272: IDF Destroying Tunnels in Rafah + Finnish Leaders: No Appetite for Troops in Ukraine + US & Japan Collaborate on Hypersonic-Glide Intercept Effort + US Army DE M-SHORAD Struggling in CENTCOM AOR + More
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1d ago
For review: 1. IDF locating and destroying tunnels in Rafah operation. Israel Defense Minister (Yoav Gallant): "many tunnels have already been destroyed and many more will be destroyed soon."  2. Strange Story: US Secretary of State (Antony Blinken) visits Kyiv weeks after Washington approved a $61 billion package of aid for the country- and plays guitar.  3. Finnish Leaders: No Appetite for Troops in Ukraine. 4. Australia defense budget for 2024-2025 is AU$55.7 billion. 5. US & Japan Collaborate on Hypersonic-Glide Intercept Effort.  Initial Operational Capability estimated ..read more
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271: IDF Moves Further into Rafah + Ukrainian Commander of Kharkiv Region Removed + Sweden Defense Minister: No Troops Planned for Ukraine + UK Hypersonic Missile Effort + More
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3d ago
For review: 1. US - built Gaza Pier ready in one or two days. US Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary (Sabrina Singh): "Improved sea conditions will allow the U.S. Army to anchor a causeway onto the beach this week." 2.  IDF Moves Further into Rafah. Israel's relations with Egypt strained. 3. Ukrainian Commander of Kharkiv Region Removed.  Offensive in Kharkiv Region has given Russian forces control of an estimated 162 square kilometers of border territory and ten villages in a pair of 5-8 kilometer-deep salients projecting into Ukrainian defenses.  4. Sweden Defense Minister: No Tro ..read more
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270: Report: Hamas Leader Not Hiding in Rafah + Latest US Security Assistance Package to Ukraine Worth $400 million + Ukraine Defense Contact Group Capability Coalitions Part 2 + More
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6d ago
For review: 1. Report: Hamas leader (Yahya Sinwar) is not hiding in Rafah, but possibly in the Khan Younis area- some five miles away. 2. Latest US Security Assistance Package to Ukraine is Worth $400 million. It includes air defense munitions, artillery ammunition, and anti-tank weapons among other materiel. 3. Apparently referencing the AP report about US M1 Tanks pulled from frontline duty (due to targeting by Russian drones), the Netherlands Ministry of Defense states that it does not impose any conditions on donated equipment to Ukraine- other than obligations arising from UN Charter and ..read more
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269: US Pauses Delivery of 2000lb & 500lb Bombs to IDF + Israel PM: If We Need To, We'll Fight With Our Fingernails + Ukraine Defense Contact Group Capability Coalitions + US Army HIMARS Contract + More
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6d ago
For review: 1. US Pauses Delivery of 2000lb & 500lb Bombs to IDF. US President (Joe Biden): (if Israel goes into Rafah), “we’re not going to supply the weapons and artillery shells used.” 2.  Israel Prime Minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) reaction to US weapon pause:  “We are determined and we are united to defeat our enemy and those who seek to destroy us… If we need to, we will fight with our fingernails. But we have much more than fingernails.” 3. Great Article from Breaking Defense (Tim Martin) concerning the Ukraine Defense Contact Group- Eight Capability Coalitions. We discuss ..read more
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267: No Israel - Hamas Hostage Deal Yet: Negotiations Continue + Germany Provides Air Defense System to Ukraine + USMC Air Defense Modernization Efforts + USAF Creates Modernization Command + More
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1w ago
For review: 1. US and Russian Forces co-located on same base in Niger, as US forces plan drawdown. 2. US construction of Gaza temporary humanitarian pier, part of the Joint Logistics Over-the Shore capability (JLTOS), is 50% complete. Once fully operational, the pier will facilitate the delivery of roughly 150 truckloads of aid per day. 3. No Israel - Hamas Hostage Deal Yet. Negotiations continue.  4. Germany latest assistance package to Ukraine includes the Skynex Air Defense System- plus 10 Marder infantry fighting vehicles, medium-range missiles, a surveillance radar, and tank transpor ..read more
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266: Report: Ukraine Strikes Russian Troop Concentration with ATACMS + French President Discusses French Troops to Ukraine (Again) + US Army New M2A4EI Bradley Variant + Pakistan Navy Hangor II Submarines + More
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2w ago
For review: 1. Israel Intelligence Agencies (Mossad, Shin Bet, & IDF Intelligence Chief) release unified public report- first since 07 October.  2. French President (Emmanuel Macron) Discusses French Troops to Ukraine (Again). 3. Ukraine Strikes Russian Troop Concentration with ATACMS. 4.  US Army New M2A4EI Bradley Variant.  New Variant equipped with Iron Fist Active Protection System (APS). 5. USMC selects Kongsberg RT20 Remote Turret for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle - 30 mm Cannon (ACV-30) Variant.  6. USMC Commandant (General Eric Smith) & US Navy Chief of Nava ..read more
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265: Israel PM: Rafah Operation With or Without Hostage Deal + Israel to Retire Patriot ADA Systems + Russia Says it Shot Down 6 x ATACMS + USAF MH-139A Grey Wolf Helicopter Nunn-McCurdy Breach + More
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2w ago
For review: 1.  Israel Prime Minister (Benjamin Netanyahu): Rafah Operation With or Without Hostage Deal. 2. Israel to Retire Patriot ADA Systems- in service since 1991. 3. International Court of Justice: No action against Germany for arms sales to Israel. 4. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) transit Suez Canal from Red Sea to Mediterranean Sea. Carrier deployed on 13 October 2023 to Red Sea. Expected replacement carrier will be the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). 5. Russia displays captured M1 Tank in Moscow. Tank captured from combat operations near the city of Avdiivka. 6. Russia Says it ..read more
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264: Israel Awaiting Hamas Response to Truce Deal + US Continues Work on Gaza Pier + Australia Security Package to Ukraine worth $100 million + USAF Selects Sierra Nevada to Develop E-4B Successor + More
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2w ago
For review: 1. Israel Awaiting Hamas Response to Truce Deal. 2. US Continues Work on Gaza Pier.  The Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) system is estimated to be operational in early May. 3. Russia continues to make gains along Eastern Ukraine front. Ukrainian Army Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi acknowledged Ukraine’s overall situation had deteriorated. “The situation at the front has escalated. Trying to seize the strategic initiative and break through the front line, the enemy has concentrated its main efforts in several directions, creating a significant advantage in forces and ..read more
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263: Israel: Make Hostage Deal or Rafah Operation + Latest US Security Package to Ukraine is Record $6 billion + Russia Producing War Materiel Beyond Need of Frontline Use + More
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2w ago
For review: 1. Israel to Hamas: Make Hostage Deal or Rafah Operation. 2.  Latest US Security Package to Ukraine is Record $6 billion. Includes additional Patriot interceptors,  HIMARS munitions, cannon artillery munitions (152mm & 155mm), UAS, and UAS Components, among other materiel. 3. AP Report: Ukraine removes US M1A1 Abrams tanks from front line duty due to drone and UAV threat. 5/31 tanks have been destroyed since arriving in September 2023. 4. France and Germany officially sign agreement on Main Ground Combat System (MGCS).  French Defense Minister (Sebastien Lecornu ..read more
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262: IDF Ready for Rafah Operation + Latest US Security Package to Ukraine worth $1 billion + US Army to Restructure Aviation Brigades + More
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2w ago
For review: 1. Latest US Security Assistance Package to Ukraine is worth $1 billion. Includes Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, air defense interceptors, artillery rounds (155mm & 105mm), armored vehicles, and anti-tank weapons.  2. US quietly shipped the long-range variant Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to Ukraine in March 2024.  Range up to 300 kilometers. 3.  IDF Ready for Rafah Operation.  No timeline given. IDF ready at moment it receives approval.  Pre-positioning Brigades in support of operation. 4. Latest on the US Gaza Pier Effort.  US Offici ..read more
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