THURSDAY PDB – Afghan Air Force Collapse, Massive US-Aussie Military Exercise, Texas Guard to Make Border Arrests, China-Taliban Lovefest, GPS is for the Birds

Migrants Surrender to U.S. Border Patrol / Photo by Mani Albrecht

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – American Defense News (ADN) – in collaboration with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS) – are providing our readers the 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 –

To beat China in the gray zone, you have to be there. SECDEF broadens cooperation with Vietnam amid growing tensions with China. The predictable collapse of the Afghan Air Force is happening in real-time.

US has ‘no plans right now to increase Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) presence in Singapore.

Military-funded research looks for the secret GPS-free navigation in a bird’s eye.

Lawmakers want answers on US Army plans to protect vehicles from drones.

Masks are again required at VA facilities as the department considers vaccine mandate for all staff.

Ukrainian official reveals a number of Ada-class corvettes on order from Turkey.

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon Watch

DoD mask mandates are coming back for certain COVID-19 hotspots. Mask mandates are back at certain DoD facilities.

Masks again required at VA facilities as department considers vaccine mandate for all staff. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff will be required to wear masks indoors, in line with new CDC guidance.

National Security

See F-35B jets take off at sea for Australian exercise Talisman Sabre. U.S. Marine Corps F-35B jets are carrying out high-end integrated air warfare training with Australian counterparts in the skies above the country and the Coral Sea, as both nations hold a massive multidomain exercise.

Military-funded research looks for the secret GPS-free navigation in a bird’s eye. Army-funded scientists have isolated a protein present in the eye of a migratory bird that may explain how our feathered friends travel vast distances without a map — and how future soldiers might use that ability to fight without GPS.

Homeland Security 

Texas National Guard will start helping make border arrests. Critics have previously voiced concerns about governors using Guard members to take an active role in law enforcement.

China Threat

To beat China in the gray zone, you have to be there. You have to be there—and you have to be toting superior firepower.

SECDEF broadens cooperation with Vietnam amid growing tensions with China. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday to deepen cooperation in security and pandemic recovery after Washington vowed support for Southeast Asian nations embroiled in territorial rifts with China.

US has ‘no plans right now’ to increase LCS presence in Singapore, says Navy chief. The U.S. Navy no longer has concrete plans to increase the number of littoral combat ships deploying to the Indo-Pacific region on a rotational basis, the chief of naval operations has confirmed.

Russia Threat

Ukrainian official reveals number of Ada-class corvettes on order from Turkey. The Ukrainian Navy plans to deploy the corvettes in both the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Afghanistan

China meets with Taliban, stepping up as US exits Afghanistan. China’s foreign minister urged the Taliban to distance itself from terrorist groups and take steps to establish peace in Afghanistan, in a meeting with the group on Chinese soil that signaled Beijing is stepping in diplomatically as the U.S. withdraws from the country.

The predictable collapse of the Afghan Air Force is happening in real-time. President Joe Biden has vowed that the United States will make sure the Afghans “have the capacity to maintain their air force,” but signs have emerged that the Afghan Air Force is already falling apart.

Blinken: Reports of Taliban attacks on Afghan civilians ‘deeply, deeply troubling.’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday said the reports of attacks on Afghani citizens by the Taliban are “deeply, deeply troubling.”

Military

Lawmakers want answers on US Army plans to protect vehicles from drones. The Army has been struggling for years to install active protection systems onto its Abrams tanks, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, and Stryker combat vehicles.

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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