WEDNESDAY PDB – Marines Ramp up for China Fight, Israel’s Covert War Against Iran, Should Troops Use Personal Cell Phones on Domestic Deployments? Finns and Swedes Can Aid US with Naval Tactics for Pacific

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UNTIL CHINA TAKES OVER SIBERIA – On China-Russia border, new bonds are forged against US over Ukraine. Western governments have rallied to the cause of Ukraine, in Europe, and Taiwan, in Asia, calling them bastions of the “free” world that must not fall. In China, these moves are seen as worrisome attempts to ramp up the Western sphere of influence on the doorsteps of Russia and China.

INTERESTING – NATO ties to Finland and Sweden could aid US with useful tactics for the Pacific, naval experts say. If Sweden and Finland succeed in joining NATO, their addition could provide the fringe benefit of enhancing U.S. strategies and tactics against a rival far removed from Atlantic waters, according to analysts.

GOOD QUESTION – What are we getting for record defense spending? Next year’s national defense spending — for the Defense Department, the Department of Energy [for nuclear weapons] and other security agencies — may be tens of billions more than the $813 fiscal 2023 billion budget sought by President Biden and perhaps the only important legislation that will draw major bipartisan support in Congress.


IDIOT – Civilian finds rifle left in unlocked vehicle by Guardsman on border mission. A National Guardsman on the southern border mission left a loaded M4 rifle in an unlocked vehicle Thursday, which was quickly found by a civilian.


Navy destroyer in South China Sea after Taiwan Strait flyover by recon plane. A U.S. Navy warship entered the South China Sea over the weekend, one day after a Navy reconnaissance aircraft flew through the adjacent Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan rebuffs Philippines complaint about S China Sea live fire drills. Taiwan on Wednesday rebuffed a complaint from the Philippines about live fire drills around a Taiwan-controlled island deep in the South China Sea, saying it had the right to do so and always gives issues a warning of its exercises.


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 126. There is a real possibility Russia’s missile that hit a crowded shopping center in Kremenchuk and killed at least 18 people was intended for a nearby target, the British defense ministry said. A referendum for the mostly occupied Donetsk region to be absorbed into Russia will be held on September 11, the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol said.

CONSOLATION PRIZE – Near Kherson, Ukrainians regain territory in major counteroffensive. With Moscow concentrating its efforts on taking territory in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region — battering cities, towns and Kyiv’s troops with a near-constant barrage of artillery fire — Ukraine has been able to make steady gains in the south. Village by village, more of the strategically important Kherson region is returning to Ukrainian control — another sign that Russia’s forces might be overextended with a front line that stretches about 300 miles.

Veteran captured while fighting in Ukraine speaks to family. Family members of Alexander Drueke, one of two veterans captured while fighting in eastern Ukraine earlier this month who is being held by Russian-backed separatists, contacted his family via phone on Saturday, directly addressing his mother, Bunny Drueke, in the first alleged contact since videos and pictures of the two surfaced on Russian media over a week ago.

Turkey lifting objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Sweden and Finland to abandon their long-held nonaligned status and apply to join NATO. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had blocked the move, insisting the Nordic pair change their stance on Kurdish rebel groups that Turkey considers terrorists.


COVERT WAR – Israel’s spies have hit Iran hard. In Tehran, some big names paid the price. After a series of damaging failures, a senior Iranian intelligence official lost his job and a Revolutionary Guards general was said to have been arrested.


PUTIN’s AFRIKA CORPS – Russia’s Wagner Group in Mali spurs refugee spike in Mauritania. Malians are fleeing to nearby Mauritania to escape from bandits, fighters, the army and now Russian operatives. Read More

PRICE OF MARXIST REVOLUTION – Colombia Truth Commission presents final report on civil conflict. Colombia’s Truth Commission has presented its final report on the country’s long-running civil conflict, announcing that at least 450,664 people were killed over nearly six decades of fighting.


On the move: The Marines are retooling for war in the Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Marine Corps has divested a great deal of equipment that is not optimized for a fight in the littoral regions of the Asia-Pacific region

BAD IDEA – YOU FIGHT LIKE YOU TRAIN – National Guardsmen may soon use personal electronics in deployments. National Guardsmen may soon be able to use their personal electronic devices for official functions during domestic deployments to help fill a resources gap and reduce mobilization time, according to the service’s chief information officer.


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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