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 – Defense officials confident US can fight terrorism in Afghanistan once forces leave; senators remain skeptical. Taliban may grab US military equipment as American troops leave Afghanistan. North Korea ‘unlikely to surrender its nuclear stockpile’, says USFK commander nominee. Holding the line against Russia in the Arctic and the Balkans.
Plus, the Pentagon needs a plan to get punched in the mouth.
New Air Force F-15EX wins some, loses some in Northern Edge exercise in Alaska.
Space Force’s first battle is with the US Army over transferring its satellites.
No more masks for the vaxxed. How will Pentagon know if troops are vaccinated? And should they?
And why does China want a naval base in the Atlantic Ocean?
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
You want to ditch the mask? Get vaxxed, says Pentagon. Face coverings are no longer required on military installations for troops who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but it will be up to local leadership to make sure that their unvaccinated personnel are still complying with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
The Pentagon needs a plan to get punched in the mouth. “Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” Mike Tyson said of disrupting opponents’ thinking through violence.
Taliban may grab US military equipment as American troops leave Afghanistan. U.S. military equipment could end up in the hands of Taliban fighters and terrorist groups as American troops withdraw thousands of vehicles, weapons and other military items from Afghanistan in coming months, Defense Department officials acknowledged on Thursday.
Defense officials are confident US can fight terrorism in Afghanistan once forces leave; senators remain skeptical. Defense officials on Thursday remained confident the United States can fight terrorism in Afghanistan without troops on the ground in the country, yet some senators were skeptical that the Pentagon’s plan to conduct counterterrorism operations from bases outside the region will be effective.
US, Russia at odds over military activity in the Arctic. The Biden administration is leading a campaign against Russian attempts to assert authority over Arctic shipping and reintroduce a military dimension to discussions over international activity in the area.
Rocket artillery can keep Russia out of the Baltics. Although a significant conflict between NATO and Russia is unlikely, a war of limited aims remains a distinct and dangerous possibility — and in almost any scenario in this context, the conflict will center on the Baltic states.
US, Russia hold parallel military drills in the Balkans. Serbia and Russia launched joint military exercises near Serbia’s capital Thursday as U.S.-led forces held massive drills in neighboring Balkan states in what appeared to be Moscow’s resolve to maintain influence in the European region torn by wars during the 1990s.
Why does China want a naval base in the Atlantic Ocean? Earlier this month General Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, told the Associated Press that China covets a major naval base in the Atlantic Ocean, presumably along the African west coast.
North Korea Threat
North Korea ‘unlikely to surrender its nuclear stockpile’, says USFK commander nominee. US Army General Paul LaCamera, the Biden administration’s nominee to be the next commander of US Forces Korea (USFK), said North Korea is not only continuing to build its nuclear program, but is also unlikely to surrender its nuclear stockpile and production capabilities.
F-15EX wins some, loses some in Northern Edge. The F-15EX both shot down some adversaries and was shot down itself during the recent Northern Edge wargame in Alaska, and work is underway to analyze the results of its first appearance in the major force exercise, according to a test pilot who participated.
Space Force’s first battle is with the US Army. The newest force is relying on Army and Navy transfers to grow. But giving up missions is not in the military’s DNA.
END of PDB