THURSDAY PDB – JCS Chair Dodges Questions on Trump, How Will China Defend its Africa Interests? Russian Aggression in Black Sea, UK Helps US Contain China, DC Guard F-16s to Saudi Arabia

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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 – The military isn’t ‘distracted’ by the critical race theory conversation, SECDEF says. Pentagon’s top general defends the military as ‘apolitical’ after reported comments about Trump. Plan to boost Biden’s defense budget could see bipartisan support.

The risk of a war over Taiwan is growing.

Extremist groups’ recruitment of veterans prompts a closer look from lawmakers.

Most of the Royal Navy’s destroyers are unavailable for deployment.

No, Russia’s new fighter jet can’t fly at twice the speed of light.

Taliban appear to have ‘strategic momentum’ says Gen. Milley.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

National Security

Pentagon’s top general defends military as ‘apolitical’ after reported comments about Trump. Gen. Mark A. Milley repeated that the military should never be used in domestic politics.

Joint Chiefs Chair dodges questions on Trump, coup concerns and Nazis. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley on Wednesday refused to address a book alleging he was concerned that former President Donald Trump might instigate a coup to stay in office and implicitly comparing Trump to Hitler.

Milley says Joint Chiefs did not violate oath in handling Trump. “We take an oath. An oath to a document. An oath to the Constitution of the United States. And not one time did we violate that,” Milley said.

The military isn’t ‘distracted’ by the critical race theory conversation, SECDEF says. The Defense Department doesn’t “embrace” critical race theory, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

Defense Budget

Plan to boost Biden’s defense budget could see bipartisan support. Senate Armed Services Committee members on Wednesday will debate whether to add about $25 billion to the military funding plan for fiscal 2022.

Lawmakers say latest shipbuilding plan doesn’t do enough to counter China. The Biden administration’s budget request, which would decommission ships while ramping up Navy investments for 2045 fails to counter China now, two key lawmakers said Wednesday.

Homeland Security

Extremist groups’ recruitment of veterans prompts a closer look from lawmakers. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the issue on July 29.

China Threat

The risk of a war over Taiwan is growing. Here’s how to deter Beijing. With the Chinese Communist Party ramping up its threats to take back Taiwan by force if necessary, alarm is growing within the U.S. military.

What will China do if its interests in Africa are threatened? Over the past 20 years, China has almost completely displaced the United States as the primary trading partner for countries in Africa.

Can the Royal Navy help America deter China in Asia? London merits two cheers because it has accepted that “Global Britain” must play its part in a democratic armada meant to face down aggressors who menace their neighbors while degrading freedom of the sea.

Most of the Royal Navy’s destroyers are unavailable for deployment. Five of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers are unavailable for deployment, leaving just one warship in the class capable of operations, defense procurement minister Jeremy Quin acknowledged this week.

Russia Threat

Russian actions in Black Sea show ‘increasing aggression,’ says top US admiral in the region. Russian military actions in the Black Sea during a multinational exercise reflect an increasingly aggressive effort to control the region, said a top U.S. admiral and analysts calling for an assertive response from the U.S. and NATO allies.

No, Russia’s new fighter jet can’t fly at twice the speed of light. The fighter in question is the Sukhoi Checkmate, a mock-up for which was formally unveiled on Tuesday at an international air show outside Moscow.

Iran Threat

F-16s of the D.C. Air National Guard arrive in Saudi Arabia. F-16 fighter planes and District of Columbia Air National Guard members arrived in Saudi Arabia this week to reinforce defenses of the Prince Sultan Air Base, according to the U.S. Air Force.

Afghanistan

Taliban appear to have ‘strategic momentum’ says Gen. Milley. Milley said the Taliban now control about half of the 419 district centers in Afghanistan, and while they have yet to capture any of the country’s 34 provincial capitals, they are pressuring about half of them.

Military

The history of Battle Drill 6, and why the Army needs more tactical training like it — not less. The idea that infantry soldiers should stop training to clear rooms is just not informed by global trends, the Army’s history, or the character of modern warfare.

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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GI Bride
2 months ago

I feel sorry for the country of my birth England
I do not know if the USA can trust the UK as a whole.
But England have been invaded by thousands of 3rd world countries citizens all to get all the free bees that England provided for the English citizens.
It is sad that the English taxpayers have to support all these free loaders. They are no Refugees. They are GIVE ME, GIVE ME generation from these nations who will not fight & improve the countries of their birth

Peter K Baker
Peter K Baker
2 months ago

Big war number four is gearing up with nukes on the table for use . Whoever ignores the historic track record learns about history repeating itself.


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