🔴 A US defense official says Sec Def Mattis is opposed to Congressional attempts to block Turkey’s receipt of the F35 and is actively engaging with Congress to ensure that the Turkey/F-35 language in the Senate’s NDAA version does not make it into the final version.
🔴 BREAKING: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced the United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, accusing the body of bias against US ally Israel and a failure to hold human rights abusers accountable. – CNN
🔴 Turkish PM Yıldırım reportedly says Turkey will not allow use of Incirlik AB to attack neighboring countries, including Iran.
Reminder: targets for US B61 nuke bombs stored at Incirlik are in Russia and Iran. Sitting nuclear ducks ?
🔴 Red alert rocket sirens sound in southern Israel.
🔴 The US is expected to announce that it is officially withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council today. Last year Nikki Haley threaten to disengage if substantial reforms were not made.
🔴 BREAKING: WORLD CUP: Brazil star Neymar has reportedly been injured as he hobbled out of Brazil training.
🔴 BREAKING: Yemen armed forces backed by UAE and Saudi Arabia reportedly gain control of Hodeidah airport – Al Arabiya
🔴 Rosaries confiscated from immigrants at the Arizona/Mexico border.
🔴 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back in Beijing – his third visit in three months, the Washington Post reports this morning. There, China’s President Xi Jinping hailed last week’s optic-heavy summit as an “important step toward the political solution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.” That and more in Tuesday’s edition of The D Brief.
🔴 NATO has surrounded Russia
Figure: Russia’s borders to NATO countries, in red.
🔴 US Senate blocks F35 sales to Turkey – financial times
🔴 The US Senate passed an amendment conditionally prohibiting F35 sales to Turkey. PM Yıldırım says “The decision is an unfortunate development”. Meanwhile, the undersecretary for defence industries, Demir claims that “preparations for delivery ceremony are underway”.
🔴 Aviation Week reports that Pratt & Whitney, makers of F-35 engines, are proposing an upgrade that would allow for “directed-energy weapons” – in other words, F35 jets with Laser cannon. – aviationweek
🔴 EU Council decided to extend sanctions in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until 23 June 2019. For specific prohibitions, see press release.
🔴 Fathers Day: These children stand in front of photographs of their dead fathers, in Ukraine.
🔴 World nuclear forces: reductions remain slow as modernization continues Global stockpiles:
🔴 Redhawk F15C making a power climb under ominous skies.
🔴 Exercise Proud Shield 1988
Loading training models of B-61 Nuclear Gravity Bombs into RockwellB1B Aircraft Weapon’s Bay
Note: Also checkout the flight deck view and navigation/ weapons systems view.
Nukes B61 B1B.
🔴 FYI: there is already a Space Force. It’s called Air Force Space Command
…meanwhile…. on the Space Force 😆
🔴 F-35 potrebbe ricevere nel prossimo futuro armi ad energia diretta (Laser). – geopoliticalcenter
🔴 Si annuncia una nuova corsa allo spazio dopo il discorso di ieri del Presidente Trump. Non solo privatizzazioni del settore ma concessioni extra-terresti per chi arriverà fisicamente sulla Luna o su Marte. Una nuova frontiera che aspetta , nella visione di Trump, nuovi coloni come nel Far West ottocentesco. – geopoliticalcenter.it