Wednesday PDB – Army Returning to Gendered Fitness Tests, Mysterious New Air Base on Volcanic Island Near Yemen, Russia Seeks to Dominate Arctic, UK’s New Ranger Regiment

Marines with security forces platoon, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, conduct physical fitness training aboard Camp Francis, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2014. / U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Corey Dabney/Released
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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 – 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:

Pentagon Watch

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.

Homeland Security

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.

National Security 

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.

Russia Threat

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.

Military

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

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mark
22 days ago

The military has no business with the woke BS protect and defend is it’s purpose.

Mandy Martin
Mandy Martin
22 days ago
Reply to  mark

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Mandy Martin
Mandy Martin
22 days ago

THANK GOD!!! It is a good start. When I was young all publications used the male pronouns, as default. It NEVER hurt my feelings, nor made me feel disrespected. The beings that are butt hurt over EVERY little thing, that THEY consider a slight, are weak, repulsive a**es!!!

Sararay
22 days ago

I’m an old woman with 3 brother vets and 2 grandsons in the military. Can’t wrap my head around the new “woke” ad. But to be fair – it’s good that REASONABLE measures are being taken to accommodate true gender differences for physical testing.

Udar
Udar
21 days ago
Reply to  Sararay

Sure. As long as you don’t expect different genders to directly face each other on the battlefield. If you have a infantry soldiers tasked with same mission, they should be able to pass exactly the same tests.

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