MONDAY PDB – Europe Needs to Defend Itself, US Border Now ‘Wide Open,’ Nukes for Taiwan? Lt. Col. Scheller Court Martial Double Standard? Has China Won the AI Race? Surprise – Taliban Won’t Contain ISIS, New Crisis with Iran? US Navy Nuclear Spies

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Today’s PDB includes a variety of critical national security issues.


Pentagon Watch

Stuart Scheller court martial for Afghanistan pullout is double standard. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who had criticized military leadership on social media for the poorly executed US exit from the Afghan war, has been charged with six crimes in a special court-martial.

WHY? Troops to get ‘climate literacy’ education under Pentagon’s new climate change plan. A military of “climate literate” troops and bases powered by microgrids, that’s the future envisioned by the Pentagon.

Navy nuclear engineer and wife arrested for trying to sell submarine secrets to foreign power. A Maryland-based Navy nuclear engineer and his wife have been arrested on charges of selling secret information about the design of nuclear power warships to someone they thought was a foreign power but was actually an undercover FBI agent.

Homeland Security

Border left ‘wide open’ after red states pull National Guard and police. The swarm of National Guard soldiers and state police that governors sent to guard the Texas-Mexico border earlier this summer is gone, leaving the border effectively unmanned with just 6% of the reinforcements left behind.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

We’ve left Afghanistan — but its consequences are just starting to arrive. Washington’s conventional wisdom held in recent years that Americans wanted to “end endless wars” around the world, particularly in Afghanistan.

Afghan turncoat soldier who killed 3 Australians released by Qatar. Officials say an Afghan army deserter who murdered three Australian soldiers has been released from custody in Qatar and his whereabouts are not known.

SURPRISE – Taliban say they won’t work with US to contain Islamic State. Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives met this weekend in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The U.S. has made it clear the talks are not a preamble to recognition.

National Security

Needed: A transatlantic agreement on European strategic autonomy. The United States has resisted European Union calls for a greater degree of European strategic autonomy in the realm of defense and security. The United States should drop its objections, agree with its European allies on how to ensure that strategic autonomy results in greater European strategic responsibility, and then embed that agreement in both NATO’s new strategic concept and the European Union’s new strategic compass.

China Threat

China has won AI battle with U.S., Pentagon’s ex-software chief says. China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the Pentagon’s former software chief told the Financial Times.

Does Taiwan need nuclear weapons to deter China? Back in August in the Washington Examiner, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Michael Rubin contended that Taiwan must go nuclear in the wake of the disastrous American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Russia Threat

Poland says Belarusian services fired towards its troops. Poland summoned the Belarusian charge d’affaires on Friday, a foreign ministry spokesman said, after border guards accused the Belarusian side of shooting at Polish soldiers patrolling the frontier.

SFAB troops and an aviation brigade will rotate to Europe next. Part of an Army security force assistance brigade and a combat aviation brigade will rotate to Europe soon, the service announced Friday afternoon.

Iran Threat

A new crisis between America and Iran looms. President Joe Biden has been trying to revive the nuclear agreement with Iran that Barack Obama negotiated in 2015 and Donald Trump tore up three years later.


America’s veterans hold a reserve of national security strength we should tap. Relying as we have on uniformed military resources likely will prove inadequate in the future. A solution can be found among America’s 18 million veterans.

The Army’s M4, M16 and SAW replacement is on its way. Replacements for the M4 carbine, the M16 and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon are on track to be in production in about a 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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