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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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