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 – DC Guard’s use of MedEvac helicopters over DC protests was ‘reasonable,’ Pentagon review says. As Russia tensions simmer, NATO conducts massive war games. Stop saying the US military spends more than China, it doesn’t matter. A call for chaplains to reconcile and properly support LGBTQI+ soldiers. The Pentagon wants a new ‘reg’ for prosecuting extremism.
Who would win a US-China war?
Plus, the GOP slams Biden’s flat defense budget as ‘Wholly inadequate,’ despite record investment in tech.
US Army’s FY22 budget backs modernization, cuts ‘down into bone’ of legacy fleet.
Biden proposes a flat budget for the Coast Guard. Despite recent calls for more resources.
Marine Corps continues to get smaller under latest budget proposal
Frequent military funeral duty may increase soldiers’ risk of suicide
Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’
Starting again: A call for chaplains to reconcile and properly support LGBTQI+ soldiers. The door slammed open and then quickly shut as the first sergeant stormed into my office. “Chaplain!” he exclaimed. “I just learned one of my female E3s is no longer a ‘she,’ but a ‘he.’ What the *** am I supposed to do about that?”
The Pentagon wants a new ‘reg’ for prosecuting extremism. The Defense Department has been rolling out initiatives to address the threat of domestic extremism serving in uniform since early this year, and now its next budget request hopes to throw some money behind them.
Guard’s use of MedEvac helos over DC protests was ‘reasonable,’ Pentagon review says. The use of a UH-72 Lakota medical helicopter during last summer’s protests in Washington, D.C., which flew low over a crowd and hit them with rotor-wash, was reasonable given the declared emergency, according to the Department of Defense Inspector General.
SPECIAL REPORT – Bidens’s Dangerously Flat Defense Budget
‘Wholly inadequate’: GOP slams Biden’s defense budget despite record investment in tech. Republicans did not even need to see the hard numbers to outright reject President Joe Biden’s proposed $715 billion defense budget despite record technology investments intended to confront China.
US Army’s FY22 budget backs modernization, cuts ‘down into bone’ of legacy fleet. The U.S. Army is taking a hit in the president’s fiscal 2022 defense budget request compared to the other military services, but the land force continues to staunchly guard its ongoing modernization efforts intended to provide overmatch against adversaries like China and Russia by 2035.
Biden proposes flat budget for Coast Guard. Despite recent calls for more resources, the Coast Guard won’t receive a topline boost in President Biden’s 2022 budget proposal.
US Air Force to mothball dozens of A-10s, F-15s and F-16s in FY22 budget. The U.S. Air Force wants to send more than 200 aircraft to the boneyard with its fiscal 2022 budget request, freeing up $1.3 billion in savings that it can reinvest in cutting-edge technologies like its sixth-generation fighter and hypersonic weapons.
Marine Corps continues to get smaller under latest budget proposal. The Marine Corps plans to continue downsizing, while asking for a slightly bigger budget, according to the 2022 budget request released on Friday.
Space Force seeks sizeable budget increase, reflecting the domain’s importance. The U.S. Space Force asked Congress Friday for $17.4 billion in its 2022 budget request, a bold 13 percent increase for the smallest service when overall military spending is expected to be nearly flat.
As Russia tensions simmer, NATO conducts massive war games. As tensions with Russia simmer, thousands of NATO troops, several warships and dozens of aircraft are taking part in military exercises stretching across the Atlantic, through Europe and into the Black Sea region.
If the US went to war with China, who would win? A great deal has been written about the possibility of a war between the U.S. and China. It tends to be measured in theoretical terms, and much of the analysis centers on exactly when it might occur. But the vital question is really quite simple: who would win?
Stop saying the US military spends more than China (it might not matter). No. It is not the case that the competitor that spends the most automatically wins.
Frequent military funeral duty may increase soldiers’ risk of suicide, officer warns. Army Capt. Kristen Bell stunned XVIII Airborne Corps leaders at a forum on preventing suicides in the ranks with her warning that soldiers assigned frequently to military funeral details are at risk of taking their own lives.
END of PDB