Wednesday PDB – No Guard QRF for Capitol say Senators, Russia’s New Subs Worry US Navy, How Will DOD Fight Terrorists from Outside Afghanistan? DARPA Stringy Streamers to Kill Drones

Mobile Force Protection project vehicle launches drone interceptor in test at Eglin Air Force Base. / Photo from DARPA

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 – U.S. military teams with troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal for exercise. Is the Navy ready to repair battle-damaged ships in wartime? NATO’s Stoltenberg: Sophisticated cyber-attacks could trigger collective response. DoD readies counterterror plan for post Afghanistan withdrawal. First 2 Raiders Complete; USAF Won’t Retire More B-1s Until B-21 On Duty.

Blinken says U.S. still probing ‘Havana syndrome’ attacks on diplomats.

Air Force eyeing C-130 replacement using new vertical lift technology.

Senators want better coordination between Guard and Capitol police, but no QRF for Capitol.

And MORE…

TODAY’S PDB:

National Security

Blinken says U.S. still probing ‘Havana syndrome’ attacks on diplomats. The United States is conducting a government-wide review to get to the bottom of who or what caused the suspected “directed” radio frequency attacks on U.S. diplomats that resulted in various neurological ailments known as “Havana syndrome”, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday.

U.S. military teams with troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal for exercise. The African Lion 21 exercise has begun with 7,800 troops in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal from nine nations and NATO, U.S. Africa Command said Tuesday.

Homeland Security

Senators want better coordination between Guard and Capitol police, but no QRF for Capitol. A new Senate report into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building blames numerous communication and planning errors related to military support which contributed to the security failures of the day but stops short of calling for a semi-permanent National Guard force to help protect Congress.

China Threat

Is the Navy ready to repair battle-damaged ships in wartime? As U.S. Navy brass continues to sound the alarm about a future war with China, or at least the end of American naval dominance in the Pacific, a new government watchdog report questions whether the sea service would have the ability to repair battle-damaged ships should a conflict break out.

Russia Threat

Russia’s powerful Northern Fleet just got the first of a new class of submarines that has the US Navy worried. On May 7, the Russian Navy finally commissioned the Kazan, its first Yasen-M-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine (SSGN).

NATO’s Stoltenberg: Sophisticated cyber-attacks could trigger collective response. In a warning to adversaries, NATO’s secretary general said increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks on its members could trigger an alliance response.

Afghanistan

USAF prepares for over-the-horizon operations after Afghanistan withdrawal. USAF is prioritizing an enduring presence across the Middle East as the U.S. prepares for “over-the-horizon” operations following the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

DoD readies counterterror plan for post Afghanistan withdrawal. The Pentagon will provide President Biden with options this summer for “over the horizon” capabilities to protect the US from terrorist attacks after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today.

Military

First 2 Raiders Complete; USAF Won’t Retire More B-1s Until B-21 On Duty. The Air Force won’t retire any more B-1 Lancer bombers until the new B-21 Raider joins the fleet, Lt. Gen. David S. Nahom told a House Armed Services panel June 8. Air Force acting acquisition executive Darlene Costello reported that the first two B-21 Raider bombers are complete and ready for testing, but said it’s too soon to attempt to accelerate the program.

DARPA’s newest system kills drones with stringy streamers. After successful tests, the Pentagon’s emerging technology research arm finished work on an anti-drone system that can shoot strings of streamers into the propellers of threatening drones, causing them to fall from the sky.

Air Force eyeing C-130 replacement using new vertical lift technology. The Air Force is looking beyond the venerable C-130 for tactical airlift missions, saying the airplane no longer meets its needs for a future of dispersed operating locations where a runway may not be available.

END of PDB

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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Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….The U.S. MILITARY Needs MOR E GOVT FUNDING. GIVE THEM the L ATEST TECHNOLOGY…GOOD FOOD and MEDICAL CARE. AMERICAN SOLDIERS Deserve the VERY BEST. I was ADOPTED By an AIRFORCE Man..the n LATER ON….GOD ADOPTED Me. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

alfredo
alfredo
1 month ago

Not to worry….our Navy is well instructed in Critcal Race Theory and Equity. I hear the Russians are quaking in their boots.


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