KW 3: Highest security precautions for Biden’s inauguration, EU and US call for Navalny’s immediate release, German military will take part in Defender 2021

SALUT

Inadequate: Without ideas, without a plan, without courage: COVID-19 is ultimately a biological threat, no matter why it broke out. At this point it is time for some criticism. The current digital state in Germany: Inadequate. No 5G / fiber optic network, no digital processes.
Crisis response and federalism are deficient as well. The federal government is ordering too few vaccines, while the individual states themselves are responsible for the distribution. The deaths in Kreuzberg, Berlin are adding up – but the agencies there have refused help from the German military.
Regulation: Inadequate. Lawyers have reason to laugh and anyone with the least amount of common sense is incapable of understanding the rules of each individual state. We’re not even talking about implementation.
Information: Inadequate. The risk within the population is significantly different. Yet 20-year-olds walk around with FFP2 masks that sick and old people lack.

The Germans didn’t even have the courage of the Swedes, the inventiveness of the Israelis or the planning of the New Zealanders. Germany has to reform itself fundamentally and painfully. Because the economic consequences will only really „play into the hands“ of extremists left and right in six months. Framing will no longer help. COVID-19 is a destabilization of a constitutional state that is outstanding in its idea and hopelessly rusted in its implementation.

Warm greetings from
Christian Hübenthal
– Editor Defensio Briefing –

NEWS

Highest security precautions for Biden’s inauguration: One day before President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to be sworn in to office, the central area of Washington, DC, was locked down in a security effort Mayor Muriel Bowser called unprecedented. US defense officials said they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.
nbcwashington.com, politico.com

EU and US call for Navalny’s immediate release: The United States and several European governments have expressed deep concern following the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, urgently calling for his immediate release from Russian detention. Police arrested Navalny shortly after he returned from Berlin. Navalny had been recuperating in Germany after narrowly surviving what has been independently confirmed as poisoning by a Novichok nerve agent on 20 August. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny’s arrest violated the principles of the rule of law, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert. „Russian authorities arrested the victim of a chemical weapons attack and not the perpetrators,“ he added. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Navalny’s arrest was incomprehensible and that he should be released immediately. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also called for Navalny’s release from detention and said he was deeply troubled by the development.
cnbc.com, dw.com, euronews.com

German military will take part in Defender 2021: Germany’s Bundeswehr will take part in the Defender Europe 2021 maneuver, which is scheduled to take place from May 1 to June 14, 2021, with 430 soldiers. With the controversial exercises, the US Army, together with NATO partners, is training how quickly larger units can be deployed across the Atlantic and through Europe to the eastern flank of the military alliance. The Bundeswehr will be involved in the maneuvers in Romania and Hungary until June 9. Last year, the Defender maneuvers were canceled due to the Covid pandemic. Russia has repeatedly criticized the exercises.
heise.de

Kramp-Karrenbauer calls for expansion of air defense against drones: In the ongoing dispute between the CDU / CSU and SPD over equipping the German military with armed combat drones, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has stepped up. With an eye on the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, she pleaded for defense-political rearmament. Azerbaijan’s modern threats played a major role in the rapid military advance of its own troops deep into the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. This has shown that there are new developments in the field of air defense that she wants to put back on the agenda, said Kramp-Karrenbauer. „Defensio“ pointed out the gap in the military’s capabilities back in December. It is now Finance Minister Olaf Scholz’s turn to approve the 25 million bill for arming the drones. Opposition came from Green MP Jürgen Trittin. He accused the defense ministry of lying. “It is nonsense to pretend that combat drones are something like splinter vests to protect the soldiers. Combat drones are used to create air superiority in combat missions in asymmetrical conflicts,“ Trittin told the newspaper „Tagesspiegel“.
zeit.de, tagesspiegel.de

Russia announces exit from Open Skies treaty citing US withdrawal: Russia announced on Friday it was pulling out of the Open Skies treaty, saying that the pact, which allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, had been seriously compromised by the withdrawal of the United States. The move, announced by Russia’s foreign ministry, comes days before US President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration amid fears of a burgeoning arms race. Moscow’s last major nuclear arms pact with Washington is set to expire next month. The United States left the Open Skies arms control and verification treaty in November, accusing Russia of violating it, something Moscow denied. Russia said in a statement that Moscow had made specific proposals to other members to mitigate against the impact of the US exit but that those proposals were not backed by Washington’s allies.
reuters.com

Nord Stream 2: US impose sanctions on ship involved in Russian gas pipeline nytimes.com
Despite attacks: Germany continues to force deportations to Afghanistan rnd.de
Conflagration: Tense situation between Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia heise.de
NRW: 57 cases of right-wing extremism among German police are criminally relevant wdr.de
Attack: Four UN peacekeepers killed, five wounded in attack in Mali news.un.org

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

The first woman ever has successfully completed the first part of the new potential assessment procedure for commandos of the special forces command of Germany’s Bundeswehr.
soldat-und-technik.de

BACKGROUND

Germany wants a closer relationship between EU and Turkey: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he hopes for better relations between the EU and Turkey, following a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu in Ankara. Maas added that there had been a positive atmosphere for EU-Turkish relations in recent days. Greece and Turkey want to hold talks on 25 January to resolve the conflict over natural gas reserves in the Mediterranean Sea. On Thursday, Cavusoglu will fly to Brussels for talks with EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.
dw.com, de.euronews.com, tagesspiegel.de

German lawmakers demand clarification from Frontex about illegal pushbacks: The German parliament’s interior committee has questioned Fabrice Leggeri, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex, about the scandal surrounding illegal deportations known as pushbacks at the European external border. Refugees and migrants in Greece trying to reach western Europe have accused Frontex of taking part in these pushbacks. Social Democrat SPD MP Helge Lindh said there were serious indications that pushbacks repeatedly occurred in the Aegean Sea, but that the EU legal situation left loopholes.
spiegel.de, dw.com

NATO stations „Global Hawk“ drones in Sicily: NATO has stationed seven „Global Hawk“ drones in Sicily as part of the Alliance Ground Surveillance Program. A first reconnaissance flight towards Libya and Russia has already taken place, according to internet portal ItalMilRadar. The transponder of the drone was switched off over the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, so that it was not possible to understand how close the aircraft had flown to the sovereign territory of the two countries. The program was approved at the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012 and costs around 1.5 billion euros. The NATO command for commanding European air forces in Ramstein is responsible. Alongside the US, Germany is one of the largest contributors and is involved in the program with soldiers, including eight drone pilots, and civilian personnel.
netzpolitik.org

QUOTE

„Neither the nuclear pacifism of the 80s nor the human rights interventionism of the 90s provide an adequate answer to the conflicts of today’s world.“
In an interview with „Tagesspiegel“, Green MP Jürgen Trittin outlined the key points and guidelines of a green security policy.
tagesspiegel.de

SECURE?

Violation of procurement law during KSK secret exercises in Namibia? For years, the German military’s elite unit Command Special Forces (KSK) has been carrying out secret training operations in the Namibian desert. According to media reports, the training took place on the ranch of a former KSK soldier who allegedly maintains close contacts with the right-wing extremist milieu for years. Now the defense ministry is investigating violations of public procurement law. There are concrete indications that the former soldier’s ranch was used only because of his personal contacts with his former colleagues.
tagesschau.de

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