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High Altitude "Object" Shot Down Off Northern Alaska
Posed Threat to Civilian Flight

February 11, 2023
On February 10, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

2/10 - Pentagon: F22 used in shootdown of "object" off northern Alaska after determination it posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flights. Monitoring..

2/10 - White House NSC spokesman reveals high-altitude balloon shot down within the last hour offshore of northern Alaska. Presser live stream:

What You Need To Know

On Friday afternoon, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of the shootdown of what the White House and Pentagon are referring to as an unknown, high-altitude "object" flying off the coast of northern Alaska. John Kirby, coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, made the initial announcement during a White House press conference: (Video) (Transcript)

"So, I can confirm that the Department of Defense was tracking a high-altitude object over Alaska airspace in the last 24 hours. Alt- — the object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flight."

"Out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of the Pentagon, President Biden ordered the military to down the object. And they did, and it came inside our territorial waters. Those waters right now are frozen — but inside territorial airspace and over territorial waters."

"Fighter aircraft assigned to U.S. Northern Command took down the object within the last hour."

When pressed by a reporter on describing the object, Kirby states the following:

"We're calling this an 'object' because that's the best description we have right now. We do not know who owns it. […] We don’t know if it’s state-owned. We don’t understand the full purpose."

Soon thereafter the Pentagon held their own press briefing during which slightly more information was provided. According to Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder: (Video) (Transcript)

"At the direction of the President of the United States, fighter aircraft assigned to U.S. Northern Command successfully took down a high altitude airborne object off the northern coast of Alaska at 1:45 pm Eastern Standard Time today within U.S. sovereign airspace over U.S. territorial water."

"On February 9, North American Aerospace Defense Command detected an object on ground radar and further investigated and identified the object using fighter aircraft. The object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flight."

"U.S. Northern Command is beginning recovery operations now. U.S. Northern Command's Alaska Command coordinated the operation, with assistance from the Alaska Air National Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

"We have no further details about the object at this time, including any description of its capabilities, purpose, or origin. The object was about the size of a small car, so not similar in size or shape to the high altitude surveillance balloon that was taken down off the coast of South Carolina on February 4."

Map showing approximate "object" shootdown location off the coast of Alaska.   - ALLOW IMAGES

Ryder goes onto explain that the aircraft used in the shootdown was an F-22 operating out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska and employed an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile to take down the object.

Little additional detail had been released by the Pentagon, though ABC News quotes an unnamed U.S. official as describing the object as “cylindrical and silver-ish gray” and had the appearance of floating. No signs of a means of propulsion were visible.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment around the clock and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.


2/9 - US Embassy Kenya issues security alert warning locations frequented by foreigners in country continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. Vigilance urged.

2/8 - Large wave of coordinated hoax 911 calls reporting active shooters in schools across multiple states incl MI, CA and FL. Caution and vigilance urged. See email.

2/6 - Security increasing around metro DC and Capitol Hill in runup to the State of the Union address on 2/7. Expect delays in the District. More via email.

2/6 - US Embassy Turkey issues alert re earthquake in the Turkish Southeast and Central Mediterranean regions. Urges citizens to avoid damaged areas. More via email.

2/5 - Reports of significant structural damage in southern Turkey from M7.7 EQ. US citizens in region urged to reach out to family & friends. Live streams via email.

2/5 - M7.7 earthquake, 26 km WNW of Gaziantep, Turkey (107 km NNW of Aleppo, Syria). AlertsUSA monitoring for damage reports.

2/5 - US Embassy Sweden issues security alert warning of possible retaliatory terror attacks in the wake of recent Quran burnings in Europe. Caution urged. See email.

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A Bradley Fighting Vehicle loads onto the ARC Integrity Jan. 25, 2023, at the Transportation Core Dock in North Charleston, South Carolina. More than 60 Bradleys were shipped by U.S. Transportation Command as part of the U.S. military aid package to Ukraine. The Bradleys are shipped with the barrels of the 25mm M242 chain guns removed, to be reinstalled after arrival.  U.S. Transportation Command photo by Oz Suguitan  - ALLOW IMAGES

Ukraine War Update+

February 10, 2023
What You Need To Know

According to the Institute for the Study of War:

Russian forces launched another massive series of missile and drone strikes across Ukraine on February 10.

Russian missile overflights of NATO territory are highly unlikely to prompt an escalation, and ISW continues to assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin is unwilling to risk a direct conflict with NATO.

Russian missile overflights of NATO territory are highly unlikely to prompt an escalation, and ISW continues to assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin is unwilling to risk a direct conflict with NATO.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence:

Since 7 February 2023, Russian forces have likely made tactical gains in two key sectors. On the northern outskirts of the Donbas town of Bakhmut, Wagner Group forces have pushed 2-3km further west, controlling countryside near the M-03 main route into the town.

Russian forces increasingly dominate the northern approaches to Bakhmut.

To the south, Russian units have made advances around the western edge of the town of Vuhledar, where they re-launched offensive operations in late January 2023.

However, Russian units have likely suffered particularly heavy casualties around Vuhledar as inexperienced units have been committed. Russian troops likely fled and abandoned at least 30 mostly intact armoured vehicles in a single incident after a failed assault.

Ukraine conflict map as of February 11, 2023. Image: @war_mapper with permission. - ALLOW IMAGES

Japan’s Long-Awaited Return to Geopolitics - ALLOW IMAGES

Commentary / Analysis / Research

February 11, 2023

Japan’s Long-Awaited Return to Geopolitics

In geopolitics, rarely do we realize that a tectonic shift is taking place the moment it is happening. There are a few exceptions: the Soviet Union’s launch of the world’s first space satellite, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 9/11 attacks. These moments were historical inflection points that were plain for all to see.

Russia’s war in Ukraine, which marks the return of naked, World War II-style aggression to Europe, is surely another such inflection point. But there is a second, less-noticed shift taking place right now that has at least as much power to alter history: the return of Japan as a major geopolitical actor.

~ READ MORE HERE (Foreign Policy) ~

Is South Korea Going Nuclear?

South Korea is currently facing the highest nuclear threat in the world. This might not be a universal perception, but it is what many Korean people believe. North Korea’s “Law on the DPRK’s Policy on Nuclear Forces,” announced in September 2022, outlined a new nuclear doctrine that pledges to use (tactical) nuclear weapons once war breaks out, or even preemptively in some cases, making it essentially the most aggressive nuclear doctrine in history. To prove that these were not empty threats, North Korea conducted a military drill for its “tactical nuclear operation units”

Under these kinds of threats, South Koreans are seriously asking, can extended deterrence still work? Even the South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol raised the possibility of the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) building its own nuclear weapons in response. US strategists need to understand these concerns as well as the limits of extended deterrence and prepare for potential alternative futures.

~ READ MORE HERE (38 North) ~

China’s Spy Balloon Proves The U.S. Homeland Is Vulnerable

Before 9/11, most Americans believed they were safe from foreign attack. The smoking holes in the heart of New York City and the side of the Pentagon set them straight.

Once word about Xi’s hot-air overflight got out, the Administration’s initial reaction was to obsess over the politics of the problem. Rather than address the problem directly and forthrightly, they deflected and obfuscated to try to obscure the fact that they had failed to respond appropriately. We’ve seen this before when they abandoned Afghanistan. Balloon-gate was no different.

~ READ MORE HERE (Heritage) ~

Fleet and Marine Tracker Map as of February 6, 2023.  - ALLOW IMAGES
USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
February 6, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of February 6, 2023 based on U.S. Navy, public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute, and open source reporting.

The U.S. aircraft carrier Nimitz conducting flight operations while underway in the South China Sea Jan 31, 2023.  Image: US Navy
World News Roundup
February 11, 2023


NATO Secretary General in DC for consultations on Russia and China
US provides GPS-targeting for Ukrainian rocket systems
Biden admin removing most surveillance balloons at southern border
Experts believe Chinese satellite fired green lasers over Hawaii
US launches unarmed ICBM into Pacific amid China, North Korea tensions
US manufacturing may have helped build Chinese surveillance balloon
US planning HIMARS training center in Europe, General tells VOA
SpaceX unveils ‘Starshield,’ a military variation of Starlink satellites
The Army once developed a sim round to mimic a nuclear explosion
Oregon lawmakers propose harsher punishments for domestic terrorism
Mexico in chaos after first month of Biden’s ‘CBP One’ work permit giveaway
Chinese balloon carried antennas, other gear to gather intelligence
Not enough of Chinese balloon recovered yet to conclude intent, FBI says
Defiant Ortega frees political prisoners in Nicaragua, expels them to U.S
In Haiti, schools increasingly being targeted for looting, kidnapping, violence


US Embassy Sweden warns of possible retaliation for Koran burnings
Ukraine barred from using SpaceX tech for drones
Ukraine makes formal request for Dutch F-16 jets
British PM: Nothing off table as Zelensky asks for jets
Putin warns of 'military consequences if UK gives Ukraine jets
Russia: U.S. has questions to answer over Nord Stream explosions
Russia ‘massing 1,800 tanks, 700 aircraft & 500k men for new assault
Russia to build production site for Iranian-designed drones
What tanks in Ukraine tell us about America in the Pacific
Moldova names new pro-EU prime minister after government falls
Pentagon looks to restart top-secret programs in Ukraine
The Soviets built bespoke balloon-killer planes during the Cold War
Hersch: how America took out the Nord Stream pipeline
German politicians and military chiefs suggest return of conscription
Russian missiles pound Ukraine's energy system, force power outages


US Embassy Kenya warns of terrorist threat country-wide
US Embassy Turkey warns of danger within quake impact zone
Rescue work continues in Turkey and Syria
Turkish anger turns to Erdogan over quake delays, weak buildings
Following the U.S., the UK issues terror alert for Kenya
Iran shows off underground air base with Russia's Sukhoi jets
Turkey and Syria face the threat of a 'secondary disaster' after earthquakes
Israeli police: 2 killed, 5 wounded in Jerusalem car-ramming
Russia's Lavrov visits Sudan on diplomatic push in Africa's Sahel
Kenyatta backs complete regional force deployment into DR Congo
What is causing South Africa's power crisis?
Eskom crisis: What does South Africa’s state of disaster mean?
UN troops kill eight civilians in DRC convoy attack: Governor


Number of Chinese migrants caught at southern border jumps 700%+
Balloons serve multiple roles in Chinese warfare
North Korea showcases ICBMs in military parade
China gears up to shoot down US drones
Japan, Philippines agree to sharply boost defense ties
Damaged cables severly impact Taiwan network speeds
Bomb hits vehicle, killing 2 troops, wounding 3 in Pakistan
Bangladesh calls for action on Rohingya crisis
Indonesian security forces search for NZ pilot taken hostage


Ocular Surface Erosion after Suspected Exposure to Evaporated C19 Vaccine
Fauci Admits COVID Shots Didn’t Have a Chance of Controlling the Pandemic
States That Won’t Comply with CDC’s Rec for C19 Vax of Kids for School
Rethinking Next-Gen Vaccines for Respiratory Viruses

Peak Prosperity with Dr. Chris Martenson.

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Travel Security Resources

With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to research the security situation at your destination prior to booking, and again prior to departure.

The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide.

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Other USGOV Travel Resources

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - Registering your overseas trip with the Department of State STEP program allows you to receive information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) - Joining OSAC provides a variety of USGOV resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC travel website is the authoritative federal source for information on current health issues related to specific destinations worldwide. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

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