WEDNESDAY PDB – Did Trump Conceal and Remove Classified Docs at Mar-a-Lago? Biden Caused Severe ‘Moral Injury’ to US Vets with Reckless Afghan Retreat, Is Ukraine’s Southern Counter Offensive a Turning Point? US Coast Guard’s Growing Role Off Africa

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NATIONAL SECURITY

Russia and China’s space weapon plans spur high-level Pentagon meeting. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will hold a classified meeting at the Pentagon next week to grapple with Russia and China’s possible pursuit of novel space weapons, according to a publicly posted agenda.

NO BUENO, TRUMP – DOJ says Trump team likely ‘concealed and removed’ classified docs at Mar-a-Lago. The Justice Department’s filing came in response to a motion from Donald Trump for a third party to review the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.

Mikhail Gorbachev, who steered Soviet breakup, dead at 91. Mikhail Gorbachev, who set out to revitalize the Soviet Union [in the face of a relentless offensive by U.S. president Ronald Reagan] but ended up unleashing forces that led to the collapse of communism, the breakup of the state and the end of the Cold War, died Tuesday. The last Soviet leader was 91.

HOMELAND SECURITY

RESPECT! – Army veteran ‘died a hero’ confronting Oregon Safeway shooter. One of the men shot to death at a Safeway store in Bend, Oregon, Sunday night died a hero after confronting the shooter, police said Monday.

CHINA THREAT

Japan plans longer-range missiles to counter China, Russia. Japan has become increasingly alarmed about China and Russia’s ambitions amid a number of territorial disputes.

RUSSIA THREAT – UKRAINE WAR

Ukraine tries to make southern offensive a turning point in war. Kyiv is looking to prove that its forces can retake territory and evict Russian forces from land seized early in the invasion, in an effort to sustain international support and shape the next phase of the conflict.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 189. Ukrainian troops have attacked Russian positions along the entire front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. An International Atomic Energy Agency convoy has set off from Kyiv towards the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

Ukraine using wooden decoys to lure Russia into wasting its missiles. Ukraine is reportedly using wooden decoys of advanced US rocket systems to trick Russia into wasting its missiles on them.

NORTH KOREA THREAT

US, S Korean troops practice war with eye on N Korea and ‘near-peer’ enemies. Tanks and howitzers sent smoke and shockwaves through the air less than 20 miles from the fortified border with North Korea on Wednesday, as more than 1,000 South Korean and U.S. troops held a major live-fire exercise in stepped up practice for war.

IRAN THREAT

US Navy halts Iranian boat from seizing a 5th Fleet unmanned vessel. The U.S. Navy halted one of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels from confiscating a 5th Fleet unmanned surface vessel in the Arabian Gulf.

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

Coast Guard carves out strategic niche in Africa. The Coast Guard’s centuries-old mission of defending U.S. shores and enforcing the nation’s laws has led to a demand for its skills abroad, including giving the service a role in America’s broader goals in Africa.

The French just gave us another lesson in how not to fight terrorism. The withdrawal of the last remaining French troops from Mali this month has inflicted a serious blow to Western military efforts to curtail a growing Islamist threat spreading across the Sahel region of Africa.

BIDEN’S AFGHAN FIASCO

Vets group asks Biden to recognize moral injuries caused by his reckless Afghan retreat. A veteran-led group asked President Joe Biden to do more to acknowledge the distress caused by the messy end of the Afghanistan war during a call on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the U.S. military withdrawal.

For women allies left behind in Afghanistan, life is hell. Hussaini is one of the thousands of allies, particularly women, left behind in dangerous conditions when coalition forces withdrew from Afghanistan a year ago.

US MILITARY AND SPACE

HOW ABOUT JUST RECRUITING THOSE WHO WANT TO SERVE – OR BRING BACK THE DRAFT?! – Air Force leaders set new goals to diversify officer corps. The directive aims to create a “force more representative of our nation,” the memo said.

HOLY SMOKES! – Army grounds entire CH-47 Chinook helicopter fleet over engine fires. An Army spokesperson confirmed the move in a Tuesday evening statement.

END of PDB

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