FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE, LATEST INFORMATION…

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE, LATEST INFORMATION…

THE PALM BEACH COUNTY SHOOTING RANGE HAS BEEN STALLED MULTIPLE TIMES. IF THEY DO NOT WORK IT OUT, I MIGHT JUST GO OUT THERE AND CHECK THE FACILITY MYSELF. I HOPE ALL THE BROTHER AND SISTER NEWS NETWORKS ARE THERE FOR THE SHOW…

THE PALM BEACH COUNTY SHOOTING RANGE HAS BEEN STALLED MULTIPLE TIMES. IF THEY DO NOT WORK IT OUT, I MIGHT JUST GO OUT THERE AND CHECK THE FACILITY MYSELF. I HOPE ALL THE BROTHER AND SISTER NEWS NETWORKS ARE THERE FOR THE SHOW…

By last year, by May this year, by the end of the year now, what do you think is the problem? Please contact your Palm Beach County Commissioners, and the State of Florida Congress folks. The Port of Palm Beach Post works under all the ruels including the !st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to bring Truth to the people of America.

The Florida fish and wildlife information is copyrighted. this information is from their site. they did not reserve their exclusive rights as their funds come from your tax dollars. Here is their post copyrighted from 2014-2019.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY SHOOTING SPORTS PARK

About this range:

This public shooting facility is under construction. It is being built by the FWC in partnership with Palm Beach County.  It will feature rifle and handgun ranges, sporting clays, 5-stand, skeet, and American and Olympic trap. Phase I of the project (rifle and handgun ranges) is supported through funding from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). Additional support and funding are provided by Palm Beach County, the National Rifle Association, and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. This center is being created to offer target shooting enthusiasts a place to gain skills and knowledge for safe, responsible firearms handling and target shooting.

 

PHONE:

To be posted when the facility opens

COUNTY:

Palm Beach

LOCATION:

Accessible from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road – towards the main entrance to J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area and Everglades Youth Conservation Center Camp.

GPS COORDINATES:

26°51’04.39”N

80°17’31.50”W

MENU:

  • 6-position 300-yard rifle range
  • 20-position 200-yard rifle range
  • 20-position 100-yard rifle range
  • 42-position 25/50-meter rifle/handgun range
  • 30-position 10-meter/50-foot handgun range
  • Automated 14-station sporting clays course
  • Automated 5-stand sporting clays field
  • 9 automated skeet fields
  • 6 automated American trap fields
  • 5 automated International (Olympic) trap fields

COST:

To be posted before the facility opens

FORMS OF PAYMENT:

To be posted before the facility opens

HOURS:

To be posted before the facility opens

CLOSURES:

Currently under construction

SUPERVISION:

The rifle and handgun ranges will be supervised by range safety officers and volunteers

AMENITIES:

  • Target frames on the rifle and handgun ranges will be provided. Shooters must bring targets to attach to the center of the frames or they can purchase targets in the concession store.
  • Concession store will have restrooms and drinking water, eye and ear protection, ammunition and other convenience items for sale. Rental shotguns and clay carts will be available for the sporting clay course.

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:

 

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FWC stays vigilant in enforcing airboat safety regulations

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is responsible for enforcing airboat regulations that went into effect last month. Per F.S. 327.391, airboat operators carrying passengers for hire must complete an Airboat Operators Course.

“Our officers will continue to be vigilant and proactive in checking airboat operators. In addition to routine checks, we’re launching a statewide detail to ensure compliance,” said Col. Curtis Brown, director of FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “We cannot overstate that with this popular recreational activity and economic opportunity comes our critical duty to protect boaters on Florida’s waterways.”

A tragic airboat accident in south Florida was the impetus behind House Bill 1211, known as “Ellie’s Law,” requiring all airboat operators carrying passengers for hire to complete an Airboat Operators Course.  At its June 2018 meeting in Sarasota, the FWC approved the course requirements. There are currently six course providers for this requirement.

“We expect the number of course providers to continue to increase,” Brown said. “This will provide more opportunities for members of the industry to comply with regulations and protect the safety of their passengers.”

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/boating.

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lionfish logoGood afternoon,

The FWC Lionfish Program is pleased to present for your review the 2018 FWC Lionfish Summit Complete Report and Executive Summary.

The Complete Report is an extensive, 82-page document that includes the complete summary and many appendices for reference. The Executive Summary is a shorter, 14-page document that provides an overview of the Summit and its accomplishments. Please feel free to distribute this information to any other parties that may be interested.

On behalf of FWC, our team would like to personally thank the multiple stakeholders, divers, non-profit organizations, and government employees from multiple jurisdictions for your continued support and involvement in the lionfish issue.

We look forward to continue working with our partners and stakeholders on implementing the strategies discussed in this Summit

Safe Diving!

Sincerely,

 

Lionfish Control Team

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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OPS STAFF ASSISTANT – 77907578

Date: Aug 5, 2019

Location: SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, US, 33701

Apply now »

 

Requisition No: 69143

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: OPS STAFF ASSISTANT – 77907578

Position Number: 77907578

Salary:  $15 – $17 Per Hour, Depending on Experience

Posting Closing Date: 08/13/2019 

This is an OPS position to assist the Grants Administrator and staff in the procurement, coordination and management of revenue grant funding for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI).

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain the grant management portion of the Research Approval Form (RAF) site
  • Send notifications to research staff regarding approved RAF for grants and track status of proposals
  • Input the grant information into the FGTS (Federal Grant Tracking System).
  • Obtain appropriate signatures on awards and amendments and return as needed to granting agency.
  • Prepare grant documents for processing to include mailing/emailing and routing for review and signatures, filing, etc.
  • Assist in maintaining the accuracy of the FWRI grant records and files, this includes setting up and organizing physical and electronic files, keeping the grants list up-to-date and posting the same on our interoffice portal site.
  • Set up Project ID #’s (PIDs) for incoming grant projects, update FBO (Finance Budget Office) and Revenue staff when new projects are awarded and forward all incoming documents pertaining to the set-up of a new project.
  • Assist in preparing and updating the accounting revenue agreement financial set-up forms when projects are awarded and/or amended as assigned.
  • Take necessary steps to deactivate PIDs when project complete
  • Track record retention schedule and prepare records for disposition as needed
  • Filing, copying, scanning, answering phones and mailing/emailing documents as needed
  • Set up meetings for Grants office and take notes during meetings
  • Assist with Grants office travel and purchasing as needed
  • Perform other related work as it relates to assisting the Grants office.
  • Participate in public outreach efforts, as appropriate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Three years of secretarial or clerical work experience. College education from an accredited institution can substitute at the rate of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours for each year of the required work experience; or vocational/technical training in the area of secretarial science or office/business studies can substitute at the rate of 720 classroom hours for each year of the required work experience; or a high school diploma or its equivalent can substitute for one year of the required work experience.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NEEDED TO PERFORM JOB DUTIES Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication and of administrative principles and practices; the terminology, principles and techniques used in grant accounting.  Ability to evaluate and analyze grant project activities; utilize problem-solving techniques; plan, organize and prioritize work assignments; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective professional relationships; effectively work independently and on a team.  Skill in performing basic math and in the use of personal computers, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, Adobe and word-processing software.

This position may require a background screening.

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position.  OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.

WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan – mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation – mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) – mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details.)
  • Deferred Compensation – voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary

WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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SUNDAY SERMONS… PORT OF PALM BEACH POST…98-11-2019…

SUNDAY SERMONS… PORT OF PALM BEACH POST…98-11-2019…

Blessed,called and placed! I have returned to where the ministry started and it is good. God has led me and I have found those that are with me in my answer to His call. Stand with me also! Help make the mission of spreading God’s word and reaching out to those in need possible so that together we can change our world, one by one through the love and peace of the Lord!
Your prayers, love and support help us as we ready to do three retreats in September….All gifts will be used to promote the love and peace of God to others through giving and helping and ministering!
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“FOREVER CHRIST MINISTRIES”

JOURNEY AND MISSION

“PROCLAIMING HIS MESSAGE AND BRINGING JESUS TO ALL!”

 

Our journey began in a church one Sunday morning.  As we listened

to a missionary priest tell of his life commitment to “Glen Mary”,

a mission founded in the United States, in it’s mission to build churches in areas

like the Appalachians, where there is no church presence.

The Holy Spirit fell upon us and came into our hearts. 

We knew then – we were being called to go,

  to witness, to minister and to do God’s work

throughout the world. 

Our ministry began that day and the ministry was formed by the hand of the Lord.

We began on the streets, ministering to those that were in need;

the homeless, the downhearted, those that had never known Him in their lives.

We reached out to help those He placed in our path telling of His Salvation and

forgiveness.

From downtown St. Louis, Mo. To Washington, D.C. to the Florida Keys we

continued to share his word to all of His children. We also assisted the homeless in the Florida Keys and now are located in The Villages, Fl. 

We are called to reach out to those in need and without and we will forever walk in the Lord’s way and will.

Our ministry has been so blessed and is also involved in proclaiming His message

and word through Daily Inspirational Messages to nearly 5000 around the world through social media.

We also lead weekend retreats and travel to all churches to speak and testify.

We stand strong for Jesus Christ and His Salvation for all His people.

                                                                                      We believe our world has never needed to know Him more than they need to

know Him today!

                                                                                    We have followers from all over the world. We have been given direction through

His Holy Scripture, visions, signs and apparitions.  

Marilyn Jett is a Christian Author of “Saved!” available on Amazon.  Her book is a witness to the journey she is on through this ministry and God’s guidance.

Forever Christ Ministries asks for your prayers and support

as we bring Jesus to the world and proclaim His Holy message!

 

Thank you and may the love of the Lord live forever in your hearts and lives!

Marilyn Jett

Minister, Speaker, Retreat Leader, Author

“Forever Christ Ministries”

The Villages, Fl.  32159

foreverchristministries2@gmail.com

 

On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 10:06 AM Marilyn Jett <foreverchristministries2@gmail.com> wrote:

Also, this is a summary of the ministry’s mission for your information if you need.

Marilyn Jett

Minister, Speaker, AAuthor

On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM Marilyn Jett <foreverchristministries2@gmail.com>

THE PALM BEACH COUNTY SHOOTING RANGE HAS BEEN STALLED MULTIPLE TIMES. IF THEY DO NOT WORK IT OUT, I MIGHT JUST GO OUT THERE AND CHECK THE FACILITY MYSELF. I HOPE ALL THE BROTHER AND SISTER NEWS NETWORKS ARE THERE FOR THE SHOW…

THE PALM BEACH COUNTY SHOOTING RANGE HAS BEEN STALLED MULTIPLE TIMES. IF THEY DO NOT WORK IT OUT, I MIGHT JUST GO OUT THERE AND CHECK THE FACILITY MYSELF. I HOPE ALL THE BROTHER AND SISTER NEWS NETWORKS ARE THERE FOR THE SHOW…

By last year, by May this year, by the end of the year now, what do you think is the problem? Please contact your Palm Beach County Commissioners, and the State of Florida Congress folks. The Port of Palm Beach Post works under all the ruels including the !st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to bring Truth to the people of America.

The Florida fish and wildlife information is copyrighted. this information is from their site. they did not reserve their exclusive rights as their funds come from your tax dollars. Here is their post copyrighted from 2014-2019.

Florida Fish and WildlifeConservation Commission
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Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park

About this range:

This public shooting facility is under construction. It is being built by the FWC in partnership with Palm Beach County.  It will feature rifle and handgun ranges, sporting clays, 5-stand, skeet, and American and Olympic trap. Phase I of the project (rifle and handgun ranges) is supported through funding from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). Additional support and funding are provided by Palm Beach County, the National Rifle Association, and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. This center is being created to offer target shooting enthusiasts a place to gain skills and knowledge for safe, responsible firearms handling and target shooting.

 

Phone:

To be posted when the facility opens

County:

Palm Beach

Location:

Accessible from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road – towards the main entrance to J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area and Everglades Youth Conservation Center Camp.

GPS Coordinates:

26°51’04.39”N

80°17’31.50”W

Menu:

  • 6-position 300-yard rifle range
  • 20-position 200-yard rifle range
  • 20-position 100-yard rifle range
  • 42-position 25/50-meter rifle/handgun range
  • 30-position 10-meter/50-foot handgun range
  • Automated 14-station sporting clays course
  • Automated 5-stand sporting clays field
  • 9 automated skeet fields
  • 6 automated American trap fields
  • 5 automated International (Olympic) trap fields

Cost:

To be posted before the facility opens

Forms of Payment:

To be posted before the facility opens

Hours:

To be posted before the facility opens

Closures:

Currently under construction

Supervision:

The rifle and handgun ranges will be supervised by range safety officers and volunteers

Amenities:

  • Target frames on the rifle and handgun ranges will be provided. Shooters must bring targets to attach to the center of the frames or they can purchase targets in the concession store.
  • Concession store will have restrooms and drinking water, eye and ear protection, ammunition and other convenience items for sale. Rental shotguns and clay carts will be available for the sporting clay course.

Other helpful links:

 

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THE TOP BEST OF TAYLOR SWIFT…

THE TOP BEST OF TAYLOR SWIFT…

SUNDAY MINISTRIES…

SUNDAY MINISTRIES…

JOEL OSTEEN: IT IS FINISHED…

 

MARILYN JETT: INVITATION TO A RETREAT IN FLORIDA…

“FOREVER CHRIST MINISTRIES”

JOURNEY AND MISSION

“PROCLAIMING HIS MESSAGE AND BRINGING JESUS TO ALL!”

 

Our journey began in a church one Sunday morning.  As we listened

to a missionary priest tell of his life commitment to “Glen Mary”,

a mission founded in the United States, in it’s mission to build churches in areas

like the Appalachians, where there is no church presence.

The Holy Spirit fell upon us and came into our hearts. 

We knew then – we were being called to go,

  to witness, to minister and to do God’s work

throughout the world. 

Our ministry began that day and the ministry was formed by the hand of the Lord.

We began on the streets, ministering to those that were in need;

the homeless, the downhearted, those that had never known Him in their lives.

We reached out to help those He placed in our path telling of His Salvation and

forgiveness.

From downtown St. Louis, Mo. To Washington, D.C. to the Florida Keys we

continued to share his word to all of His children. We also assisted the homeless in the Florida Keys and now are located in The Villages, Fl. 

We are called to reach out to those in need and without and we will forever walk in the Lord’s way and will.

Our ministry has been so blessed and is also involved in proclaiming His message

and word through Daily Inspirational Messages to nearly 5000 around the world through social media.

We also lead weekend retreats and travel to all churches to speak and testify.

We stand strong for Jesus Christ and His Salvation for all His people.

                                                                                      We believe our world has never needed to know Him more than they need to

know Him today!

                                                                                    We have followers from all over the world. We have been given direction through

His Holy Scripture, visions, signs and apparitions.  

Marilyn Jett is a Christian Author of “Saved!” available on Amazon.  Her book is a witness to the journey she is on through this ministry and God’s guidance.

Forever Christ Ministries asks for your prayers and support

as we bring Jesus to the world and proclaim His Holy message!

 

Thank you and may the love of the Lord live forever in your hearts and lives!

Marilyn Jett

Minister, Speaker, Retreat Leader, Author

“Forever Christ Ministries”

The Villages, Fl.  32159

foreverchristministries2@gmail.com

 

On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 10:06 AM Marilyn Jett <foreverchristministries2@gmail.com> wrote:

Also, this is a summary of the ministry’s mission for your information if you need.

Marilyn Jett

Minister, Speaker, AAuthor

On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM Marilyn Jett <foreverchristministries2@gmail.com>

TESTIMONY FROM A DIVORCED WOMAN…METHAMPHETAMINE…

 

TESTIMONY FROM A DIVORCED WOMAN…METHAMPHETAMINE…

JEWISH POLICY CENTER NOTIFIES THE PORT OF PALM BEACH POST…

JEWISH POLICY CENTER NOTIFIES THE PORT OF PALM BEACH POST…

inSight
INSIGHT

The Non-Coincidence of Russian-Chinese Strategic Cooperation

J.E. Dyer  July 29, 2019 • Liberty Unyielding

If you went by Western media coverage, you’d ignore the fact that Iran test-launched a Shahab-3 ballistic missile on, specifically, Wednesday, 24 July 2019, and North Korea test-launched two missiles seemingly similar to the Russian Iskander ballistic missile on, specifically, Thursday, 25 July; and you’d probably imagine that the missile launches were spontaneous, unrelated cosmic rebukes of Donald Trump’s policies on Iran and North Korea, which the Western media don’t like.

You would certainly ignore the fact that on Tuesday, 23 July, the day before the first missile launch, Russia and China conducted a joint strategic power demonstration with bomber flights in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), clearly intended to target the will and purpose of South Korea, while rattling Japan’s cage as a collateral benefit.

Such is the strange cognitive framework you would inhabit if you went by Western media coverage.

But if you performed the simple tasks of checking the calendar and pondering – even briefly – the connections between Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, you might be more skeptical of the cosmic-rebuke analysis regarding Trump’s policies.

Add two more factors, in fact, and you’d have yourself a more coherent theory.  First, any headway Donald Trump makes with his North Korea policy – such as his unprecedented presidential visit with Kim Jong-Un at the DMZ on 30 June – tends to push the course of events beyond a stale, six-decade-old status quo on the Korean Peninsula in which China and Russia are both heavily invested.  They don’t want the U.S. and South Korea to negotiate a resolution with the North that isn’t controlled from Beijing and Moscow.  They will try instead to divide Seoul from Washington, through intimidation and arm-twisting if necessary.

Both nations are working against Trump’s North Korea policy.  This past week, they did it noisily.

Second, something of exceptional importance was occurring on the other side of Eurasia at the same time.  After Iran seized and impounded the UK tanker Stena Impero a week earlier, the U.S. was trying to set up a coalition of NATO partners to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf.  Theresa May’s last major act as prime minister was to decline to join such a coalition, for fear of being associated with Trump’s Iran policy.

The new UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, immediately set to work cobbling together a coalition without the U.S., also because the UK is unwilling to break with the EU on Iran policy.

Russia and China, which back Iran and oppose U.S. sanctions, are eager to keep the U.S. and EU divided on this matter.  But that’s not just because they want to back Iran.  (In a vacuum that lacked the U.S., they would be competing noticeably over Iran, slugging it out to see who could achieve the greater influence.)

It’s because they want to divide the U.S. from our allies across the board.  They want to foster divisions with Japan and South Korea in the Far East, and divisions between the U.S. and our European allies in the “Atlantic” region.

This is not because Trump has been ineffective.  It’s because, from their standpoint, Trump has been too effective.  Putin and Xi don’t want him making actual progress in a joint security effort with South Korea and North Korea, nor do they want him running “the” maritime security coalition in the Persian Gulf, while also winning de facto support (however grudging) from Europe for restored trade and financial sanctions on Iran.

A brief (and far from complete) tour of recent activities highlights their pursuit of a strategy that emphasizes empowering Iran and North Korea to defy the goals being pursued by the U.S.  The Western media haven’t been putting these developments on the front page.

The North Korea problem

In early June, Nikkei Asian Review writer Tetsuro Kosaka provided a round-up of assessments citing U.S. and Japanese officials that Russia is behind the unusually rapid advances North Korea has suddenly begun making in missile technology.  Pyongyang’s recent missile launches bear the stamp of the Russian Iskander ballistic missile, with fresh developments coming at an accelerated pace, because Russia is helping with North Korea’s program.

Moreover, Kosaka notes that some analysts see China’s hand in the North Korean missile program, suggesting that the test launches in May 2019 were of an Iskander-based missile that was “Chinese or a copy of a Chinese missile.

“Either way,” said Kosaka, “they were guided by Beidou, China’s take on GPS.”  U.S. experts, according to Ryan Pickrell for Business Insider, “suggested at that time that the weapon’s maneuverability seemed to indicate it was designed to skirt missile defenses, such as the Patriot and THAAD batteries deployed in South Korea.”

Improved capability for evasive maneuvers has been a focus for both Russia and China in missile development over the last two decades.  The accelerated advances in that capability detected with the North Korean missile launches argue strongly for backing from both nations.

Russia has also stepped in to help mitigate the effect of U.S. sanctions on North Korea, allowing North Korean guest workers to send loads of cash to the Kim regime.

Buried in the Diplomat article is another brief nugget with significant explanatory value.

The increase in North Korean workers in Russia comes amid a rising number of cargo trains bound for North Korea from Russia. Observers said this became more evident after the North Korea-Russia summit in April when leaders from the two countries met [see here, for example, on the summit].

Trains running cargo across the border between Russia and North Korea are exceptionally hard for the U.S. to try to monitor or perform effective surveillance of.  Certainly we don’t have ready, reasonable-cost opportunities to interdict them, as we might interdict cargo moved by sea.

That should be kept in mind when we see reports like this one in the Wall Street Journal about Kim acquiring more nuclear warheads on a faster timeline.  North Korea has mastered a warhead production capability; it’s industrial material the regime needs to do it faster, more than expertise or technology.  What Kim needs most probably fits in standard shipping containers or cargo cars, and can be sent from Russia or China with minimal visibility to a foreign intelligence service.

Both Moscow and Beijing hold the nuclear upper hand with Pyongyang, and by a long shot.  It would be a grave mistake to imagine the quality of their concern about a nuclear-armed North Korea is the same as ours.

For one thing, they could deal with a restive Kim relatively easily, and Kim knows it.  But they already live in a neighborhood with a nuclear-armed Pakistan (and, to China’s special annoyance, India) – as well as Britain and France on the other end of the Eastern hemispheric land mass.  To suppose they have the same horror Americans might of helping Kim along for the time being, if that will buy him away from Trump, is to project an American mindset erroneously onto Asia.  (Russia has been abetting Iran’s nuclear program for years, remember, in full knowledge of what it’s for.)

Neither nation has had occasion to explicitly articulate such a point, at least as far as I’ve been able to discern.  But their joint strategic demonstration with the bomber flights on 23 July spoke volumes.  With that episode, they did, in fact, declare a common strategic intention they have never signaled before.  Seoul wasn’t their only intended audience for it.  They wanted the U.S. to know they will collaborate to project strategic power all over the Far East.

That covers smaller efforts, like giving North Korea a patronage alternative that might seem to offer more fun and profit than working with the U.S., at least in the short run.  If Kim can even just be induced to drag his heels with Trump, trying to play his wooers off against each other, South Korea is likely to see a changing decision matrix emerging, and may even lose heart.

The Iran problem

Meanwhile, both nations are at work to undermine U.S. sanctions on Iran (especially China) and interfere with U.S. efforts to mount a maritime security coalition in the Persian Gulf (especially Russia).

China remains the long pole in the sanctions tent – which is why the U.S. imposed new, targeted sanctions on a Chinese company on 22 July, the day before the big strategic bomber demonstration with Russia.  To keep oil imports from Iran going, China has used Iranian-owned tankers to move the oil over the past year, helping Iran deal with the inconvenience of being unable to insure cargoes in the normal way, and making special payment channels available through a Chinese bank.

Russia, meanwhile, has signaled support for a sluggish European effort to create an alternative payment channel, INSTEX, which would skirt U.S. visibility into international financial transactions.

But the anti-sanctions effort isn’t confined to opposing the instruments for sanctions enforcement.  Almost unremarked in the Western media were reports over the last few weeks that U.S. combat aircraft in the Middle East were finding their GPS jammed by signals originating in Russia.  The jamming appeared to start coincident with deployment of U.S. F-22 and F-35 strike-fighters to Qatar and the UAE in April 2019.

This is a significant move, interfering with safety of flight and potentially with operational capabilities.

In the midst of the increase in tensions, after the shootdown of the U.S. Global Hawk by Iran, Russia affirmed publicly that Iran “won’t be alone” if the U.S. takes military action against the mullahs’ regime.  Jamming the signals for U.S. aircraft deploying to the Gulf is not about operations in Syria.  It’s about Iran.

And more recently, analysts in the UK reportedly think GPS signal-spoofing by Russia may have drawn the seized tanker Stena Impero off course and into Iranian waters.  If so, that would make Moscow a direct participant in the Iranian operation to hold a UK tanker at risk.

That suspicion remains unconfirmed, although it is not unlikely.  Nor is it unlikely that Russia – and China – would seek to participate in a European coalition assembled to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf, separately from any effort by the U.S.  On Saturday, 27 July, an interesting article appeared in the UK Express, reporting that this collaboration is being urged on the new Johnson government.

The “interesting” aspect is that the Johnson government is said to be under “pressure” to invite Russia and China (along with Japan) into the coalition, but it doesn’t say where the pressure is coming from.  The article indicates the move for their incorporation “was suggested” after the British rejected the U.S. proposal for a joint operation at a military meeting in Florida (presumably at CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa), and that a plan to bring in the Asian powers has been sent to Downing Street.

But it isn’t clear where the impetus for this move has arisen.  It’s also interesting that it’s being floated to the media in this opaque form via the Express, rather than, say, the Telegraph, with its greater air of journalistic gravitas and official access.

How and why things are planted with the media matters more now than it has for years.  The political implications of a UK coalition with Russia and China, but not the U.S., are rather obvious, and obviously divisive.

The practical implications are significant as well.  If the U.S. needs to engage in armed enforcement at some point in the Persian Gulf, would be it better or worse for us to have Russian and Chinese naval forces invited into the area by a coalition of our NATO allies?  This proposal looks like an effort to outnumber the U.S. in the Gulf – and, indeed, to establish an active, operational presence there by Russian and Chinese forces that would not soon leave, once they were there on the Europeans’ political dime.

None of this is coincidence.  It’s all happening at the same time for interlinked reasons.  Trump’s policies have actually been having an effect, and Russia and China don’t like it.

There are more tricks in the bag for the U.S.; our economic power still dwarfs theirs, and not every challenge needs to be addressed symmetrically, or head-on.  But we’re definitely operating now in the “tectonically” shifting, multipolar world that is Obama’s legacy, rather than the odd, preserved-in-amber pause of the post-1991 period.

Maneuver and leverage are the keys to movement, and effectiveness has to be ruthless and real.  It’s not as much like 1919 – with that year’s incipient visions of Kantian internationalism – as like, perhaps, 1909.  Even 1909 doesn’t fit that well, in terms of the un-clarity of vision.  And it’s certainly not like 1989, when all the major lines were still the ones drawn by World War II.

We’ll see if Trump can stay ahead of threats to American security in this environment.

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. 

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