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OOPS – FAA takes blame for Golden Knights’ event that caused Capitol evacuation. The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday acknowledged it failed to warn Capitol Hill officials about a planned demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights on Wednesday evening, resulting in an emergency evacuation of lawmakers’ offices amid fears of an attack on the complex.
ATTACKING COPS UNACCEPTABLE – Jan. 6 rioter who re-enlisted in US Army after attack pleads guilty. James Mault was caught on camera attacking police officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He was interviewed by the FBI and lost his job. Then he rejoined the Army.
INDEED – Plan now for a no-fly zone over Taiwan. Thwarting a Chinese invasion depends on air defense, and that starts with these four steps.
GOOD – Foreign investors are ditching China. Russia’s war is the latest trigger. Investors are ditching China on an unprecedented scale as a cocktail of political and business risks, and rising interest rates elsewhere, make the world’s second-biggest economy a less attractive place to keep their money. China witnessed $17.5 billion worth of portfolio outflows last month, an all-time high, according to the most recent data from the Institute of International Finance (IIF).
OF COURSE – MOLDOVA LOOK OUT – Commander hints at Russian ambitions beyond Ukraine. The comments from Rustam Minnekayev, deputy commander of Russia’s Central Military District, suggested that the Kremlin wants to conquer wide swaths of its neighbor’s land, and potentially threaten the nations that lie beyond.
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events on day 61. Ukrainian officials say Russian forces attempted to storm the Azovstal steel plant, the main remaining Ukrainian stronghold in Mariupol, adding that more than 1,000 civilians are also sheltering there. Russia has deployed Iskander-M mobile battlefield missile launchers within 60km (40 miles) of the Ukrainian border, Ukraine’s military says. Each of the system’s two ballistic missiles has a range of up to 500km (300 miles) and can carry conventional or nuclear warheads.
Russia-Ukraine live news: Moscow intensifies attacks beyond east. Ukraine will try to establish humanitarian routes out of the besieged port city of Mariupol on Monday, says Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. Russian cruise missiles hit two towns in the southwestern Ukrainian region of Vinnytsia, its governor said.
INTERESTING – Calling all weapons makers: Pentagon seeks new ideas to arm Ukraine. In its effort to quickly arm Ukraine against Russia, the Pentagon has announced the equivalent of an open casting call for companies to offer weapons and commercial systems that can be rushed to the fight.
GOOD IDEA – Lawmakers want US to set up field hospitals for Ukraine. A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is calling on the Biden administration to establish field hospitals near Ukraine’s border and ramp up medical support for what’s expected to be a monthslong war of attrition waged by Russia.
Macron is re-elected as French president, defeating Le Pen. The ‘far-right’ candidate Marine Le Pen conceded on Sunday after President Emmanuel Macron claimed 58.2 percent of the vote. Here’s the latest.
Niger approves re-deployment of more European special forces from Mali. Niger lawmakers on Friday approved a bill allowing the deployment of more European special forces to help stem a jihadist insurgency across the Sahel, a move rejected by some parties that oppose Western military influence.
El Salvador extends emergency powers to fight gangs. El Salvador’s Congress on Sunday approved a month-long extension of emergency measures that rights groups say infringe on civil liberties but which President Nayib Bukele has said are necessary after a surge of gang killings.
US MILITARY AND SPACE
DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT – Military judge convicts Air Force general of 2018 sexual assault. A military judge convicted Maj. Gen. Bill Cooley of sexually assaulting his sister-in-law in 2018, closing out Saturday the historic first full court-martial of an Air Force general.
BIDEN’S BIZARRE TOP NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY – Pentagon marks Earth Day 2022 with push for funding to combat climate change. The Department of Defense is using Friday’s celebration of Earth Day to push for reduced energy consumption across the military, as well as encourage Congress to fund a raft of programs that would help the agency prepare for and reduce its impact on climate change.
COOL – Space Fence now has a direct link to key Space Force data hub. The U.S. Space Force announced Friday its cloud-based data environment can now ingest observation information directly from the Space Fence radar, demonstrating its ability to connect with sensor nodes in the Space Surveillance Network.
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