Is Biden about to allow US weapons to be used to attack Russian soil?

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Day 813. Today, we discuss the latest from the Kharkiv battlefield, hear warnings from Norwegian intelligence of Russian sabotage operations across Europe, ask whether there’s about to be a shift in US policy over the use of western weapons inside Russia. Later, we hear about a new film exploring the soldiers road to redemption.

Contributors:
Dominic Nicholls (Associate Editor, Defence). @DomNicholls on X.
Francis Dearnley (Assistant Comment Editor). @FrancisDearnley on X.
Levison Wood (Former paratrooper turned writer, photographer and documentary film maker). @Levisonwood on X.

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A vet from the UK was refused pip and told to go back to work even tho he has no arms or legs, there's vets sleeping on the streets, there is no support for our vets in the UK.

Mental health services are not there for normal people never mind the vets, the NHS is struggling with budget cuts and staff leaving the NHS because of the way the recent government's have treat them and the service itself.

evelbsstudio
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Never bring US $61 billion to a shovel fight

Evemeister
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Time to stop fighting a war with one arm tied behind our back..

lakeliving
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The title is off, should be... "..to be used in Russia"

gregoryadair
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I love this podcast series! Always informative and unrestricted. Keep up the great work. Cheers from Canada.

Leo-ydig
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@domnicholls your description of the glide bombs reminds of stories my mother and grandmother told me about the V-1 and V-2 bombs. They may have tech that delivers them closer to the intended target but the fear that they instill and the damage that they inflict have frightening parallels.

pksteffen
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The United States’ largest military contractor Lockheed Martin is struggling to find storage space for a fast growing fleet of F-35 fifth generation fighters which have been rejected by the Pentagon, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. With the Technology Refresh 3 (TR-3) upgrade for the F-35 overdue due to serious software issues and delays to spare parts production, an inability to produce aircraft to this standard has led the Department of Defence to refuse to receive additional fighters. The effects of this have been particularly detrimental when considering that other than less than half a dozen F-15EX fighters, the F-35 is the only fighter the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps have acquired in close to 15 years, with the program already very far behind schedule forcing both services to keep older Cold War era aircraft in service far longer than intended. Test officials have described the TR-3’s software as “unstable, ” despite standards for the software block having already been lowered.

The number of F-35s in storage at Lockheed Martin’s facilities is within months expected to reach over 100, fuelling calls on Capitol Hill to reduce acquisitions of the aircraft. Indeed, reports have indicated that storage could lead to damage to the aircraft before their delivery. The House Armed Services Committee’s recently released proposed fiscal 2025 National Defense Authorisation Act has thus stipulated a cut of F-35 acquisitions for all three services of the U.S. Armed Forces to just 58 aircraft, down from around 68, which would bring production levels to under half those of the rival Chinese J-20 fifth generation fighter. This is particularly critical since the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force is simultaneously acquiring three major fighter classes all in significant numbers, where the U.S. Air Force other than a very small number of F-15EX fighters is overwhelmingly reliant on the F-35. The F-35’s TR-3 upgrade is not expected to be ready before 2025, with Lockheed Martin having confirmed that F-35 deliveries in 2024 will be 27-50 percent lower than expected.

Source Military Watch Magazine.

richardmarsden
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I lost it at "of course the Kremlin had a normal one.." 😂

bridge
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the risible cope emanating from the torygraph is simultaneously both stunning & brave

lwzfog
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Western politicians are in disarray because Moscow now has all the strategic initiative in the conflict around Ukraine, Sergey Naryshkin, head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), told reporters.

"Mixed and often conflicting statements and assessments regarding developments in Ukraine are coming [from] the West. The reason is that Western elites are pretty much in disarray after realizing the fact that all the strategic initiative on the battlefield has passed to the Russian Armed Forces, " he pointed out.

According to the SVR chief, after a year and a half of "droning on about Russia’s so-called strategic defeat on the battlefield, " Western politicians find themselves in a much different position today.

richardmarsden
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This kind of political hamstringing is exactly how the U.S. lost the Vietnam war.

GSXK
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The US seems to be following its previous actions similar to Roosevelt's in 1940s.

marisabenson
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I think it would be odd if people came back from war well-adjusted. We are told all our life killing is wrong and then when people go to war all of a sudden it's not only ok, but heroic. And they are trained to see the enemy as trees. PTSD should be the expected response.

judyjackson
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This keeps escalating. We are heading to all out war.

davidwelty
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Keep up with the good work, guys! I love the show and never miss a single episode. I was listening in Shanghai and now moving back to Amsterdam it will be easier. Slava Ukraine! 🇺🇦

leandromartins_nl
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1. Such strikes would have minimal impact and not change the outcome of this conflict.
2. Such strikes would invite retaliation. I hope Ukraine is prepared for it.

Kavala
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Is Putin about to allow Russian weapons to be used in the Red Sea?

richardmarsden
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Imagine believing that the UK can 'pressure' the US.

mitchyoung
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It is necessary to look for the answer to the question about the legitimacy of Ukraine’s authorities in its constitution, as legal analysis is needed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko after their talks.

"It is Ukraine that has to answer this question. First and foremost, I think, from the position of the parliament, constitutional court or some other institutions, " Putin said.

"It is necessary to look up what is written in the Ukrainian constitution, which government bodies are eligible to be extended under Ukraine’s constitution without any elections, without any electoral procedures, and which cannot count on these rights. This can be done based on legal analysis. These are questions to the Ukrainian political and legal system, " he said.

richardmarsden
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10:05 lovely crinkly edges Douglas Adams ❤️❤️

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