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NATO: The Risk of Conflict in Europe is Real

January 8, 2022
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1/7 - US Embassy Kazakhstan issues security alert warning of state of emergency, urges US citizens in capital to shelter in place until safe departure is possible.

What You Need To Know

NATO Foreign Ministers held an extraordinary virtual meeting on Friday to discuss Russia’s continued military build-up in and around Ukraine, and the implications for European security.

Speaking following the meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters:

“The risk of conflict is real. Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military buildup in and around Ukraine has serious implications for European security and stability."

And this Russian military buildup has not stopped. "It continues and is gradually building up with more forces and more capabilities,” Stoltenberg said, describing armored units, artillery, combat-ready troops, electronic warfare equipment, and other military capabilities.

Stoltenberg was clear that the alliance would not heed Russia’s demand to withdraw the invitation for Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO.

We will not compromise on core principles, including the right for every nation to decide its own path, including what kind of security arrangements it wants to be a part of,” Stoltenberg said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterparts held the online talks to prepare for the first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in more than two years. That meeting, set for Wednesday in Brussels, will give NATO ambassadors the chance to discuss Putin’s security proposals with Russia’s envoy face to face.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said NATO is a threat to Russia’s national security and that expanding eastward by admitting Ukraine and Georgia would only further heighten that concern. The treaty alliance, in turn, claims it's moves are defensive in nature.

Russia denies that it has fresh plans to attack Ukraine, but Putin wants legal guarantees that would rule out NATO expansion and weapons deployments.

Russia Deploys Forces to Kazakhstan

On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a security alert issued by the US Embassy in Kazakhstan warning of a nationwide state of emergency and curfew and the need to lay low and shelter in place until safe departure is possible.

Protests began on January 2nd over a hike in fuel prices but quickly spread throughout the country, driven by long-standing grievances over corruption and inequality. In the former capital, Almaty, demonstrators clashed with police and set fire to government buildings. Dozens have been killed in the protests.

At the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, thousands of troops from a Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (also known as "mini-NATO") have deployed to the country to help restore order.

The four-star Russian general in command of the CSTO troops in Kazakhstan, Andrey Serdyukov, led Russian forces during the annexation of Crimea and commanded Russian troops in Syria.

Addressing reporters at a State Department briefing on Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that "one lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it's sometimes very difficult to get them to leave".

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Coronavirus Quick Hits

January 8, 2022


According to data provided by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, as of Friday evening there have been more than 834,000 total deaths in the U.S. attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


COVID-19 infections are increasing in Canada. There have been more than 30,500 coronavirus-attributed deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.


Brazil leads the region in new reported COVID-19 deaths, followed by Mexico and Columbia. Across the region, more than 1,562,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus.


New cases are climbing fast across Europe. Russia still leads the region in COVID-related fatalities, followed by Poland, Germany and France. As of January 7, more than, 1,894,000 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported across the region since the pandemic began.


Federal judge slams Pfizer, orders vax data release at 55K pages per month!
Study results show 93% of people who died after vax were killed by the vax
Mayo Clinic fires 700 workers who failed to comply with Covid vaccine mandate
Desperation as China’s locked down cities pay price of zero-Covid strategy
Quebec expands vaccine passport requirement to liquor, cannabis stores
Citi to fire all unvaxx'd unless they comply with mandate by Jan 14
WHO sees more evidence that Omicron causes milder symptoms
Xi'an authorities ban 'negative' lockdown posts, photos or video
Macron says he wants to 'p*** off' people who refuse vaccine
Insurance CEO says deaths up 40% among the working age
New COVID-19 variant found in France nicknamed IHU
Belgian polar researchers at remote station infected
Supreme Court seems skeptical of vax mandates


Omicron infection enhances neutralizing immunity against the Delta variant
New SARS-CoV-2 variant with multiple mutations

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According to the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) between mid-December 2020 and December 3 of this year, more than 1,016,000 adverse events have been reported following COVID19 vaccinations. As it is estimated that only 1% of adverse events are recorded into the system, these numbers could be significantly higher.

Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem.

Current VAERS reports (U.S. only) related to COVID-19 vaccines incl:

Deaths: 9,778
Hospitalizations: 46,755
Urgent Care: 89,025
Anaphylaxis: 2,253
Bell's Palsy: 2,960
Miscarriages: 1,509
Heart Attacks: 4,825
Myo/Pericarditis: 4,532

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

January 8, 2022

The Return of Battlefield Nuclear Weapons

A new Nuclear Posture Review is scheduled for release in early 2022, and it will likely diminish the role of nuclear weapons. The administration plans to adopt "integrated deterrence," a concept that claims to integrate non-military aspects of American power into deterrence strategy. However, such change may cause a deterrence failure and possible loss of a war against Russia.

Evidence of the growing relevance of what are interchangeably called non-strategic, tactical, or battlefield nuclear weapons became apparent in 2014 when Russia violated the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Given its economic and strategic limitations, Russia has pursued battlefield nuclear weapons as an asymmetric advantage against the United States. It has developed short- and medium-range nuclear missiles that can rapidly strike North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member-states—primarily with low-yield (0.1 to 10 kiloton) warheads.


On Space War

Over the past few years, there has been a huge uptick in public discourse about the “militarization of space”—a phrase that may sound concerning, but it is also nothing new. Much of this discussion has been driven by the founding of the United States Space Force and reestablishment of the United States Space Command. Regardless of how these moves may look to some, as someone who was a party to the discussions surrounding these decisions, I can confidently say that they were not taken lightly, nor were they aimed at establishing the United States as the aggressor in the space domain. The United States did recently formally recognize space as a new warfighting domain, but in order to understand why this happened it is necessary to examine the history of warfare and human activity in the space domain.


America’s Wars and Failures

Sixty years ago, in 1962, the United States made the decision to go to war in Vietnam, deploying major ground and air forces to the battle for the first time. This was a fraction of the men and aircraft that would serve there over the years to come. It was a line that the Kennedy administration realized it was crossing. It saw U.S. involvement as a minor, even experimental, move. But when a nation sends its soldiers to war, a logic takes hold. As men die, the nation assumes it is for a vital interest. Leaders cannot declare the experiment a failure because they cannot admit they experimented with the lives of soldiers. A death requires a worthy reason, and establishing that the death was not in vain is incompatible with “cutting and running,” in Lyndon B. Johnson’s words. Intervention is difficult. Withdrawal under fire is agony.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
January 8, 2022

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan 3, 2022 based on U.S. Navy, public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute, and open source reporting. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

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World News Roundup
January 8, 2022


Garland vows to pursue Jan. 6 'perpetrators, at any level'
Majority of voters don't want billions spent on new ICBMs
Will the Marine Corps cease to exist as a separate service?
Democrats draft legislation to erect permanent ‘insurrection memorial’
ICBM feud flares up over tiny review of 50-year-old U.S. missile
After Afghanistan, US military presence abroad faces opposition
In a historic first, U.S. aircraft carrier deploys with a woman in command
Forward naval presence: a political, not military, leadership problem
A warfighting Imperative: Back to basics for the Navy
Haitian prime minister survives weekend assassination attempt
750 F-35s in service as 2022 begins, Lockheed Martin says


Russian ASAT debris imperils DoD, NRO sats, while ISS risks increase
Blinken, German minister reiterate warning to Russia over Ukraine
Blinken warns Russia: No progress with "gun pointed at Ukraine's head"
Russia and China will threaten the peace in 2022
Russian paratroopers arrive in Kazakhstan as unrest continues
Putin's calculation for war is sincere


There was an ‘epidemic’ of coups in 2021
US military coalition in Syria takes out rocket launch sites
Lebanon currency slumps to new low as economic crisis deepens
Iran says nuclear agreement can be reached if US sanctions lifted
Israel announces plan to double Golan Heights population
Israeli newspaper hacked on anniversary of Iranian general's killing by U.S.
China plans peace envoy for conflict-riven Horn of Africa
Qasem Soleimani statue torched in western Iran


Kazakh president asks Russia-led bloc for military help
Kazakhstan government resigns as demonstrators set fire to capital
Dozens killed as Kazakh police battle for control of streets in 'war zone'
Growing anger and desperation in Chinese cities under COVID lockdowns
Taiwan stages urban battle war games to simulate a Chinese invasion
Taiwan air force stages drill to intercept Chinese planes amid tensions
N. Korea says it test-fired a hypersonic missile Wednesday
N. Korea announces second hypersonic missile test was successful
Australia signs historic defence pact with Japan to counter China
China: Japan-Australia defense, security treaty will inflame tensions
US, Japan agree to two defense pacts amid China worries
China's Xi orders military to create "elite force" to win wars

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