WEDNESDAY PDB – Biden’s Shrinking US Navy, China Base in Middle East? Fumbling the Nuclear ‘Football,’? Russian Tanks on Afghan border, UK’s Adds 2 Warships to Indo-Pacific Permanently

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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 – F-35 Lightning II with Allies and Partners: Pilots’ Perspective. Transfers alone won’t close Guantanamo Bay. How Japan chose where to base its F-35s. Biden’s thorny Iran challenge is reaching a tipping point.

US conducts first airstrike in Somalia under Biden administration.

Counterpoint – Letting go with a win and moving on from Afghanistan.

Army fires this missile for the first time in Australia.

Russia deploys tanks near Afghan border ahead of exercises.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

National Security

Pentagon inspector general exploring how to better secure the ‘nuclear football.’ The Presidential Emergency Satchel may need some new security procedures.

Gilday: The budget request supports future fleet vision, even if it’s a smaller fleet. The chief of naval operations remains firm that the fiscal 2022 budget request is aligned with the U.S. Navy’s future fleet design plans, which were studied and wargamed in the Future Naval Force Study effort last year, even as lawmakers question the proposal.

US Navy’s shipbuilding plan doesn’t meet Congress’ needs, lawmakers say. The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding plan doesn’t tell Congress what the service needs, nor does it provide certainty for long-term planning, two House lawmakers say.

F-35 Lightning II with Allies and Partners: Pilots’ Perspective. (Podcast) A core facet of the F-35’s design from day one involved seamless integration with allies and partners. It was always about bringing the advantages of 5th gen combat airpower to a broad team.

Homeland Security

Transfers alone won’t close Guantanamo Bay. Legal experts say the Biden administration must fix the sluggish trial process to actually close the military prison.

China Threat

Don’t let China get a Middle East military base. A China that can project more power anywhere overseas is a menacing prospect.

How Japan chose where to base its F-35s. Japan’s defense minister has confirmed that the U.S. ally will base its Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II Short Take off and Vertical Landing or STOVL fighter jets at the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.

UK to bolster its Indo-Pacific presence with offshore patrol vessels, littoral response group. The Royal Navy plans to bolster its Pacific presence with a visit to Japan by the U.K. Carrier Strike Group and by permanently assigning two offshore patrol vessels in the region later this year.

Russia Threat

Russia deploys tanks near Afghan border ahead of exercises. Russia deployed tanks near Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan on Tuesday as it prepares for military drills next month, according to a Russian state media outlet.

Iran Threat

Biden’s thorny Iran challenge is reaching a tipping point. While hostage negotiations are separate from the nuclear talks, a deal on one is unlikely without the other.

Africa – Somalia

US conducts first airstrike in Somalia under Biden administration. U.S. forces July 20 conducted an airstrike targeting al-Shabab fighters in Somalia, the first such strike under President Joe Biden.

Afghanistan

How Hollywood portrayed the war in Afghanistan. From Hitler’s invasion of Poland to the Japanese surrender, World War II lasted six years (and one day) and has inspired thousands of movies and television shows about the conflict.

Letting go with a win and moving on from Afghanistan. As American forces leave Afghanistan after 20 years, there is no point in lamenting, whining, blamestorming or proposing alternative endings.

Military

Army fires this missile for the first time in Australia. For the first time, the Army has fired its Patriot surface-to-air missile on the Australian continent.

The Army tried portable nuclear power at remote bases 60 years ago — it didn’t go well. In a tunnel 40 feet beneath the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, a Geiger counter screamed. It was 1964, the height of the Cold War. U.S. soldiers in the tunnel, 800 miles from the North Pole, were dismantling the Army’s first portable nuclear reactor.

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

LISTEN UP….PREZ TRUMP was ABLE to Get ALOT of AMERICAN HOSTAGES FREED During HIS 4 YR TERM…WHY Can NOT PREZ BIDEN Do the SAME???? From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Murphmeister
Murphmeister
2 months ago

Biden is screwing up everything pro-American, intentionally or unintentionally. You decide. So, I wouldn’t be surprised that he and his Jacobins are screwing with the military and its mission(s).

Peter K Baker
Peter K Baker
2 months ago

Is there a Chinese base in the U.S. that is the question and the answer may be disturbing.


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