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 – How ramjet shells could triple the Army’s artillery range. US and South Korea agree to scrap range limits on South Korean missiles. Special series on the intense competition and dangers of high tech and AI competition with China and Russia. How China’s mysterious H-20 strategic bomber ‘may be able to strike the second island chain.
Plus, another special series on international efforts in anti-drone defense.
More ‘woke’ pressure on the Pentagon as Democrat Congresswoman grills Army officials on gender bias, including ‘lopsided’ combat fitness test.
And Baltic states vow to tighten defense ties with an eye on Russia.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’
House Democrat lawmaker grills Army officials on gender bias, including ‘lopsided’ combat fitness test. The chairwoman of a House Appropriations Committee subpanel slammed Army officials at a hearing Monday over what she called insufficient answers to questions on how the service is combating gender bias, specifically with its new combat fitness test.
National Guard’s post-Capitol riot mission cost $521M bill as final troops head home. The National Guard Bureau estimated the initial mission cost from January through March to be $410 million, and the extension until Monday cost an additional $111 million for a massive $521 million bill to protect a vast perimeter of the Capitol grounds through the winter and spring.
National Security – Tech Competition with China and Russia
Artificial intelligence is America’s Achilles heel against China. Unless Big Tech, universities and the Pentagon can work together, China’s government-run approach will surpass U.S. efforts.
A warning to DoD: Russia advances quicker than expected on AI, battlefield tech. The Russian military is more technologically advanced than the U.S. realized and is quickly developing artificial intelligence capabilities to gain battlefield information advantage, an expansive new report commissioned by the Pentagon warned.
Russia is accelerating its own link-everything network. The U.S. sees networked warfare and AI as a game-changer. But what happens when your opponent copies your move?
Baltic states vow to tighten defense ties with an eye on Russia. The governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have agreed to tighten their defense cooperation, vowing to explore the joint acquisition of new rocket launchers amid fears of Russian military moves in their neighborhood, the countries said in a joint declaration.
China’s mysterious H-20 strategic bomber ‘may be able to strike second island chain.’ China’s next-generation Xian H-20 strategic bomber may have adopted a stealthy flying wing design that can help it strike targets in the second island chain and beyond, an analyst said after images of the aircraft’s design were published.
North Korea Threat
Washington, Seoul agree to scrap restrictions on South Korean ballistic missiles. The governments of the United States and South Korea announced on 21 May that they have agreed to scrap the ‘Revised Missile Guidelines’ agreement that had limited the range of South Korean ballistic missiles to 800 km.
Ramjet shells could triple artillery range. The Army is about to award development contracts for future artillery shells that will look more and more like missiles, with precision guidance, fins, and even ramjet engines.
Italian Air Force eyes microwaves and lasers to defeat drones. Directed-energy beams could be the next step in bringing down hostile drones, officials from the Italian Air Force are predicting.
Lasers, integration and mobility: Israel races to stop growing threat from drones. On April 27, personnel with the Israel Defense Forces downed a drone that crossed into the country from Lebanon.
Russia’s real-world experience is driving counter-drone innovations. The Russian military is actively working to develop concepts, tactics, techniques and procedures against aerial drones.
END of PDB