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 – China, Russia military budgets combined exceed US spending, top general says. Biden should support European strategic autonomy. If China is the No. 1 threat, why doesn’t the 2022 budget reflect it? China tests ‘carrier killer’ after threatening US over Taiwan contacts.
Pentagon won’t commit to air support for Afghans after withdrawal.
Plus, General Milley: A-10 attack plane cut is an ‘acceptable risk.’
Lawmakers question the Navy’s decision to abandon nuclear-armed cruise missile.
Drone used high power microwaves to knock down other drones in DARPA demo.
Senator, SECDEF go head-to-head on so-called ‘woke’ military.
Pentagon ‘Woke’ Watch
Senator, SECDEF go head-to-head on so-called ‘woke’ military. Two weeks ago, two Republican lawmakers launched a whistleblower site to gather complaints from troops about “anti-American indoctrination seeping into parts of our military,” as Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., described it during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday.
China, Russia military budgets combined exceed US spending, top general says. China and Russia’s combined military spending exceeds that of the United States when adjusted for purchasing power, which has allowed China to shorten capability gaps in its quest to become the top superpower by midcentury, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.
Biden should support European strategic autonomy. U.S. President Joe Biden travels to Europe this week to begin a series of meetings with European allies, his first international trip since entering office.
China’s nuclear threat to US grows, mainly in the risk of a mishap, experts say. China’s nuclear arsenal is a growing threat to US security, less in its absolute size than in the growing risk of a mishap as Washington and Beijing butt heads over Taiwan and many other issues, experts told a US Congressional commission on Thursday.
If China is the No. 1 threat, why doesn’t the 2022 budget reflect it? The Middle East will continue to demand resources even as troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
China tests ‘carrier killer’ after threatening US over Taiwan contacts. Chinese forces tested their ability to deploy ballistic missiles designed to strike U.S. aircraft carriers, as Beijing raises the specter of an invasion of neighboring Taiwan in response to a recent visit to the island by three U.S. senators.
America is not ready for a war with China. How to get the Pentagon to focus on the real threats.
There will be 450 F-35s in Europe by 2030, NATO commander says. U.S. and other NATO allies could have 450 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters stationed in Europe by 2030, the general in charge of U.S. European Command said Wednesday.
Pentagon won’t commit to air support for Afghans after withdrawal. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III on June 10 would not say whether the U.S. military will still conduct airstrikes in Afghanistan to defend population centers after the retrograde completes this summer, but he said the Pentagon is pursuing ways to base surveillance and strike aircraft closer to the country.
Iran Threat – Venezuela, Cuba
Why the United States can’t touch Iran’s Atlantic-bound warships. International law blocks direct action on sovereign vessels even if they’re violating U.S. sanctions.
Lawmakers question Navy’s decision to abandon nuclear cruise missile. Pentagon leaders faced tough questions from lawmakers on the Navy’s decision to shelve the development of a sea-launched nuclear cruise missile during a Thursday budget hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Milley: A-10 cut is an ‘acceptable risk.’ The Air Force’s plan to cut 42 A-10s but retain the bulk of its fleet is an acceptable risk as the military looks ahead to more survivable capabilities, the Defense Department’s top uniformed officer told lawmakers June 10.
Drone used high power microwaves to knock down other drones in DARPA demo. DARPA announced this week that it had successfully demonstrated its new Mobile Force Protection (MFP) system, which can launch semi-autonomous interceptors that shoot kinetic “streamers” at enemy drones in order to clog their propellers or rotors and bring them to the ground.
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