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 – National Guard will be used ‘more, not less’ as military preps for future war. Pentagon orders drawdown of air defense systems, troops from Middle East. ‘War on Terror’: Are big military deployments over? China risks isolation over probe into virus origin, US national security adviser says.
Navy – COVID vaccines likely to become mandatory soon.
The Pentagon’s extremism definition will have to find the line between free speech and unit cohesion.
Top US general in Africa: ‘Wildfire of terrorism’ on the march there.
Space Force launches fifth GPS III satellite for more secure positioning.
Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’
Pentagon’s extremism definition will have to find the line between free speech and unit cohesion. In order to root out extremism, the military is going to have to define it.
VA to offer gender surgery to transgender vets for the first time. Veterans Affairs officials for the first time will offer surgeries for transgender veterans seeking to alter their physical attributes, Secretary Denis McDonough will announce on Saturday.
Extremism Has Spread Into the Mainstream. It is a public-health problem, not a security issue. Just 14 percent of those arrested at Capitol riot to date are members of extremist groups.
Pentagon orders drawdown of air defense systems, troops from Middle East. The U.S. is cutting air defense systems and force levels in the Middle East as the Biden administration realigns its military posture to focus on countering China and Russia.
‘War on Terror’: Are big military deployments over? Western forces are racing to leave Afghanistan this month. France has signaled a significant scaling back of its military commitment in Mali. In Iraq, British and other Western forces no longer have any major combat role.
China risks isolation over probe into virus origin, US national security adviser says. China will risk international isolation if it fails to allow a “real” investigation on its territory into the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan says preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is ‘paramount priority’ for United States. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday that preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon remains a “paramount priority” for the United States, emphasizing that diplomacy “is the best way to achieve that.”
Top US general in Africa: ‘Wildfire of terrorism’ on the march here. A senior U.S. general warned Friday that the “wildfire of terrorism” is sweeping across a band of Africa and needs the world’s attention.
Taliban advances test Afghan forces’ morale as the U.S. Leaves. Districts fall, often without a fight, as insurgents negotiate surrender deals.
Taliban enter key cities in Afghanistan’s north after swift offensive. The setbacks come at a harrowing moment for Afghanistan, just as American and international troops are set to leave the country in coming weeks.
National Guard will be used ‘more, not less’ as military preps for future war, general says. After an unprecedented year of back-to-back domestic missions and combat deployments, the National Guard’s top general expects the Pentagon to lean even more heavily on the Guard moving forward.
Navy – COVID vaccines likely to become mandatory soon. The Navy’s top personnel officer said this week that sailors should expect the COVID-19 vaccine to become mandatory in the not-too-distant future.
Space Force launches fifth GPS III satellite for more secure positioning. The U.S. Space Force sent the fifth GPS III satellite into orbit June 17, the last piece of a constellation that will one day provide a more secure positioning signal for the military.
Special Operations Weekly News Update – Monday, June 21, 2021. Afghanistan heading south, ASD SO/LIC, oversight of SOF, Danish SOF, Ukrainian SOF, USAF SR Airmen, diversity in SOF, international SOF, SFABs in Indo-Pacific, and more.
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