THURSDAY PDB – Biden’s Shrinking Navy, JCS say Flat Defense Budget Enough, US Troops in Taiwan? SECDEF Says MAGA Isn’t ‘Extremism,’ Afghan Collapse in 6 Months

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 8, 2012) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up stores from the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AO 10) during a vertical replenishment with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant commander requirements and Navy assets in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

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 –UNFIT – Postpartum sailors will now have a year to complete PT assessment. The National Guard really wants to grow but latest budget is reducing their numbers. US needs hybrid system to defend Guam from missile threats.

In Afghanistan, a summer of pain awaits.

Biden blew a chance for a win in his meeting with Putin.

Pentagon linguist sentenced to 23 years for exposing US sources in Iraq to Hezbollah in rare terrorism espionage case.

Marine Corps is redesigning infantry battalions for the future.

The military’s top officer ‘schools’ congressmen on critical race theory, ‘white rage’ and communism.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

The military’s top officer ‘schools’ congressmen on critical race theory, ‘white rage’ and communism. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has had enough.

SECDEF wants you to know that supporting Donald Trump isn’t extremism. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin couldn’t define extremism, but he clarified that supporting Trump isn’t it.

UNFIT – Postpartum sailors will now have a year to complete PT assessment. Sailors who have given birth will now have an additional three months to recover before they are required to take the physical fitness assessment.

Biden Defense Budget

Pentagon chiefs insist flat defense budget is enough. Top defense officials have completed multiple trips to Capitol Hill to defend President Joe Biden’s flat defense budget request, and now the task of tailoring that request falls to Congress.

Homeland Security

The National Guard really wants to grow. The latest budget is reducing their numbers. Though senior leaders have asked for more troops, it’s probably not to be.

Guardsmen train for real-world cyber disruptions. At a recent exercise, National Guard cyber units practiced how to get ready for a scenario that feels increasingly possible in the climate of raging ransomware and hacks.

China Threat

An Army brigade posted to Taiwan, and other ways to counter China being floated. If the Army is serious about countering the Chinese military in the Pacific, it needs to permanently station an Armored Brigade Combat Team on Taiwan, according to some think tankers.

MDA Chief: US needs hybrid system to defend Guam from missile threats. The U.S. will likely need to deploy a hybrid system to defend Guam due to its difficult terrain and the variety of missile threats it faces, the head of the Missile Defense Agency said this week.

Afghanistan

Afghan government could collapse six months after US withdrawal, new intelligence assessment says. The U.S. intelligence community concluded last week that the government of Afghanistan could collapse as soon as six months after the American military withdrawal from the country is completed, according to officials with knowledge of the new assessment.

In Afghanistan, a summer of pain awaits. As U.S. troops head toward the exit in Afghanistan, the menu of policy options to prevent another ruinous civil war is depressingly meager. And vignettes from across the country offer a glimpse of the torment ahead.

Russia Threat

Biden blew a chance for a win in his meeting with Putin. Time and again, we fail to understand Russia and its rulers. Back in 1939, Churchill acknowledged that, famously describing Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

Military

Pentagon plan sets Navy up to quickly shed 30% of cruiser and destroyer fleet. The Navy’s new shipbuilding plan, released in mid-June, telegraphs enormous cuts to America’s large surface combatant fleet of cruisers and destroyers.

Pentagon linguist sentenced to 23 years for exposing US sources in Iraq to Hezbollah in rare terrorism espionage case. A linguist for a U.S. Special Operations task force in Iraq was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison in a rare terrorism espionage case, after she admitted she turned over names of informants and other classified data to a Lebanese man with ties to the militant group Hezbollah.

The Marine Corps is redesigning infantry battalions for the future. Recommendations for a nimbler unit organization with fewer grunts and more tech will go to the commandant next year.

END of PDB

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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Bobby
Bobby
1 month ago

This is treasonous for security of America values an military. Democrat and shadow government is setting America up for failure there is no explanation except treason.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Our military is doomed with hidenbiden and his cronies.

Jay Jones
Jay Jones
1 month ago

The CIC is disgusting to say the least!!!!

joe
joe
1 month ago

Sleepy Joe Biden, the Putz in Chief, strikes again!


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