Archive for the ‘Military & Intelligence News’ Category

Military & Intelligence News – Feb. 20th, 2017

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Five items in total…

China: Efforts to “dominate” space successfully forging ahead

Australia: New agency launched to vet ownership bids due to national security concerns over Chinese investments

Australia: Expected to be in the firing line if US and China go to war over the South China Sea

Russia: Mass production of advanced fifth-generation PAK FA fighter plane to commence this year

U.K: Royal Navy facing the highest level of activity from the Russian Fleet since the end of the Cold War

Military & Intelligence News – Jan. 15th, 2017

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Six items in total…

China: Massive effort to “dominate space” continues unchecked

U.S.A: Navy to expand, emphasis on destroyers and attack submarines

China: Anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems now installed on all seven South China Sea artificial islands

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Military & Intelligence News – Nov. 26th, 2016

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Five items in total…

Germany: Because of strained relations with Ankara, Berlin is considering moving its Tornado reconnaissance jets out of the Turkish airbase at Incirlik – alternatives in Cyprus, Jordan and Kuwait being considered

U.S.A: China is a major trade partner, and an aggressive Communist nation – “Are we in danger of a Trojan Horse?

U.K: “It is vital for our country and the world that the Prime Minister ends this cowardly and dangerous cult of appeasement… and defends our soldiers with as much courage as they show in defending us”

U.S.A: Seawolf submarines were designed to counter the Russian Kula-class boats (in-depth analysis)

Russia: Dutch submarine detected following aircraft carrier fleet “forced to flee

Military & Intelligence News – September 30th, 2016

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Eleven items in total…

China: The strategic and military implications of the PLA’s “quantum satellite” experiments

Vietnam: Rocket systems deployed to threaten China’s “artificial island” air bases

Eastern Europe: Even Belarus is arming itself – “No one wants to be the next Ukraine
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Military & Intelligence News – August 26th, 2016

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Eight items in total…

China: Development of the “world’s largest flying boat” sets off race to acquire “amphibians” in the Asia-Pacific oceanic region

Russia: “Dozens” of new underground nuclear command bunkers show Moscow is moving ahead with a “major strategic forces modernization program”

U.S.A: Crisis as USAF expects to be 700 fighter pilots short “in just a couple of years” – airlines pay much better…

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Turkish crisis over?

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Turkey seems to have calmed down, and Danish planes are now flying from Incirlik on missions against ISIS. What exactly happened may never be known, but in all likelihood the Turks were testing the limits. Erdogan is still very dangerous, and determined to either flood Europe with “refugees” or get non-visa travel for Turkish citizens into Europe, which would have the same long-term effect.

The initial Russian stories may have been somewhat exaggerated, but the underlying problems still remain, including concerns about stashing nukes in unstable countries…

Hopefully, with the base seemingly back to normal, this will be the end of it.

Jeff Goodall.

Will Turkey seize the U.S. nuclear weapons at Incirlik?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

“On Sunday, July 31, thousands of Turks mobbed the gates of the NATO airbase at Incirlik, threatening to seize the facility from the U.S. for allegedly supporting a failed military coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan… The U.S. should immediately remove all nuclear weapons from Turkey and relocate them in European NATO countries or bring them back to the United States… It may be that Obama’s Defense Department has been so taken by surprise by events in Turkey that they are unprepared to execute emergency contingency plans to remove nuclear weapons from Incirlik.” (1).

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Military & Intelligence News – August 2nd, 2016

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Twelve items in total…

U.S.A: A-10 Warthogs practice landing on and taking off from the Jägala-Käravete Highway in northern Estonia

China: The Jiaolong (Water Dragon) AG600 seaplane – likely the world’s largest amphibious aircraft – believed designed for use in the South China Sea

U.S.A: “Serious religious liberty concerns” raised by Pentagon’s “gender dysphoria” policy – “mixed genitalia” will be present in military bathrooms, showers and barracks…

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The Incirlik air base crisis continues…

Monday, August 1st, 2016

I am aware of unconfirmed reports from a reliable source that it was reported by various intelligence agencies in May this year that two American B61 nuclear weapons are up for sale on the European black market, and that “high grade” US weapons are also missing from various inventory reports.

These include “B-1 weapons”, which I imagine means weapons deliverable by B-1 bombers, which could be conventional or nuclear. France has at some point released an intelligence report that security at “a military base in Turkey, used by US coalition forces”, has been breached by “unknown forces”.

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Turkey, America, Fethullah Gulen, and the Incirlik air base

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Although the present situation seems to have commenced less than 24 hours ago, I think it significant that nothing drastic has happened as yet; if the Turks were up to serious mischief, they wouldn’t have waited this long to make a move against the base itself, and if another “coup” is brewing, it has yet to show itself.

Going by several different sources, (some links below), “the move is a surprising action taken against an important U.S. strategic asset.” Turkey cut power to the base for almost a week after the recent coup attempt, requiring internal power generation. This will have been deeply worrying to the U.S. military, and Dr. Michael Rubin, a middle east expert at the American Enterprise Institute, is quoted by the Daily Caller as saying that “the Turkish government’s actions were akin to taking Incirlik airbase hostage” (1).

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