TUESDAY PDB – Partisan Witch Hunt Over Capitol Riot, Fabricated ‘Domestic Extremism’ In Military Threat, China’s Real Surging Threat, Russian Hybrid Warfare Against Poland via Belarus, Hacker Attacks on Sensitive US Targets, Dangerous and Growing Space Threats

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, help U.S. Army and British paratroopers perform a static line jump at Holland Drop Zone in preparation for Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01 at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 11, 2015. / U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Martin/Released

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Pentagon Watch

EXCLUSIVE Boeing US worker vaccine exemption requests top 11,000: sources. The number of Boeing employees seeking a vaccine exemption on religious or medical grounds has reached more than 11,000 – or nearly 9% of its U.S. workforce – a level many times higher than executives initially estimated, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Washington Watch

WITCH HUNT? – Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Flynn and Eastman, scrutinizing election plot. The partisan Democrat-led House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol issued new subpoenas on Monday for a half-dozen allies of former President Donald J. Trump, including his former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, as it moved its focus to an orchestrated effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Homeland Security

FABRICATED & POLITICIZED ‘THREAT’? – White House, Congress clash over how to combat extremism in the military. House Democrats and the Biden administration agree extremism in the military is a problem. But they don’t agree on what to do about it.

Hackers have breached organizations in defense and other sensitive sectors, security firm says. Suspected foreign hackers have breached nine organizations in the defense, energy, health care, technology and education sectors — and at least one of those organizations is in the US, according to findings that security firm Palo Alto Networks shared exclusively with CNN.

National Security

Pentagon: Allies’ ‘views and perspectives’ being considered in nuclear posture review. The U.S. has consulted with allies regarding its ongoing Nuclear Posture Review and will continue to do so, the Pentagon said Nov. 8 after a media report indicated other nations have been pressing President Joe Biden not to change American policy on the use of nuclear weapons.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Military can’t find ISIS safe house that prompted Kabul drone strike. The Pentagon’s latest admission illustrates the botched intelligence behind the strike that mistakenly killed 10 civilians in August.

Baby handed to US troops in Kabul airlift chaos still missing: report. Fearing their two-month old baby would get crushed in the chaos during Kabul airlift chaos, the parents handed him to the soldier, thinking they would soon get to the entrance.

China Threat

China ‘clearly’ developing aviation and maritime capabilities to counter US in Indo-Pacific, says Pentagon. China continues to pursue both aviation and maritime capabilities to counter the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.

US eyes January rollout of first projects to counter China’s Belt and Road -official. The United States plans to invest in five to 10 large infrastructure projects around the world in January as part of a broader Group of Seven program to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

Xi Jinping is about to cement his hold on power in China. Those in Washington wondering how long they will have to put up with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his hardline policies are about to get a hint that they probably won’t like.

Russia Threat

RUSSIAN HYBRID WARFARE – Crisis worsens on Poland-Belarus border as migrants congregate and troops are mobilized. Tensions are escalating on the border between Poland and Belarus, after Polish officials again accused their neighbor of helping move migrants toward the frontier and warned that thousands of additional military personnel have been mobilized to respond to confrontations.

Iran Threat

NO GUARANTEES WITHOUT SENATE-RATIFIED TREATY- Iran wants US assurances it will never abandon nuclear deal if revived. Iran said on Monday that the United States should provide guarantees that it will not abandon Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers again, if talks to revive the agreement succeed.

The US counts on Qatar to look out for its interests in the Middle East. The days of U.S. foreign policy amounting to a moralistic John Ford movie — with the world clearly drawn up into a list of “good guys” and “bad guys” — is as obsolete as the neo-conservative (on the right) and Wilsonian (on the left) thinking that led us into disaster in the first place.

North Korea Threat

North Korea stages artillery firing drill in latest weapons test. North Korea has conducted artillery firing exercises to bolster its defense capability, state media reported Sunday, its latest weapons test as Pyongyang continues to pressure Washington and Seoul to abandon what it calls their hostile policy.

Space Threat

Space Force wants a more detailed picture of what other nations are doing in space. Lt. Gen. Armagno: ‘From a military perspective, there’s a need to understand more deeply the space domain.’

Space could be the next frontier for cyber threats. Cyber analysts are pushing the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up cyber protections for satellites and other space-based systems, which they say are far too vulnerable to hacks that could upend large parts of the economy.


Military surgeons are losing medical skills, study says. Could off-base care be why? U.S. military surgeons are losing their skills at a “precipitous rate” as the number of surgical procedures performed in military hospitals has declined, a study has found.



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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.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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