TUESDAY PDB – S. Korea Joins US-Australia Military Exercise for 1st Time, Facing Russia in Black Sea and Pacific, LGBTQIAP+ Employee Association @DHS, ISIS Still Global Threat, Striking Iranian Militias Not Enough

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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 – Biden introduces sweeping diversity initiative amid race-training controversy. US- Ukrainian exercise Sea Breeze 21 begins in the Black Sea after Russia threatens to fire on ‘intruding’ warships.

Coast Guard increasing engagement with Pacific allies, partners, U.S. Navy

Physics gets a vote: No starcruisers for Space Force. Wars in space will never be like Star Wars.

Biden defends strikes on Iran-backed militias, rebuts critics.



Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

Veteran-run LGBTQIAP+ employee organization celebrates launch with DHS. On June 23, the founding members of the LGBTQIAP+ employee association, DHS Spectrum, celebrated the launch of their organization more broadly into the Department of Homeland Security.

Air Force previews new exercises on fitness test ‘menu.’ The Air Force is preparing to launch a customizable physical fitness test where airmen and guardians can mix and match the exercises they prefer, a service official said Monday.

Biden introduces sweeping diversity initiative amid race-training controversy. President Joe Biden has doubled down on his promises to expand the diversity and equity of the federal workforce, even as political uproar around critical race theory nearly derailed the Senate confirmation of his choice for Office of Personnel Management director.

National Security

Moderate Democrats rebuke defense budget cuts. In the upcoming budget debate, a group of moderate Democrats are trying to set a floor for 2022 defense spending before progressive Democrats try to push it lower.

US warns that Islamic State extremists still a world threat. As the U.S. works on its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, members of the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group met Monday to chart future steps against the extremist group.

China Threat

South Korea sends troops, destroyer to US-Australia military exercise for first time. South Korea on Monday confirmed it will for the first time take part in a major US-Australian joint military exercise next month that is widely seen as being aimed at countering an increasingly assertive China.

Russia Threat 

Sea Breeze 21 begins in the Black Sea after Russia threatens to fire on ‘intruding’ warships. Just days after Russia threatened to fire on “intruding” warships near the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea, the annual Sea Breeze exercise, which U.S. 6th Fleet is co-hosting with the Ukrainian Navy, kicked off Monday with the largest number ever of participating countries.

U.S., Russia conduct separate naval exercises near Hawaii. A drill by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard near Hawaii, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, coincided with a nearby Russian navy exercise.


Biden and the Iran-backed militias. Occasional airstrikes can’t make up for empowering Tehran.

Biden defends strikes on Iran-backed militias, rebuts critics. President Joe Biden said he ordered airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria and pushed back against members of Congress who questioned whether he should have consulted them about any imminent threat before attacking.

The lawfulness of the airstrikes on Iranian-proxy militia drone facilities…and more about the growing drone threat.  The Pentagon says the “targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.”

Getting out of Iran’s way. The election of Ebrahim Raisi shows Iran’s lack of interest in peace with the West—and the perils of pulling out of the Middle East altogether.


Coast Guard in talks to add ships to heavy icebreaker program. The Coast Guard is in talks with the Biden administration about adding additional heavy icebreakers to its Polar Security Cutter program, the head of the sea service said June 28.

Coast Guard increasing engagement with Pacific allies, partners, U.S. Navy. The U.S. Coast Guard’s top officer said the service has taken steps to increase its integration with allies and partners in the Western Pacific Ocean area to provide more effective cooperation and provide more presence.

Physics gets a vote: No starcruisers for Space Force. Wars in space will never be like Star Wars. “Starfighters” will not engage in dogfights with unlimited maneuverability and range. An actual conflict in space would be slow and deliberate, requiring prepositioning of weapons and meticulous planning.

Six littoral combat ships to deploy by year’s end as Navy continues to refine operations. The Navy will have six Littoral Combat Ships deployed by the end of the year – a record for the program, several Navy officials have confirmed to USNI.


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.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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