIC MOVES to get a CHECKMATE. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Jamey
Jamey
4 months ago

I truly can’t believe the degradation of the apparent military intellect in the Pentagon. Has Biden’s destructive effect actually been that fast, or is it that Obama’s effect was deeper and wider than anyone expected? In any case, SOMEONE should tell the Pentagon brass that the American military should NOT be engaged in social engineering, like that envisioned by Karl Marx and every Communist regime in the world. The American military’s ONLY job is to win American wars – and that alone. If that means enlisting lots of Negroes or zero Negroes, it does not matter. The ONLY requirement is to get the job done. To hell with Biden’s racism!

Randy131
Randy131
4 months ago

Joe Biden and the Democrats are using the powers of the federal government, mainly the law enforcement agencies and departments, to attack their political opposition, who have done nothing illegal, but only oppose the crazy policies and agendas that intelligent people know will destroy the USA, and put the American people under the control of socialism or communism through tyrants or oligarchs, and a very huge invasion of illegal immigrants.

Roy
Roy
4 months ago
Reply to  Randy131

The term extremist isn’t specifically defined but it clearly means White Republicans who think for themselves and don’t approve of our country being destroyed from within our government.

bigbear
bigbear
4 months ago

It’s interesting that at least where I work here in the US that virtually all nationalities seem to find a way to work together despite and regardless of how politicians strive to divide us for their own political objectives. How to bilk the productive working class out of money..


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