Welcome to Menace Standing, our weekly roundup of the largest information contained in the Pentagon, on the southern border, and world wide.
There’s nostalgia within the air on the Pentagon. In its newest bid to handle the worst recruiting disaster in a long time, Military leaders have revived the well-known “Be All You Can Be” advertising and marketing marketing campaign, aiming to faucet into Gen-Z’s urge for food for all issues ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s a part of the U.S. navy’s more and more pressing push to usher in extra troopers, sailors, airmen and Marines at a time when every service is struggling to fulfill its end-strength objectives.
The Protection Division has one eye on its recruiting woes and one other means, means over the horizon — maybe even in one other galaxy. Army and intelligence officers final week revealed that U.S. troops reported lots of of new UFO sightings since March 2021. The Pentagon’s newest bombshell report discovered that almost all of these UFO encounters stay unexplained, with lots of the unusual craft exhibiting “uncommon flight traits or efficiency capabilities.”
Goodbye peace talks?
It looks like solely yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin was pitching a short lived vacation cease-fire and Ukraine expressed openness to at the least the underlying concept of peace negotiations with Moscow. How rapidly issues change.
The weekend’s Russian navy missile strike on an condominium constructing within the Ukrainian metropolis of Dnipro appears to have altered the environment on the bottom. With 40 civilians useless, Ukraine is vowing revenge towards its enemy. Mr. Putin, in the meantime, is laying the groundwork for an prolonged navy marketing campaign in Ukraine that would final all of 2023, Western struggle analysts say.
The Russian navy will play a central position in that effort, however so, too, will the shadowy mercenary outfit referred to as the Wagner Group. Pentagon correspondent Mike Glenn takes a deep dive into the Wagner Group, its historical past, its position in Mr. Putin’s international coverage and precisely how the mysterious paramilitary drive may have an effect on the trajectory of the Russia-Ukraine struggle.
Throughout the Center East, pals and foes alike are increasing their worldwide footprints. Army correspondent Ben Wolfgang examines the fascinating behind-the-scenes intrigue at WWE, with rumors swirling that the U.S. professional wrestling empire could also be exploring a sale to deep-pocketed Saudi buyers.
With the Saudis increasing their presence in Western sports activities and media, America’s main adversary within the area is eyeing a really completely different form of enlargement. Mr. Wolfgang and Mr. Glenn took a tough take a look at Iran’s plan to station warships within the Panama Canal, with main Iranian information retailers boasting that the mission will convey its navy nearer to the coasts of the Americas.
We’re additionally monitoring key developments in Asia. Washington Instances Nationwide Safety Correspondent Invoice Gertz studies on a Chinese language navy music video boasting of the nation’s elevated navy drills close to Taiwan, whereas Washington Instances Asia Editor Andrew Salmon stored a detailed eye on Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s assembly with President Biden final week. Their dialog got here at an important time for U.S.-Japanese safety cooperation, with threats constructing from each China and North Korea.
On the border
Claiming that the Biden administration is failing to safe the southern border, Home Republicans are attempting to take issues into their very own palms. The Instances’ Stephen Dinan, as at all times, is watching each side of the immigration disaster, together with a transfer by the brand new Home GOP majority to cease unlawful immigrants from voting in native D.C. elections.
The life-or-death implications of the border disaster have been additionally on full show not too long ago, as an unlawful immigrant obtained a seven-year sentence for the tried homicide of a Border Patrol agent.
In our opinion
President Biden’s latest journey to the U.S.-Mexico boundary has carried out little to stem the circulate of unlawful immigrants. And as a matter of truth, Mr. Biden is actively making the nationwide safety disaster on the border even worse, Instances’ nationwide safety and international affairs columnist Jed Babbin writes.
However that’s simply one of many many fires raging world wide. Washington Instances columnist Billy Hallowellexplores the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Nagorno-Karabakh — and the world’s ethical accountability to push for peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan earlier than extra individuals die.
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