TUESDAY PDB – CCP China Cyber Threat, US Military No Longer Apolitical? US Soldiers and Marines in Australia Train to Sink Chinese Warships, US vs Iran Proxy War, ‘Wasted’ Military Deaths in Afghanistan?

Australian Soldier Marches in the Desert / Photo courtesy Australian Government Department of Defence

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 – False Woke Bravado? New Air Force recruiting pitch: It doesn’t matter what you look like, just that you can kick enemy ass. In step to shut Guantanamo, Biden transfers Moroccan home. Would China really sink a US Navy aircraft carrier? Russia expected to unveil stealth fighter jet at air show attended by Putin.

GOMORs galore: Punishments to be issued for unvaccinated troops caught unmasked at Fort Knox.

Bipartisan bill aims to assert Congress’s power over arms sales, emergencies, and military operations.

How China transformed into a prime cyber threat to the US.

US carrier Ford conducts a second shock trial, after technical failure halted an earlier attempt.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon Watch

GOMORs galore: Punishments to be issued for unvaccinated troops caught unmasked at Fort Knox. Dozens of soldiers are facing formal reprimands after senior leaders caught them unmasked and unvaccinated against the coronavirus.

False Woke Bravado? New Air Force recruiting pitch: It doesn’t matter what you look like, just that you can kick enemy ass. The Air Force’s top general delivered a laser-guided kick to the feels this weekend with a 30-second recruiting commercial that emphasizes the branch’s commitment to diversity in its ranks.

National Security

What is happening to our apolitical military? Remarks by America’s most senior military officer mark the latest step in the continued erosion of relations between the armed forces and their civilian leaders.

Bipartisan bill aims to assert Congress’s power over arms sales, emergencies and military operations. A bipartisan group of senators is unveiling legislation Tuesday to give Congress a more active role in approving arms sales, authorizing the use of military force and declaring national emergencies, in an across-the-board effort to claw back national security power from the executive branch.

Homeland Security

In step to shut Guantanamo, Biden transfers Moroccan home. The transfer of Abdullatif Nasser was the first by the Biden administration.

China Threat

How China transformed into a prime cyber threat to the US. Over the past decade, China reorganized its hacking operations, turning into a sophisticated and mature adversary.

Biden opens new cyber fight with China. President Biden is putting new pressure on China by publicly attributing the wide-ranging Microsoft Exchange Server cyberattack to hackers affiliated with Beijing.

Would China really sink a US Navy aircraft carrier? They have made that threat. Over the past five-plus years, there is no question that tensions between the United States and China have been rapidly rising.

Marine and Army gunners in Australia practice techniques for deterring [attacking] warships. U.S. Marines and soldiers are in the Australian state of Queensland practicing skills that could deny enemy warships access to Pacific waters in a conflict.

Russia Threat

Russia expected to unveil stealth fighter jet at air show attended by Putin. Russia is expected to unveil a new Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter jet at an air show near Moscow attended by President Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday.

Iran Threat

The US proxy war with Iran grows murkier after the military denies a recent drone strike in Syria. The U.S. military says it is not responsible for an attack in eastern Syria that reportedly destroyed a truck belonging to an Iranian-backed militia, underscoring how much of the information about tit-for-tat strikes in Iraq and Syria comes from rumors.

Afghanistan

Thank you, President Biden: We lost: Some U.S. veterans say blood spilled in Afghanistan was wasted. Jason Lilley was a special operation forces Marine Raider who fought in multiple battles in Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest war.

Military

US carrier Ford conducts second shock trial, after technical failure halted earlier attempt. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford completed its second in-water shock trial on July 16, after an attempt earlier in the month failed due to technical issues.

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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Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

THANKS to the U.S MILITARY Being in AFGHAN for 20 YRS….THEY SAVED ALOT of AMERICAN LIVES Here in the STATES During that TIME. The TERRORISTS were THERE and NOT HERE. THEIR EFFORTS were NOT in VAIN.AMERICANS are GRATEFUL. TRUE HEROES. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄


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