THURSDAY PDB – Russia Tests US and UK in Black Sea, US Navy Has ‘Duty’ to Defend Taiwan, Trump says ‘Fire’ Gen. Milley for Being Woke, Navy’s ‘Strategic Bankruptcy,’ Swiss F-35s

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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 – Former SECDEF Esper defends Milley after Trump attacks. Maritime service chiefs push back on criticism that the military is becoming ‘too woke.’ Air Force revises physical fitness test to allow walking.

Lockheed’s F-35 topples competition in Swiss fighter contest.

Naval Special Warfare in a ‘race for relevancy’ as mission shifts to high-end conflict.

Skyborg makes its second flight, this time autonomously piloting General Atomics’ Avenger drone.

When does a ‘cyber attack’ demand retaliation?

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

Trump calls for Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley to be fired. The former president accused Milley working to “impress the radical left” rather than focus on the military.

Esper defends Milley after Trump attacks. Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Mark Milley amid attacks on Milley by former President Trump.

Maritime service chiefs push back on criticism that the military is becoming ‘too woke.’ The comments came as Americans remain divided on whether the services are focusing on racial issues too much.

Air Force revises physical fitness test to allow walking, planks. The U.S. Air Force this week will announce changes to its physical fitness test and will no longer require candidates to run.

National Security

When does a ‘cyber attack’ demand retaliation? NATO broadens its view. A set of “malicious cumulative cyber activities” may now amount to an armed attack.

Lockheed’s F-35 topples competition in Swiss fighter contest. Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has emerged victorious in Switzerland’s $6.5 billion fighter competition, beating out entrants from Eurofighter, Dassault and Boeing.

Homeland Security

A privately funded National Guard deployment is legal, but is it ethical? The decision by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to use a private donation to send 50 National Guard troops to Texas’s southern border has sent shockwaves through military and government oversight circles, with questions raised about the legitimacy of the move, which appears to be a first.

China Threat

Pacific Fleet commander says he has a duty to prevent seizure of Taiwan. The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet says he is concerned about People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a pacing threat, but he is also confidant in his forces, allies and operational designs to thwart any attempt by China to seize Taiwan by force.

Russia Threat

Putin says US and UK were behind Black Sea ‘provocation.’ Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that an incident involving a British destroyer in the Black Sea couldn’t have triggered a global conflict even if Russia had sunk the warship because the West knows it can’t win such a war.

Why the Russian Navy is testing the West in the Black Sea and Mediterranean. Major doings in the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean these past couple of weeks.

Afghanistan

US questioned whether Afghan government could survive Taliban onslaught. Biden to boost aid to Kabul as the militants capture more territory.

Military

Gradually and then suddenly: Explaining the Navy’s strategic bankruptcy. The U.S. Navy is on the verge of strategic bankruptcy. Its fleet isn’t large enough to meet global day-to-day demands for naval forces.

Naval Special Warfare in a ‘race for relevancy’ as mission shifts to high-end conflict. The integration of Navy SEALs and special boat teams into carrier strike group and amphibious ready group training exercises reflects naval special warfare’s renewed commitment to support the fleet and joint force and reinforce its own roots as naval commandos.

Skyborg makes its second flight, this time autonomously piloting General Atomics’ Avenger drone. The Air Force conducted a second flight test of the robot pilot known as Skyborg, which autonomously flew a General Atomics MQ-20 Avenger drone June 24.

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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Carol
Carol
2 months ago

Trump is probably right!

Helena
Helena
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol

He’s been right on most things so far!

Omega 2
Omega 2
2 months ago

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THIS BOGUS GENERAL FORCING THIS MARXIST CRT CRAP INTO OUR MILITARY THAT WILL DESTROY THE MUTUL RESPECT ALL PERSONAL HAVE HERE! ” YOU DONT GET INTO BED WITH THE ENEMY! “

Eugene Ross
Eugene Ross
2 months ago

throw him out with a dishonerable discarge

Jawad
Jawad
2 months ago

This general has become a Bolshevik champion of Marxist dialectic. To HELL with him.


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