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 personnel sent to protect the embassy in Haiti. Ending chaos in Haiti is not a job for US troops. USS Ronald Reagan, HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers train together for the first time. Information warfare looms larger in Russia’s new security strategy. Turkey, US make progress in Kabul airport talks, prompting Taliban threat.
Kristi Noem’s National Guard deployment is America’s future.
Lawmakers pan Biden’s first Space Force budget
Who is buying Israeli counter-drone systems in South Asia?
The US Navy has a new weapon to defeat killer drone swarms.
South Africa deploys military as protests turn violent.
Caribbean Crisis – Cuba and Haiti
Cuba protests: One dead and scores missing after rare demonstrations. One man has died in Cuba and more than 140 have been arrested or reported as missing during rare demonstrations against its Communist government. Witnesses said security forces had attacked the protesters. “I think the Communists have lost control, they won’t have a solution to this situation,” said one Cuban.
US personnel sent to protect embassy in Haiti. The United States sent personnel to protect the U.S. embassy in Haiti amid turmoil following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, three U.S. officials told Reuters.
Ending chaos in Haiti is not a job for US troops. Washington can assist on civil aid, but any military intervention should be left to other Western Hemisphere nations.
South Africa Crisis
South Africa deploys military as protests turn violent in wake of Jacob Zuma’s jailing. South Africa’s government sent troops to Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces on Monday as rioting and looting sparked by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma left 10 people dead. “Parts of the country are reeling from days and nights of public violence, destruction of property and looting of a sort rarely seen before in the history of our democracy.”
Lawmakers pan Biden’s first Space Force budget. House appropriators want better procurement controls at new defense service.
USS Ronald Reagan, HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers train together for first time. The USS Ronald Reagan and the HMS Queen Elizabeth strike groups conducted a large-scale exercise in the Indian Ocean on Monday, marking the first time the two carriers have trained together.
Kristi Noem’s National Guard deployment is America’s future. The private sector has long been absorbing duties that belong to the government—and that pattern is intensifying.
Turkey, US make progress in Kabul airport talks, prompting Taliban threat. U.S. and Turkish officials have made progress in talks on a plan for Turkish troops to run Kabul’s international airport, something that would enable foreign embassies to remain in Afghanistan after the American military withdrawal, Turkey’s defense minister said.
Russia warns US against deploying troops in Central Asia near Afghanistan. The warning comes as the U.S. military said last week that 90 percent of the withdrawal of U.S. troops and equipment from Afghanistan is complete.
Information warfare looms larger in Russia’s new security strategy. Kremlin’s first update in six years decries foreign influence, calls for more Russian info ops.
China tightens control over cybersecurity in data crackdown. The ruling party’s military wing is a global cyber warfare leader, and Beijing is increasingly sensitive about control over information about its people and economy.
Germany establishes new military space command. The German military has announced the creation of a separate command dedicated to space, becoming the latest of a handful of nations prioritizing more resources and missions among the stars.
Who is buying Israeli counter-drone systems in South Asia? Israel Aerospace Industries has announced the sale of dozens of counter-UAV Drone Guard systems to an unnamed South Asian country.
The US Navy has a new weapon to defeat killer drone swarms. The United States Navy is testing out a device made by a company called DroneShield that could offer serious protection from drones — and not just single quadcopters either, but from swarms of drones. But first a bit on the boat in question.
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