THURSDAY PDB – China Threat ‘Horror Show,’ Green Beret Guerillas in Caucuses, US Airstrikes Hit Taliban Hard, China’s Civilian Invasion Ships, US to Sell Big Guns to Taiwan

F-15E's Dropping Munitions in Eastern Afghanistan. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – American Defense News (ADN) – in collaboration with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS) – provides our readers the 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 – Man who fatally stabbed Pentagon officer had troubled past. Afghan Air Force struggles to stay aloft as US leaves and Taliban advances. US airstrikes in Afghanistan could be a sign of what comes next.

Turkey, slamming US, says it won’t shoulder new Afghan migration.

After latest flight test failure, US Air Force hopes to keep first hypersonic missile on track for production.

Can we spot illegal fishing fleets from space?

Downed airmen may have to get themselves to safe areas.



Pentagon Watch

Sailor accused of starting USS Bonhomme Richard fire identified in warrant. A federal search warrant affidavit unsealed this week has identified the sailor suspected of starting the 2020 fire aboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard as Seaman Apprentice Ryan Sawyer Mays, a SEAL training washout who some shipmates said “hates” the Navy.

National Security

Can we spot illegal fishing fleets from space? The Defense Innovation Unit is offering prizes for using satellite-mounted radar to fight a growing national-security problem.

Homeland Security

Man who fatally stabbed Pentagon officer had troubled past. Investigators are examining Austin William Lanz’s background, including his criminal history, jail records, financial information and any online accounts, in search of a motive.

China Threat

Senators highlight national security threats from China during rare public hearing.The Senate Intelligence Committee held a rare public hearing Wednesday afternoon to stress increasing threats posed by China to U.S. national security, with one top senator describing the situation as a “horror show.”

Biden administration approves first arms sale to Taiwan. The Biden administration has approved its first arms sale to Taiwan, a move sure to stoke Beijing’s ire.

China reportedly converted civilian ferries for amphibious assault operations. China has converted civilian ferries for use in military amphibious operations, potentially enabling the country to significantly surge its amphibious assault capabilities in a contingency like a Taiwan invasion, according to a new report.

Russia Threat

Exercise in the Caucasus returns Green Berets to resistance roots. The Army is wrapping up a groundbreaking multinational exercise in the Caucasus nation of Georgia this week that featured a combined airborne operation and the largest special operations exercise ever hosted by the country.


US, Afghan airstrikes pummel Taliban positions in southern Afghanistan. The United Nations and Human Rights Watch asked both sides to take care to prevent civilian casualties as the fighting rages on.

US airstrikes in Afghanistan could be a sign of what comes next. American forces have stepped up a bombing campaign, but the White House and the Pentagon insist these are the final days of combat support.

Afghan Air Force struggles to stay aloft as US leaves and Taliban advances. Mechanics who have long worked with U.S. contractors now use texts and Zoom calls to get help fixing helicopters; “what should we do next?”

Turkey, slamming US, says it won’t shoulder new Afghan migration. Turkey says it does not have the capacity to shoulder another migration crisis.


After latest flight test failure, US Air Force hopes to keep first hypersonic missile on track for production. The U.S. Air Force is in the process of determining the root cause of last week’s failed hypersonic missile test, but the program still has time to push through flight testing and begin production of the new, cutting-edge weapon by the end of fiscal 2022,

Kelly: Downed airmen may have to get themselves to safe areas. The combat search-and-rescue mission will be extremely challenging in a fight against a peer adversary, and the focus may have to shift to downed Airmen finding their own way to safety, Air Combat Command boss Gen. Mark D. Kelly said Aug.


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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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10 months ago

I hope we sell a few hypersonic missiles ( if we have any that work ) or anything Taiwan can use to take out the Three Gorges Dam if an invasion occurs. Having the ability to threaten that dam will make China think three times about invading. Is Taiwan worth the loss of the Yang-Tze River Valley to the ChiComs? But, they made their Sword of Damocles so give Taiwan the scissors to cut the string.

10 months ago

Seaman Apprentice Ryan Sawyer is really going to hate Leavenworth.

10 months ago

I’m pretty sure General Kelley didn’t use the word “airmen” when he told them if they were shot down they were on their own. He most likely said “airpersons”. The combat search and rescue units are not available because they still have a lot of sensitivity training on transsexuals in the military and learning all the different aggrieved sexes there are. And after that, they need CRT training. Also, many of the SAR crews are white extremists and are actively being culled from the military leaving a large hole in the SAR community.

10 months ago

Yo, O’Biden … keep poking the ogre in the eye … you will get your war … and with the open southern border … the USA has it’s pants down … What happened to the Roman Empire?????????

10 months ago

Give them the biggest guns we have, and alot of delivery systems, and what ever else they need.

10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Why not! I do not believe that the USA is even capable of producing armaments we may need in the future. The foreign countries will make the weapons of war cheaper but what if they take to the other side and refuse us? All of our large foundries in the USA have closed years ago. We will be crippled and not do as Teddy Roosevelt said–Walk softly but carry a big stick. It does not help to have a sitting President whose Son buys as a broker for the CCP and their money fund strategic companies that produce military sensitive parts.. Now they are owned by the CCP and the Biden Clan of Grifters especially the big guy all benefit financially in what could be th demise of the USA

David Delia
David Delia
10 months ago

Make love not war, but first bomb China!

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