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April 05, 2014
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NATO on High Alert, U.S. Sending Military Forces,
Russia Threatens U.S. Dollar
April 05, 2014
 
Between April 1-2, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:

4/1 NATO suspends civilian & military coop w/Russia, signals expanded mil presence in Baltics, US banks begin blocking Russian gov money transfers.

4/2 Escalation: DoD says US warship(s) to enter Black Sea "in direct resp to circumstances in Ukraine." NATO on high alert, warns Russia against military
incursion.

What You Need To Know

Twice this week AlertsUSA notified subscribers via text messages to their mobile devices of significant escalations in the standoff between Ukraine, NATO and Russia. NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, this week called the size of the Russian force gathered on the border of Ukraine as "incredibly concerning" and says that Russia has massed all the assets it needs to successfully overrun the Ukrainian military and occupy the eastern and southern parts of the country in just three to five days.

As carefully reported by AlertsUSA Threat Journal over the past several weeks (see this, this, this and this), Russia's recent moves in Crimea and the buildup of a revamped, well equipped, well trained military force on the border of Ukraine, as well as more troops now gathering and training closer to the borders of NATO member states Latvia and Estonia, has caught the alliance way off guard, and there is justifiable nervousness in the air.

At a NATO alliance meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Poland's foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, formally asked for NATO to station two heavy brigades of armored infantry in his country. This equates to about 10,000 troops. Romania's President sent a letter to the lower house of parliament this week informing them of a request by the U.S. for permission to add an additional 600 U.S. troops to the roughly 1,000 currently stationed in the country, as well as more military aircraft.

It was also reported this week that the U.S. has deployed at least 10 F-15 fighter aircraft and support personnel to Lithuania.

Further, it was announced this week that at least one additional warship, the Aegis destroyer USS Donald Cook, currently home ported in Rota, Spain, would be entering the Black Sea sometime in the coming days. According to Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren, the move was intended to "reassure allies of our commitment to the region."

In addition to the growing number of U.S. military aircraft and troops either being deployed to or currently stationed in the region, the USS Harry Truman Carrier Strike Group entered the Mediterranean this past weekend via the Suez Canal. The USS George Bush Carrier Strike Group which had previously been in the Med has itself transited the Suez in the other direction and is now carrying out maritime security operations in the Middle East.

And in a highly provocative move, Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday approved a series of joint military exercises with NATO countries that would put US troops on the ground in direct proximity to Russian forces in the Crimea peninsula. In turn, Russia has issued a stern warning to Ukraine against integration with NATO, saying Kiev's previous attempts to move closer to the defense alliance had had unwelcome consequences.

Readers may recall that last week AlertsUSA Threat Journal speculated on the impact the growing tensions could have on collaborations between NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, upon whom the U.S. is completely dependent for travel to the International Space Station given President Obama's premature cancellation of the Space Shuttle program. Fast forwarding to this week, NASA has suspended all contact with Russian government, including travel to Russia, teleconferences, visits by Russian officials to NASA facilities and even the exchange of emails. While space station activities are currently exempt from this agency-wide cut-off, it is clearly just a matter of time before this aspect of the partnership dries up as well. If you doubt it, consider that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has told Congress that the space station would probably have to be shut down without Russian transport, and if that were to occur, he would recommend that the President completely cancel the new Space Launch System and ...

Read the rest of this important article on the
Threat Journal website by clicking HERE.

AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the situation in eastern Europe and will immediately notify service subscribers of significant escalations or the outbreak of hostilities as events warrant.


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Other Alerts Issued This Week

3/31 Korean Peninsula on high alert. N & S exchange artillery rounds in coastal border area. S warns N against threatened nuclear test. Monitoring...

4/1 8.0 EQ off coast of Northern Chile. Expanding Pacific tsunami warning. Potential impact on N. America under evaluation. More to come...

4/1 If tsunami impacts Hawaii the earliest estimated arrival time is 0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014. Potential impact on AK, BC, WA, OR, CA. Pay attention to local media.

4/1 Tsunami warning issued for Columbia & Panama. Tsunami watch issued for Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. USGS continues to evaluate for possible impact on US.

4/1 NATL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER: NO tsunami threat for AK/BC/WA/OR/CA. Watches cancelled for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

4/2 Active shooter situation @ Fort Hood, Texas. Multiple injuries rptd. Ongoing.

4/2 7.8 EQ off coast of Chile. Tsunami WARNING issued for Chile & Peru. *Currently* no threat to AK/BC/WA/OR/CA. NOAA/NWS monitoring... Will update if sit changes.

 
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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Important USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

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