World War – Triad NTR http://triadntr.net/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 19:36:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://triadntr.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-3-150x150.png World War – Triad NTR http://triadntr.net/ 32 32 The West Virginia Chambers General Store opened during World War I https://triadntr.net/the-west-virginia-chambers-general-store-opened-during-world-war-i/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 19:36:26 +0000 https://triadntr.net/the-west-virginia-chambers-general-store-opened-during-world-war-i/ Posted in West Virginia Attractions August 12, 2022 by Cristy From July 1914 to November 1918. This is the period during which the First World War took place, more than a century ago. Many memories of those bygone days are gone, but one old West Virginia general store still bears […]]]>



From July 1914 to November 1918. This is the period during which the First World War took place, more than a century ago. Many memories of those bygone days are gone, but one old West Virginia general store still bears witness to it: Chambers General Store in Bethany, West Virginia, which was founded in 1917.

To learn more about this turn-of-the-century general store that opened in 1917 during World War I, visit Chambers General Store on Facebook. And, while Chambers General Store is very old, it’s not even the oldest general store still in operation in West Virginia. Who knew?!

Address: Chambers General Store, 202 Main St, Bethany, WV 26032, USA

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What Really Happened to This Female WWII Pilot? | by Ida Larsdotter | August 2022 https://triadntr.net/what-really-happened-to-this-female-wwii-pilot-by-ida-larsdotter-august-2022/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:21:45 +0000 https://triadntr.net/what-really-happened-to-this-female-wwii-pilot-by-ida-larsdotter-august-2022/ Amy Johnson is presumed dead in 1941. There are still unanswered questions about what really happened to her. Photograph of Amy Johnson and her plane ‘Jason’. C 1930, photographer unknown. Public domain via Wikimedia commons. DDuring World War II, British women were banned from serving as pilots in the military. Army officials believed it was […]]]>

Amy Johnson is presumed dead in 1941. There are still unanswered questions about what really happened to her.

Photograph of Amy Johnson and her plane ‘Jason’. C 1930, photographer unknown. Public domain via Wikimedia commons.

DDDuring World War II, British women were banned from serving as pilots in the military. Army officials believed it was immoral to put women in dangerous situations.

Although no British women served as fighter pilots, there were female pilots who contributed to the British war effort. They worked for an organization called the ATA. They are often overlooked, but the pilots working for the Air Transport Auxiliary did an important job.

The ATA was an organization that transported military aircraft between military bases on behalf of the Royal Air Force. RAF pilots focused on the war. They did not have time to cross Great Britain to have their planes repaired. The ATA did this on their behalf.

ATA pilots have never fought with the enemy. Their pilots simply flew planes around the UK. Working for the ATA was not as risky as working for the RAF. Therefore, the ATA hired women.

Amy Johnson was one of the female pilots who worked for the ATA during World War II. She was a skilled pilot with over a decade of experience. Johnson had set a number of records. Then, when the war broke out, she wanted to contribute.

Johnson was previously a commercial pilot, so she was not used to flying military aircraft. However, she quickly proves herself and is promoted to first officer of the ATA. She worked long hours to ensure Royal Air Force pilots could do their jobs.

On January 5, 1941, Johnson was flying solo from the north of England to the south. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary when she took off that day. But somewhere in the south east of England, something happened. The plane crashed in the North Sea. Johnson, who had managed to jump from the plane with a parachute, was never seen again.

Officially, the accident would have been an accident. Poor weather conditions and the plane’s fuel starvation caused it to crash. And as for what happened to Amy, we think she drowned.

There are those who reject this narrative. Over the decades that followed, people who were there that day told shocking stories.

Photograph of Amy Johnson and her airplane ‘Jason’ in India, circa 1930. Photographer unknown. Public domain via Wikimedia commons.

Amy Johnson was first introduced to aviation as a hobby. She was working as a secretary in London when she started taking flying lessons. Soon Johnson was hooked. She obtained her pilot’s license in 1929 and quit her job as a secretary.

Less than a year after becoming a pilot, Amy Johnson gained global recognition when she became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. She received a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (EPC) honored by King George V for her achievement.

Johnson had found what she was passionate about and she wouldn’t stop making history. In 1931, Johnson and his co-pilot Jack Humphreys flew from London to Moscow in less than 21 hours. They continued from Russia to Japan, breaking another time record.

Johnson’s life revolved around aviation. She flew around the world, often winning competitions in the process. Even his love life would involve stealing.

Photograph of Amy Johnson and her husband Jim Mollison, circa 1937. Photographer unknown. Public domain via Wikimedia commons.

Johnson met Scottish pilot Jim Mollison in 1932. They traveled a long distance together and got along very well. Mollison was very taken with the beautiful and intelligent Amy. He proposed to her eight hours after they first met. They got married the same year.

Johnson began working as a commercial pilot in 1939. She carried passengers between the Isle of Wright and the British mainland. Johnson also flew as a target on which anti-aircraft gunners could practice.

She lost her job in March 1940 when the British government took over all commercial aircraft. She was hired by the ATA and started flying for them in May this year.

Amy Johnson took off from RAF Squires Gate on January 5, 1941. She was flying an Airspeed Oxford aircraft and heading to RAF Kidlington Airport near Oxford.

After flying for some time, Johnson was forced off course due to poor weather conditions. The plane was said to have run out of fuel when Amy jumped from it with a parachute. The plane crashed into the Thames Estuary near Herne Bay.

There was a fleet of warships in the Thames Estuary that day. Several crew members of these vessels reported seeing a parachute descend. Witnesses said they saw a woman in the water calling for help. Some also said they saw a second body in the water.

Photograph by Johnson, circa 1938. Photographer unknown. Public domain via Wikimedia commons.

The weather conditions that day were very bad and it was difficult to reach the woman in the water. The crew threw ropes but the woman couldn’t reach them.

Walter Fletcher, Captain of HMS Haslemere, then jumped into the water to try to save the woman. He swam towards what looked like a body in the water and held there for a few minutes. The waters were so cold that Fletcher passed out and lost his grip. The tide then washed away the body.

The captain was rescued by a lifeboat after a few minutes. He had been seriously injured by the freezing water and died in hospital a few days later. After his death, Fletcher was awarded the Albert Medal to honor his brave rescue attempt.

The woman in the water is believed to have been Amy Johnson. No human remains were ever located, but Johnson’s belongings were found at the crash site. As for the second person some claim to have seen, there is no plausible explanation for this. According to official documents, only Amy Johnson was on the plane that crashed.

There are those who don’t believe the official story and claim that Amy’s death was no accident.

In 1999, a man named Tom Mitchell told a shocking story. Mitchell was in the British Army during World War II. According to him, on January 5, 1941, Mitchell spotted an aircraft flying over the southeast coast of England.

He contacted the plane by radio and asked the pilot to give his identification code. Mitchell said the pilot gave the wrong code. Mitchell again asked the pilot for the code, and the pilot again gave the wrong code.

The aircraft was then assumed to be the enemy. Mitchell said the plane was shot down and landed in the Thames Estuary. This is where Johnson’s plane crashed.

Sixteen shells were fired and the aircraft plunged into the Thames Estuary. We all thought it was an enemy plane until the next day when we read the papers and found out it was Amy. The officers told us never to tell anyone what happened.

Tom Mitchell in an interview with the Scottish in 1999.

There is no documentation that corroborates Mitchell’s story. It’s also unclear why he waited so long to come forward with such shocking allegations.

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Lockheed and Raytheon: Hedge Against World War (LMT) (RTX) https://triadntr.net/lockheed-and-raytheon-hedge-against-world-war-lmt-rtx/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://triadntr.net/lockheed-and-raytheon-hedge-against-world-war-lmt-rtx/ Michael Fitzsimmons/iStock Editorial via Getty Images the intro As tensions rise around Taiwan and Ukraine, we think it’s important to ask, “What’s the worst-case scenario?” If China were to invade Taiwan, how would the world react? Sanctions have been imposed on Russia, causing energy prices to skyrocket and create the conditions of a “long and […]]]>

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the intro

As tensions rise around Taiwan and Ukraine, we think it’s important to ask, “What’s the worst-case scenario?” If China were to invade Taiwan, how would the world react? Sanctions have been imposed on Russia, causing energy prices to skyrocket and create the conditions of a “long and cold winter” in Europe. If the same sanctions were imposed on China, the consequences could be much worse; we do not rule out a global depression. China is the the biggest in the world nation in terms of trade. Companies like Apple (AAPL), Starbucks (SBUX) and Nike (NKE) are heavily exposed in China. Much of what we use every day is made in the country.

Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan, facing a Chinese army saying she “will not sit idly by”. Meanwhile, stubborn politicians rule the world’s greatest countries, armed with nuclear capabilities. Although this seems to be the last priority, we are in the investment business. If one thinks of the type of company that would do well in a world overwhelmed by war and economic hardship, one might think of the aerospace defense companies Lockheed Martin (New York Stock Exchange: LMT) and Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:RTX). In the coming decade, we expect returns of 7% per year.

The economic shield

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed makes its money from contracts, not just with the US military, but with allied nations around the world:

F-35 Global Partners

F-35 Global Partners (Lockheed Martin)

This business does not rely on the strength of the consumer, but on the strength of the government. Until governments are financially burdened, Lockheed’s business is economically insensitive. The company increased its turnover throughout the global financial crisis of 2008:

LMT Earnings Chart
LMT Revenue Data (TTM) by YCharts

Lockheed Martin makes most of its money selling military equipment such as fighter jets and missile defense systems, but also partners with NASA through its space division. Here is a breakdown of the company’s segments:

Segment The description Percentage of sales
Aeronautics Advanced military aircraft 40%
MFC Missiles and fire control 17%
RMS Rotating and mission systems 25%
Space Satellites, transports and military systems 18%

Source: Image created by the author using data from Lockheed’s annual report.

Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon is also resilient to economic weakness, although it has partial exposure to commercial aircraft and therefore the travel industry. Raytheon’s “Collins Aerospace” and “Pratt & Whitney” segments are exposed to both military and commercial aircraft. Raytheon sells technology to Boeing and Airbus and is one of the world’s largest aircraft engine suppliers. On the other hand, customers in the “Intelligence & Space” and “Missiles & Defense” segments are mainly government agencies. Here is a breakdown of the company’s segments:

Raytheon revenue by segment

Raytheon Revenue by Segment (Annual Report)

Conflict and Defense Spending

All things considered, the world has been a pretty peaceful place since the end of World War II. Such a century without conflict seems to be an anomaly in world history.

Defense contracts have become quite stable, with slow and steady revenue growth expected. But, if the conflict becomes widespread, there could be a worldwide shortage of military aircraft and missile defense, which would increase revenues and margins for Raytheon and Lockheed.

The invasion of Ukraine was a wake-up call to the world. After the invasion, NATO and greater Europe decided to increase defense spending by $50 billion to $75 billion. Countries like Canada and Japan also plan to spend more. It is possible that this is only the beginning. These countries realize that they cannot rely solely on the United States to protect themselves from invasion. All of this could boost international sales for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies.

Evaluation

Lockheed has become more expensive over time on a price-to-sales ratio, while Raytheon hovers around its historical average:

PS LMT report
LMT PS Ratio data by YCharts

At the same time, Lockheed’s gross margins increased, while Raytheon’s fell below historic levels as the pandemic hit its business operations:

LMT gross profit margin
LMT Gross Profit Margin Data (Quarterly) by YCharts

Overall, we think LMT and RTX are quite expensive. These stocks trade in a booming US market and were much better buys in 2010. Earnings will need to grow at a faster rate to justify current valuations.

Lockheed Martin is the sports industry leader in return on capital and therefore has a higher price-to-book ratio, but a lower forward PE than its peers:

Lockheed Martin (LMT) General Dynamics (GD) Raytheon Technologies (RTX)
Sales price 1.8 1.6 2.1
Price to book 9.7 3.6 2.0

EP before

15.7 18.7 19.8
Dividend yield 2.7% 2.2% 2.4%

Long Term Returns

The expert consensus is that these companies will grow at tremendous rates through 2024:

Lockheed earnings forecast

Lockheed (Nasdaq) earnings forecast

Raytheon Earnings Forecast

Raytheon (Nasdaq) Earnings Forecast

We believe that growth will slow following this increase. Redemptions are also expected to slow as there is not enough cash to sustain the current pace. On the industry side, US defense spending is projected to increase by just 3% per year through 2032. International spending in this category may grow faster, but the US will need to maintain its alliances to that Lockheed Martin and Raytheon benefit from it. . These companies have increased their revenues by 5.5% per year since 1995:

Lockheed Martin Revenue Trend
LMT Revenue Data (TTM) by YCharts

Our 2032 price targets for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies are $655 per share and $142 per share, respectively, implying returns of 7% per year with dividends reinvested.

  • We projected that Lockheed Martin and Raytheon would increase current EPS by 9% and 11.5% per year respectively, which would translate to 2032 EPS of $40.95 and $8.88. This growth is possible thanks to widened profit margins. We assigned a multiple terminal of 16x.

Conclusion

Using Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies to guard against global war isn’t a terrible strategy, but it should yield pretty mediocre returns. The best time to buy a hedge is when nobody wants it. Looking back, 2020 was the perfect time to hedge against rising oil prices. As the famous investor Carl Icahn once said:

“You have to buy them when nobody wants them, really. I mean that’s the real secret. It sounds very simple, but it’s very hard to do. When everyone hates it, you buy it . And when everyone wants it, you sell it to them.”

We believe geopolitical fears have reduced long-term returns for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies. That said, they still provide decent protection against major conflicts. We have a “hold” rating on the shares.

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US politics: Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit sparks WWIII fears, experts warn https://triadntr.net/us-politics-nancy-pelosis-taiwan-visit-sparks-wwiii-fears-experts-warn/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:15:02 +0000 https://triadntr.net/us-politics-nancy-pelosis-taiwan-visit-sparks-wwiii-fears-experts-warn/ US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi could become Franz Ferdinand’s figure in a possible Third World War if she is injured by the Chinese military during her trip to Taiwan, experts warn. The Democrat, 82, landed in Taiwan, becoming the first president in 25 years to visit the disputed territory, The American Sun reports […]]]>

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi could become Franz Ferdinand’s figure in a possible Third World War if she is injured by the Chinese military during her trip to Taiwan, experts warn.

The Democrat, 82, landed in Taiwan, becoming the first president in 25 years to visit the disputed territory, The American Sun reports

Beijing considers Taiwan a “rogue” state and President Xi has pledged to retake the island by force if necessary.

For decades, Washington has pursued a strategy of “strategic ambiguity” – where it persuaded pro-separatist Taiwanese forces not to declare independence while dissuading Beijing from seizing the island by force. .

Geopolitical expert Brandon Weichert has warned that the president could become a modern-day Franz Ferdinand if she were injured during her visit.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in June 1914, prompting Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia, triggering World War I.

Mr Weichert said The sun“His injury or death would trigger a massive international incident the likes of which have not been seen since 1914.

“Xi Jinping and Nancy Pelosi hold the fate of the world in their hands. And no one knows what will happen next…much like 1914.

“Never since the World Wars has the personality of world leaders mattered so much in the historic decisions about to be made.”

Mr Weichert speculated that if Beijing decided to launch an attack on Taiwan, then they would target America’s vulnerable satellites in the region.

He said: “The days when Beijing could only cower and bow down to the presence of US warships in the Taiwan Strait are over.

“China has mobilized a significant force – and deployed its own aircraft carriers – to counter the American presence in the region.”

The Chinese ship Yuan Wang 5 is due to dock in Sri Lanka this month and Mr Weichert fears the ship could be used for military purposes.

The ship is used for space and satellite tracking and can monitor rockets and missiles being launched.

Weichert believes China is “actively tracking” US systems and identifying targets on them.

China has long feared launching a D-Day-style amphibious assault on Taiwan – something some analysts have dubbed Z-Day.

Destroyers and frigates were seen off the island and warplanes buzzed near the demarcation line in the Taiwan Strait.

And chilling footage shared on Chinese social network Weibo appears to show a column of amphibious tanks massing on Fujian beaches along the Taiwan Strait.

War games

It is also reported that China is preparing to send its aircraft carriers to match US deployments in the region, with USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group currently operating near Taiwan.

Beijing views any engagement between Washington and Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, as US endorsement of the island’s independence.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying threatened, “The US side will bear the responsibility and pay the price for undermining China’s sovereign security interests.

Brigadier General Robert Spalding III (retired). warned that the United States had privately agreed to China taking Taiwan.

He said The sun“We have allowed too many weapons to be built in this area of ​​the (Taiwan) strait.

“Taiwan’s fate is inescapable and Washington officials accept it privately.”

‘Conclusion in advance’

He predicted that pro-Beijing forces could launch an invasion within five years.

Experts have warned that US air defenses and bases are vulnerable due to the naïveté of politicians in Washington DC

Sam Armstrong of the Henry Jackson Society warned that there was a degree of hubris on the part of Western politicians after the end of the Cold War.

He warned that Beijing was developing weapons at such speed designed to take out enemy ships.

Mr. Weichert said: “The fact that it has been 25 years since a US Speaker of the House has visited Taiwan shows how Washington has ignored the Indo-Pacific region.

“Since 9/11, the United States has been so distracted that China has assumed it is the real dominant power in the region.”

Claims that China has overtaken the United States as the world’s number one superpower are disputed, but Brigadier General Spalding believes Washington stands to lose an ideological battle, which is being dubbed Cold War 2.0.

Beijing aspires to become the world’s dominant superpower by 2049, but Brigadier General Spalding believes that goal has already been achieved.

This article originally appeared on the US Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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Will World War III take place? https://triadntr.net/will-world-war-iii-take-place/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://triadntr.net/will-world-war-iii-take-place/ THE 20th century saw bloody conflicts unfold around the world in two world wars. But will the 21st century see the world return to war? Here’s what we know. 1 The war in Ukraine continues after the Russian invasion in February 2022Credit: Reuters Will there be a Third World War? As tensions between Russia and […]]]>

THE 20th century saw bloody conflicts unfold around the world in two world wars.

But will the 21st century see the world return to war? Here’s what we know.

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The war in Ukraine continues after the Russian invasion in February 2022Credit: Reuters

Will there be a Third World War?

As tensions between Russia and the West continue to rise, many fear the crisis in Ukraine could escalate into a wider armed conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin began attacking Ukraine in the early hours of February 24, 2022.

Officials have warned that the escalating crisis could see Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II, killing thousands of civilians and triggering a major refugee crisis in Europe.

The exact death toll is unknown, although estimates indicate that in June 2022 Russia lost nearly 50,000 fighters.

As Putin’s health deteriorates, there are fears he may turn to nuclear weapons in desperation.

The use of nuclear weapons would change the way Ukraine’s allies view the situation.

Since Ukraine is not a member of NATO, the UK, the US and their allies are helping the nation without declaring war on Russia.

However, if Russia attacks NATO allies, action would be expected.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that “World War III” could break out if Russia continues to step up its attack.

There are fears that the conflict could worsen the global food crisis, despite the two sides signing an agreement to resume grain exports.

Away from the Ukraine conflict, international analysts are also wary of multiple flashpoints where China may want to pursue military action in the coming years.

Officials also warned not to underestimate the situation in Iran.

Israeli officials have warned that the West must do everything possible to prevent Iran from gaining access to nuclear weapons.

What are the current world conflicts?

Here’s what you need to know about some of the world’s biggest ongoing conflicts.

Russia-Ukraine

On February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin launched a series of missile attacks against locations near Kyiv and in the northeastern city of Kharkiv near the Russian border.

Nearly ten million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the conflict, causing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

It was a major escalation in the Russian-Ukrainian war that began in 2014, when Russia invaded Crimea.

The conflict marks the first major war in Europe in decades.

China-Taiwan

Taiwan is said to be “preparing for war” after officials in Beijing warned there could be military consequences if the West intervenes in the dispute over the disputed territory.

China has threatened to impose a no-fly zone if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits.

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China has beefed up its military capabilities as tensions rise over Taiwan.

Experts fear the conflict could be worse than Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

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How did the threat of World War III evolve? https://triadntr.net/how-did-the-threat-of-world-war-iii-evolve/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 16:21:22 +0000 https://triadntr.net/how-did-the-threat-of-world-war-iii-evolve/ Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine is, after a series of strategic missteps by Vladamir Putin, becoming what many experts call a “war of attrition.” The term describes warfare characterized by the “sustained process of exhausting an adversary so as to force his physical collapse through continued losses of personnel, equipment, and supplies or exhaust him […]]]>

Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine is, after a series of strategic missteps by Vladamir Putin, becoming what many experts call a “war of attrition.”

The term describes warfare characterized by the “sustained process of exhausting an adversary so as to force his physical collapse through continued losses of personnel, equipment, and supplies or exhaust him to such an extent that his will to fight collapses,” according to the International Encyclopedia of World War I.

It’s a development that experts have long predicted after reports of Russian military failures revealed how Putin’s army was under-resourced and unprepared for a ground war in Ukraine, as well as the strength of the Ukrainian resistance.

Stephen Flynn, professor of political science and founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

But when the conflict began in late February, observers feared it could escalate into a wider global war between NATO and Russia.

News@Northeastern spoke with Stephen Flynn, Founding Director of Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, about developments in Ukraine, their connection to the broader geopolitical landscape emerging in response to the war, and the current threat level for nuclear conflicts . and World War III. His comments have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Military activity in Ukraine has, according to reports, really begun to take root, suggesting a long-term war of attrition. From a national security perspective, how does this change the possibility of nuclear weapons being used in Ukraine or a wider conflict involving NATO breaking out?

We have this conversation in the context that, of course, there are still many nuclear weapons on the planet. We still face the risk that some of these weapons will be used or that they will end up in the wrong hands. In the general context, however, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has raised the geostrategic risk of miscalculation and, while NATO tries to implement sanctions without pushing Russia too far, this risk is always the.

But [the war] also strips Russia of the role it played at the end of the Cold War as a co-partner in counter-proliferation efforts. If you look at virtually every deal that has been made over the years, it was about partnerships between the United States and Russia to both reduce the arsenal…and engage in broader efforts to contain countries like Iran.

We are still in an environment where this risk of miscalculation that I mentioned has not gone away; but we are in a kind of lull. That could change over the winter when Europe’s energy needs increase significantly and if Russia potentially decides to play the energy card. We are literally talking about not having enough gas for European countries to warm up. This could increase the risk there.

Besides energy concerns, are there other consequences of the war that could put pressure on the international order in a way that could exacerbate tensions?

As many know, there is also an ongoing food shortage – and that is not going to be resolved soon. Food insecurity is fueling civil unrest, and in places already experiencing civil unrest, such as the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, things could get worse. So there is still a geopolitical environment where there is less trust, where there is more risk of miscalculation, because Russia and Ukraine are still at war, and NATO stands edge without going to war over it; but also because of the continuing concerns about proliferation more broadly, particularly with regard to Iran and, of course, North Korea, we could find ourselves in a situation where more of these deadly weapons become available over time. time.

Did the invasion inspire other major powers, such as China, to respond militarily in their own spheres?

One of the almost surprising results is the extent to which the invasion led to the merger of NATO at a time when many people saw [the Western alliance] as moribund and permanently frayed the edges. Of course, NATO has recently expanded to include Finland and Sweden. The strength of this decision is almost certainly a message that China received. The idea that the West is disintegrating and therefore can really push hard to achieve its goals – well, there is now evidence to the contrary in terms of the West’s response to Russia. There is, of course, the risk of China invading Taiwan and China expanding into the Asia-Pacific in a bid to grow from a regional powerhouse to a global powerhouse. This tension also exists.

Overall, we’re in a very different strategic location from a security perspective than two years ago, and it’s a messy place. And we’re still in the nuclear age and so the risk is, I would say, higher than it was – certainly before February 20th. [2022]. But it’s not as clear and present as it might have seemed when Russia was pouring into Ukraine and the West was forced to respond. Any unintended consequences that might have arisen were handled quite well, overall. That trigger source is still there, but not as important.

It is also worth considering the meeting between Iran and Russia, with Turkey playing the role of mediator. Russia has always been suspicious of Iran, and Iran obviously continues to have that rogue status in the world today. So to the extent that Iran and Russia begin to work more closely together, only time will tell. But this is not a positive development compared to efforts that were in place previously to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions – an effort in which Russia participated. It is therefore a worrying sign.

At the same time, Russia is now signaling that it will go a step further than the eastern part of Ukraine, now that it is settling into a protracted conflict after the Blitzkrieg-style approach did not so worked well. So now they’re here for the long haul. Another variable is that they’ve also demonstrated to the world that their traditional military prowess isn’t all that impressive. But they still have nuclear prowess.

[Russia’s] role in proliferation has now changed. All this to say that when we think of the threat of nuclear war, it is both the means carry out the threat and intention behind. What we can say here is that we are more and more at a point where the means for a nuclear conflict are there, and the intention, although we hope it is somewhat contained, well, we we still have a war going on.

For me, what you have to keep an eye on is how the energy demands manifest. Because that shoe hasn’t dropped yet.

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Aspen World War 3 Rumblings https://triadntr.net/aspen-world-war-3-rumblings/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 23:19:09 +0000 https://triadntr.net/aspen-world-war-3-rumblings/ The Aspen Security Forum is the kind of national security conference where you might ask Richard Moore, the completely unguarded leader of MI6, to step aside so you can access the water cooler. It’s the kind of place where, at happy hour, in a sunny meadow high in the Rockies, you can, bottle of beer […]]]>

The Aspen Security Forum is the kind of national security conference where you might ask Richard Moore, the completely unguarded leader of MI6, to step aside so you can access the water cooler. It’s the kind of place where, at happy hour, in a sunny meadow high in the Rockies, you can, bottle of beer in hand, buttonhole mike rogers when he was still head of the NSA, or coin Mikk Marranthe head of the Estonian intelligence services, while holding food packaging on a biodegradable plate, asking what kind of information Vladimir Poutine is really deal with war. (And reader, I did all three.)

It’s the kind of forum where the former secretary of defense Robert Gates passes by you on a path, alone, looking not at the mountains surrounding the forum, but at the sidewalk in front of it. It’s the kind of place where New York Times journalist David Sangger takes its administrative sources fly fishing between the panels. This is where you can catch Glenn Simpsonthe man who ordered the Steele Dossier, drinking white wine and grumbling familiarly at a very friendly David Ignatiusthe Washington Post great, about another trial donald trump filed a complaint against him. In fact, the Aspen Security Forum is so amicably disconcerting that each year the multi-day meeting kicks off with dinner at Jane Harman‘s cottage at which the disconcerting avuncular John McLaughlinthe former Deputy Director of the CIA, usually entertains the guests – an array of national security decision makers, thinkers and journalists – with magic tricks.

Yes, everyone is friends in Aspen. Panels are not panels here. They are fireside chat (in the middle of the day, in the middle of summer, not a flame in sight). It is a closed space and difficult to access, both physically and metaphorically. You can’t fly directly from Washington, where most people fly from, and getting this puzzle of flights to line up takes a bit of finesse. (Same Victoria Nuland, the powerful undersecretary for political affairs, had to relocate her panel after several of her flights were canceled and she had to stay overnight in Dallas.) Only select national security personnel receive invites or receive press passes. It’s an extremely clubby little band. We have all known each other for years and years, crossing paths at conferences, on reporting trips and in various briefing rooms. If there are quarrels or rivalries, they fade away in the thin mountain air.

That’s why the Chinese Ambassador’s performance landed like a tactical nuclear bomb. Unlike the other guests, Gang Qin, Beijing’s envoy to the United States, never smiled or joked. He gave up on niceties or any semblance of diplomacy and proceeded to quietly but fiercely eviscerate US policy on China. He accused Joe Biden to foment a new Cold War with his rhetoric, which, Qin warns, will “build a new Berlin Wall” and “will have unbearable consequences for the world.” He accused Washington of “disinformation, misinformation, lies and malicious attacks”. He rejected the idea that the document Xi Jinping and Vladimir Poutine signed on February 4 was an alliance (“It shows the common opposition of the two countries to the mentality of the cold war”) and declared that the war in Ukraine is not so black and white. (“The Ukraine issue has historical and practical complexities,” Qin said. “It’s a long story.”) He called for “an immediate ceasefire” (“sit down, calm down yourself and find a way out of [sic] situation”) and criticized the United States for its “double standard”: defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine but attacking that of China (i.e., insisting that Taiwan is a separate).

He didn’t stop there. Asked about Beijing’s genocide against Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, Qin said it was a counter-terrorism operation preventing the establishment of another Islamic state. After a question from deeply knowledgeable and skillful people Ed Luceof the FTon what the failure of the “one country, two systems” policy in Hong Kong meant for Taiwan, Qin shocked the largely American public by quoting abraham lincoln“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” In this twisted analogy, Xinjiang, Taiwan, and Hong Kong were Alabama, South Carolina, and, say, Tennessee trying to break away from the Union, and President Xi was fighting a noble battle to keep his country together. and free from all human bondage.

The latter really attracted people’s goats. Because if there is one thing that cannot be taken away from even the most jaded American foreign policy elites, it is their absolute sincerity. They believe in American ideals, in the supremacy of American values, in the good that America offers the world, even if it sometimes clumsily manages the delivery. (And to be fair, if the choice is between what the US government and the Chinese government are offering, it’s sort of a no-brainer.) That the representative of a totalitarian, repressive, and genocidal communist state invoke an American saint on America’s soil to justify the CCP’s policies was a bridge too far. (Two septuagenarians who sat next to me were absolutely outraged.)

But that wasn’t just the substance of what Qin said. It was the way he said it. He had come to a forum where everyone was friends and used his fireside chat to berate and attack them. Where everyone was collegial and cheerful, even when issuing stern warnings about, say, the global grain crisis, Qin was hostile and aggressive. Here, China’s wolf diplomacy was on full display, its fangs bared and glistening in the Aspen sun.


Third World War?

I captured the panel on the big screen in the Google Cloud tent set up in the resort’s central grassland, where Russian hands like Susan Glasser, Pierre Boulanger, Fiona’s Hilland the Rockefeller Foundation Eileen O’Connor were all watching during lunch. Not as much as it ate. We all sat gaping or pointing at one blow or another, like the vigorous rage with which Qin said the “one” in “a Chinese policy.” Some DOJ officials, including Matt Olsonresponsible for the January 6 investigations, also looked on, amazed.

At the end of the fireside chat, we all shared our impressions, which ranged from “Holy shit” to “Is this the prelude to World War III?

We weren’t the only ones to have had this reaction. For the next two days, as the Chinese entourage of young Foreign Ministry employees strolled around the Aspen Meadows Resort, everyone was talking only about Ambassador Qin. His performance was referenced in nearly every panel and fireside chat that followed. Every off-site dinner and every on-site lunch started and ended with an iteration of “Holy shit, did you hear the Chinese ambassador?” On the way back to Washington, while I was waiting for my bag on the tarmac in Denver, two women who were also from the forum asked me the same thing.

It wasn’t that people were mad at Qin. They were scared. Essentially, he showed up to the high school dance and pulled a Carrie. Everyone was ready to talk about Russia and Ukraine, gas and grain, but Ambassador Qin arrived to make sure China got an equal bill. They came ready to talk about how to fend off Russia without starting World War III, but Qin wanted them to know that it wasn’t Moscow that would bring that thunder, it was Beijing.

Even as he castigated the Americans for wrongly making China a threat, he made sure everyone understood that China would defend its interests and do so with ferocity. Doing so at an elite symposium like the Aspen Security Forum was a smart and effective way to get the message across that China is angry and refuses to be ignored. What better way to strike up a conversation than to attend a gathering of 200 of the administration’s top officials, thinkers, and journalists who cover them, and tell them as bluntly and unequivocally as possible? That, it seems, was really the mission. And Qin completed it brilliantly.

When I got home this weekend, I was chatting with a source, a Republican foreign policy insider who is close to people like Henry Kissinger, who asked how the Forum went and what was said. I told him that Qin was the big favorite, if you could call it that. “That’s awesome,” the insider said, much to my surprise. “Because the sooner we wake up, the better our chances of avoiding war.”

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The Superpower Slot After World War II https://triadntr.net/the-superpower-slot-after-world-war-ii/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 20:02:42 +0000 https://triadntr.net/the-superpower-slot-after-world-war-ii/ Immediately after (if not during) World War I, Britain began to decline as the world’s sole superpower. This process slowly and steadily gained momentum after the end of World War II in 1945 with the horrific atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. After the war, it was absolutely clear that Britain could no […]]]>

Immediately after (if not during) World War I, Britain began to decline as the world’s sole superpower. This process slowly and steadily gained momentum after the end of World War II in 1945 with the horrific atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. After the war, it was absolutely clear that Britain could no longer enjoy the hegemonic global weight it once had for nearly two centuries.

And then there were two…

After World War II ended in 1945, a new geopolitical standoff began. Two new clear and undisputed superpower contenders have emerged in the form of the United States (United States of America) and the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) or the Soviet Union.

The fiery and uncompromising determination of these two great powers to take ‘first place’ has sparked an arms race alongside a dangerously pursued spy game that has earned itself a nickname-‘Cold War‘.

Although the United States (or US) and the USSR did not engage in any kinetic action, the world scene remained extremely tense in the period that followed.

The United States and the USSR during the 1960s and 1970s flexed their muscles with zeal and ambition in different strategic theaters with the aim of overtaking or surpassing the other.

The most important of these theaters were:

  • Space
  • Technology
  • Political skill
  • Spying
  • Diplomacy
  • Military interventions

Rise of the United States

Shortly after the start of the race to become the sole superpower, the United States began to progress significantly faster than the Soviet Union. This was mainly because the technology developed, secured and reinforced by the United States was more sophisticated than that of the Soviet Union. One of the main reasons behind this was the fact that of all the scientific minds that defected to the United States as well as the Soviet Union from Nazi Germany, the United States received the bulk of the “creamy layer”.

Eventually, the United States’ sphere of influence over nations around the world grew phenomenally, due to the technological prowess it possessed and indeed exploited very cleverly.

In the mid-1970s, America’s pockets deepened after it pushed its currency (USD) on global energy trade in the form of petrodollars. The United States has made the US dollar the reserve as well as the most “sought-after” currency in the world.

In a nutshell, liberal America was making huge strides in areas like the economy, technology, and diplomatic influence.

A Soviet strategy that kept the world bipolar

On the other hand, the Soviet Union, which was a “state ruled by an iron fist”, faced unpromising economic growth and could not match American technological and economic gains.

However, after assessing the military technology sophistication differential with the United States, the Soviets quickly realized that “quantity has a quality of its own.”

The Soviet Union, due to the slow progress of its economy and an inevitable pressure to keep pace with the United States, began to focus more on expanding its arsenal based on “technology within reach”. of labor” rather than on R&D spending in the proportion the United States was comfortably doing.

It should be noted that while the Soviets struggled to align themselves with superior US military ammunition, economy, global technology, and global influence; what kept the United States in check or, in other words, kept the world in a “bipolar state” rather than a unipolar world led by the United States, was the supply chain and the USSR’s indigenous production ecosystem for defense manufacturing.

This ecosystem was complete and self-sufficient in its own right, with no problem sourcing or outsourcing the materials and components needed for large-scale local production in the defense manufacturing sector.

Interestingly, the same ecosystem (although considerably refined) also exists in today’s Russia. It is this ecosystem that has mainly enabled Russia to annex Crimea, to make an active incursion into the Syrian theater of war and, above all, to launch an invasion of Ukraine in February this year.

The Soviet-Afghan War and Pakistan’s Role in It

As fate would have it, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s backfired massively on the communist ruling cadre who was already under enormous economic pressure.

While the United States was still trying to find a way to thwart the Soviet Union’s ambition to expand beyond Central Asia to its south, a strategic broker and facilitator emerged in the form of the Pakistan. General Zia-ul-Haq, chief of staff of the Pakistani army and head of state from 1978 to 1988, agreed to offer Pakistani assistance to the United States to create an armed group of anti-Soviet fighters. These fighters became known as Mujahideen, which translates to Holy Warriors.

Trained or “prepared” by the Pakistani military and armed with the latest weapons supplied by the United States (especially Stinger anti-aircraft missiles), the mujahideen inflicted enormous damage on the Soviet agenda and advance in Afghanistan. Eventually, the US-led proxy war forced the Soviets to withdraw from Afghanistan. The process of retreating Soviet forces began in May 1988 and was completed in February 1989.

This would not have been possible for the United States without the help of Pakistan, which explains the huge sums of money he received from the United States in the name of “aid” which was essentially compensation “services provided”. This so-called aid continued to flow even after the Soviets withdrew and was used by Pakistan to fuel, feed and export terrorism to India, focusing mainly on Jammu and Kashmir.

Disintegration of the USSR

After being defeated in Afghanistan, the troubles of the USSR, especially in the economic sector, grew and unfolded to such proportions that forced the Union of 16 republics (including Russia) to disintegrate. All member states split into independent republics, with Russia remaining the strongest of all.

Yet, once the USSR completely disintegrated in 1991, the United States became the world’s unchallenged and unchallenged superpower, as a lonely and economically struggling Russia could no longer challenge the victorious United States.

Welcome to a multipolar world!

The United States finally achieved its long-held goal, but only enjoyed the coveted status for two decades (the 1990s and the first decade of the current century) as its “honeymoon period” ended when a belligerent China some time after the Beijing Olympics began to openly challenge its status as the sole superpower.

However, unlike the Cold War era, today’s world is not bipolar. With nuclear powers like India, France and Russia having a certain unavoidable geopolitical weight, today’s world has become a “multipolar” world!

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WWII boat emerges as Lake Mead waters decline https://triadntr.net/wwii-boat-emerges-as-lake-mead-waters-decline/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 19:53:12 +0000 https://triadntr.net/wwii-boat-emerges-as-lake-mead-waters-decline/ The most recent thing to surface from Lake Mead around Las Vegas is a World War II dropship, the very identical model famous for its use on D-Day in 1944. The ship of World War II Experts say the lake’s sill has reached an all-time high, in part due to a drought in the American […]]]>

The most recent thing to surface from Lake Mead around Las Vegas is a World War II dropship, the very identical model famous for its use on D-Day in 1944.

The ship of World War II

Experts say the lake’s sill has reached an all-time high, in part due to a drought in the American Southwest – although human-caused global warming may exacerbate the dry spell.

As originally revealed by Live Science, the falling waters have uncovered various artifacts in the past, including clandestine graves and human bodies.

In one particular case, the deceased appears to have been hospitalized with a gunshot wound before being consolidated in a barrel and plunged, suggesting it was a swarm murder, according to CBS News.

Lake Mead had peaked during a healthy and prosperous period of the same climatic fluctuation in the 1980s and 1990s, but the peak of an earlier cold process in the 1930s led to water shortages in the Dust Bowl, among the worst catastrophic events in US history, according to the National. Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

According to Smithsonian magazine, the watercraft can carry a 36-man platoon or a vehicle and a 12-man unit at speeds of up to 12 knots (13.8 mph or 22.2 km/h); and a spatula bow under the foredeck conducted liquid below and allowed the craft to come up on shore.

Groundwater in Lake Mead reached its greatest height of about 1,220 feet above ocean level in 1941, 1983, and 1997, but declined to as much as 200 feet in those years, according to US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) estimates.

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The waters of Lake Mead recede and a ship emerges

As NPS reps wrote daily in an instant message, the design’s excessive environment emphasizes an older incarnation of the lagoon when Las Vegas and Lake Mead were more isolated and somewhat removed from the states. United States, where a fairly affordable World War II deficit could be fielded for innovative civilian uses in the nature reserve.

Additionally, in a statement, President Dwight Eisenhower said that due to its prominence on D-Day as well as subsequent combat blockades during World War II, the highest-ranking U.S. authorities credited its design team: “Andrew Higgins is the guy who saved the fight for us. .”

While geophysicist Richard Seager of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said the centuries of dry spells at Lake Mead are primarily the consequence of a continued cold phase in seasonal changes in the province tropical Pacific Ocean, which induces relatively dry weather in the southwestern United States.

According to the National Park Service, it is the largest lake by capacity in the United States and provides fresh water to millions of people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

The warship was later used in surveys on the Colorado River, but was eventually moved to a Lake Mead marina, where it was purposely buried to build a barrier – a perimeter barrier to defend a maritime region Surge Protector – about 185 feet thick.

The Higgins boat at Lake Mead, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was surplus to the armed forces and was auctioned off by the government in the aftermath of World War II.

According to Stanford University, more than 23,000 Higgins ships were produced throughout the 1940s for the U.S. and affiliated military to transport men and combat equipment from warships to shore.

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