WEDNESDAY PDB – China and Russia vs US in Space, Saying ‘No’ to Russia in Black Sea, Afghanistan’s Imminent Collapse, Pentagon’s New ‘Trans’ Troops, Back to Africa? Limiting Presidents’ War Powers

A Marine with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, engages his target during a deck shoot aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex. The Marines practiced shooting from behind a barricade to simulate staying behind cover during a fire fight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey /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 – Biden needs an international organizations strategy against Russia and China. GOP donor to fund cost of sending South Dakota National Guard troops to Texas. Coast Guard considers Arctic FONOPs as Russian activity increases in the region.

As Pentagon weighs sending troops back to Somalia, AFRICOM chief makes his case.

Armed Services chair faces tough decision on removing COs from military prosecutions.

Top US general says security in Afghanistan deteriorating.



Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

Every soldier is different: ‘Stronger’ Army to provide gender transition surgeries now. The U.S. Army confirmed that it would be providing transition surgeries and care for transgender service members after President Joe Biden repealed a Trump-era order that largely forbade them from joining the military.

National Security

Russia and China could team up to challenge US space superiority, experts say. Sanctions are crushing Russia’s efforts to counter American space superiority, but analysts have a rising concern that Russian President Vladimir Putin may link up with China’s wealth to develop the weapons that could stop American war fighters in their tracks.

Biden needs an international organizations strategy. A U.S. State Department czar should lead a campaign to stop China and Russia from gaining control of multilateral agencies.

House votes to repeal 1957, 1991 war authorizations. The votes occurred amid a push within Congress to reenact limits on presidential war powers.

Homeland Security

GOP donor to fund cost of sending South Dakota National Guard troops to Texas. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday she will use a donation from a Republican donor to fund a deployment of up to 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.

Russia Threat

‘Open and available’: US Navy and partners proceed with Black Sea drills over Russian objections. U.S. forces will help clear a sunken Soviet vessel from a Ukrainian pier and conduct drills during an international exercise in the Black Sea, where Navy officials say they are sending a message that the strategic waterway can’t be dominated by Russia.

Coast Guard considers Arctic FONOPs as Russian activity increases in region. The Arctic could potentially become the next region in which the U.S. executes “freedom of navigation operations,” or FONOPS, the Coast Guard’s top officer said Monday.


Top US general says security in Afghanistan deteriorating. The U.S.’s top general in Afghanistan on Tuesday gave a sobering assessment of the country’s deteriorating security situation as America winds down its so-called “forever war.”

The Taliban’s march to Kabul. Security in Afghanistan is deteriorating faster than the U.S. admits.


As Pentagon weighs sending troops back to Somalia, AFRICOM chief makes his case. Now “commuting” to the Somalia mission, U.S. troops could be heading back for a more consistent presence.


Armed Services chair faces tough decision on removing COs from military prosecutions. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee pledged Monday to pass legislation this year that would remove commanders from deciding whether to prosecute sex crimes cases, using various legislative approaches to accomplish the task.

Exoskeletons and unjammable radios: Soldiers, academia team up to solve tactical troubles. An easy-to-use exoskeleton that could cut down or even eliminate soldier back injuries.


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

Every Trans in the World will want to enlist . To get their ” Surgeries ” at American Taxpayer Expense . Who thought of this brilliant plan for the Military ?

10 months ago
Reply to  paul

A-man to that an ad-a-dick-to-me is the plan and by the time they are battle ready their enlistment is over…. Next freak in line please……

10 months ago
Reply to  THOMAS

The Military weeds out those with mental illnesses so why would they actively recruit those with mental illnesses? Is General Milley running that phase of the military as well as critical race theory also? It would seem that whoever is running the show will soon drive our once proud Military into the ground and drive the military budget sky high in order to pay a quarter of a million to half a million dollars for the surgery and time off each plus they are paid to be mutilated and butchered. Maybe they should be forced to serve for say 10 years before all of the freebies drop into their laps.

D Paul
D Paul
10 months ago

The prime role of a military just cannot be social justice within its ranks. The prime role is defense of country. It is not to create a socially aware training ground. —-Harry Truman was able to keep discipline and to bring justice for the African-American member of the military. This whacko breakdown of unit cohesion in such as rape prosecution should be a “blinking red light” that our enemies can see in the dark. As a veteran with four years of shipboard experience, each unit has its own justice system.

10 months ago

Think of the genius of our illegal communist masters in Washington! Our foreign enemy is dug in and expecting a frontal attack by the American shock troops. Then suddenly in the horizon the enemy sees muscular men, women, and the confused dress in new combat uniforms designed by our federal masters. Shock troops dressed in pink tutus, white tights, ballot slippers carrying magical fairy wands instead of rifles. The enemy sees, this then breaks ranks, throws down their weapons and runs away in the opposite direction in absolute terror holding their fannies crying mommy don’t let the democratic communist party magical wand fairies catch me, please. Comrades our illegal communist masters they know how to fix stuff. They replacing freedom with Marxism, calling this illegal take democracy, the people wanted this?

10 months ago
Reply to  Moe

Just make sure that they get the Co-vid vaccine, both shots before they enlist.

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