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 Expanded Edition PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Afghan pilots assassinated by Taliban as U.S. withdraws. Biden urges Putin to give up Russian ransomware gangsters, threatens unspecified ‘consequences.’ A sprint and a marathon: How the United States can keep pace with China.
We are no longer afraid’: Thousands of Cubans protest against the government.
Poland could purchase M1 Abrams tanks from US.
As US forces in Iraq and Syria face increasing attacks, fissures form between Iran and militias it backs.
France stepping up security spending, expanding operations abroad.
Special Operations News Update – Monday, July 12, 2021.
States gear up for fight to keep the National Guard out of war. At least 31 states have legislation on the table that aims to deny the president’s authority to deploy National Guardsmen to combat zones without a declaration of war, and supporters of the effort are eager for a Supreme Court battle to define who has ultimate control of state troops.
French defense minister: France stepping up security spending, expanding operations abroad. France’s message to Europe on how to deter aggressive behavior from great powers and counter terrorists requires investment in security and operating abroad, the French defense minister said on Friday.
Cuba and Haiti Crises
We are no longer afraid: Thousands of Cubans protest against the government. Cubans hold biggest anti-government protests in decades. Residents took to the streets in an unprecedented demonstration against increasing Covid-19 cases and deaths, severe economic shortages, corruption and lack of freedom.
Pentagon analyzing request to send troops to Haiti. Haiti has asked the U.S. military for help in the wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Afghan pilots assassinated by Taliban as U.S. withdraws. Afghan Air Force Major Dastagir Zamaray had grown so fearful of Taliban assassinations of off-duty forces in Kabul that he decided to sell his home to move to a safer pocket of Afghanistan’s sprawling capital.
To avert disaster in Afghanistan, look to Central Asia. A coming infrastructure conference could lay the groundwork for a new strategy in the region.
Congress has a role against China, too. Lawmakers’ bipartisan momentum against the CCP is a good start. Here are three ideas for the way forward.
A sprint and a marathon: How the United States can keep pace with China. If China represents our number one pacing challenge and is the most significant threat to U.S. security in the 21st century, then America needs to pick up the pace.
Biden urges Putin to give up Russian ransomware gangsters, threatens unspecified ‘consequences.’ The President is talking tougher on Russian criminal cyber gangs, but still isn’t naming specific penalties.
Poland could purchase M1 Abrams tanks from US. Poland’s Defence Ministry is reportedly preparing to buy about 250 M1 Abrams tanks from the United States, two months after it announced plans to buy 24 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones.
French, US special forces agree to beef up partnership in Africa. The new agreement shows that counterterrorism will still be a top focus for the Pentagon.
As US forces in Iraq and Syria face increasing attacks, fissures form between Iran and militias it backs. The attacks come as tension is on the rise between U.S. troops and Iran-backed fighters as Baghdad and Washington negotiate a timeline for foreign troop withdrawal from Iraq.
If war comes, will the US Navy be prepared? A new report details a culture of bureaucracy and risk-aversion that is corroding readiness.
Special Operations News Update – Monday, July 12, 2021. Curated news, analysis, and commentary about special operations and conflicts around the world. Topics include SOF history, Afghanistan, Little Bird, Somalia, NSW, Russian’s SOBR, ransomware attacks, upcoming, and more.
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