WEDNESDAY PDB – Did Gen. Milley Undermine Trump? Biden Afghan Retreat a “Strategic Failure,’ Biden Weakening on China. Russia Immediate Threat but China Threat Greater, US and N. Korea Test Hypersonic Missiles

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley (left) hosts the retirement ceremony for the outgoing commander of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Tampa, Florida, March 28, 2019. / Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

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Pentagon Watch

Milley denies working to undermine Trump or civilian control of the military. In his first comments to lawmakers on the controversy, the Joint Chiefs Chairman said his moves in the final days of the Trump presidency were all routine.

National security on the brink: What Congress and the public need to know. Milley is quoted in two phone calls with General Li Zuocheng, first reiterating that despite Chinese intelligence to the contrary the U.S. was not preparing to attack.

Marine lieutenant colonel who demanded ‘accountability’ in brig, not charged. Four UCMJ charges are being considered.

Former Navy secretary registers as foreign agent to lobby on Australian sub deal. Donald Winter, who served as secretary of the Navy during the George W. Bush administration, has registered as a foreign agent to represent Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia in the country’s negotiations with the U.S. and U.K. to acquire an American-made nuclear-powered submarine.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Senior leaders didn’t want to leave Afghanistan. Senior military leaders admitted for the first time that President Biden didn’t take their advice.

Pentagon leaders: Kabul withdrawal was a ‘strategic failure.’ “We helped build a state … but we could not forge a nation,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said of the two-decade war effort.

Homeland Security 

No major incidents of illegal activity’: DHS told Pentagon as pro-Trump mob breached Capitol. A communication on Jan. 6 from a key DHS hub that was emailed to senior Army leaders dramatically undersold the unfolding chaos.

National Security

Threats from Russia more immediate, but threats from China greater: report. For the United States, the 20-year war in Afghanistan may over, but threats and challenges from so-called near-peer competitors remain.

Opinion: The source of the ‘Havana syndrome’ must be found. National security demands it. After nearly five years, someone and something is still causing serious injury to U.S. officials abroad.

China Threat

Biden’s will to resist China is faltering. Washington’s abandonment of Afghanistan hung like a dark cloud over the lofty language in President Biden’s speech to the United Nations last week. It offered meager hope to the Afghan people now destined to suffer again under the Taliban’s barbaric rule.

China plans to unveil drones, moon rocket at air show. China plans to show off its latest military and space hardware.

North Korea

North Korea says hypersonic missile made 1st test flight. North Korea said Wednesday it successfully tested a new hypersonic missile it implied was being developed as nuclear capable, as it continues to expand its military capabilities and pressure Washington and Seoul over long-stalled negotiations over its nuclear weapons.


The Pentagon finally tests a hypersonic missile without screwing it up. he U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tried again to test a hypersonic cruise missile. This time, the speedy missile didn’t just fall off the B-52 carrying it and tumble to the ground, as happened last year.


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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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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10 months ago

China is the biggest Threat to the U.S.!

10 months ago

China is the Biggest Threat to the U,S,A,!

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