MONDAY PDB – Biden Says US Will Defend Taiwan – Again, Biden Warns Putin Not to Use Nukes in Ukraine, Ban China’s TikTok at Critical US Agencies, World Leaders Attend Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral

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Biden and world leaders set to attend state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II. US President Joe Biden will join a long slate of world leaders on Monday for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral inside London’s Westminster Abbey, where royal pageantry will be on full display to pay tribute to a monarch whose rule spanned seven decades.


GOP lawmaker wants to eliminate TikTok at critical federal agencies and military posts. Rep. Dusty Johnson’s “Block the Tok Act” would ban the app from government and personal phones at the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security.


Half a billion dollars of illegal narcotics seized by US Coast Guard in massive bust. They offloaded 24,700 pounds of cocaine and 3,892 pounds of marijuana.


HERE WE GO AGAIN – Biden tells 60 Minutes US troops would defend Taiwan, but White House says this is not official US policy. Last Thursday, the same day 60 Minutes spoke to President Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin met with China’s leader, Xi Jinping. There’s concern that Russia’s war in Ukraine could inspire China to attack the island of Taiwan. U.S. policy since 1979 has been to recognize Taiwan as part of China but remains silent on whether the U.S. military would defend the democratic government there.

Pentagon pushes defense companies to limit use of Chinese supplies. Finding China-made alloys in F-35 jets has put U.S. officials on alert as they seek to limit vulnerabilities.

Lawmakers want to increase military training for Taiwan as tensions with China intensify. U.S. military training for Taiwan could be stepped up under a proposal making its way through Congress.


‘HE IS SERIOUS’ – President Biden warns Vladimir Putin not to use nuclear weapons: “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.” The Biden administration has announced another $600 million in military aid to help the Ukrainian army maintain momentum against Russia. In an interview for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” Scott Pelley spoke with President Biden about Ukraine’s recent battlefield success — and the dangers that could bring.

Putin can’t achieve Ukraine goal, US military intel (DIA) chief says. The Pentagon’s intelligence chief says Russian President Vladimir Putin is at a point where he will have to revise his initial aims in invading Ukraine.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 208. Ukraine troops have advanced to the eastern bank of the Oskil River, threatening Russian occupation forces in the eastern Donbas region. Crossing the Oskil is another important milestone in Ukraine’s counteroffensive.

US weighs escalation risk as Ukraine asks for longer-range missiles. Will ATACMS become the latest weapon that Washington has initially withheld, but ultimately given?

German, Estonian troops to practice defense of Tallinn harbor, airport. Estonian and German forces will train to defend critical infrastructure near the capital of Tallinn next month, a scenario in line with NATO’s new concept of strengthened forward defense, according to officials from both countries.

NATO forges plans to surge forces to Baltics in a crisis. Estonia is planning new training areas and infrastructure under a defense budget increase.


US aircraft carrier to visit South Korea for first time since 2018. A U.S. aircraft carrier will visit South Korea this week for joint drills for the first time in about four years, officials of both countries said on Monday, as the allies seek to deploy U.S. nuclear-capable “strategic assets” to deter North Korea.


Trial to start for sailor accused of setting Navy warship on fire. Ryan Sawyer Mays has been charged with aggravated arson and the willful hazarding of a vessel — namely, the USS Bonhomme Richard. He has denied any wrongdoing.

HAPPY 75th FLYBOYS – The Air Force celebrates 75 years with a birthday showcase. The service celebrated with flyovers, a party and even cake.


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