Tuesday PDB – Republicans Back ‘Hero’ Space Force Commander who Criticized Marxism in Military, Is Pentagon Admitting UFOs? Russia Using ‘Cyber Pirates’ against West, Massive Allied Fleet Now in South China Sea

USS Makin Island and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt transit the South China Sea on April 9, 2021 / US Navy Photo
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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 – Did Trump’s attempt to withdraw US forces from several places worldwide provoke a General’s backlash? Democrats look to Biden to shift war powers to Congress.  B-52s simultaneously operate in Europe, Middle East, and Indo-Pacific theaters. Is the Pentagon admitting the existence of UFOs? Pentagon weighs keeping Trump-era change to ‘psychological operations.

Plus, Taiwan decentralizes its military to better face Chinese invasion threat.

Formidable allied armada conducts drills in East China Sea.

Garamendi: Pause GBSD (ICBMs) as other nuclear modernization efforts proceed.

And how Russia gives safe harbor to modern-day pirates of the cyber seas.

TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:

National Security

What we know about UFOs: How the Pentagon has handled reported sightings, mysterious videos and more. For years, the US government largely ignored reports of mysterious flying objects seen moving through restricted military airspace but it is now slowly beginning to acknowledge that UFOs, which the Pentagon refers to as unidentified aerial phenomena, are real.

Pentagon weighs keeping Trump-era change to ‘psychological operations.’ The policy change highlights the tension between military leaders and diplomats about how the U.S. handles gray-area operations that fall short of all-out war.

Trump’s war with his generals. One important piece is only now beginning to emerge: Former President Donald Trump’s last-minute bid to pull U.S. forces from Afghanistan and swaths of the Middle East, Africa and even Europe ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration — and why he blinked.

Under Biden, Kaine sees stars aligning for war powers repeal. After a years-long fight to reclaim Congress’s war powers from the presidency, supporters say they are in talks with the White House for a potentially game-changing “green light” from the Biden administration.

China Threat

Formidable allied armada conducts drills in East China Sea. U.S. and allied navies took part in the multinational exercise Jeanne D’Arc (ARC) 21 in and around Japan, exercises that began May 11 and wrapped up May 16.

Taiwan unveils Army restructure aimed at decentralizing military. Taiwan will reorganize its Army’s command structure to emphasize joint operations between its services and give regional commanders more operational flexibility in the event of a conflict, the country’s defense minister told lawmakers.

Russia Threat

Russia gives safe harbor to pirates of the cyber seas. Putin seems to have revived the 16th-century “letter of marque” that England used against the Spanish Empire.

Military

Republicans back ‘hero’ Space Force commander fired for speaking out against ‘Marxism’ in the military. Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was relieved of duty for comments about Marxism and critical race theory in the military.

B-52s simultaneously operate in Europe, Middle East, and Indo-Pacific theaters. B-52s deployed to Morón Air Base, Spain, on May 17 for a bomber task force deployment, making Europe the third area of operations where Stratofortresses are operating.

Garamendi: Pause GBSD (ICBMs) as other nuclear modernization efforts proceed. The Air Force should pause the major recapitalization of its intercontinental ballistic missile fleet—a move top military officials strongly oppose—as budgets tighten and other nuclear modernization efforts proceed, a key lawmaker said May 17.

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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BrewDubbs
30 days ago

UFO’s – I recommend watching The UFO Conspiracy…. It will open your eyes…. I believe they are real and the movie all but proves them to be real. And they did not just show up since the 1950’s….

B-52’s – I think the best B-52’s was the band… Do we really need bombers in the age of ICBM’s? I guess if we lost the ability to use ICBM’s, the jets can do something…

D Paul
D Paul
30 days ago

As a Navy veteran with 4 years of shipboard service, one has to be absolutely daft to believe that UFOs are a threat to U.S. national security. Without a doubt, these are evidence of secret military experimentation. The radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” should tell you that. Microorganisms would kill foreign invaders from outer space.

Pat
Pat
30 days ago

Just read the book “Ghost Fleet”. That’s a very scary book. Or the book “2034”. Another scary book.

Leo
Leo
30 days ago

different guests visited Earth at different times. гости были на Земле до появления на ней первобытных форм жизни. Наблюдали за эволюцией миллионы лет. для текущих работ используют механоидов, для исследований процессов, которые их интересуют. не подвергая себя угрозам со стороны вирусов, бактерий, недоразвитых аборигенов и неожиданностей. Я сфотографировал одного из механоидов в 2008, когда он cделал всё, чтобы я его заметил, на него среагировал, сделав фото. получил пищу для ума. понял, что на Земле происходит.

Leo
Leo
30 days ago

different guests visited Earth at different times. гости были на Земле до появления на ней первобытных форм жизни. Наблюдали за эволюцией миллионы лет. для текущих работ используют механоидов, для исследований процессов, которые их интересуют. не подвергая себя угрозам со стороны вирусов, бактерий, местных аборигенов, неожиданностей, климата, и катаклизмов. Я сфотографировал одного из механоидов в 2008, когда он cделал всё, чтобы я его заметил, на него среагировал, сделав фото. получил пищу для ума. понял, что на Земле происходит.

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
29 days ago

Again, I don’t understand. How is it that the US military and other nations are conducting these exercises supposedly to address the China threat when the US Commander in chief himself was put in the WH by the Chinese and belongs to China? Who are you kidding?


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