TUESDAY PDB – China is the Real Threat to America’s Democracy, Russia Invasion Threat Looms, US Spy Planes over Ukraine, 2021-Year of Africa Coups, Biden’s Afghan Refugee Diaspora, Space was the Place in 2021, Taiwan’s Critical Microchip Industry at Risk in Conflict

Cpl. Bradley Penn, a section leader with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, talks to members of the village of Kace Satar, Afghanistan, during a patrol of the village Nov. 11. / Photo via the Marines

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


China Threat

THE REAL THREAT TO AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY – Americans must rally against the real threat to our democracy: China. Make an early New Year’s resolution for your country’s sake: Even if you won’t put down your dueling sabers with the other side in our endless cultural and political wars, you will at least try to see that the real danger is China.

Japan agrees to launch military hotline with China next year. Japan’s defense minister Nobuo Kishi agreed to launch a military hotline with China next year, Japan’s government spokesperson said on Tuesday, citing recent talks between Kishi and his Chinese counterpart.

Taiwan chip industry emerges as battlefront in US-China showdown. The island dominates production of the chips that power almost all advanced civilian and military technologies. That leaves the U.S. and Chinese economies extremely reliant on plants that would be in the line of fire in an attack on Taiwan. It’s a vulnerability stoking alarm in Washington.

Russia Threat

US, Russia set for Jan. 10 security talks amid Ukraine tensions. U.S. and Russian officials will hold security talks on Jan. 10 to discuss concerns about their respective military activity and confront rising tensions over Ukraine, the two countries said.

Two American spy planes just flew right over Ukraine. Their mission: Map the nearby Russian Army. A pair of the U.S. Air Force’s best surveillance planes on Monday flew over eastern Ukraine fewer than 40 miles from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

Satellite images track new Russian military deployments near Ukraine. One image shows what is believed to be a new unit in a training area near the town of Valuyki, Russia, which is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of the Russia-Ukraine border.

Ukraine requires women to register for military conscription as Russia threat looms. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has significantly expanded the pool of Ukrainian women who are required to register for possible military conscription in the event of a major war.

Iran Threat

Iran nuclear talks resume with Tehran focused on sanctions relief. Indirect talks between Iran and the United States on salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed on Monday with Tehran focused on one side of the original bargain, lifting sanctions against it, despite scant progress on reining in its atomic activities.

International Security

2021, the year military coups returned to the stage in Africa. This year, there were four successful military takeovers across the continent – in Chad, Mali, Guinea and Sudan – up from one in 2020.

Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster

Unsettled: Afghans are searching for home after escaping the Taliban. Most fled on U.S. military aircraft. Others escaped on commercial flights, or private or allied planes. They were uprooted and scattered across the globe.

Taliban claims it brought security to Afghanistan after US withdrawal despite economic collapse. Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi’s told Al-Jazeera Network on Dec. 23 that the Taliban is sticking to the Doha Agreement and claimed that Afghanistan has not been used to plot attacks on the U.S.

Military and Space

Air Force got a new leader, a new fighter plan and can ditch old planes: 2021 in Review. In 2021, Air Force laid a path for big changes coming down the line in 2022 and beyond.

Space was the place, including for starry-eyed optimism: 5 Stories From 2021. From floating billionaires to rockets for delivering military cargo to space weapons tests, there was so much going on it was almost impossible to keep up, much less choose the most significant stories of the 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.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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