MONDAY PDB – Brit Carrier Near South China Sea, US Airstrikes Hit Taliban, Is Army Paying for USAF and Navy Modernization? Air and Space Guard? New Zumwalt Stealth Destroyers

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn/Released

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 – What China’s vast new cybersecurity center tells us about Beijing’s ambitions. Afghan resistance to the Taliban needs U.S. support — and a big morale boost. A top Army surgeon says trust is important in the war against vaccine misinformation.

Biden, Iraqi PM to announce end of US combat mission in Iraq.

Missile Defense Agency fires four missiles in test today off Kauai.

Expert on Afghanistan ‘so fearful for the people’ as US withdraws.

Tehran wants U.N. approval for a future U.S. withdrawal from any nuclear agreement.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon Watch

A top Army surgeon says trust is important in the war against vaccine misinformation. The spread of coronavirus misinformation is one of many factors causing people to decide against getting vaccinated, according to the command surgeon for U.S. Forces Korea.

National Security

U.K. carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth now on the edge of the South China Sea. The Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group is making its way into the South China Sea with some ships already there ahead of carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). The strike group has partially disaggregated into different elements following the conclusion of Exercise Konkan with the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal.

The US Army’s new iron triangle: The coming budget crunch and its implications for modernization. It has come to be seen as virtually axiomatic in defense circles that the U.S. Army will serve as a bill payer for air and naval modernization, with even the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff predicting a “bloodletting.”

China Threat

What China’s vast new cybersecurity center tells us about Beijing’s ambitions. For all of China’s past successes, which have established it as a near-peer cyber competitor to the United States, its path to becoming a “cyber powerhouse” is not free of obstacles.

Afghanistan

US general won’t commit to ending airstrikes on Taliban. With the militants making advances across Afghanistan, the top American general there suggested that airstrikes may continue, even with the U.S. troop pullout largely completed.

Afghan forces that supposedly ‘have the capacity’ to defend their country still rely on US airstrikes.The Taliban have captured up to 213 of Afghanistan’s 419 district centers.

Afghan resistance to the Taliban needs U.S. support — and a big morale boost. Reeling from Taliban victories and the United States’ withdrawal, Afghanistan is in danger of losing the gains in women’s rights, a free press and democratic norms it has achieved over the past 20 years.

Expert on Afghanistan ‘so fearful for the people’ as US withdraws. Tom Gouttierre isn’t throwing in the towel on Afghanistan. Not yet.

Iran Threat

Biden, Iraqi PM to announce end of US combat mission in Iraq. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi are expected to announce on Monday that they’ve come to an agreement to end the U.S. military’s combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year.

Iran’s latest nuclear demand. Tehran wants U.N. approval for a future U.S. withdrawal from any nuclear agreement.

Military

Navy wants to see big uptick in Zumwalt-class destroyer operations over the next year. 2022 will be a big year for the Zumwalt-class destroyer program, as first-in-class Zumwalt and sister ship Michael Monsoor continue finding their place in the fleet — and perhaps make a debut at a major naval exercise.

Proposed ‘Air and Space Guard’ would stop Space Force from getting its own component. Lawmakers have proposed changing the name of the U.S. Air Force’s military reserve force, signaling that creating a separate reserve component for the Space Force is likely off the table.

Missile Defense Agency fires four missiles in test today off Kauai. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in concert with the Navy, today fired four SM-6 Dual II missiles against a “raid” of two short-range ballistic missile targets in the “broad ocean area” northwest of Hawaii.

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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