Friday PDB – US Not Ready for War with China, Why US Can’t Touch Iranian Arms Ships Heading for Cuba & Venezuela, Drone vs Drone, 450 F-35s In Europe by 2030, China Nuke ‘Mishap’ Threat Growing

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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 – 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.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

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.

National Security

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 Threat

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.

Russia Threat

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.

Afghanistan

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.

Military

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.

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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WALTER FLATT
WALTER FLATT
6 days ago

WER ARE NOT READY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA THEIR BUSOME BUDDY AND THE DEMOCRAT PARTY GIVING THEM BILLIONS TO DEVELOPE CHEMICAL/BILOGICAL WAR AGAINST US AND THE NEWS MEDIA COVERYING EVERTHING UP.

BrewDubbs
6 days ago

of course we are not ready for war… we still need hundreds of thousands of tran-sexuals to complete their transitions and not everyone is fully trained in how not to use “American privilege” in warfare….

paw paw
paw paw
6 days ago

Our enemies are plotting against us and we appear to be PAYING them for it! I really can’t say how I feel about this useless President and his ILK in Congress without possible threat of arrest! WHEN will the American people WAKE UP and STOP voting for these damn Democrats?!!

Roland
6 days ago
Reply to  paw paw

Those people are brain dead and will never see or admit to reality

Jawad
Jawad
6 days ago

Of course we’re not ready. All the Trump Derangement Syndrome [‘Orange Man Bad’] milksops did everything in their power, immoral and illegal, to get their demented old corrupto-crat into the White House, which will soon become the Shite House. Wanna get rid of him? Then get ready for ‘Giggles,’ when she hears of imminent invasion, to rise to the occasion. She will make an appointment to get her hair done and her derriere waxed.

Ed Rosenblum
Ed Rosenblum
6 days ago

The problem is that we become less ready as time passes. Right now, it may take three or even four days for the Chinese victors to occupy the White House. A year from now, it will be two days. And if Biden or Harris is reelected in 2024, the Chinese wouldn’t even haver to go to war to occupy the White House.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…The ONLY THINGS AMERICANS Have to FEAR…is FEAR itself and GOD. NOONE Outranks GOD. HE Owns PLANET EARTH and EVERYTHING in it.GOD Will HELP ISRAEL…the UNITED STATES…CHRISTIANS. PREZ TRUMP Trusted in Me. I ASK YOU to TRUST in Me..Too. Is ANYTHING IMPOSSIBLE for GOD????? I THINK NOT. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄


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