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 – Turkey holds keys to US Afghan pullout, a potential problem for Biden. Pentagon works to move troops to countries near Afghanistan as military eyes drawdown’s end by July. China denounces US-Australian navy drills as muscle flexing. 18 NATO and partner nations conducting multi-lateral combat training during BALTOPS 50.
Curlier, thicker ponytails and braids to be allowed under latest Air Force grooming regs.
US may have to keep China guessing over Taiwan, says former NATO commander.
Fires Shock artillery drills end in the Arctic as US Army launches rockets in Norway.
Special Operations News Update – Monday, June 14.
TODAY’S PDB HIGHLIGHTS:
Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’
Curlier, thicker ponytails and braids to be allowed under latest Air Force grooming regs. The Air Force is again revising its grooming and appearance regulations after finding that big hair poses a problem for some women who want to sport a ponytail at work.
Biden to return $2 billion diverted from Pentagon projects for border wall. Former President Donald Trump’s signature border wall project would lose much of its funding as well as the fast-track status that enabled it to bypass environmental regulations under a Biden administration plan announced Friday.
An alternative to the Afghan pullout. Biden presents a false choice between total withdrawal and “forever wars.”
Turkey holds keys to US Afghan pullout, a potential problem for Biden. Turkey, threatening to end Afghan airport security detail, is expected to seek concessions.
Pentagon works to move troops to countries near Afghanistan as military eyes drawdown’s end by July. The Pentagon wants to put counterterrorism forces in nations neighboring Afghanistan to monitor terrorist activity in that country after U.S. troops end their two-decade fight there, top U.S. defense officials said Thursday.
China denounces US-Australian navy drills as muscle flexing. China on Friday said the U.S. and Australia were “flexing their muscles” with recent naval drills in the South China Sea, underscoring Beijing’s sensitivity over the strategic waterway it claims as its own.
US may have to keep China guessing over Taiwan, says former NATO commander. The U.S. will find it hard to change its deliberate ambiguity over whether it will come to Taiwan’s defense, a former NATO commander has said.
Cambodia limits US diplomat’s scrutiny of controversial naval base. Efforts by Cambodia to assuage U.S. concerns about China’s right to use a naval base on the Gulf of Thailand suffered a setback Friday when an American diplomat invited to inspect it was allowed only limited access, according to the U.S. Embassy.
South Korea can now build missiles able to reach Beijing, with US blessing. Washington had imposed limits on Seoul’s weapons program for four decades.
18 NATO and partner nations conducting multi-lateral combat training during BALTOPS 50. The U.S., NATO allies and partner nations are participating in the 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 50) exercise, currently underway through June 18 in and around the Baltic Sea.
Fires Shock artillery drills end in the Arctic as US Army launches rockets in Norway. The U.S. Army’s only long-range artillery brigade in Europe fired its rockets this week in the Arctic region, marking a first for a unit that has been tested in a new series of drills stretching from the High North to Africa.
Special Operations News Update – Monday, June 14. Topics include women and AFSOC, SF in the Arctic, Marine Raider trial, critical race theory, armed overwatch program, UK’s E Squadron. Tracking US SOF with Phones and Fitness Devices. OTH CT Operations.
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