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 – Making China pay for its economic warfare against the U.S. European allies ask the U.S. to slow down Afghan withdrawal. Trump’s former acting SECDEF to testify on the Pentagon role in responding to the January 6 Capitol riot. STRATCOM commander: Without nuclear deterrence everything else fails. State of Emergency after cyber-attack on U.S. fuel lines. Afghanistan is riddled with crystal meth as the U.S. leaves.
Plus, Surplus F-16 Vipers to replace ageing F-18s in Navy aggressor squadron.
Can the Navy fix its broken shipyards to build-up its fleet to counter China?
Army testing long range fires near Russia, but message to China as well.
How is Europe facing the Russia threat?
Another view on the U.S., China, and the South China Sea.
And the Weekly Special Operations News Update.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
STRATCOM Commander says nuclear deterrence connected to all other DOD capabilities. If strategic deterrence fails, nothing else will work as intended, U.S. Strategic Command boss Adm. Charles “Chas” A. Richard said during a virtual Brookings Institution event May 7.
Former acting defense chief to testify on Pentagon’s response to Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller is scheduled to testify next week about the Pentagon’s role in responding to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, the latest in a series of high-profile congressional hearings centered on the riot (AKA ‘insurrection’).
Army practices long-range artillery near Russia with eyes on China. As the Army looks to preserve its budget and advance modernization priorities in the Indo-Pacific region, it tested firing rockets at targets from long distances during exercises near Russia on Wednesday amid tensions with the Kremlin.
Surplus F-16 Vipers eyed to replace Navy aggressor squadron’s legacy F/A-18 Hornets. As first reported by The War Zone, the U.S. Navy is now lining up the acquisition of additional F-16 aggressor jets to supplement the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets that are now headed to one of its dedicated adversary squadrons, VFC-12, the “Fighting Omars,” based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
Facing China: Can the US Navy fix its shipyard problem? The U.S. Navy is suffering from a case of historical role reversal. It is playing the part of the Imperial Japanese Navy while China’s People’s Liberation Army plays the part of the U.S. Navy.
Special Operations Weekly Update – Topics include Navy SEAL training, jetpacks for SOF, the over talkative acquitted SEAL, Eddie Gallagher, SOF small arms, ASD SO/LIC and civilian oversight of SOF, 4th Canadian Ranger Group, smokejumpers and the CIA, Russia’s Spy Agencies – Some Successes and Failures.
European allies ask US to slow Afghan withdrawal, officials say. European allies are pushing the U.S. to delay its withdrawal from Afghanistan—which U.S. officials had suggested could be complete by as early as July 4—to give NATO allies more time and support to leave, U.S. officials said.
Afghanistan is being overrun by crystal meth as US begins withdrawal. The US is leaving behind a flourishing, violent trade in heroin and crystal meth in Afghanistan. The Om weed, which contains the key ingredient for making meth, grows wild in the mountains. One in 10 Afghans are said to be involved in the drug trade, about as many as are said to be addicted.
The US needs to impose costs on China for its economic warfare. The linchpin of a more effective deterrence is developing a more effective way to hurt the Chinese Communist Party if it will not stop hurting the United States.
In the South China Sea, Beijing’s claims to power signal danger ahead. A defining question for the coming century is whether Americans can learn geography before it drags us into another potentially disastrous conflict. The place to start is the South China Sea.
Autonomy, cacophony, or coherence? The future of European defense. Even as the Kremlin once again massed troops on Ukraine’s borders last month, Europe has still not addressed the glaring capability gaps exposed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its proxy war of aggression in Donbas.
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