WEDNESDAY PDB – Why Did Trump Have Foreign Nuclear Secrets at Mar-a-Lago? Fear of Radiation Spreading to NATO from Russian-occupied Nuke Plant in Ukraine, US Allies in Pacific Uniting Against China

WEDNESDAY PDB – Why Did Trump Have Foreign Nuclear Secrets at Mar-a-Lago? Fear of Radiation Spreading to NATO from Russian-occupied Nuke Plant in Ukraine, US Allies in Pacific Uniting Against China

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FOR ‘Fs” SAKE , TRUMP – Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. Some seized documents were so closely held, only the president, a Cabinet-level or near-Cabinet level official could authorize others to know.

What will NATO do if radiation from Zaporizhzhia reaches its members? Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has warned that if Russia were to launch a cyber-attack on Ukraine, the effects could spread to Poland — a NATO member — triggering NATO’s collective defense principle, Article 5, and leading to a larger war.


Election-security efforts largely successful, CISA official says. CISA leader says public-private partnerships, better resource sharing are warding off threats to voting systems.

GOOD RIDDANCE – Soldier who said he wanted combat experience to kill Black people booted after FBI probe. A former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division who has been arrested said he enlisted to become more proficient at killing Black people and made overt references to white supremacy.

HE DESERVES TIME – BUT 10 YEARS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND POLITICAL – 10 years for veteran who hit cop with Marine Corps flag on Jan. 6. Thomas Webster’s prison sentence is the longest so far among roughly 250 people who have been punished for their conduct during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.


US approves $1.1 billion Taiwan arms sale. The State Department on Friday announced a $1.1 billion arms package for Taipei after weeks of mounting tension with China in the Taiwan Strait following an August visit from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Congress quietly debates new sea-based nuclear weapons amid China tensions. Both the House and Senate Armed Forces committees approved a provision to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act that allows for additional funds for the Navy’s Sea-Launched Cruise Missile-­Nuclear program, better known as SLCM-N.

Japan, US, Philippines to step up maritime security ties. An American diplomat in Tokyo on Tuesday criticized China’s “increasingly hostile maritime actions” as a threat to the safety of waterways in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific, as the United States seeks to strengthen security cooperation with allies Japan and the Philippines.


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 196. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has urged Russia and Ukraine to agree to a demilitarized perimeter around the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The Russian-installed commandant of a southern Ukrainian city was seriously wounded in a blast, an official said, the latest in a series of apparent assassination attempts in occupied areas.

Russia is so desperate for fighters it’s trying to recruit at homeless shelters. The Kremlin is also looking at recruiting convicted criminals.

OVERSIGHT NEEDED – Congress wants more details on latest Ukraine aid request. Several U.S. senators on Tuesday asked for additional briefings and reports on President Joe Biden’s new $13.7 billion funding request for Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion.


COALITION WARFARE VS CHINA – South Korea, Japan discuss goals at Australia’s Pitch Black exercise. Japan and South Korea have both sent combat aircraft to Australia for the first time to take part in a large multinational air combat exercise.


WILL HE INVITE TALIBAN TO CEREMONY AFTER HANDING AFGHANISTAN BACK TO THEM A YEAR AGO? Biden to commemorate anniversary of 9/11 attacks at Pentagon. President Joe Biden will mark the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday by delivering remarks and laying a wreath at the Pentagon, the White House said Tuesday.


NO MORE AUTOMATIC ‘PIZZA STAIN’ AWARD FOR JUST COMPLETING BOOT CAMP – National Defense Service Medal won’t be awarded after December. Following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the formal end of combat operations in Iraq, the Defense Department is preparing to truly transition the military out of a wartime posture.

‘Fat Leonard’ escape is latest twist in Navy bribery case. Leonard Glenn Francis, known as “Fat Leonard,” pleaded guilty in 2015 to offering $500,000 in bribes to Navy officers.

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