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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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