Wednesday PDB – When Will China Attack Taiwan? US, Japanese, and French Troops Train Jointly on Japanese Soil, US ICBM Decision Will Have Lasting Effects, Russia’s Threat to the Arctic

Japanese soldiers from the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force train in urban assault with American soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade Oct. 17, 2008 during a bilateral exercise at Fort Lewis' Leschi Town.
0Shares

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 – Iran rejects claim its speedboats provoked fire from US Coast Guard cutter. Panel warns of Russia’s threat to the Arctic. Japan, US, France hold 1st joint military drills on Japanese soil. 2 charged with assault on Capitol Police cop to remain behind bars. US withdrawal from Afghanistan will make the world less safe.

Plus, when will China attack Taiwan?

British troops were twice as likely to be killed in Afghanistan than US troops.

Decision on replacing Minuteman ICBM force will have lasting effects on US nuclear policy.

NATO military exercise sweeping Europe as Russian tensions remain.

And Marines testing Army’s new high-tech ‘video game-like’ night vision goggles.

TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:

National Security

Decision on Minuteman missile to shape US nuclear policy for decades. For 50 years the Minuteman missile has been armed and ready, day and night, for nuclear war on a moment’s notice. It has never been launched into combat from its underground silo, but this year it became the prime target in a wider political battle over the condition and cost of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Homeland Security

2 charged in Jan. 6 assault of Capitol cop, a military vet, to remain behind bars. Two men charged in the assault of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after defending the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, must remain behind bars while they await trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Afghanistan

When the US leaves Afghanistan, the world will become less safe. Last weekend’s vicious school bombing in the Afghan capital killed more than 60 people, including many children, and injured more than 150 others, most of them schoolgirls. Sadly, this was no isolated incident.

British troops were twice as likely to be killed in Afghanistan as US forces. British and Canadian troops were more than twice as likely to get killed in Afghanistan as their US counterparts, according to a study that looks at the scale of the sacrifice made by NATO allies over the course of the 20-year war.

China Threat

Japan, US, France hold 1st joint drills on Japanese land. Japanese ground troops joined American and French counterparts in their first three-way exercise on Japanese land, as they seek to strengthen military ties amid growing Chinese assertiveness in the region.

When and why China might—or might not—attack Taiwan. U.S. policymakers can only guess at what’s driving Beijing, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing they can do about it.

Russia Threat

NATO exercises sweep Europe amid Russian escalation, rising tensions between Moscow and US. Lit only by an orange floodlight, a single file of camouflaged men crept along the wall of a small, dark Romanian port on the Black Sea. Suddenly, they opened fire on the two men guarding a darkened warehouse with broken windows.

Panel warns of economic and military impacts from Russia’s plans for Arctic. Top security experts recently warned that Russia’s plan to remain the sole Arctic superpower is “worrisome and troublesome” and argued that ambition has economic and military implications far into the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Iran Threat

Iran rejects claim that its speedboats sparked encounter with US vessels in Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard on Tuesday rejected the U.S. Navy’s claim that fast-approaching Iranian speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz sparked a tense encounter in the already sensitive region.

Military

Marine rifle squads will test the Army’s new high-powered night vision goggle-binoculars. Infantry Marines will get the chance to test the Army’s new night vision goggles, which are being compared to something straight out of a video game.

END of PDB

0Shares

Paul Crespo

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.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…GOD Can Still SEND a METEOR to CHINA. HE is LETTING TH INGS PLAY OUT. HE Wants the RINOS t o Be THROWN OVERBOARD just like JONAH was Tossed into the SEA. HE Will PURGE THEM. GOD has a SPECIAL SURPRIZE for CORRUPT DEMOCRATS. THING S Will UNFOLD. GOD is the RULER of MEN. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄


People, Places & Things