MONDAY PDB – Russia Threatens ‘Direct Military Confrontation’ with US, Fake DHS Agents Posed Threat, US Must Convince China it Can’t Win a War

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 8, 2012) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up stores from the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AO 10) during a vertical replenishment with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). / U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released

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FRAUD OR ESPIONAGE? Men posing as DHS employees created potential national security risk, prosecutors say. Authorities detailed the case against two men who they say ingratiated themselves with Secret Service agents.


EXACTLY – The Pentagon must ‘campaign’ against China, not hope for a goal-line stand. To dissuade aggression, the U.S. military must continuously persuade its adversaries to doubt their chances of success.


BLUSTER OR THREAT? Russia warns of ‘direct military confrontation’ with US as Russian forces in Ukraine retreat. Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov, however, earlier said the West is provoking Russia.

THE BUTCHER OF SYRIA – Russia appoints new Ukraine war commander, US official says. A U.S. official said Russia named Gen. Alexander Dvornikov as commander of an armed campaign that Russian authorities still call a “special military operation.”

US warns of major assault as Russian military shifts its focus. American military officials said they expect Russian troops to carry out a major offensive from the city of Izium to Dnipro, which is a strategic target.

Patriot missile battery heading to Slovakia amid Ukraine invasion response. The Army will send a Patriot missile battery to Slovakia, the Pentagon announced Friday, to backfill that country’s air defense capabilities.

Ukraine’s Zelensky says tens of thousands killed in Mariupol, seeks military aid from S.Korea. “Mariupol has been destroyed, there are tens of thousands of dead, but even despite this, the Russians are not stopping their offensive,” Zelenskiy said in a video address to South Korean lawmakers.

Inside the covert network sending arms and drones to Ukraine forces. The defense of Ukraine has mobilized citizens from every sector of life.


AND NUKE BOMBS TOO – Iran promises to continue developing peaceful nuclear program. Saturday’s ceremony, attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami, had several displays of radiopharmaceuticals mainly aimed at treating and preventing the spread of cancer, several uses of plasma technology, including deployment of cold plasma to treat cancer patients, and displays of laser-based technology for industrial uses.


Russia’s new world order is bad news for Africa. Rather than following the lead of despots like Putin and Xi, Africa should chart its own path.

Israeli air raids target positions in Syria. Israel launched new air raids on locations in Syria where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Lebanon’s Hezbollah have a presence, a human rights monitoring group said.

Pakistan’s parliament set to elect new prime minister. Pakistan’s parliament was set to meet on Monday to elect a new prime minister, with opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif the favorite to win after a week-long constitutional crisis that climaxed on Sunday when Imran Khan lost a no-confidence vote.

A historian at ICE hunts Latin American war criminals in the US. For as long as immigrants fleeing conflict have arrived in the United States, a tiny number of fugitive war criminals have hidden among them. The number of alleged war criminals from Central America, absconding after civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala in the 1980s, dwarfs any other population of human rights abusers living in the United States. A historian working for ICE helps hunt them down.


As classified B-21 bomber nears flight, secret facility sees more curious ‘probing.’ Home to top secret projects, Air Force’s Plant 42 is nirvana for aviation enthusiasts, who apparently sometimes take their interest too far.

Marines at consulate in Shanghai are not out of food, despite reports. A Marine Corps official has confirmed the Marines have food.


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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