Monday PDB – Is US Military Turning into ‘Pansies’? Biggest Navy Exercise in Generation, US Leaves Afghanistan and China Moves In, Marines Deploy to Atlantic with New Rocket Artillery, New Command for Arctic? Weekly Special Ops Update

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2011) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 transfers cargo during a vertical replenishment with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter M. Wayman/Released) via Flickr
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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 – Does the US need a new regional combatant command for the Arctic? The National Guard mission to protect the Capitol is ending. Army Generals not ready for the future. Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan is absolutely, positively ‘unclear.’ Navy’s massive exercise will have 25,000 personnel operating across 17 time zones.

Plus, are Russians targeting US personnel with directed energy weapons?

Japan’s backwards island defense strategy against China is a mistake.

Conservatives lash out at the military over ‘woke’ policies.

Navy’s diversity effort will review grooming policies, selection boards and other areas.

Air Force inspector general takes over review of fired Space Force commander’s speech.

Back to Iran’s nuclear future as Biden barrels toward a repeat of the failed Obama deal.

Special Operations Weekly News Update.

And MORE…

TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:

Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

Air Force inspector general takes over review of fired Space Force commander’s speech. The Air Force Inspector General will take over an ongoing investigation into the conduct of Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a Space Force officer who was fired last week after publicly criticizing the Pentagon’s diversity push and what he believes is Marxism spreading in the ranks.

Conservatives lash out at the military over ‘woke’ policies. Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the Pentagon of caring more about hiring pregnant pilots than defending the United States. Sen. Ted Cruz said the left is trying to turn the military into “pansies.” And the Army was forced to disable comments on a series of new recruiting ads after criticism that the service has become too “woke.”

Navy’s diversity effort will review grooming policies, selection boards and other areas. The Department of the Navy is taking a look at contracting, grooming policies, and several other areas in the name of improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Homeland Security

National Guard mission to provide security ending at Capitol. Nearly five months after being deployed to the U.S. Capitol to help quell the Jan. 6 riot, National Guard troops were set to leave and turn over security of the area to Capitol Police.

National Security

Army generals are not prepared for the future. Service leaders love to tout innovation, but can they make the changes necessary to succeed?

Biggest Navy exercise in a generation will include 25,000 personnel across 17 time zones. Tens of thousands of sailors and Marines will participate in the biggest U.S. naval exercise in a generation to test how the services will fight across vast distances as they prepare for possible conflict with China or Russia.

Arctic

The Navy has a new ocean to worry about, it’s not clear how it’s going to deal with it, top lawmaker says. As Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reviews the US military’s footprint across the globe, one top lawmaker is questioning whether a new combatant commander is needed to meet growing threats from Russia and China in the increasingly accessible Arctic.

Afghanistan

‘Unclear’ – Explainer: Much about US withdrawal from Afghanistan is unclear. When he pulled the plug on the American war in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said the reasons for staying, 10 years after the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, had become “increasingly unclear.” Now that a final departure is in sight, questions about clarity have shifted to Biden’s post-withdrawal plan.

Russia Threat

Growing mystery of suspected energy attacks on US personnel draws concern. The Biden administration is facing new pressure to resolve a mystery that has vexed its predecessors: Is an adversary using a microwave or radio wave weapon to attack the brains of U.S. diplomats, spies and military personnel?

China Threat

CENTCOM commander: As US scales back in Mideast, China may [FOR SURE] step in. As the United States scales back its military presence across the Middle East to focus on great power competition with China and Russia, it risks giving those two countries a chance to fill the gap and expand their influence around the Gulf, the top U.S. commander for the region said Sunday.

Japan’s backwards island defense strategy against China is a mistake. Japan may be coming at the problem of defending its southwestern islands backward.

Iran Threat

Back to Iran’s nuclear future. The U.S. barrels toward a repeat of the Obama deal despite no inspector access to crucial sites.

Latin America

New deployments for reservists, focus on Latin America come with 3-star Marine South command. Marine Corps Forces South has a new commander — this time a three-star general, up from a one star, signaling a greater priority on U.S. Southern Command and new mission opportunities for Marine reservists.

Military

Special Operations Weekly News Update. Future of SOF, new training parachute, UK Ranger Regiment to Somalia, SOCNorth, Israeli SOF, NATO to train Afghan SOF, Navy SEAL’s Insertion, Observation and Neutralization (Sealion) craft.

Marines’ 24th MEU deploys with HIMARS rocket system. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is the first to deploy the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from the East Coast.

F-16s could still be flying into the 2070s. Based on Lockheed Martin’s backlog of F-16 orders, planned upgrades, and the recent revelation that the Air Force plans to depend on the fighter into the late 2030s, the F-16’s sunset years now could come in the 2070s, or later.

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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Joe
Joe
24 days ago

Hidenbiden can not be allowed to re=join the failed iran deal, no matter what, if the repukes don’t stop this, the next we know they will nuke us. Wise up, hidenbiden is mentally challenged for making any life or death decisions for America.He needs to be removed from office for total incompetence.

Mandy Martin
Mandy Martin
24 days ago

That is the aim of the US Democrats—to weaken the citizenry, including the military, so that we can be overtaken by China.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
24 days ago

If this continues, we’ll see very few patriotic veterans in the democrat party.

Yvonne Shelton
Yvonne Shelton
24 days ago

The people of the U.S.need to understand that our current Democratic government is being run by Socialists, liars, fake newscasters, and extremely wealthy people. I am ready for these folk to go play in someone else’s piece of the planet. The USA does not need any guidance from these “so called” intelligent and wealthy people. Take a look at Canada people and you will understand completely why the majority of people in the USA neither want, need, or desire to have more thieves, liars, or crazy people moving into the USA.
Stop electing to the U.S. House and Senate these foreign people who did not grow up here, who want to change our government, and adopt the type government they had before they moved here. Biden has some mental issues, his VP is a tad lacking in work ethic and does not appreciate what a great country we have so fire her too. Set term limits for the U.S. Congress … or you will find your country totally destroyed by these so called lunatic office holders.

Crossram
Crossram
24 days ago
Reply to  Yvonne Shelton

That’s why we Americans must get out and Vote these Socialist people out of office.

Crossram
Crossram
24 days ago

Joe is LOST in his own mind he doesn’t know what Day it is. So how can he run the Country.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…GOD Will DESTROY the TERRORISTS. GOD Will FIGHT for ISRAEL.GOD Has REINFORCEMENTS and THEY are NOT ANGELS. A Thorough INVESTIGATION Has to Be DONE on WHAT HARMED the PEOPLE in WASH DC.SOMEONE is USING aNEW KIND of WEAPON. That is ALL that Has Been REVEALED to ME. The US. GOVT Needs to DO UNDERCOVER WORK ASAP. From SamuraiQueen 😄😄😄

Mary
Mary
24 days ago

No, the military isn’t loosing it the so called president hasn’t got a brain!


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