MONDAY PDB – Cuban Uprising, Haiti Crisis, Who Owns the National Guard? – States Push Back Against Feds, France Steps Up, US and France Fight Terror Together in Africa

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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 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. 

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

National Security 

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.

Afghanistan 

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.

China Threat

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.

Russia Threat

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.

Africa

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.

Iran Threat

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.

Military 

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.

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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Elizabet h Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…The TERRORIST S are a BUNCH of YELLOW BELLY COWARDS. THEY Do NOT FIGHT Like MEN. THEY Killed a MAN and HIS SON in their OWN HOME..SURPRIZE ATTACKS. The DAY will COME When a WOMAN’S SWORD and the POWER of GOD will BRING the TERRORISTS to Their KNEES. Fr om SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

RangerEDGE5
RangerEDGE5
2 months ago

We are screwed.

Grampa Mullan
Grampa Mullan
2 months ago

let them kill each other off then deal with the winner. then you dont need to fight two enemies at the same time.————Grampa


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