FRIDAY PDB – Is China Preparing to Invade Taiwan? Biden’s Syria Strategy is MIA, Brutal Reality of Biden’s Afghan Retreat, Air Force Disinformation Warriors, US to Sanction Iran’s Missiles and Drones

Soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army 1st Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division prepare to provide Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen with a demonstration of their capablities during a visit to the unit in China / DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – American Defense News (ADN) – in collaboration with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS) – is 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 – Senate to Air Force: You’re gonna keep your A-10 Warthogs and you’re gonna like it. Congress passes bill to reimburse Guard for Capitol security mission, increase Afghan visas. ‘Deeply troubling’ in Afghanistan. After US withdrawal, can Afghan Air Force keep planes flying?

Everything America did wrong in Afghanistan, according to the top US government watchdog.

Biden orders the Pentagon to consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.

Overmatch by other means: integrating Irregular Warfare into Joint Force Wargaming.

What are the best ways to shield Taiwan from a hungry China?

And MORE.

TODAY’S PDB:

Pentagon Watch

Biden orders Pentagon to consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. Unvaccinated service members will be subject to weekly testing, and perhaps mandatory vaccination.

National Security
Congress passes bill to reimburse Guard for Capitol security mission, increase Afghan visas. The $2.1 billion bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.

China Threat

What are the best ways to shield Taiwan from a hungry China? Should America bang out a treaty clearly and unequivocally committing it to the defense of Taiwan?

China is training for war in the South China Sea (and to invade Taiwan?). While the UK’s new carrier will continue to visit dozens of nations during her maiden voyage, a stop in China isn’t scheduled.

Iran Threat – And Syria

US plans sanctions against Iran’s drones and guided missiles. The U.S. plans a sanctions campaign against Iran’s evolving capabilities for precision strikes using drones and guided missiles, according to U.S. officials, amid concerns over the threat these weapons represent to American and allied interests.

Biden’s Syria strategy is missing in action. Half a year into his administration, President Biden has yet to arrive at a new strategy for addressing the horrifying conflict in Syria, now in its 11th year.

Afghanistan

‘Deeply troubling’ in Afghanistan. As the Taliban continue to gain ground in Afghanistan, the brutal reality of their advance is becoming hard to ignore.

After US withdrawal, can Afghan Air Force keep planes flying? As the United States rapidly approaches its final withdrawal from Afghanistan, the nation’s struggling air force is being asked to stave off a surging Taliban.

‘We will do this again,’ Afghanistan IG warns of future drawn-out wars. John Sopko is not convinced the U.S. learned its lesson in Afghanistan.

Everything America did wrong in Afghanistan, according to the top US government watchdog. The Taliban currently have a knife to the throat of the Afghan government in Kabul. While the Afghan military still has a chance to succeed, it will lose if it keeps on its present course, said John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Military

Senate to Air Force: You’re gonna keep your A-10 Warthogs and you’re gonna like it. Not even the Air Force can kill the A-10.

Air Force special operations’ next big battlefield: Facebook. There’s a war going on and, like it or not, you’ve already been drafted into it. But there’s no battlefield, no explosions, and no uniforms in this fight.

Overmatch by other means: integrating Irregular Warfare into Joint Force Wargaming. Wargaming is an essential component of professional military education, but is it obsolete for the irregular challenges of competition today?

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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Max
Max
1 month ago

There are Americans right now ready to go to Taiwan and stand with our brothers….You attack Taiwan China and you WILL SEE Americans on the battle field….fact

joe
joe
1 month ago

You can bet the farm on China invading Taiwan!

China took one look at the Putz in Chief, sleepy Joe Biden, and the US Democrat Congressional clowns.

Bill
Bill
1 month ago

I imagine Joe will pull our carriers and other ships out of the area when it starts.

robert mcdermott
robert mcdermott
1 month ago

If you want to know what china is going to do study the moves of Imperial Japan before and at the outbreak of wwII. This time though we no longer have the luxury of distance nor the industrial capacity to replace our loses ( thank you to china and the greedy american corporations for the latter). The time has come to make a decision, fight or surrender. Even if Taiwan is surrendered to the CCP that will not be the end of it. You can bet your last dollar on that.


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