Monday PDB – US-China Clash of Civilizations? New National Guard Quick Reaction Force for Capitol? Biden’s Iran Outreach Fueling Hamas Attacks on Israel, Russia Brands US as ‘Unfriendly’ Country

U.S. Soldiers with the New York National Guard arrive near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. / The National Guard via (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Flickr

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 – We should not underestimate China’s military ambitions. Are we in a US/West vs China Clash of Civilizations? Russia brands US as an ‘unfriendly’ country as Russian admiral talks of ‘provocative’ NATO drills. US and Greece deepen military ties in Eastern Mediterranean. US, Japanese and French troops training in Japan.

Plus, Congress proposes $200 million for a new Guard quick reaction force to aid Capitol security.

Ex-Army Green Beret gets 15 years for Russian espionage.

Biden’s overtures to Iran undercut US bid to end Hamas-Israel conflict, and likely fueled the attacks.

US Air Force wants to cut 421 old fighters, buy 304 new ones.

And the weekly Special Operations News update.

TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:

National Security

America’s return to ‘Clash of Civilizations’. Search the archives of any mainstream media outlet, and one will begin to turn up articles from the 1980s and 1990s eerily similar to modern day commentary on China.

Homeland Security

Lawmakers propose $200 million for new Guard quick reaction force to aid Capitol security. The District of Columbia Air National Guard would receive $200 million to set up a quick reaction force of service members prepared to respond to any violence or threats on Capitol Hill under a $1.9 billion security supplemental unveiled by House leaders on Friday.

Ex-Army Green Beret gets 15 years for Russian espionage. A former Army Green Beret who admitted divulging military secrets to Russia over a 15-year period was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Friday on espionage charges.

China Threat

We should not underestimate China’s military ambitions. Suggestions that the People’s Republic is a ‘paper dragon’ are ill-informed and misleading.

Japan, US, France hold military drill eyeing China presence. Dozens of Japanese, American and French troops landed amid pouring rain from a CH-47 transport helicopter onto a grassy field at a training area in southern Japan, part of Saturday’s joint scenario of defending a remote island from an enemy invasion.

Russia Threat

Russia brands US an ‘unfriendly’ country. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government has branded the United States an “unfriendly” nation, putting a new legal stamp on tensions with Washington in advance of high-level meetings with President Joe Biden’s administration.

Russian admiral frets over US military presence, ‘provocative’ NATO drills. A top Russian admiral complained Thursday about increased U.S. military presence and NATO military activities near the country’s borders, describing them as a threat to regional security.

US and Greece working on deal to expand military cooperation in the Mediterranean. The U.S. and Greece will likely update a bilateral security pact this summer in a move that could pave the way for more American military missions in the region, Greece’s defense chief has said.

Iran Threat

Biden’s overtures to Iran undercut US bid to end Hamas-Israel conflict. With rockets flying and violence escalating in the Gaza Strip, the Biden administration announced Wednesday that it dispatched Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr to the region, in an effort to broker calm between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas.

Military

Weekly Special Operations News Update – Drones for SOF, Arctic and special operations, Navy’s SOF helicopter unit, R-SOCC reaches IOC, international SOF, some SOF history, ‘Armed Overwatch’ program, signature reduction for clandestine ops, Chris Miller (former SECDEF) on Jan 6th, IO, IW, and more.

Air Force wants to cut 421 old fighters, buy 304 new ones.  The Air Force will ask Congress to retire 421 legacy aircraft through 2026, replacing them with just 304 new fighters, according to fiscal 2022 budget talking points obtained by Air Force Magazine.

END of PDB

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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Nrr
Nrr
4 months ago

I’m Biden are you my husband are you my wife are you my dog and who’s Kamala??? I’m writing from the old folks home! Please tell me, am I the president????

but, but, but 80,000,000 + Americans voted for these frauds. (Biden and Kamala!) Where are they??? They seemed to have vanished into thin air or did they ever exist? Why don’t you see them all over the place like when they came out for President Trump? You be the judge! Hmmmmmm!

I’m Biden, I think? And I support this message.

Ray R
Ray R
4 months ago

The problem is with Biden in office the USA will lose.

Reese
Reese
4 months ago
Reply to  Ray R

NOT IF WE DON’T GET CONTROL OF THE SENATE, CONGRESS, & THE HOUSE.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…The U.S. MILI TARY Needs MORE GOVT FUNDING. WHY are THEY Being DEFUNDED??? D O NOT DEFUNDthe POLICE…NATL GUARD..U.S. MARSHALLS…the SWAT TEAM etc etc THESE MEN and WOMEN in UNIFORM are GREATLY Needed. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Reese
Reese
4 months ago

Biden has really got us in a mess. WAKE UP AMERICA. LET’S GET CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.

Marina
Marina
4 months ago

AMerica and the WORLD WAS GREAT when TRUMP was POTUS.
joke bidet and the squatters at the WH love genocide.

John Drake
John Drake
4 months ago

The United States of America exists in name only now. We stood by and did nothing as a hostile enemy and a treasonous political apparatus fraudulently siezed our country. Elections, the Constitution, “Democracy” are largely soporific at this point. The USA is now to the CCP what East Germany was to the Soviet Union… a puppet, vassal state. “The Clash of Civilizations” will have to be taken up by the People… our government are on their side.

Jeanne McNulty
Jeanne McNulty
4 months ago

As a nation for the most part we’ve left out God. 66 million abortions, a hedonistic culture of ease and material consumption. I believe God is angry with us and allowing all this dis – ease in our nation come upon us for our infidelity through weak human instruments.

Pete
Pete
4 months ago

Biden’s concern for his security and the security of the capitol, (not the city), while supporting the reduction and elimination of security for the average citizen says a lot about this man’s character, and it ain’t comforting.


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