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June 7 , 2014
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More U.S. Forces to Central Europe and Black Sea
June 7, 2014
 
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6/5 SecDef announces expanded US military presence in Bulgaria and Romania, incl warships, troop deployments and land-based ballistic missile defense installations.

What You Need To Know

On Thursday of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding an announcement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel that the U.S. would be expanding its military presence in Bulgaria and Romania, including new deployments of warships, aircraft, troops and land-based missile defense installations to the region. Secretary Hagel made his announcement while visiting Romania. He is in Europe along with President Obama who attended the G7 economic summit in Brussels, D-Day commemorations in France, as well as a sweep through various eastern European nations in an attempt to further reassure regional NATO allies.

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Earlier, President Obama pledged $1 BILLION dollars to help boost NATO military preparedness in Europe, saying that U.S. will be prepared for any contingencies if Russia tries to threaten any other neighboring countries.

In turn, Russia has warned the NATO military alliance not to shift forces East. Russia's Representative to NATO, Alexander Grushko, is quoted by Russian media outlets as stating that if the Kremlin sees "a shifting of NATO's military potential towards the 'eastern wing," Russia will take measures necessary so its security is not affected.

Additionally, for many years Russia has been protesting U.S. efforts to erect a so called missile shield in Eastern Europe, one which the U.S. publicly states is aimed at countering threats from the Middle East. Russia is clearly not buying this explanation and sees the true purpose of the proposed installations as an effort to be able to take out their own missiles during the boost phase of a launch. In May of last year, the Russian Defense Ministry made clear that they would use "destructive force preemptively" to stop the United States placing such installations in Eastern Europe. Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dimtry Medvedev have publicly reaffirmed such a stance.

In response to the buildup of NATO forces in bordering countries, the Russian Defense Ministry this week announced their Strategic Missile Troops, whose primary task is nuclear deterrence, will conduct around 120 drills and training exercises over the next six months. In addition, the Defense Ministry announced the scheduling of an additional 12 intercontinental ballistic missile launches between now and the end of 2014.

WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU

Here at AlertsUSA, we see these escalations on both sides as particularly dangerous. From NATO's perspective, tens of thousands of Russian troops remain on Ukraine's borders, pro-Russian forces within Ukraine, along with imported Chechen fighters and Russian Special Forces, are waging a vicious battle with the Ukrainian military in the eastern part of the country. The Russian Navy and Air Force are growing more aggressive and provocative in their patrols, ballistic missile tests are being conducted with regularity and there are increasing calls in ethnic Russian-dominated portions of other regional nations for Moscow's intervention.

From Russia's perspective, they have seen several decades of the progressive eastward expansion of a powerful military alliance (NATO) which wages war around the globe at will now undertaking a buildup of forces along their western border, U.S. and EU meddling in the internal politics of Russian friendly nations, U.S. and other NATO warships now a permanent presence in the Black Sea, plans to deploy ballistic missile installations in neighboring countries, increasing economic sanctions and more.

At some point, this confrontation will come to a head, and when it does, the result will be ugly. And as Russia knows full well they are unable to win a conventional war against the full blown might of NATO, their military doctrine openly relies on the use of tactical and strategic nuclear weapons (also see this).

AlertsUSA continues to monitor developments in the region and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall terrorism threat environment as events warrant.


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OTHER ALERTS ISSUED THIS WEEK

6/5 USGOV issues new travel warning for Ukraine due to growing violence and anti-American sentiment. US citizens in conflict areas urged to maintain a low profile.

6/3 Saudi Gov discovers 113 addl confirmed MERS virus cases not previously rptd. Total case count: 688 w/282 deaths. New travel guidance expected from CDC and WHO.

 
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China - U.S. Tensions Flare
June 7, 2014
On June 2 , 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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6/2 Top Chinese military officers warn U.S., say America is making "very very
important strategic mistakes," and "China will absolutely become enemy."
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Chinese military officials blasted U.S. hegemony this past weekend at a conference known as the Shangri-La Dialog, specifically taking to task Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel who publicly criticized China's "destabilizing, unilateral actions" in the South China Sea, including their deployment of an oil-drilling platform in disputed waters off the coast of Vietnam.

China's Deputy Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong, blasted Hagel saying his speech was "full of hegemony, full of words of threat and intimidation," and part of "a provocative challenge against China."

Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu stated that "The Americans are making very, very important strategic mistakes right now. If you take China as an enemy, China will absolutely become the enemy of the U.S.." Gen. Zhu went on to accuse the U.S. of hypocrisy in suggesting that "whatever the Chinese do is illegal, and whatever the Americans do is right."

He went on to tell a Chinese-language broadcaster that U.S. power was declining. Gen. Zhu stated that "The Chinese are not so stupid" as to believe that Washington wants to work with China, or that the U.S. government is truly neutral when it comes to territorial disputes between China and American allies.

Days after the tense meeting the Pentagon released a report to Congress entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China (PDF). The annual publication, which we must emphasize is a washed, unclassified version of the DoD's true assessment and outlook, provides an overview of the latest effort to modernize the Chinese military in various service branches as well as China’s participation in international military and security events.

Regarding investment into the PLA’s Air Force, which is already the biggest in Asia and third-largest in the world, the report states that “The PLAAF is pursuing modernization on a scale unprecedented in its history and is rapidly closing the gap with Western air forces across a broad spectrum of capabilities. Although it still operates a large number of older second- and third-generation fighters, it will likely become a majority fourth-generation force within the next several years.”

Other major developments covered in the report include advances in the maritime domain. The PLAN is investing heavily in building new surface ships and submarines with advanced capabilities, which could be used to back up Beijing’s territorial claims. As an example, they will soon deploy its first Luyang III-class guided missile destroyer which incorporates China’s first multipurpose vertical launch systems, as well as an expanded fleet of Jiangkai II-class guided missile frigates, both of which will provide a significant upgrade to area air defense capabilities which is critical as it expands operations into ‘distant seas’ beyond the range of shore-based air defenses.

This DoD report is a fascinating look at the rapid rise of a world military power with whom the U.S. will likely engage at some point in the future. Considering the U.S. defense pivot to the Western Pacific, U.S. defense alliances with such countries as Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan, each of whom is currently embroiled with China in bitter territorial disputes, not to mention the growing angst between China and the U.S. on numerous levels, readers should clearly understand that such a conflict is not far fetched and a distinct possibility.

As always, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor developments in this increasingly tense region and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall threat environment as events warrant.


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.

New USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

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See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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