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.
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.
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.
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.
Does Biden’s Pentagon take China seriously? Its leaders warn of the threat from Beijing, but their budgets suggest otherwise.
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.
July could be the last month to save the Iran nuclear deal. Domestic politics in Tehran and Washington are gradually closing the door.
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.
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