China Expanding Spy Bases in Cuba, Just 90 Miles from the US

- July 12, 2024
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For some Democrats, President Biden's recent press conference, while managing to exceed some expectations, did little to salvage his reelection campaign. His performance, marred by numerous gaffes, has led to calls for a change in leadership.

Rep. (D-Conn.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, voiced his concerns following Biden's unscripted and often awkward interaction with the press. Himes emphasized the risk of relying on an 81-year-old president prone to off-script mishaps.

“Imagine that three months from now, we get another performance like there was in the debate.

TUESDAY Déjà vu all over again. Satellite images show expansion of suspected Chinese spy bases in Cuba. Analysts identified four electronic eavesdropping stations, including a previously unreported site near the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba.

Images captured from space show the growth of Cuba's electronic eavesdropping stations that are believed to be linked to China, including new construction at a previously unreported site about 70 miles from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

The study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, follows reporting last year by The Wall Street Journal that China and Cuba were negotiating closer defense and intelligence ties, including establishing a new joint military training facility on the island and an eavesdropping facility.

The concern about the stations, former officials and analysts say, is that China is using Cuba's geographical proximity to the southeastern U.S. to scoop up sensitive electronic communications from American military bases, space-launch facilities and military and commercial shipping.

Chinese facilities on the island “could also bolster China's use of telecommunications networks to spy on U.S. citizens,” said Leland Lazarus, an expert on China-Latin America.

Cuba has significantly upgraded and expanded its electronic spying facilities in recent years and pinpointed four sites—at Bejucal, El Salao, Wajay and Calabazar.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – Here's a roundup of today's other top defense stories from conservative national security expert PAUL CRESPO.

Not the President's Daily Brief, but almost as good – PAUL'S DAILY BRIEFING – the PDB:

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WATCH Marine attack helicopters rain fire during training run off the coast of Japan.

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The U.S. Army, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

TO FACE CHINA'S INCREASING ‘GRAY ZONE' THREAT – Congress looks to continue Coast Guard's Pacific expansion. The Coast Guard is slated to continue solidifying its Pacific footprint with new funds from Congress as the service plays an increasingly prominent role in Washington's regional strategy.

US Raptors and Ospreys to join Australia's largest-ever modern airpower drills. Air Force F-22 stealth fighters and Marine Corps MV-22 tiltrotors are scheduled to fly with aircraft of 21 other nations in Australia's largest-ever modern airpower exercise this month.

CHINA THREAT

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IRAN THREAT

CENTCOM reports 3 Houthi unmanned boats destroyed. U.S. forces in the Red Sea engaged the Iran-backed Houthi threats in a “self-defense engagement.”

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Matthew Lyall, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

RUSSIA THREAT – UKRAINE WAR

How US strike curbs for Ukraine morphed from caveats to ‘common sense.' In late May, Team Biden announced a major policy change: Washington would now let Ukrainian forces fire US-provided weapons into Russia — though only around one region in the northeast.

Russia twice sent Kilo attack submarine toward the Irish Sea since the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. This, an unprecedented move by the Kremlin that forced the U.K. military to take steps to protect British and Irish waters.

Baltic defensive bunker line not meant to stop Russian attack, but ‘shape' it. As leaders of NATO meet next week in Washington, D.C., two major themes are expected to underlie nearly every discussion: Ukraine's ability to fight off Russian invaders, and the threat that Moscow poses to NATO member nations along its border.

Ukraine is releasing thousands of prisoners so they can join the fight against Russia.

Hungary's leader is in Ukraine for talks with Zelenskyy. It's his first visit since the war began in 2022.

NATO to establish Kyiv post and seeks to ‘Trump-proof' Ukraine aid. The move is among changes that aim to safeguard support amid European right-wing surge.

NORTH KOREA THREAT

North Korea says its recent missile tests involved new tactical ballistic missile with ‘super-large warhead.' This, as the country is pushing to modernize its weapons arsenal to cope with what it calls U.S.-led threats.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

SPACE THREAT

Why deorbiting 100 older SpaceX satellites is a ‘tremendous opportunity' for the Space Force to gather crucial data and real-world experience for guardians.

Orbital warfare: Train like you fight. Experts discuss the threats facing our satellites and the importance of preparing Guardians for warfighting.

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

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Official U.S. Navy Page from United States of AmericaMC1 Alexandra Seeley/U.S. Navy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

US MILITARY

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The US Army is spending $4.5 billion to produce more Patriot missiles. It is hoping it can replenish its supply of Patriot missiles and keep overall costs down with one major order.

Pentagon's network defense command improving readiness of cyber defenders. It is seeking to expand how it evaluates the readiness of its cyber defense forces and training to all defenders, not just typical cyber operators.

END of PDB

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of American Liberty News.

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