WEDNESDAY PDB – Biden’s Afghan Collapse Coming Soon, Russian ZAPAD Military Drills, US and Asian Allies Naval Drills in Singapore, Punishing Troops who Refuse Mandatory COVID Vaccines, Biden’s Progressive Pick for Defense Policy Chief

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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 – Coast Guard, National Guard Bureau Prepping for Mandatory COVID Vaccines. Why? A diverse Corps is necessary to implement future force design, top official says. Hair, hands and hosiery: Air Force overhauling outdated rules on airmen’s looks.

Space War. Digital engineering shows promise of cheaper, more flexible missile warning constellations.

N Korea repeats threat as US says joint military drills are defensive.

Mara Karlin confirmed to lead Pentagon strategy.

U.S. officials warn collapse of Afghan capital could come sooner than expected.

And MORE.

READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:

Defense Budget

Senate Democrats vote down $50B defense infrastructure boost. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected a Republican proposal to add $50 billion in defense infrastructure spending to Democrats’ budget resolution.

A note to Rep. Luria: Our US Navy is doing fine. A former Pentagon official argues Rep. Elaine Luria is mistaken when she says the Navy is facing unreasonable fiscal and bureaucratic constraints because of the power of the Joint Staff.

Pentagon Watch

Here’s what will happen to US troops who refuse mandatory COVID-19 vaccines. Once vaccines for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) become mandatory, U.S. service members could face a range of punishments including administrative separation and court-martial for refusing to get inoculated, legal experts said.

Coast Guard, National Guard Bureau Prepping for Mandatory COVID Vaccines. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Air and Army National Guards are prepping for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines when the time comes, service officials said Tuesday.

Progressive DoD Staffer – Sasha Baker – tapped for lead policy role at Pentagon. President Joe Biden will announce White House national security official Sasha Baker as his pick for deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, Defense News has learned.

Mara Karlin confirmed to lead Pentagon strategy. The Senate has confirmed veteran defense official Mara Karlin to lead Pentagon strategy hours after Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., announced he’d lifted a procedural hold on the nomination over China policy concerns.

Why? A diverse Corps is necessary to implement future force design, top official says. Marine Brig. Gen. A.T. Williamson, director of manpower plans and policy, says the Corps must have increased diversity to succeed on the complex battlefields of the future.

Hair, hands and hosiery: Air Force overhauling outdated rules on airmen’s looks. The Air Force is introducing hot-weather uniforms, allowing morale patches on Fridays and more.

National Security

Space War. Digital engineering shows promise of cheaper, more flexible missile warning constellations. The proliferation of anti-satellite weapons is challenging the military’s approach of putting all of its billion-dollar eggs (exquisite satellites) in one basket (far-out geosynchronous orbit).

Afghanistan

U.S. officials warn collapse of Afghan capital could come sooner than expected. The Biden administration is preparing for Afghanistan’s capital to fall far sooner than feared only weeks ago, as a rapid disintegration of security has prompted the revision of an already stark intelligence assessment predicting Kabul could be overrun within six to 12 months of the U.S. military departing.

China Threat

Navy, partner nations launch SEACAT exercise in Singapore. SEACAT aims to foster enhanced cooperation between Southeast Asian countries when faced with crises, contingencies or illegal activities in the maritime domain.

Russia Threat

NATO chief flags Baltic tensions ahead of Zapad military drill. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance will keep a close eye on “hybrid activities” by Belarus against alliance member Lithuania.

North Korea Threat

N Korea repeats threat as US says joint military drills are defensive. Talking to reporters in Washington, State Department spokesperson Ned Price stressed that the drills were “purely defensive in nature.”

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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Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…IT is CRAZY to COURT MARTIAL a SOLDIER for NOT Wanting a COVID SHOT. THAT is NOT the RIGHT WAY to TREAT AMERICAS FINEST. I Have NOT Gotten the SHOT Yet Because the LORD GOD Has NOT Compelled Me to Do So. GOD Has HIS REASONS for EVERYTHING. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄


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