Author Archives: Pat Lang

War’s longest battle exacts high price in ‘heart of Ukraine’

“It used to be that visitors would browse through Bakhmut’s late 19th century buildings, enjoy walks in its rose-lined lakeside park and revel in the sparkling wines produced in historic underground caves. That was when this city in eastern Ukraine … Continue reading

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Remember. Members of Congress are not cleared for secrets – republished 2023

I have written on this often.  Members of the US Congress do not have vetted information security clearances.  They have access to government secrets because of their constitutional office as elected representatives of the citizens of the US.  This is … Continue reading

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The president is the sole authority on declassification – republished 2023

  I wrote this in 2015 concerning HC’s e-mails but it still applies.  Restating the case, the classification system in the US exists solely by Executive Order.  It does not exist by law.  All classifications of information are derivative from … Continue reading

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” … joint resolution to give Biden military authority to combat cartels”

“Crenshaw said the Mexican government “is fairly transactional and fairly prone to leverage” and said the joint resolution is “leverage,” adding the U.S. is “done having nice conversations where we all shake hands at the end and put our different … Continue reading

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Putin Replaces Russia’s Top Commander in Ukraine

“Russian President Vladimir Putin replaced the commander of his country’s forces in Ukraine. Putin named Gen. Valery Gerasimov to take over Russia’s troops, NBC News reported. Gerasimov replaces Sergey Surovikin, the Russian defense ministry announced Wednesday on Telegram. Three months ago, Surovikin became the … Continue reading

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Starlink Mission

” Scheduled for Jan 11, 2023SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, January 11 for a Falcon 9 launch of 51 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The instantaneous launch … Continue reading

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“Poland wants to give Ukraine Leopard tanks as part of coalition’

“Poland is ready to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine that Kyiv requested, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced on a visit to the eastern Ukrainian city of Lviv. Warsaw is willing to deliver the tanks “within the framework of an international … Continue reading

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” … Britain’s Challenger II tanks could alter the battlefield in Ukraine”

“The world saw this last summer east of Kharkiv, when Ukraine smashed through a thinly guarded line of Russian troops and rushed east, gobbling up ground as Moscow’s retreat turned into a rout. There is every chance that could happen again, if … Continue reading

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Starlink Group 2-4

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Armored fighting vehicle – wiki

“An armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) is an armed combat vehicle protected by armour, generally combining operational mobility with offensive and defensive capabilities. AFVs can be wheeled or tracked. Examples of AFVs are tanks, armoured cars, assault guns, self-propelled guns, infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), and armoured personnel carriers (APC). Armoured fighting vehicles are classified according to their characteristics and intended role … Continue reading

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