WEDNESDAY PDB – South Africa Erupts, Is Cuban Regime Losing Control? Russia Warns US about Basing Troops Near Afghanistan, Germans in Space, CCP’s Cyber Crackdown, US and UK Carriers Work Together for First Time

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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 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.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

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.”

National Security

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.

Homeland Security

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.

Afghanistan

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 Threat

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 threat

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.

International

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.

Military

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.

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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Shirley J
Shirley J
2 months ago

And America is going to Hell with the democrats and with crazy so called president ha ha

ansa treanor
ansa treanor
2 months ago

Re South Africa,

I saw photos of the devastating events in South Africa recently.

A South African told me some time ago that Mandela opened the borders
and the country went out of control after that with people flowing in and I could see the difference on the beach in Durban where I had been years ago…

The beach was a beautiful serene area and in the new photos it was covered with people, not sure they were enjoying the beach or squatters?

My mother in law lived in Durban North overlooking the golf course and we would watch the monkeys lope along the course and come and snatch our mangos off the tree near the roof, they knew where the food was.

We toured the area and it was beautifully maintained.

This was during the apartheid so we had the Zulu maid who was so sweet and a great cook. Then the Dutch Housekeeper.

I had met the Zulu leaders years ago in California and he seemed like a very nice man, his son was attending university in our area.

I hope they will get the horrid chaos under control as it shows what out of control crowd bent on assault can happen.

It is happening in our cities and I hope our current leader wakes up and pushes for the leaders of these cities get this under control, we area staying away from these dangerous cities.

Lets stay safe and obey the law!

Ansa Treanor


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