WEDNESDAY PDB – DHS Pushes ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Threat Narrative, Is US Embassy Kabul Next? Iran Enriches Uranium as Biden Talks, Gen. Milley’s Last Battle? Leaving Afghanistan the Wrong Way

An F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft piloted by Col. Jeannie Leavitt receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker during her final flight, May 29, 2014, over North Carolina. During her career as the first female fighter pilot, Leavitt recorded more than 2,600 flying hours in the F-15E. Leavitt is the 4th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho/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 – The Royal Navy will add 50 percent more surface-to-air missiles to its existing destroyers. Deployment of US troops along US-Mexico border will stretch into a fourth year. US military says withdrawal from Afghanistan 90% complete.

On fleet size, Congress should listen to the Navy’s leaders, not its planning documents.

Raytheon wins $2B contract for new nuclear cruise missile.

The Air Force didn’t have a manual for pregnant airmen. So this mom made one.

Iran takes steps to make enriched uranium metal; U.S., Europe powers dismayed.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon ‘Woke Watch’

Mark Milley’s last battle? After his recent performance on the Hill, you don’t want be in a foxhole with this guy.

Woke Counterpoint – Why U.S. military academies should teach critical race theory. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark A. Milley’s recent defense of teaching critical race theory at the U.S. military academies shows that it is not unpatriotic to understand a fuller version of American history, nor does it promote division among our military members.

The Air Force didn’t have a manual for pregnant airmen. So this mom made one. The Air Force wants to turn Thompson’s guide into an official document.

Military weighing mandatory COVID-19 vaccine after full FDA approval. “We’re [a] planning organization,” said the Pentagon spokesperson. “I don’t think that should surprise anybody that we’re trying to think about what the implications would be and how…we’d react to [full FDA approval].”

National Security 

The Royal Navy will add 50 percent more surface-to-air missiles to its existing destroyers. Once the new Sea Ceptor weapons are fitted, the six Type 45s, which provide area defense for the U.K.’s Carrier Strike Group, among other duties, will increase their air defense missile payloads by 50 percent.

Homeland Security 

The Party Line – Domestic terrorism today more complex than threat after 9/11, says DHS counterterrorism chief. The United States has never faced a terrorism challenge as tough as the homegrown one it’s up against now — not even after 9/11, the nation’s top counterterrorism official told a virtual conference this week at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Deployment of US troops along US-Mexico border will stretch into a fourth year, Pentagon announces. As many as 3,000 troops will be deployed along the U.S. border with Mexico until Sept. 30, 2022, stretching the military’s mission there into a fourth year, the chief Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

Afghanistan

After troops exit, safety of US Embassy in Kabul top concern. Security assessments at the embassy are frequent these days.

There’s a wrong way to withdraw from war. We’re on the verge in Afghanistan. Presidents, Cabinet secretaries, generals, special envoys, congressional delegations and other assorted VIPs know the Bagram air base near Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

US military says withdrawal from Afghanistan 90% complete. U.S. Central Command says that it has completed more than 90% of the “entire withdrawal process” from Afghanistan, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Russia Threat

It’s too easy to troll like a Russian. We’re scholars, but amateurs, and we found it alarming how quickly we imagined a personalized misinformation campaign with actual publicly available data.

Iran Threat

Iran takes steps to make enriched uranium metal; U.S., Europe powers dismayed. Iran has begun the process of producing enriched uranium metal, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Tuesday, a move that could help it develop a nuclear weapon and that three European powers said threatened talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Military

On fleet size, Congress should listen to the Navy’s leaders, not its planning documents. “If we’re going to pace the adversary, we need to have a bigger Navy,” Navy Vice Adm. James Kilby told senators.

Raytheon wins $2B contract for new nuclear cruise missile. Raytheon Technologies will get up to $2 billion to develop the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Standoff Weapon system, a new nuclear-capable, air-launched cruise missile that will be carried by B-52 and B-21 bombers.

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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harry
harry
2 months ago

Iran Enriches Uranium while sleepy Joe Biden, “the Feather Merchant in Chief,” pretends to be a virologist!


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