TUESDAY PDB – US Troops to Haiti? What about Cuba? Navy Denies China Chased Away US ships, Who/What Destroyed the Bonhomme Richard? Japan Focuses on China Threat, Should NATO drop 2% for Defense of GDP Commitment? Army’s Future Tech

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/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 – Special focus on the Army – Is the Army warming up to electric vehicles in its fleet? US Army triggers competition for future long-range assault aircraft. With all three Gunsmoke-J satellites on orbit, the Army is ready to test space-based targeting. Deported veterans would get fast path to U.S. citizenship under new proposal.

The U.S. needs to stand with Cuba’s peaceful demonstrators.

Japan warns of crisis over Taiwan, growing risks from U.S.-China rivalry.

Danger from China ‘clear and present already,’ INDOPACOM’s top intel officer warns.

NATO needs to drop the 2% of GDP requirement.

(For now) It’s situation normal for US diplomats in Kabul, despite Taliban gains.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Caribbean Crisis – Cuba and Haiti

The U.S. needs to stand with Cuba’s peaceful demonstrators. Cubans are taking to the streets to protest their Communist rulers, a rare exception to the regime’s success in suppressing dissent. How far will the Biden administration go to defend the right to protest peacefully?

White House does not rule out Haiti request for U.S. troops. The United States is still reviewing a request for troops made by Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph to help secure its airport and other infrastructure after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, the White House said on Monday.

National Security

One year after the Bonhomme Richard fire, questions remain unanswered. It has been a year since a fire broke out on the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard at Naval Station San Diego. Even after the ship’s decommissioning, and at least two separate, ongoing investigations, the public knows little about what sparked the blaze.

How to stop political division from eroding military-academic relations. Much has been written about how our political polarization undermines U.S. national security by enabling adversaries’ influence operations, but the divide among us also hinders fruitful collaboration between academics and the Defense Department.

Homeland Security

The US desperately needs a civilian cybersecurity corps. Bipartisan legislation aims to augment the National Guard’s cyber reservists, but a wholly civilian component could be larger and more flexible.

China Threat

Navy denies Chinese forces chased away destroyer during FONOP. The U.S. Navy has denied China’s claim that its military chased an American warship out of the South China Sea.

Danger from China ‘clear and present already,’ INDOPACOM’s top intel officer warns. Rear admiral urges Washington policymakers to take Beijing’s threats more seriously.

Japan warns of crisis over Taiwan, growing risks from U.S.-China rivalry. Growing military tensions around Taiwan as well as economic and technological rivalry between China and the United States threaten peace and stability in East Asia as the regional power balance shifts in Beijing’s favor, Japan said in its annual defense white paper.

A new U.S. maritime strategy. What does winning with China look like? Numerous naval strategists including Sir Julian Corbett have argued that war cannot be won by naval (or air) action alone.

Russia Threat

NATO needs to drop the 2% of GDP requirement. NATO has a decision to make: Either continue with the 2% of GDP pledge and the usual bromides about allied solidarity or get serious about what the alliance needs the most.

Afghanistan

It’s situation normal for US diplomats in Kabul, despite Taliban gains. The Biden administration is determined to keep a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan as the 20-year conflict comes to a close.

Military

Here are the ships the Navy wants to inactivate in fiscal 2022. The U.S. Navy plans to inactivate 22 ships in fiscal 2022, according to a message to the fleet sent from the chief of naval operations earlier this month.

Deported veterans would get fast path to U.S. citizenship under new proposal. The measure would not apply to veterans who have committed violent crimes, such as rape and murder.

Is the Army warming up to electric vehicles in its fleet? The U.S. Army is wading into the murky waters of fielding electric vehicles, and industry stands ready to make that happen, but it’s been difficult for the experienced commercial world to convince the hesitant service to take the plunge.

US Army triggers competition for future long-range assault aircraft. The U.S. Army has launched its future long-range assault aircraft competition, quietly releasing a request for proposals limited to two industry teams. The service has also homed in on a schedule to deliver FLRAA prototypes after debating two different options to stay on schedule.

With all three Gunsmoke-J satellites on orbit, the Army is ready to test space-based targeting. It’s no secret that the U.S. Army wants to be able to target threats using imagery satellites, and now the service has a trio of bread loaf-sized cubesats in orbit to help test that capability.

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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Joe
Joe
2 months ago

I hope the US hasn’t turned yellow, with the spineless,senile,frail,old,fool,dementia,slo,joe compromised by china, with his crackhead son and himself, who need to be investigated, for national security purposes, their both compromised by the commies.

BOBBY
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Hey Joe, “IF” this is true about our US Navy Turning Tail And Running from the Chinese, we are pretty much done. They will get what they want. The Chinese will have their way without firing a shoot. Its Over JOE BIDEN /// PLEASE “GOD” GET TRUMP IN BY AUGUST 2021 MEGA !!!
BOBBY ~!~

Daisy
Daisy
2 months ago

Things sure have changed in the last 7 months, haven’t they?

Elizabet h Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….GOD Can TAKEDOWN CHINA…the TERRORISTS…the DEMOCRATS ALL at the SAME TIME or ONE BY ONE. GOD is STILL SEPARATING the GOOD APPLES from the BAD ONES. NOW What Could GOD Be UP TO???! From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Crossram
Crossram
2 months ago

The Cube people are looking for freedom from Communism. Joe and his administration wants Communism.


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