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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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