Friday PDB – ‘Draft Women,’ Says Men’s Group, CCP China’s Growing Nuclear Threat ‘Breathtaking,’ Military says UFOs Not Alien – or Maybe They Are, Iranian Warships Heading for Venezuela

Students with Infantry Training Battalion practice basic marksmanship techniques at Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. The students are part of the first ITB company to include female Marines as part of ongoing research into opening combat-related job fields to women. / (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler L. Main/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 – 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.

And MORE…

TODAY’S PDB:

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.

National Security

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.

China Threat

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.

Russia Threat

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.

Military

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.

END of PDB

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Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Lupe Alonzo Gonzalez
Lupe Alonzo Gonzalez
13 days ago

Take all the transgender sissy boys.

cozycalico
cozycalico
13 days ago

The government doesn’t even draft men now so this is a stupid question. However, my answer would be “no” I really wish they had not stopped the draft for young men as that helped a lot of them who didn’t go on to higher education to grow up.I don’t wish anyone in a war but service is good discipline My three brothers.brothers were in service. Two of them volunteered to join Navy and one waited to be drafted into the Army.

Jamey
Jamey
13 days ago

The first American administration that tries to draft women should be dissolved by violent revolution – and all of the leadership lynched to light poles around the Capitol Building and the White House. Hundreds of thousands of American military have died to protect what was the most precious and most important people in their lives – their wives and daughters. What should be the response to such a government? Summary execution!


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