MONDAY PDB – Expanded Edition – ‘Woke’ Pentagon: Tucker & Trump vs Gen. Milley, Critical Race Theory, Facing CCP China AND Putin’s Russia in Pacific, DoD UFO Report, Weekly Special Ops Review

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 – How the Pentagon is going ‘woke.’ The war of words between former President Trump, Fox News Host Tucker Carlson, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley. Army transgender policy. And baby day care at DoD. Facing both Russia and China in the Pacific. Biden’s Afghan withdrawal. The UFO threat. Special Operations Forces (SOF) weekly update.



Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

Has the military gone ‘woke’? Gen. Milley too easily dismisses the risks to recruitment and morale.

Trump calls Joint Chiefs chairman ‘pathetic’ for comments on racism education. The former president indicated he would have fired top military leaders for such comments if he were still in office.

Tucker Carlson claims Gen. Milley is not qualified to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He’s wrong. Milley has at least seven more combat deployments than Tucker Carlson.

House plan would increase child care capacity at some military bases. The child development center building program would receive more than 10 times its intended budget next year in the House’s first draft of the Defense Department’s construction funding bill.

Critical race theory rhetoric seeps into defense policy debate. “This is a dangerous ideology to push out in any shape or form on our troops,” one Republican lawmaker said.

Army releases new transgender policy, but can it prevent discrimination? The Army announced new service-level policy Thursday that allows transgender soldiers to serve openly — in accordance with Defense Department guidance announced in March — while receiving medical care and setting entry standards for prospective recruits diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

National Security

Concerned over potential threats, DoD ramping up reporting efforts in wake of intel report on UFOs. When it comes to UFOs, the truth is still out there according to intel report.

Digital authoritarianism is a national security threat, Pentagon cyber leader says. The U.S. must fund the development of technology that can compete with the offerings of authoritarian countries, said Mieke Eoyang, deputy assistant defense secretary for cyber policy.

China Threat

A quiet battle is raging in Congress over how the US will respond to China’s growing power. Under Donald Trump, the beltway’s view of China shifted from one of relative complacency to one verging on alarmism.

US remains the world’s dominant power in cyberspace but China is catching up, report says. The United States remains the world’s pre-eminent cyber power and is likely to retain that position ahead of China at least until 2030 with the help of similarly advanced Western allies, according to a new report by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS).

China deploys J-20 stealth fighter jets to units monitoring Taiwan Strait. China has deployed its most advanced stealth fighter jet to air force units monitoring the Taiwan Strait and the East China Sea, state media said, in a move Chinese observers saw as a warning to South Korea and Japan, the United States’ allies in the region.

Russia Threat

NATO Black Sea partners describe Russian threat and need for more US deterrence. In a May virtual meeting with President Joe Biden, a group of nine Eastern European NATO countries led by Romania called for a bigger allied military presence on the Eastern Bloc.

USS Carl Vinson trains off Hawaii as Russian ships practice attacking enemy carriers nearby. The USS Carl Vinson and its strike group spent the past two weeks training off the coast of Hawaii, just as the Russian navy held a massive exercise in nearby waters that included targeting a mock carrier strike group with missiles.


With USS Reagan’s arrival, 2 US carriers are now supporting Afghanistan troop withdrawal. The Ronald Reagan carrier strike group is now in the Middle East to help support the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the Navy announced Friday.

Biden vows ‘sustained’ help as Afghanistan troop drawdown nears. President Joe Biden on Friday promised Afghanistan’s top leaders a “sustained” partnership even as he moves to accelerate winding down the United States’ longest war amid escalating Taliban violence.


Special Operations News Update – Monday, June 28, 2021. News, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world. SOF linguist sentenced, Shadow 71 recognized, AI and SOF, Frogman swim and run, new SOF aircraft, Eddie Gallagher, Norway’s SOF departs Afghanistan, Swedish Defence University’s CSOR, ‘woke’ military, border crisis.


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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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10 months ago

in my book woke means traitor – it is code you know.

10 months ago

It is high time that the U.S. goes to the U.N. and declares that the U.S. is expanding its territorial waters to 200 miles to protect fisheries for the future, to stop drug and immigration invasions. The expansion will include U.S. Territorial waters on all possessions, Islands and protectorates. The U.S. will discuss with neighboring countries territorial splits and equal boundaries. U.S. military, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard will be involved in providing support for patrol.and following U.S. laws.

10 months ago

That woke MF’r broke his Oath. Treason. He needs a short rope and a long, slow drop.
Dance the Danny Deever, you prck.

Tony Barred
10 months ago

In a style of wits, Tucker and trump are unarmed against Gen. Milley

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
10 months ago

Can anyone imagine General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. saying what we’ve heard from Milley?

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