US watching #Russia|n moves in the #Arctic closely

"We're monitoring it very closely...we're watching this" per @PentagonPresSec "Nobody wants to see the #Arctic as a region become militarized"
.@USNationalGuard mission at #USCapitol

"I don't have any changes" per @PentagonPresSec, asked about Friday's deadly car ramming attack

About 2,300 Nat'l Guard troops are still helping provide security
#Afghanistan- "The review is ongoing" per @PentagonPresSec on US presence/May 1 withdrawal deadline

Kirby says @SecDef Lloyd Austin remains confident troops can be withdrawn by May 1 deadline IF that is what is ultimately decided
"We all think the violence is too high" per @PentagonPresSec on situation in #Afghanistan & recent #Taliban attacks
"We're still very much executing to the mission we had been assigned" per @PentagonPresSec re #Afghanistan

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6 Apr

"We continue to see Russian forces arrayed along the border with Ukraine, in #Crimea specifically, more toward the southeast" per @PentagonPresSec "We're monitoring that very very closely...The intent is not completely clear"
#Russia|n troop movements near #Ukraine

"We have seen them build up forces along the southeast, including in #Crimea" per @PentagonPresSec "It is concerning"
"We call on #Russia to make their intentions more clear as to what they're doing w/this array of forces along the border [w/#Ukraine]" per @PentagonPresSec

"We continue to call for the cease fires that were called for by the #Minsk Agreement...& to bring the temperature down"
Read 4 tweets
6 Apr
BREAKING: @USNavy confirms active shooter incident at Fort Detrick in Maryland

US sailors involved
BREAKING: @DetrickUSAG says the shooting incident is over - shooter is dead

Victims are getting emergency care, described as "lifesaving procedures"
"We still don't have all the facts" per @PentagonPresSec John Kirby "Information is still coming in"

Refers questions to @USNavy
Read 4 tweets
5 Apr
NEW: @CBP w/information on 2 men from #Yemen - both on the terror watch list - who tried to enter the US via southern #California

1st incident took place January 29
2nd took place March 30…
In the January incident, @CBP said a 33yo #Yemen|i man was arrested 3 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry - record check showed he was on both the @FBI's Terror Watch List & the No-Fly list

Suspect had a cell phone sim card hidden in his shoe

He was transferred to @ICEgov
In March, the 26yo #Yemen|i man was arrested 2 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry, per @CBP - record check showed he was on both the @FBI's Terror Watch List & the No-Fly list

Suspect is in federal custody pending removal, per CBP
Read 5 tweets
25 Mar
Happening now: @POTUS @JoeBiden conducts his 1st news conference as president of the #UnitedStates Image
"I got elected to solve problems" per @POTUS, saying #COVID19 & the economy were the top, immediate priorities

Says he's hoping he can now begin to focus on issues like immigration, gun control - "We're going to move on these one at time"
"I think my Republican colleagues are going to have to determine whether or not we want to work together or they're going to decide the way in which they want to proceed is...continue the politics of division" per @POTUS
Read 22 tweets
25 Mar
Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on @USSOCOM & @US_CYBERCOM
"We recognize that our counterterrorism operations, while still critical to protecting Americans fro the likes of #ISIS & #alQaida, must become even more sustainable & focus on the most pressing threats" per @DeptofDefense Acting Asst Sec for Special Ops Chris Maier
"SOF continue to deter & disrupt persistent threats by terrorist & extremist organizations" per @USSOCOM Commander, Gen Richard Clarke

"20 years of this fight has honed out capability & most importantly our resolve" he says, calling SOF approaches "effective and sustainable"
Read 22 tweets
23 Mar
Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on nomination of @USNavy Adm John Aquilino to lead @INDOPACOM
"The Indo-Pacific is the most consequential regions for America's future & remains the priority theater," per Adm Aquilino, nominated to lead @INDOPACOM

Aquilino notes presence of #Russia #China #NorthKorea & #violentextremists - 4 of top 5 defense challenges for US
Adm Aquilino now focusing on "pacing threat" from #China

Says the Us must approach #China w/"a sense of urgency"
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