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 – In Biden support for NATO, budget must back words. U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan face daunting, dangerous mission with little military backup. National Guard pleads for Congress to reimburse half a billion for Capitol security mission.
The Marine Corps is now the only service not allowing women to wear ponytails in uniform.
Citing ‘crisis’ in military child care facilities and barracks, lawmakers want extra $15 billion.
No do-overs in Afghanistan: The US cannot re-enter once it leaves.
China criticized the Afghan War. Now it worries about the withdrawal
Weekly Special Ops news update.
Pentagon Woke Watch
The Marine Corps is now the only service not allowing women to wear ponytails in uniform. The Coast Guard announced on Thursday that women would be permitted to wear their hair in a ponytail, a braid, or two braids.
Airmen and vets divided over new study showing Air Force anti-beard policy damages careers. A new study came out last week showing that the Air Force’s ban on beards may be contributing to racial discrimination and hurting promotion opportunities within the service.
Citing ‘crisis’ in military child care facilities and barracks, lawmakers want extra $15 billion. Lawmakers want to add $15 billion for military child care and barracks facilities to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package unveiled earlier this month.
In Biden support for NATO, budget must back words. This has been an important month for the relationship between the United States and its NATO allies.
Central Asia braces for fallout of U.S. pullout from Afghanistan. Since the war began, America has had one lens for Central Asia. What happens now?
No do-overs in Afghanistan: The US cannot re-enter once it leaves. Unlike Iraq, the U.S. cannot reenter if the security situation collapses in Afghanistan – and President Joe Biden now owns the precarious and alarming situation there.
U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan face daunting, dangerous mission with little military backup. The conclusion of the Pentagon’s two-decade effort in Afghanistan lays bare the challenges facing U.S. diplomats and aid workers who remain behind, as a modest civilian force attempts to propel warring Afghans toward peace and protect advances for women without the support and reach provided by the military mission.
What the Afghanistan withdrawal means for Georgia’s NATO dreams. “We have to be with you.” Those words, uttered by a senior Georgian defense official to one of the authors of this article, neatly encapsulate the dilemma that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan presents for his small but strategically important country.
China criticized the Afghan War. Now it worries about the withdrawal. The Chinese government rarely passes up a chance to accuse the United States of military adventurism and hegemony. In the case of Afghanistan, though, it has changed its tone, warning that Washington now bears the responsibility for the hasty end to its two-decade war there.
Marines headed to protect embassy in Haiti, but no troops to stabilize nation, says Biden. The Marines sent were part of the Marine Security Guard Security Augmentation Unit.
National Guard pleads for Congress to reimburse half a billion for Capitol security mission. The National Guard is $521 million short after the months-long Capitol security mission.
Republicans try new bill to repay National Guard for post-riot protection, minus a rapid response force. A group of Republican House lawmakers introduced a bill Friday—different than a previous version that has already passed the full House—aimed at breaking the impasse that has prevented the U.S. National Guard from getting paid for its months-long protection of the Capitol grounds following the Jan. 6 attack.
China’s space program is more military than you might think. On the 4th of July, China celebrated its taikonauts’ first-ever space walk outside the country’s first permanent space station, the Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace”).
Special Operations News Update – Monday, July 19, 2021. News, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world. Topics include SOCOM and AI, awards for Battle of Mogadishu, SEALs and their SDVs, Belgian SOF, MACV-SOG, Afghanistan, COIN, SFABs, IO, GPC, and more.