The view from the front: military matters and motivation for 6/21/22.
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Happy Tuesday! Hope you had an excellent weekend and Father’s Day.
I’ll begin today’s newsletter with Ukraine, but we’ll keep that portion short andnd the entire newsletter light today. (Because dang, there’s just so much bad news out there.)
The war in Ukraine drags on, with again little to report. But Ukraine will soon be getting its rocket artillery from the West.
I think this will play a decisive role, but as with any piece of news, this is something that’s up for debate.
The Atlantic Council claims it won’t have a decisive effect. You can read their story below.
But if you want to hear the opposite view, you can jump on Twitter and read the thread below. It’s quite compelling and doesn’t get into the weeds too badly.
Melinda Haring @melindaharingExcellent piece: Our @AtlanticCouncil military fellows say that "HIMARS will NOT have a decisive effect on the Donbas campaign." We didn't send enough and the munitions we sent only go 70 km. https://t.co/uHEbQttUX8
Speaking for myself, I certainly hope the latter view about the rockets is correct. Ukraine has already been through way too much and they could use a decisive advantage.
Moving along, it’s worth mentioning this small story below. Iran is apparently again trying to flex its muscles a bit.
You can read more about it in this NBC story: U.S., Iran in tense sea encounter; Tehran prepares enrichment escalation.
Here’s a bit more about the backdrop of the situation, from the story:
The incident on Monday involving the Guard and the Navy comes as tensions remain high over stalled negotiations over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers and as Tehran enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels under decreasing international oversight.
I feel like things have been tense with Iran for thirty or forty years now, and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.
In other news, China recently launched its third aircraft carrier. (See below.)
CNN had a good write up about the new ship and China’s growing naval ambitions here: China launches third, most advanced aircraft carrier named 'Fujian.'
But several American military officers pointed out what many fail to consider, which is that it takes decades to become proficient at naval operations from an aircraft carrier.
See this example:
OSINTdefender @sentdefenderThe Ship is said to be one of the most Modern Aircraft Carriers in the World with a displacement of around 100,000 Tons, making it more Advanced than the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-Class and French Charles de Gaulle and around on par with the U.S Navy’s Gerald R. Ford-Class. https://t.co/DTLMX9WbzL
And also this one.
Farva Price @FarvaPriceWe should rightfully be concerned with China’s industrial capacity. But they have a long way to go before they can launch 100+ combat/support sorties a day in a blue water environment. https://t.co/U0UuDt1Wtv
Let’s move on to a couple of cool tech news stories that I came across.
And then there was also this, which is almost too big to believe (literally; lol):
In the department of I’m a sucker for amazing military photos, how about this one?!
And in cool historical news that you probably didn’t know, how about this little fact?
All right, let’s end this edition with some motivation and wisdom.
But first, there’s just so much bad news in the world and our country, that I have to say that this story absolutely made my day. (Great read if you have about two mins.)
And here’s some motivation and wisdom.
That’s it for this edition.
As a reminder, please be kind and endeavor to love your fellow Americans. We need to pull this country together, and that starts with all of us.
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Stan R. Mitchell
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