FRIDAY PDB – General Milley and Trump Fallout, Texas Sends State Police and Guard to Latest Biden Border Crisis, Congress to Honor 13 Troops Killed in Kabul, US Troops in Ukraine, Russia Deploys New S-500 Surface to Air Missiles, Leaving Somalia Hurts Our Counterterror efforts

As the sun sets near McAllen TX, migrants that have crossed the Rio Grande surrender to U.S. Border Patrol near an area known as Rincon. From here they will be transported to a processing center. / Photo by Mani Albrecht U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Pentagon Watch

Jan. 6 committee vows strong Pentagon oversight after Milley-Trump revelations. The House committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack is vowing to home in on senior Pentagon officials’ response to the assault following reports that Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured China that former President Donald Trump would not authorize a strike against the country.

Gaetz, Boebert, 25 Other Republicans Demand Army Investigate Milley After Controversial Calls. A group of 27 House Republicans are calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, following a report alleging that the general made two calls to his Chinese counterpart to reassure him that the U.S. was not going to attack China.

Generals should not have to break the rules to prevent nuclear war. Rather than criticizing Milley, we need to change the policy that put him in an impossible spot.

Homeland Security

Texas Gov. Abbott sends troops to assist Border Patrol after thousands of migrants arrive in Del Rio. Thousands of asylum seekers, mostly Haitians, have arrived in Del Rio in recent days, the latest in a surge of migration to the southern border that the Biden administration has struggled to handle, prompting the federal government to boost Border Patrol in the region and Gov. Greg Abbott to send in more state troopers and the Texas National Guard.

Marine veteran, an Oath Keepers member, pleads guilty in Jan. 6 riot. A member of the Oath Keepers militia group that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has pleaded guilty and will cooperate with investigators against his fellow militia members, marking another win for the Justice Department in its major conspiracy case stemming from the attack.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Afghanistan: Taliban’s Mullah Baradar denies rumors of his death. Former head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha says he is ‘absolutely fine and healthy’ amid rumours of internal divisions.

Senators introduce bill to honor 13 service members killed in Kabul. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would award Congressional Gold Medals to 13 U.S. service members killed in last month’s bombing at Kabul’s international airport.

National Security

British defense boss commiserates a bit with France over Australia submarine breakup. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace admitted if he were French he would be extremely disappointed over the Australian decision to ax a $65 billion deal with Naval Group to build diesel electric-submarines, but he said the move was done for strategic, not industrial, reasons.

Russia Threat

Army gears up for Rapid Trident Exercise in Ukraine. Roughly 300 U.S. soldiers will join approximately 6,000 troops from 12 nations participating in an annual multinational training exercise in Ukraine later this month.

Russia begins rollout of new S-500 air defence system – report. Russia has completed tests of its new S-500 surface-to-air missile system and has started supplying it to the armed forces, the RIA news agency quoted deputy prime minister Yuri Borisov as saying on Thursday.

Iran Threat

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence. Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview.

US troops are still in Syria and nobody can give a good answer as to why. The roughly 900 U.S. troops who are currently deployed to Syria are mostly invisible to Congress, the media, and the American public.

Africa

Out of Africa: the strategic mistake of U.S. disengagement from Somalia. There are compelling reasons for the United States to reengage in Somalia—an important front in the fight against global extremist networks.

France says leader of group behind 2017 deaths of four US troops in Niger killed. Rumors of the militant leader’s death had circulated for weeks in Mali, though authorities in the region had not confirmed it.

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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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