FRIDAY PDB – Air Force Drag Queen Show, F-16s to Philippines? Marines Train Tougher, US-India Naval Exercises, 650 Troops to Remain in Afghanistan, More Money for ‘Mommy Warriors’ Daycare

This range focused on fire and maneuver and buddy rushes, helping the Marines stay sharp on the importance of good communication and the use of hand and arm signals. (US Marine Corps photo by Sgt Andrew J. Carlson)

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 – The Army’s updated policy for transgender soldiers. Black Sea incident shows Russia’s determination to claim waters illegally. North Korea would have no chance against the F-35 in a war. US to begin evacuating some Afghan nationals as they await visa approval. Calls grow to evacuate Afghans to Guam as US troops leave.

Iran – Having Talks About Having Talks – State Dept. official says talks with Iran over reviving the nuclear deal cannot last ‘indefinitely’.

Infantry training more intense as Marine Corps makes major changes.

US troops on base are less likely to seek extremist content than Americans in general, study finds.

Why Nellis Air Force Base held its first ever drag queen show.

India, US navies hold complex air and sea drills in the Indian Ocean.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

US troops on base less likely to seek extremist content than Americans in general, study finds. Service branches differ in their engagement with anti-Black extremism or anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, internet research firm says in upcoming report.

Military daycare spending would see a big increase under House proposal. About $213 million would be set aside to develop and build child development centers on military bases.

This is the Army’s updated policy for transgender soldiers. Transgender individuals are once again welcome to serve in the U.S. Army, and do so in their self-identified gender, the Army announced on Thursday.

Why Nellis Air Force Base held its first ever drag show. Nellis Air Force Base made history last week for hosting its first ever drag show, where guests from the local Las Vegas drag scene performed and took attendees through the history and significance of drag within the LGBT+ community.

China Threat

US State Dept OKs possible sale of F-16s, missiles to Philippines. The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of F-16 fighter jets, as well as Sidewinder and Harpoon missiles, to the Philippines in three separate deals with a combined value of more than $2.5 billion, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

India, US navies hold complex air and sea drills in the Indian Ocean, kicking off several summer exercises. The U.S. Navy carried out a high-tempo exercise this week in the Indian Ocean involving the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group along with the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

Russia Threat

Black Sea incident shows Russia’s determination to claim waters illegally. The British warship was conducting a freedom-of-navigation exercise when it was harassed by Russian forces.

North Korea Threat

North Korea would have no chance against the F-35 in a war. None. The F-35 Lightning II has emerged as one of the world’s premier multirole fighter aircraft, with the U.S. Air Force now operating more of the fifth-generation aircraft than any other fighter model other than several variants of the long-serving F-16.

Afghanistan

US to keep about 650 troops in Afghanistan after withdrawal. Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

US to begin evacuating some Afghan nationals as they await visa approval. White House officials have not said how many individuals will be moved or where they will be housed while they await a final decision.

Calls grow to evacuate Afghans to Guam as US troops leave. Despite unusual bipartisan support in Congress for evacuation of Afghan interpreters and others who helped the U.S., the administration hasn’t agreed to such a move.

Iran Threat

State Dept. official says talks with Iran over reviving nuclear deal cannot last ‘indefinitely’. Indirect U.S. negotiations with Iran over reviving the 2015 nuclear deal cannot go on “indefinitely” without success, a senior State Department official said following the completion in Vienna of a sixth round of talks.

Military

Infantry training more intense as Marines Corps makes major changes, the commandant tells senators. Training for new Marines will become more rigorous as troops start to conduct more complex operations in smaller units, the commandant told senators Thursday.

END of PDB

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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1chopsley
2 months ago

Kreakin freaks and the anti-American democrats and medias sure know how to make American military the laughing stock of the world to loose America’s respect and might!

paul
paul
2 months ago

Putin Laughs at America , So does Iran , So does China . Tell Commanders , why fight American Forces , They are Destroying Themselves .


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