Thursday PDB – Battle over Biden’s Defense Cuts, Afghanistan Disaster Looming, Veterans Will Roll in DC Despite Pentagon Rejection, Iran Proxies Attack Israel, US Military News

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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 – Why leave US bases in Afghanistan? Will we regret Biden’s withdrawal? GOP fighting Biden defense cuts. US should use ‘irregular warfare’ to respond to cyber-attacks. Directed energy attacks targeted Trump officials and US troops and spooks.

Plus, Iran proxies are attacking Israel as it sees Biden weakness.

US should buy more amphibious ships to face future conflicts.

Space Force wants its own tactical imagery satellites to support US forces.

Coast Guard expanding Seattle presence to focus on Arctic.

And veterans will Roll in DC for annual ‘Rolling Thunder’ rally on Memorial Day, despite Pentagon rejection.

TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:

National Security

Wittman calls for $753B defense budget as Dems seek cuts to defense. The fiscal 2022 Pentagon budget should be $753 billion, $38 billion more than the Biden administration’s proposal of $715 billion, said Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia), ranking member of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee.

Homeland Security

US should consider ‘irregular warfare’ response to pipeline hack: Gallego. The U.S. should consider an irregular warfare response to the hacking attack on a key gasoline pipeline if a link to Russia can be established, the chairman of the newly formed House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations told a special operations forces forum Wednesday.

Afghanistan

White House weighs evacuating Afghans as time runs out. The Biden administration is debating how to get thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. out of the country before American forces withdraw in a few months, amid fears that time is running out ahead of a potential Taliban takeover.

Gen. Petraeus on Biden’s planned pull-out from Afghanistan: ‘I fear we are going to regret this decision.’  Retired Gen. David Petraeus, who led CENTCOM and was at one point CIA director under President Obama, reacted Wednesday to President Biden’s plan to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11.

Lawmakers scold Pentagon for leaving Afghanistan without ‘over-the-horizon’ plan. “Why would we leave Bagram when we don’t have an alternative closer than UAE?” said the Armed Services Committee’s top Republican.

Russia Threat

Trump ‘Havana syndrome’ probe found more than a dozen instances in 5 years. In the Havana cases, victims reported residual headaches, loss of hearing and balance, and some cases of permanent brain damage.

Iran Threat

Iran Cheers on Palestinian Fight with Israel and Suggests Vote to End Conflict. Iran’s top authority issued words of support to the Palestinian fighters engaged in a severe escalation with Israel, and its top diplomat laid out a plan to resolve the decades-long conflict between the two peoples once and for all.

Veterans 

Memorial Day veterans ride gets new staging area after Pentagon rejection. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists set to descend on the nation’s capital for a Memorial Day veterans event will have a new starting line for their ride, following the Pentagon’s decision to deny the group a permit.

Military

Want to win future wars? Buy more amphibious ships. America needs a force structure tailored to handle multiple crises and flashpoints, one equipped with the right assets to tackle any contingency—political, military, or humanitarian.

A new constellation? Space Force wants to get into tactical satellite imagery business. The head of the U.S. Space Force wants the new service to take on a new mission: providing tactical satellite imagery to the joint forces. He didn’t explain whether that means the service would try to build its own satellite constellation.

Coast Guard could triple base size on Seattle waterfront as U.S. ramps up Arctic presence. The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing a renovation and expansion of its Seattle waterfront base that during the next decade will be home to three new icebreakers, and probably other vessels.

Air Force may tilt to drones: CSAF Brown. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown says the service is seriously considering building a fighter fleet with more drones than piloted aircraft.

END of PDB          

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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.

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WILLIAM DAVIS
WILLIAM DAVIS
1 month ago

THANK YOU FOR AMERICA FIRST!!! IN GOD WE TRUST.

Thomas
1 month ago

we need to ALL ignore the Biden freaks and the entire Dem party.. they should not be treated as our leaders or shown any respect

how dare our gov try to do something like this.. let alone on Memorial Day Weekend

how low can these socialist pigs get

RangerEDGE5
RangerEDGE5
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas

I ignored them constantly. They do not speak for us in this household. And we will not comply with their unconstitutional bogus laws. We realize we have to look over our shoulder as we could be jailed. But we will not cave. God bless everyone who accepted Jesus. I pray for the lost as they haven’t a clue what’s about to hit them.

JohnB
JohnB
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas

Very.

Rick
Rick
1 month ago

Americans need to take the country back.

Jamey
Jamey
1 month ago

If there is one thing the Biden administration really knows NOTHING about, it is the military. Drones are fine – for what they were designed for. But they can’t think – at least beyond a very rudimentary decision making. Nothing takes the place of a pilot!

Now, if you mean using a drone and a piloted airplane together (in combat), that’s a different matter. Two different airframe controllers – backed up by a pilot. That will work.

Diana Barahona
Diana Barahona
1 month ago

Re: “Havana syndrome”
“Investigators suspected that the more recent incidents may have been caused by directed-energy attacks, potentially perpetrated by a foreign intelligence agency such as Russia’s GRU, POLITICO reported Monday.”

Are we going back to the game of Let’s Blame Russia while our corrupt political class commits every crime conceivable and some crimes that truly shock the conscience? Politico is not a news site: it is a propaganda site for the deep state, which wants to turn the public’s attention away from CHINESE INFILTRATION, the BORDER CRISIS, the FAKE PANDEMIC, PIPELINE VULNERABILITY, FBI AND DOJ CORRUPTION, the ARIZONA ELECTION FRAUD REVELATIONS, and WIDESPREAD TREASON. And incidentally, the so-called Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, is a crook who stole millions in oil money from Iraq. But he and the so-called President of the U.S. have no access to the Pentagon, so it doesn’t matter.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…GOD is for ISRAEL. GOD’S PEOPLE are My PEOPLE. Their GOD is My GOD. GOD is for PREZ TRUMP. GOD is for CHRISTIANS and TRUMP SUPPORTERS. I KNOW What GOD Likes…HE is My ADOPTED Father. I Call HIM FATHER or LORD GOD. HE Calls Me..My DAUGHTER. From SamuraiQueen…GOD’S ADOPTED DAUGHTER…Forever. 😄😄😄

Connie
Connie
1 month ago

America first! I support them!

Pgb
Pgb
1 month ago

Past time to secure the freedoms taken from us by the autocratically in government!


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