What you hear described very blandly in this piece below — which I am presenting to you untouched – and as dry as toast; are the opening preparations for WWIII.
Note the creation of command centers, new and scary military acronyms and the tell-tale expression “flank”.
Nobody talks about his or her “flank” unless it’s dinnertime, or there is a war coming. I’ve taken the liberty of reprinting an entire piece from the DoD defense newsletter today (these things are usually so boring it’s tearful, but during times like these, these official sources, which have no media hype or spin in them — are fascinating.
I’m leaving Lisa’s byline at the top since she did most of the writing today!
All the bold stuff I highlighted so you won’t miss the good parts. Note how un-boring, even the boring parts are in this communique.
By Lisa Ferdinando
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
BRUSSELS, Jan. 21, 2015
The U.S. military says Russia has “funneled hundreds of pieces of Russian military equipment” to Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.
The comments from the spokesman of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came today, on the first day of a two-day defense chiefs meeting at NATO headquarters here.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who is attending the NATO meeting, is “closely following” reports of Russian activity inside Ukraine, said spokesman Air Force Col. Ed Thomas.
“Among the most pressing issues for the group is NATO’s planning and readiness to secure its eastern flank. It’s been a dominant factor for the alliance since Russian forces entered Crimea,” Thomas said.
He declined to discuss specifics about the reports of Russian activity, but did acknowledge a Russian role in the ongoing conflict.
“Since the September 5th Minsk ceasefire, Russia has funneled hundreds of pieces of Russian military equipment and materiel to Russia-backed separatists, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, and heavy artillery pieces,” Thomas said.
“Russian military forces still operate in eastern Ukraine, where they play a coordinating role and provide command and control support to pro-Russian separatists,” he said.
NATO Focus on Russia
In the opening session today, the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Danish Gen. Knud Bartels, said Russia’s
“illegal military intervention” in Ukraine remains a “significant cause for concern.”
The events in Ukraine are
“shaping our thinking on NATO’s security challenges,” he said.
“We have seen in Ukraine the use of hybrid warfare which combines traditional, conventional and paramilitary operations, as well as sophisticated disinformation campaigns,” the Danish general said.
Because of the developments in Ukraine, the Ukrainian chief of defense was “forced at very short notice to cancel his attendance” at the meeting, Bartels said.
The centerpiece for NATO’s’ response to the recent Russian aggression is cooperation on what the alliance has dubbed the Readiness Action Plan.
NATO heads of state agreed to the plan at the Wales summit in September. Alliance officials say the plan will “significantly enhance NATO’s readiness and responsiveness” and ensure that NATO forces remain ready. In the interim, NATO has established a Very High Readiness Joint Task Force coordinated by Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
NATO has already increased maritime, land and air presence in Eastern Europe as member nations hammer out a final plan. The U.S. has stepped up its presence in Eastern Europe through a variety of reassurance measures to include airborne exercises in Poland and the Baltic nations.