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 – US, UK, French navies agree to bolster joint operations, tech collaboration. State Department approves $3.5B sale of helicopters to Australia. Fighting corruption is core national security interest, Biden says. What does the US Marine Corps want more than anything? Missiles. Lots of missiles.
Plus, Congress draws battle lines for Pentagon budget fight.
Army’s ‘two mommies’ ad and the culture war on the military.
Taiwan vows to defend itself against Beijing, but would Japan join in?
Biden administration mulls cyberattacks against Russian hackers.
Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’
Culture war on the military. A recent U.S. Army recruiting ad that portrays a college graduate explaining how, after being raised by “two moms” and marching for gay and transgender rights, she decided to join the Army has elicited two reactions.
Men’s group and ACLU urge Supreme Court to hear challenge to male-only military draft. The Supreme Court will decide as early as this week whether to hear a constitutional challenge to the male-only registration requirement for the draft filed by a group called the National Coalition for Men.
Fighting corruption is core national security interest, Biden says. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is formally establishing the fight against corruption as a core national security interest.
US, UK, French navies agree to bolster joint operations, tech collaboration. The chiefs of the U.S., U.K. and French navies met in France on Thursday to affirm their commitment to deeper collaboration and interoperability between their fleets to address some of the most vexing maritime security issues around the globe.
Congress draws battle lines for Pentagon budget fight. Biden’s move to slash dozens of older planes and drones is being met with resistance on Capitol Hill.
US finds no evidence of alien technology in flying objects, but can’t rule it out, either. A new report concedes that much about the observed phenomena remains difficult to explain, including their acceleration, as well as ability to change direction and submerge.
Ray: Pace of China’s strategic advancement is ‘breathtaking,’ cause for alarm. China’s strategic portfolio is advancing even faster than the U.S. anticipated, and this should be cause for concern, said Air Force Global Strike Command boss Gen. Timothy M. Ray.
State Department approves $3.5B sale of helicopters to Australia. The State Department has approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of AH-64E Apache helicopters to the Australian government, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Thursday.
Taiwan vows to defend itself against Beijing, but would Japan join in? Taiwan’s government is focused on preparing itself for any military conflict with mainland China and is “absolutely committed” to defending itself, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in a news conference live-streamed to Tokyo on Thursday.
Biden administration mulls cyberattacks against Russian hackers. Although using the military to take action against cybercriminals wouldn’t be without precedent, it’s controversial in legal circles.
Iran Threat – Latin America – Venezuela
US tracking Iranian ships that may be headed into the Atlantic and for Venezuela. The Pentagon and US intelligence agencies are closely tracking two Iranian ships that Tehran claims are bound for Venezuela.
What does the US Marine Corps want more than anything? Missiles. Lots of missiles. A recently published Marine Corps budgetary document sheds some light on what the Marine Corps wants to buy. What’s at the top of that list? Missiles. Lots and lots of missiles.
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