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 – Alabama military base is first in the U.S. to require vaccination proof amid rising covid-19 rates. Guard training could be canceled as political fights delay reimbursement for Capitol Hill mission. Biden needs to prepare for Iran’s escalating projectile threat.
Polish Defence Ministry confirms the plan to buy M1 Abrams tanks.
U.K. welcomes the chance to put British F-35Bs on American warships.
Huge military exercise kicks off in Australia amid tensions with China.
Seriously? Top US general warned of ‘Reichstag moment’ in Trump’s turbulent last days. Shortly before the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Mark Milley, told aides the US was facing a “Reichstag moment” because Donald Trump was preaching “the gospel of the Führer”, according to an eagerly awaited book about Trump’s last year in office.
Pushing beyond sex assault, Gillibrand faces resistance to military bill. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has spent years building support for a measure to remove commanders from decisions about prosecuting sex crimes, but some colleagues now worry it goes too far.
Legal? Alabama military base is first in the U.S. to require vaccination proof amid rising covid-19 rates. An Alabama military base is taking increased actions to combat the ongoing prevalence of coronavirus infections, authorizing leaders to ask for proof of vaccination of service members not wearing a mask while on duty.
Guard training could be canceled as political fights delay reimbursement for Capitol Hill mission. Guard officials say they need $521 million in the next few weeks to avoid financial shortfalls for the rest of this fiscal year.
Bush criticizes Afghanistan withdrawal, fears for women. Former President George W. Bush says the Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan is a mistake.
Taliban targeting Afghanistan’s crucial power, IT infrastructure. The Afghan IT sector, one of the few success stories from the war-ravaged nation, is now threatened by continued conflict.
Polish Defence Ministry confirms plan to buy M1 Abrams tanks. Poland’s defense minister announced Wednesday that the country will buy 250 M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 tanks from the U.S. to counter Russian military capabilities, confirming previous reports of a planned acquisition.
Huge military exercise kicks off in Australia amid tensions with China. A massive, multinational exercise led by Australian and U.S. forces kicked off Wednesday.
A US-German ‘window of opportunity’ is closing, experts warn. If Biden is to persuade Germany — and NATO’s European allies — to take a more aggressive stance toward China, he may have to do it before Angela Merkel steps down.
Biden needs to prepare for Iran’s escalating projectile threat. U.S. President Joe Biden recently ordered airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias, but that failed to stop them from rapidly escalating their rocket and drone campaign to drive the United States out of the Middle East.
U.K. welcomes chance to put British F-35Bs on American warships. The United Kingdom would welcome the chance to place a squadron of its F-35B Joint Strike Fighters aboard an American amphibious ship, the U.K. secretary of state for defense told reporters on Tuesday.
Why the military should work with scientists to study the UFO phenomenon. For those like me waiting for definitive statements, the DNI report on unexplained aerial phenomenon was a big disappointment.
After delays, the Navy takes delivery of first improved nuclear warhead. The first new nuclear warhead that is slated to improve the Navy’s Trident II D5 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile has finally rolled off the production line, according to a statement released Tuesday.
In charting the future Navy, do not request permission. The Navy must not ask permission to undertake a fundamental re-examination of strategy, operational concepts, force levels, culture, and education. If necessary, it can beg forgiveness later should its conclusions “break the mold.”
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