TUESDAY PDB – Biden’s Growing Afghan Catastrophe, BLM Targets DoD, Last Month to ‘Save’ Failed Iran Nuke Deal, Biden’s Defense Budget Fails China Threat Test, Marine Carrier F-35s

Photo by Tony Webster tony@tonywebster.com

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 – US slipped out of Bagram at night, didn’t tell new commander. After US’s Bagram exit, Afghans face the Taliban alone. Biden’s cold response to Afghanistan’s collapse will have far-reaching consequences.

Bringing BLM to DoD. The criminal justice reform movement can’t ignore the military.

Warships HMS Defender, HNLM Evertsen leave Black Sea.

Marine Corps’ first carrier-capable F-35 squadron is ready for wartime use.

Climate Warrior? Biden to nominate environmental lawyer as assistant Army secretary.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

Bringing BLM to DoD. The criminal justice reform movement can’t ignore the military. Following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many more Black and brown Americans, there has been a nationwide call to address the disparities in our criminal justice system.

National Security 

Lawmakers say DoD undercounts civilian casualties. The Pentagon says fewer than two dozen civilians were killed in overseas anti-terrorism operations last year, but a pair of lawmakers doesn’t believe them.

Afghanistan

Taliban find new revenues as they seize Afghanistan’s US-built border gateway. U.S. spent over $40 million on Afghanistan-Tajikistan crossing. Now the Taliban is collecting customs revenues.

US slipped out of Bagram at night, didn’t tell new commander: Afghan military. Afghanistan’s army showed off the sprawling air base, providing a rare first glimpse of what had been the epicenter of America’s war to unseat the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks on America.

After US’s Bagram exit, Afghans face the Taliban alone. Afghan soldiers returned to their barracks to prepare for dinner last Friday when all the generators suddenly fell silent and the lights on this massive base, the centerpiece of America’s war effort in Afghanistan, shut off.

Biden’s cold response to Afghanistan’s collapse will have far-reaching consequences. When President Biden chose in April to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September, we were among those who judged that the result would be a disaster for the country’s 38 million people — and in particular, its women. Now, that tragedy appears to be unfolding more quickly than even many of the pessimists imagined.

China Threat

Does Biden’s Pentagon take China seriously? Its leaders warn of the threat from Beijing, but their budgets suggest otherwise.

Russia Threat

Warships HMS Defender, HNLM Evertsen leave Black Sea. Two NATO warships have left the Black Sea after operating for 18 days of exercises in the region, according to ship spotters in Turkey.

Iran Threat

July could be the last month to save the Iran nuclear deal. Domestic politics in Tehran and Washington are gradually closing the door.

Military

Marine Corps’ first carrier-capable F-35 squadron is ready for wartime use. The U.S. Marine Corps’ first F-35C carrier-variant Joint Strike Fighter squadron has reached a new milestone, becoming fully equipped to conduct worldwide aircraft carrier and wartime operations.

Big screen to battlefield: How sci-fi can inspire next-generation weaponry. Directed energy has captivated science fiction fans for decades, but we must not allow a failure of imagination to prevent us from converting directed energy from movie magic to military might before our adversaries.

Climate Warrior? Biden to nominate environmental lawyer as assistant Army secretary. Jacobson served in the Defense Department for two years during the Obama administration as the Pentagon’s top environmental lawyer, according to her biography.

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.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
8 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jerry L. Peck
Jerry L. Peck
2 months ago

BLMIS A RACIST GROUP OF SHITS.

Omega 2
Omega 2
2 months ago

WHY WOULD THEY NOT BE WELCOM INTO THE ” D O D ” FILE AS THE HEAD OF RHE D O D IS THE BLACK MARXIST CRT LOVER HERE! HE IS DESTROYING OUR FIGHTING FORCES JUST LIKE ALL THE ” FILTHY DEMONRATS ” WHO ARE AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION THAT KEEPS OUR FREEDOMS INTACT!

Elizabet h Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….WHAT is BLM Doing for the BLACK COMMUNITIES???? HELP Your BROTHERS and SISTERS. HEAR Their CRIES. FOLLOW in the FOOTSTEPS of the Late Great MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. BE a G OOD EXAMPLE for OTHERS to FOLLOW. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Lisa
Lisa
2 months ago

Only when democrats are in charge would our government work with BLM, nothing but criminals. Since many of these idiots in this administration are probably friends with them they just want to get them on the payroll. Can’t wait for them to turn on these disgusting democrats, hopefully they burn their homes and business after they loot them. I think BLM owes us taxpayers money for all the looting, burning and tearing down of statues.

JDAVIS951
JDAVIS951
2 months ago

WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO DEMAND IMPEACH BIDEN AND HARRIS!

WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) we’ve had countless opportunities to fixed the nightmare of having Biden & Harris and sadly we chose to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

Isn’t it time you actually did something, took action?

I urge everyone who reads this to PICK UP THE PHONE and call your REP AND SENATORS in DC and DEMAND IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT OF BIDEN AND HARRIS.

BIDEN is completely MENTALLY UNFIT FOR OFFICE! Biden is guilty of 18 U.S. Code §2381 TREASON, 18 U.S. Code §2382 SEDITION, 18 U.S. Code §2384 Seditious Conspiracy Crimes against Humanity and Subversive Activities. 

HARRIS is guilty of violating 18 US Code §2381 Treason, 18 US Code §2382 Misprision of Treason, 18US Code §2383 Rebellion or Insurrection, 18 US Code §2384 Seditious Conspiracy and 18 US CODE §2385 Advocating Overthrow of Government!

Democrats want to legalize anarchy and ban law and order!

Copy and paste this info into an E-Mail and send to friends & family asking them to make the calls, then forward on to their friends asking them to make the calls & forward on! WE NEED TO MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!

Members of the House
202-224-3841

Members of the Senate
202-224-3121

TOLL FREE:
866-272-6622

Keep in mind:  SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

I recognize that there is no end to this hopeless conflict. But I hope on their final exit move, they take out some valuable enemy assets. Otherwise, history will simply record it as abandoning an ally.

When we signed the 1953 armistice that ended hostilities in Korea, I wondered why. When we signed the 1973 treaty with Vietnam, I wondered why. Then I wondered in 1975 what took so long. When we went to Afghanistan in 2001, I wondered why. And again why we chose to sneak away last week.

Seems the only way to deal with such conflicts is by forming a large coalition of nations as Bush 41 did to stop Iraq. Anything less and help won’t be on the way tomorrow or ever — except to the enemy.

Flothow
Flothow
2 months ago

It is time to be more like Israel where every child must give 2 years in military training when they turn 18 or graduate from high school. 2 years in the military will teach proper handling of weapons and love of country. After 2 years , if they are good enough,, they can stay in or leave to continue their lives outside of the military.

Neverbeenadem
Neverbeenadem
2 months ago

FK BLM. Black lives matter no more than any other RACE. So piss off blm.


People, Places & Things