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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 – Service leaders have a month to come up with a plan to vaccinate all troops against COVID-19. Pentagon chief under fire for withholding information about deadly Kenya attack. Senate Dems’ $3.5T budget proposes small increases to defense spending.
Blinken’s warning on China’s nukes.
Russia’s quest for Mideast influence hindered by renewed fighting in Syria.
Hypersonic missile defense may depend on low earth orbit satellites.
As the US leaves Afghanistan, history suggests it may struggle to stay out.
Marine Corps helicopters flex on a 1,200-mile trip across Japan.
Service leaders have a month come up with a plan to vaccinate all troops against COVID-19. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s memo calls for the services to develop mandatory vaccination plans.
Pentagon chief under fire for withholding information about deadly Kenya attack. Frustrated lawmakers are pressuring Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for information about an attack last year in Kenya that killed three Americans, saying it is “simply unacceptable” for the Pentagon to stonewall Congress.
Senate Dems’ $3.5T budget proposes small increases to defense spending. Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that proposes limited increases for defense budgets through 2031.
National Security – Homeland Defense
How will the Pentagon close the homeland missile defense gap? The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is examining the possibility of building a layered ballistic missile defense architecture for the homeland that would bolster the current ground-based system in Alaska, all while a next-generation capability is developed and fielded.
Amid US Afghan withdrawal, Chinese, Russian militaries hold drill in northwest China. Chinese and Russian military forces are engaged in joint exercises in northwestern China as ties grow between the two autocratic states amid uncertainty over instability in Afghanistan.
US and China clash at UN over South China Sea disputes. In the latest incident last month, China’s military said it chased a U.S. warship from an area that it claims in the South China Sea, a statement the U.S. Navy called false.
Blinken’s warning on China’s nukes. America’s diplomatic differences with China on trade, Taiwan, the South China Sea and much else are familiar. But a new issue may be moving to center stage: Beijing’s historic buildup of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Tension on the Black Sea: What great power competition looks like from the deckplates. Though U.S. defense leaders often talk about great power competition in the future tense, the Navy’s leaders in U.S. 6th Fleet say it’s already taking place in Europe. Perhaps nowhere is that clearer than the Black Sea.
Russia’s quest for Mideast influence hindered by renewed fighting in Syria. Moscow had supported the Syrian government and brokered a cease-fire with rebels in Daraa, but now the pact is breaking.
North Korea Threat
N Korea vows stronger attack capabilities over US-S Korea military drills. Kim Yo Jong said continuing the drills exposed the hypocrisy of the Biden administration’s offers to resume dialogue over the North’s nuclear weapons program.
As US leaves Afghanistan, history suggests it may struggle to stay out. A decade ago, a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq opened the door for the Islamic State. Will the withdrawal from Afghanistan do the same for the Taliban?
The US is sending B-52s and AC-130 gunships back in Afghanistan to slow its impending collapse. The security situation in Afghanistan is so bad that the U.S. Air Force has brought out some of its biggest guns in an attempt to stop the Taliban’s blitzkrieg throughout the country.
US signals no increase in airstrikes as Taliban advance across Afghanistan. It is ultimately up to the Afghans to defend themselves, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
Military & Technology
Hypersonic missile defense may depend on low earth orbit satellites. Sensors in relatively low orbits may be the best way to spot superfast missiles—but they can’t do the job alone.
Marine Corps helicopters flex on 1,200-mile trip across Japan. It demonstrated the Corps’ ability to move helicopters long distances across the Pacific Ocean.
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