Friday PDB – Marine Major Charged in Capitol Riot, Post-Brexit UK Flexing Naval Muscle with US Against China, Army vs Navy = Marines, CCP Control of Chinese Military, GOP ‘Red Line” on Biden’s Defense Cuts

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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 America must focus on being a seapower, and leave the boots on the ground to allies. Biden’s folly in Afghanistan – a ‘way out, not forward. How China views the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. China’s tight Communist Party (CCP) control over its military, explained. First active-duty military officer, a Marine Corps Major, charged in the Capitol riot.

Plus, post-Brexit, Britain bulks up its military to strengthen its special relationship with the US.

Republicans have a ‘red line’ on Biden’s defense budget cuts.

In this Army vs. Navy contest, the Army risks being sidelined by the Marines.

Iran To Saudi Arabia: Sell Our Oil and We Will Reduce Houthi Attacks.

How America can selectively disengage from some of its ‘forever wars.’

And Standards or diversity? Army secretary nominee worries the ACFT will push too many women out.


National Security

Ending the endless wars: A strategy for selective disengagement. A majority of U.S. veterans and the public do not believe the efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq were worth the sacrifice. Indeed, after nearly 20 years of overreliance on the U.S. military to fight terrorism and insurgencies worldwide, the Afghanistan intervention has not only been costly in lives and cash, but arguably counterproductive.

Why America must be a sea power.  A naval-centric strategy will protect liberty, keep the global commons free, and shift boots-on-the-ground duties to allies.

Liz Cheney: Republicans have a ‘red line’ on Biden’s defense budget. With some House Democrats calling President Joe Biden’s defense top line too high, it looked like centrist Democrats would have to forge an alliance with Republicans to get defense bills passed.

Homeland Security

Quantico Marine major charged with assaulting an officer during Capitol breach. An active-duty Marine officer stationed in Quantico, Virginia, was arrested Thursday and charged with crimes related to the U.S. Capitol breach on Jan. 6, the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office said.


The war on terror after Afghanistan. On April 14, President Joe Biden announced that all U.S. forces would be withdrawn from Afghanistan before Sept. 11 of this year. The White House titled the speech “The Way Forward in Afghanistan,” but that was misleading. In reality, Biden simply explained his reasons for choosing a way out, not forward.

China Threat

Explainer | Why China’s Communist Party maintains a tight grip on the military. From a party that fought a guerilla war to one of the longest-running single-party regimes in modern history, the Communist Party of China has paid great attention to its control over the military, which is now the largest in the world with 2 million active personnel.

U.K.’s biggest naval fleet in decades to flex muscle with eye on China and U.S. Fresh from Brexit, Britain bulks up military to strengthen special relationship with U.S.

How China views the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. On May 8, a bomb attack outside a school in Kabul killed at least 68 people. More than 160 people were injured. Although no one has claimed responsibility, the bombing has cast a shadow over the future of Afghanistan as the U.S. withdraws its troops from the country by Sept. 11, 2021.

Iran Threat

Iran To Saudi Arabia: Sell Our Oil And We Will Reduce Houthi Attacks. Iran is looking to persuade its regional rival Saudi Arabia to help it to sell Iranian crude oil on international markets in exchange for limiting attacks from the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen on Saudi oil infrastructure, Middle East Eye reported on Wednesday, quoting Iraqi officials with knowledge of recent secretive Iranian-Saudi talks in Baghdad.


In this Army vs. Navy contest, the Army risks being sidelined by the Marines. The Army is feeling a little unappreciated these days.

Army secretary nominee worries the ACFT will push too many women out. President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next secretary of the Army, Christine Wormuth, told senators at her confirmation hearing Thursday she is concerned about the force’s new fitness test and whether it will push a significant number of women out of the service.


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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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1 year ago

While the Pentagon is ruminating over LGBTQ and gender issues, with thunder rumbling from a teacup, designing flight suits for pregnant cis-females and purging the Armed Forces of DJT-loyalists who revere the Constitution, China is arming to sweep us over the cliff and they will not encounter great resistance from a far-left Head Honcho Secretary of Sitting-on-the-Fence.

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