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 – Why a National Guard Reaction Force is a bad idea. Army veteran charged with bringing weapons to DC prior to Capitol riot. Egypt’s transition away from American weapons is a national security issue.
F-35 sale to U.A.E. imperiled over U.S. concerns about ties to China.
Plus, how Russian military seeks to outmuscle US in Arctic.
US, Russia meet to discuss intercepts at air and sea.
Russia publishes nuclear arms numbers, accuses US of misleading data.
Marine Corps deactivates its final active-duty tank battalion.
And why the UK is investing in a new ranger regiment.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
Army mulls returning to gendered fitness standards over complaints of ‘lopsided’ ACFT. The Army is considering adding gender-specific standards to its new Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, after early data shows nearly half of female soldiers can’t pass the test and might face being removed from service once it becomes official next year.
Creating a DC National Guard quick-reaction force is a bad idea. The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a $1.9 billion Capitol security funding bill which includes, among other things, $200 million to create a D.C. National Guard quick-reaction force to be mobilized in the event of a crisis in our nation’s capital.
Judge: Army veteran charged with bringing guns to DC had militia ties. A Vietnam veteran charged with bringing 11 molotov cocktails and other weapons to Washington on the day of the U.S. Capitol riot had driven around the area a month prior, kept lists of officials and tried to find Republican Sen. Ted Cruz to discuss election fraud.
Mysterious air base being built on volcanic island off Yemen. A mysterious air base is being built on a volcanic island off Yemen that sits in one of the world’s crucial maritime chokepoints for both energy shipments and commercial cargo.
Egypt’s transition away from American weapons is a national security issue. Egypt announced an agreement this month with France to purchase 30 French-made F3-R Rafale fighter jets in a deal reportedly worth $5 billion. The agreement is part of a larger trend in which Egypt is purchasing fewer weapons from the United States and more from Russia and France.
F-35 sale to U.A.E. imperiled over U.S. concerns about ties to China. Washington seeks assurances for a $23 billion arms sale as Emirates expand security and technology cooperation with China.
Russian military seeks to outmuscle US in Arctic. For Moscow it is the last geopolitical battleground where it holds the advantage over Washington and Beijing.
US, Russia meet to discuss intercepts at air and sea. Leaders of the U.S. and Russian navies met in Moscow Tuesday to discuss air-to-air intercepts in international airspace and interactions between the two nations’ ships, the Navy said.
Russia publishes nuclear arms numbers, accuses US of misleading data. Russia owns 517 units of operational intercontinental ballistic missiles, operational submarine-launched ballistic missiles and operational heavy bombers, according to a document released by the Russian Foreign Ministry this week.
Marine Corps deactivates its final active-duty tank battalion. The Marine Corps deactivated the historic 1st Tanks Battalion on Friday in a ceremony celebrating the storied unit’s historic past and “complicated relationship” with the wider Marine Corps.
Why the UK is investing in a new ranger regiment. The decision by the United Kingdom to create a new ranger regiment was driven by a need to place long-term special operations capabilities in partner countries, with a key focus on the African continent, according to the chief of the British Army.
END of PDB