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 Expanded Edition PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Threats rise, Biden’s U.S. defense falls. Biden punts on building a navy fleet to compete with China. Lawmakers are worried about the US Navy’s spending plan and a near-term China threat. Military leader defends Jan. 6 response as House steps up probes. Pentagon’s anti-extremism moves now part of a larger national strategy.
House Republican presses Navy chief on why critical race theory was placed on Navy’s reading list.
Navy’s senior officer confronts Republican critics and stresses importance of combating racism and misinformation.
Pentagon considering permanent naval task force to counter China in the Pacific.
Chinese navy sails new destroyers in South China Sea amid military shipbuilding spree.
Next National Defense Strategy should return to two-war force construct.
Frustration growing as time runs short to evacuate Afghan allies ahead of US withdrawal.
TODAY’S PDB :
Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’
House Republican presses Navy chief on why critical race theory was placed on reading list. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., expressed concern that the U.S. Navy is promoting discrimination by including books about critical race theory on a recommended reading list, specifically pointing at Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist.”
Pentagon’s anti-extremism moves now part of a larger national strategy. The White House on Tuesday announced a national effort for countering domestic extremism, which includes moves the Defense Department put into action earlier this year.
Navy’s highest-ranking officer confronts Republican critics and stresses importance of combating racism and misinformation. The US Navy’s highest-ranking officer pushed back strongly against what he called efforts by two Republican congressmen to portray the US military as “weak” and “woke” in a hearing on Tuesday.
US military’s elite commando forces look to expand diversity. The effort comes as the military — and the nation — struggles with racism, extremism and hate crimes. Leaders see greater diversity as a way to combat extremism in the ranks, even as they increase other training and education programs.
Threats rise, Biden’s U.S. defense falls. Biden talks tough to adversaries even as he shrinks the Pentagon.
Next National Defense Strategy should return to two-war force construct. As the Biden administration updates the National Defense Strategy, it should return to the force-sizing construct of preparing to fight two major theater wars, and not just one; and selectively increasing the kinds of forces most urgently needed for more demanding future fights, according to a new paper from AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
Government UFO report is the product of years of military infighting over whether to take sightings seriously. Members of the House Intelligence Committee will receive a classified briefing on Wednesday morning on one of the most controversial topics circulating in Washington today: UFOs.
Military leader defends Jan. 6 response as House steps up probes. A top Army leader defended the Pentagon’s response to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, telling a House panel Tuesday that the National Guard was delayed for hours because it had to properly prepare for the deployment and that senior military leaders had determined beforehand that the military had “no role” in determining the outcome of an election.
Senator demands Army accountability after report finds nearly 2,000 missing military weapons. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Tuesday called on Army leaders to investigate a “blood curdling” news report that found nearly 2,000 military firearms went missing during the 2010s and demanded greater accountability for lost or stolen weapons.
Chinese navy sails new destroyers in South China Sea amid military shipbuilding spree. The Chinese navy is sailing its new destroyers in the South China Sea as its shipbuilding spree continues, state media reported.
China sends 28 planes near Taiwan in year’s largest exercise. China’s air force sent 28 aircraft close to Taiwan — the largest sortie this year — further ratcheting up military pressure on the government in Taipei as it seeks to strengthen ties with the U.S.
Pentagon considering permanent naval task force to counter China in the Pacific. The two initiatives, which are not yet finalized, would add muscle to President Joe Biden’s tough talk on China.
China denounces NATO statement, defends military spending policy. The Chinese mission to the European Union on Tuesday denounced a NATO statement that declared Beijing a “security challenge,” saying China is actually a force for peace but will defend itself if threatened.
Lawmakers are worried about the US Navy’s spending plan and a near-term China threat. A prediction last year that China could attempt to invade Taiwan in the next six years has put increased pressure on talks between lawmakers and U.S. Navy leadership over how to prioritize fiscal 2022 spending needs.
Biden punts on building a navy fleet to compete with China. The 2022 budget proposal aims to increase future capability but misses the reality facing it today.
Russian Navy west of Hawaii prompted F-22 fighter launch from Hickam, report says. The Russian Navy is edging closer to Hawaii with a big exercise 300 to 500 miles west of the Aloha State — prompting the Air Force to scramble three missile-armed F-22 fighters on Sunday, CBS News reported today.
Frustration growing as time runs short to evacuate Afghan allies ahead of US withdrawal. Time is running out to find a solution for Afghan nationals looking to emigrate to the United States before American military forces leave the country.
Austin mulls mandating coronavirus vaccine for troops once fully approved by FDA. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is considering whether to mandate the coronavirus vaccine for service members after the shot receives full Food and Drug Administration approval, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
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