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13 Apr, 13 tweets, 10 min read
"@NATO remains the strategic center of gravity" @US_EUCOM Commander Gen Tod Wolters tells Senate Armed Services Committee
"That will improve our capabilities in all domains" @US_EUCOM's Gen Wolters tells lawmakers when asked about the announcement 500 more troops are headed to #Germany
.@US_EUCOM commander making the case for the F-35 joint strike fighter jet

"The F-35 is very important" Gen Wolters tells @JimInhofe "We in the US need F-35s in #Europe ... to make sure we have the competitive advantage necessary" vs #Russia
#Russia-#Ukraine: "There's been an inject of a very sizable ground domain force" per @US_EUCOM's Gen Tod Wolters re Russian military build-up

Wolters also notes sizable influx of Russian air & naval forces, but declines to give details until classified portion of the hearing
"Their investment in ports in significant" @US_EUCOM's Gen Wolters says of #China in the #Arctic

Can the US deter #Russia, #Beijing in the Arctic?

Wolters says yes, for now

"Our growth isn't matching theirs" he adds
US provision of supplies, defensive weapons to #Ukraine "have been very helpful", as have training teams that have been sent to help train Ukraine's forces, per @US_EUCOM's Gen Wolters
"We are gaining campaign momentum" w/nations that want to be part of the alliance, per @US_EUCOM's Gen Wolters, in battle vs #disinfo, authoritarianism

Notes recent comments by #Ukraine's President @ZelenskyyUa about wanting quicker @NATO membership
#BlackSea-"We'll continue to comprehensively defend w/shared response" per @US_EUCOM's Gen Wolters on US, @NATO activity there
46% of @US_EUCOM's uniformed force fully vaccinated vs #COVID19

Hope to have all uniformed military in #Europe vaccinated "by the middle of July" per Gen Wolters
#Extremism in US military - "I guarantee it is a very small percentage but it is something we must contend with"
per @US_TRANSCOM Commander Gen Stephen Lyons

"My evidence is just 38 years in uniform...I would not categorize it as prevalent" he adds
"We are very concerned...#Ukraine & their partners in the region are doing everything possible to improve their posture" per @US_EUCOM Commander Gen Tod Wolters

Wolters also expresses confidence Ukraine could repel Russian invasion "over time"
Response from @US_EUCOM's Gen Wolters was to @SenAngusKing question abt comments by RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan, who said earlier on Russian TV, "War is inevitable"…
#Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, "We warn the #UnitedStates that it will be better for them to stay far away from #Crimea & our #BlackSea coast. It will be for their own good"

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More from @jseldin

13 Apr
BREAKING: @ODNIgov issues assessment on Worldwide Threats a day before intel chiefs testify before lawmakers

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the UnitedStates...despite the pandemic"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas...#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can globally, employing techniques up to and including the use of force" per Annual Threat Assessment…
"#Iran will remain a regional menace w/broader malign influence activities" per @ODNIgov report "#NorthKorea will be a disruptive player on the regional & world stages"
Read 37 tweets
13 Apr
NEW: @USArmyEURAF getting 2 new units - about 500 soldiers w/a Multi-Domain Task Force - & will retain 3 sites that were to be returned to #Germany "due to growing operational requirements in the European theater"…
The move comes less than a year after the Trump administration announced it would be moving a substantial number of forces out of #Germany
"New strategies and a continuously changing operations environment requires more capacity" per MajGen Chris Mohan, commanding general for 21st Theater Sustainment Command, in statement
Read 6 tweets
12 Apr
NEW: @DeptofDefense withholding findings of investigation into the #alShabaab attack on the #MandaBay airfield in #Kenya -which killed 1 US servicemember & 2 US contractors- pending "an independent review" by "a 4-star general officer"…
"It is the Secretary’s desire to ensure there is a full examination & consideration of the contributing factors ... & that appropriate action is taken to reduce the risk of future occurrence" per @PentagonPresSec "The families impacted deserve nothing less"
Review will be led by @TRADOC Commander, Gen Paul Funk

"An independent review will provide added insight, perspective, and the ability to assess the totality of this tragic event involving multiple Military Services & Department of Defense components" per @PentagonPresSec
Read 8 tweets
12 Apr
#Russia|n hackers did breach the email of the @DHSgov front office as part of #SolarWinds hack, former acting secretary Chad Wolf tells @Heritage

"They're all unclassified email accounts..." he adds
"The access is what I was most concerned about" former acting @DHSgov secretary Chad Wolf said of "when they told me, 'Hey, look, your account, 1 of your email accounts...could be hacked'"

"If they have the ability to do that, what else do they have the ability to do?"
"Just the fact that they're able to do that was my primary concern" per ex @DHSgov acting secretary Chad Wolf re #Russia-#SolarWinds hack

"The fact that they got my email & knew that I was running late to meetings or had a schedule change, not that big a deal" he tells @Heritage
Read 4 tweets
12 Apr
Per @CJTFOIR, 5 #ISIS fighters were killed, 10 hideouts & 3 tunnels destroyed, and equipment/supplies confiscated
#Iraq also targeted #ISIS locations in the area w/airstrikes just last month
Read 7 tweets
12 Apr
New nominations from @POTUS to fill out @DHSgov

Deputy Sec - John Tien

@CISAgov Director - Jen Easterly

@USCIS director - Ur Jaddou

@CBP director - Chris Magnus

General Counsel - Jonathan Meyer

UnderSec for Strategy - Robert Silvers
Nominations of Jen Easterly to head @CISAgov and Chris Inglis to be National Cyber Director getting bipartisan praise from @CyberSolarium commissioners @SenAngusKing @JimLangevin @RepGallagher @SenSasse
.@DHSgov @SecMayorkas on the latest @POTUS nominations
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