New pitch for a Pacific military buildup

Ukraine to get more U.S. weapons — AI commission approves final blueprint

3/2/2021 7:40:00 PM

Sen. Tammy Duckworth is urging President Joe Biden's administration to declassify and release intelligence regarding Russia's alleged offer of bounties to the Taliban to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Ukraine to get more U.S. weapons — AI commission approves final blueprint

directed the command to outline additional needs under the Pacific Deterrence Initiative, designed to enhance U.S. military preparedness in the face of China’s military buildup. This is the second year in a row that Indo-Pacom has submitted such a list.

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Some of the top priorities include missile defenses,particularly on the U.S. territory of Guam, upgraded training ranges and the expansion of wargames and security cooperation programs with allies."Without a valid and convincing conventional deterrent, China is emboldened to take action in the region and globally to supplant U.S. interests,” according to the 10-page document dated Feb. 27.

Related:via POLITICO’s Kellie Mejdrich.And:via War on the RocksRussiaMORE LETHAL AID TO UKRAINE:The Biden administration will send $125 million worth of additional weaponry to Ukraine to defend its borders with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday,Lara also reports.

"This action reaffirms the U.S. commitmentto providing defensive lethal weapons to enable Ukraine to more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said Monday, noting that the support included in the package will also help Ukraine "improve interoperability with NATO."

The new package includes two Mark VI patrol boats manufactured by SAFE Boats International, counter-artillery radars and tactical equipment, continued support for satellite imagery and analysis, as well as medical and combat evacuation equipment, according to the Defense Department.

State DepartmentA NEW PRIORITY:Advancing “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons around the world,” as laid out in aissued on Feb. 4, is now officially considered a national security imperative.When the memorandum was published on Friday on the Federal Register, it was designated as

National Security Memorandum/NSM-4.“This was unexpected since the NSM designation was not included in the original White House release on February 4, and the memorandum itself does not make any explicit reference to national security,”who directs the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “In effect, the defense of LGBTQI+ rights has now been elevated by the Biden Administration to a national security policy of the United States.”

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Related:via Newsweek.‘CURBING THE AUTHORITARIANS’:To confront the rise of authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China, the world’s democracies must band together to cut off their illicit money,maintains a new reportfrom the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

Senior fellow Trevor Sutton and Ben Judah, a fellow at the Atlantic Council, argue that “globalized corruption has enabled a more competitive form of authoritarian capitalism in which state-owned and state-affiliated firms use graft to gain a business advantage and secure investments overseas, often in strategically vital industries and supply chains.”

They call for the establishment of a “Global Kleptocracy Initiative,” modeled on the State Department'sProliferation Security Initiativedesigned to stop the trafficking in weapons of mass destruction, to coordinate a “united democratic front against global corruption and illicit finance that would enhance democratic resilience and security while curbing authoritarian room for maneuver.”

“The GKI could be launched at the forthcoming 2021 G-7 summit in the United Kingdom, or at the Summit for Democracy planned by the Biden administration,” they recommend.Technology‘WE HAVE TO TAKE BOLD ACTION’:The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

sent its final recommendations to Congresson Monday, making an urgent plea for a series of “bold steps” to seize the technological revolution before adversaries do. That includes establishing a Digital Service Academy to train a high-tech government workforce; "doubling funding for AI research each year to $32 billion in 2026"; and securing commitments from Russia and China that only human beings, not machines, can launch nuclear strikes.

“This isn’t a time for incremental steps,” said Bob Work, the former deputy Defense secretary who serves as vice chair of the commission. “We have to take bold action, and any time you take bold action, conservative elements of the government want to say let’s take a look at this more. We would be naive to think that everyone would just take the report, push the ‘I believe’ button, and go.”

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That should have been released during the impeachment hearing. Duckworth doing what she is only good at Distraction & empty vessel talking points never a fight for true policy. Yes!!! Thank you Senator!! They, profiteers based on the information on how much Trump administration earned, hired russian spies to increase payments against our troops.

Didn’t even the NYT report, albeit with lede buried, that neither the CIA nor NSA had actual proof of this bounty arrangement? It’ll be hard to declassify intelligence that doesn’t exist. I agree with SenDuckworth please POTUS declassify & release intelligence regarding Russia's alleged offer of bounties to the Taliban to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan. This is important for the American people because Truth & Transparency matters!

Good That DonaldTrump did nothing about while he was in office!