Russia Just Did Something Big ‘We Haven’t Seen Before’- US On High Alert

A new NATO report makes it clear that a resurgent and bellicose Russian military is increasing military tensions in Europe to levels not seen since the end of the Cold War.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia has conducted at least 18 large-scale exercises over the past three years, “some of which have involved more than 100,000 troops.”

Among them were simulated nuclear attacks against NATO allies and partner nations, such as Sweden in March 2013.

“We haven’t had to worry about this for 25 years, and while I wish it were otherwise, now we do,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter Tuesday. The administration has proposed spending $3.4 billion on its troops and training in Europe.

British Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, Commander of NATO’s Maritime Command, said NATO has observed “a level of Russian capability that we haven’t seen before,” and that there is “more activity from Russian submarines than we’ve seen since the days of the Cold War.” This is “very different from the period of quiet submarine activity that perhaps we’ve seen in the past,” he said.

“Russia in the last few months has returned to, I would say, nearly a Cold War level of activity that goes towards our homeland, with long-range attacks, exercises and those types of things,” former U.S. Navy Commander, Admiral Samuel Locklear, told the House Armed Services Committee in April 2015, adding that Russia was reasserting itself politically and militarily.

Russia actions are provoking reactions.

This week, Sweden re-activated a former Cold War base on the island of Gotland to address the potential Russian threat.

Sweden’s Supreme Commander, General Mikael Byden, said, “This is one of the great challenges right now: What are they up to, and why do they do it?”

The responses come as an analysis by the RAND Corporation released this week said Russian tanks could overrun NATO’s existing forces in the Baltic nations. The report warned NATO’s ground forces are no match for Russia’s.

“The … findings are unambiguous: As currently postured, NATO cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members,” the report said.

h/t: Fox News

Top Military Generals Make Shock Recommendation – Could Change Everything About US Warfare

Should women be required to register for future military drafts?

This is a question that has been asked since December, when U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter opened all military jobs to women.

Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley and Marine Corps commandant, Gen. Robert B. Neller told the Senate Arms Services Committee that registering all women for Selective Service is an appropriate request given the push to make military occupational specialties gender-neutral.

“It doesn’t mean you’re going to serve, but you go register,” Neller said.

“Senator, I think all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft,” added Milley.

Upon hearing this announcement from Carter, there was a strong protest from the United States Marine Corps, which argued that women would face far higher odds of injury if placed in combat roles.

Carter has made claims that combat effectiveness will not degrade, although empirical data from the Marines contradict these claims.

The Center for Military Readiness President, Elaine Donnelly, disagrees with this decision.

“The administration said it doesn’t matter what the Marines have said. It doesn’t matter what the research says. This is President Obama’s order. That’s why it’s being done, because this president knows he can order the military to do what he wants.” says Donnelly.

The Marine Corps’ concerns were raised Tuesday by Armed Services Committee chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a conversation with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

The Selective Service System requires all American men between the ages of 18 and 26 to register. The majority of men must sign up within 30 days of turning 18.

6-Yr-Old Boy Says 2 Words To Soldier That Make Him Instantly Take Patches Off His Uniform

Random acts of kindness are often very touching. From the person who pays it forward by paying for the food of the car behind them at the drive thru, to buying groceries for people in need, givers make an impact.

Two young boys from Lawrenceville, Georgia learned about acts of kindness from a serviceman and it put huge smiles on both of their faces. Jadyn and Gregory were with their mother, Destiny, in a neighborhood Walmart Jan. 26. Jayden noticed a man in an Army uniform and wanted to thank the soldier for his service to our country. After getting permission from his mother, he did just that.

The soldier was so touched and moved to hear “Thank you,” that he ripped off a couple of patches from his uniform and presented the two boys with a present they’ll probably never forget.

The mother and her sons thanked the soldier over and over, and the soldier said his goodbyes and went his own way. But not long after, the three realized they didn’t get the soldier’s name. The family described the experience in a letter they wrote to FOX 5 News.

“I saw a soldier at Walmart. I wanted to say thank you, because he fights for our freedom,” Jadyn said. “When I told him ‘thank you’ he gave me and my baby bother patches from his army uniform. It made me feel very good, because it made me feel special. I want to find him so we can make him a thank you note and know his name. He’s my hero. Thank you for trying to help my mommy and me find him.”

Destiny told FOX 5 News, “This whole experience has been overwhelming. With all the negative in the world, it’s wonderful to see something so sweet happen, even if it was something as small as a sweet soldier giving my sons his patches. It is something they will remember for a lifetime. The look on Jadyn’s face was pure joy and excitement. He was so excited to receive something so special! My boys, as well as myself, will treasure them forever. We are planning on framing them for the boys’ room!”

The patches reveal the soldier is from the 48th Brigade Combat team, reportedly one of the oldest units in Army history. A search is on to find the generous soldier but he will likely remain anonymous as the simple joy of knowing he made someone’s day is reward enough for some soldiers.

h/t: IJ Review

Fox News Host Calls Out Jeb Bush’s Son Over Military Service, Then Something BIG Was Discovered

A Fox News host slammed GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush over his stance on military action in Iraq, in a tweet asking if Bush’s son will be fighting.

The tweet from Andrea Tantaros came during Thursday night’s Fox News-Google primary presidential debate.

“Curious, will your son George P. be joining the fight embedded in Iraq, Jeb? Oh wait, that’s right, he’s also planning to run for President,” Tantaros posted.

There’s just one problem: Bush’s son, George P. Bush, is a veteran.

The younger Bush served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2010 as an intelligence officer in the United States Naval Reserve. He wrote in a 2011 op-ed piece published in USA Today that the military service of his grandfather, George H.W. Bush, motivated him to join the U.S. Navy. The elder Bush served during World War II and was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross.

George P. Bush also wrote about his time in Afghanistan, saying it helped him understand the poverty of the area.

“During my time in Afghanistan, I began to understand the crippling realities of Afghan poverty; the lack of participation at all levels; the unwillingness of leaders to step up and run for the critical municipal offices that form the foundation of a functioning democracy; and the absence of human infrastructure that might let even those Afghans who want to give back to their country do so without fear of recrimination,” Bush wrote.

George P. Bush currently serves as Texas’ Land Commissioner.

Tantaros was informed of Bush’s military service by the Jeb Bush campaign, but has not apologized. Instead, she justified her earlier statement.

“The men and women who choose to serve our great Republic are to be commended, but George P. Bush’s service falls into the realm of textbook special treatment for children of ‘political dynasties’ with direct commission and online classes, not exactly standard fare in the U.S. military,” Tantaros said.

She said she appreciated Bush’s service, but said his service shouldn’t stop any criticism of him.

Russia Just Made A Bold Military Move Toward The U.S.- American Officials Furious

A Russian Fighter jet sped within several feet of a U.S. spy plane over the Black Sea on Monday according to the Pentagon.

“An RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Navy Capt. Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command.

“US defense officials claim the an aggressive banking turn was performed and the thrust of the SU-27 ‘disturbed the controllability’ of the RC-135 (a modified Boeing 707), the Express reported.

Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza told Fox News outlet that the incident is being investigated. 

“The Pentagon held a video conference Thursday with Russian military officials to discuss flight safety over Syria ‘to avoid accidents and unintended confrontation between coalition and Russian forces whenever the two sides operate in close proximity,’ according to Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. There was no mention of the ‘unprofessional’ intercept in his statement.” Fox reported.

Earlier this week, Japan’s Defense Ministry revealed that Japanese interceptor jets were scrambled to chase two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers that approached the northern end of Japan,” according to the Express. 

Putin has been taking increasing aggressive moves towards the United States and Western powers over the last several months. Last July 4th, the United States scrambled fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers coming close the the coastlines of Alaska and California.

As reported by Western Journalism, U.S. Navy officials revealed in the fall that they have been tracking Russian naval activity near vital underseas communication cables in the Atlantic. The Navy is concerned that the Russians may be searching out secret locations of special cables used by the U.S. government for military operations.