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June 11, 2024

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken began a three-day tour of the Middle East on Monday, meeting with leaders in Egypt and Israel to push a cease-fire plan promoted by President Biden that has been met with skepticism by Hamas and Israel. – Wall Street Journal

For months, Yahya Sinwar has resisted pressure to cut a ceasefire-and-hostages deal with Israel. Behind his decision, messages the Hamas military leader in Gaza has sent to mediators show, is a calculation that more fighting—and more Palestinian civilian deaths—work to his advantage. – Wall Street Journal

Israel’s Parliament on Tuesday voted to revive a bill that would enable ultra-Orthodox men to be drafted into the military, a divisive issue that has become especially contentious since the war in Gaza began last October. – New York Times

Following the Israeli rescue of four hostages in Gaza on Saturday, Israel’s military said that three of them had been held in the home of a member of Hamas, which it said showed that the armed group was using civilian homes to shield its activity. – New York Times

The United Nations Security Council on Monday backed a proposal outlined by President Joe Biden for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and urged the Palestinian militants to accept the deal aimed at ending the eight-month-long war. – Reuters

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, its ally the Islamic Jihad group and the rival Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas’s welcomed a U.N. Security Council resolution backing a proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza. – Reuters

The Pentagon on Monday sought to dispel what it said were false social media reports that Israel used a floating U.S. pier off Gaza in a hostage rescue mission as the U.N. said it would review security before resuming aid deliveries from the dock. – Reuters

U.S. officials have considered negotiating a unilateral deal with Palestinian Hamas militants to release five American hostages held in Gaza if ceasefire talks involving Israel fail, NBC News reported on Monday. – Reuters

Israel has intensified covert strikes in Syria against weapons sites, supply routes and Iranian-linked commanders, seven regional officials and diplomats said, ahead of a threatened full-scale assault on Tehran’s key ally Hezbollah in Lebanon. – Reuters

Intel Corp is halting plans for a $25-billion factory in Israel, Israeli financial news website Calcalist said on Monday, in a report that the chipmaker did not confirm or deny. The U.S. company, asked about the report, cited the need to adapt big projects to changing timelines, without directly referring to the project. – Reuters

Hamas says one of its commanders in the West Bank was killed in a clash last night with Israeli forces. In a statement, Hamas says Mohammed Jaber Abdo was killed along with three other of the group’s operatives in a village near Ramallah. Associated Press

The IAF on Tuesday morning intercepted a suspicious aerial target identified over Haifa coastline […] This is the first time since the war began that an aerial infiltration of this type has been identified in the Haifa area. – Arutz Sheva

Hamas must be pressured to agree to a hostage deal, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday. “My message to governments throughout the region, to people throughout the region is: If you want a ceasefire, press Hamas to say yes,” he told reporters in Egypt ahead of his arrival in Israel later in the day. – Jerusalem Post

Four Israeli soldiers were killed by a blast in a booby-trapped building in southern Gaza’s Rafah yesterday, the military announces. – Times of Israel

Israel on Monday dressed down the ambassador of Slovenia over her country’s recognition of a Palestinian state, telling her the move was a reward for Hamas terrorism. – Times of Israel

Israel’s proposed hostage and ceasefire deal with Hamas includes a commitment to end the war in Gaza even before all hostages are released, according to a news report on Monday, which showed what it said was the full document and quoted portions of it. – TImes of Israel

Israel Aerospace Industries unveiled a new air-launched variant of its Lora ballistic missile on June 6, a design the company claims will enhance Israel’s ability to provide long-range strike at rapid speed. – Breaking Defense

Carrie Keller-Lynn, Abeer Ayyoub, and Michael Amon write: Filled with the three pinned-down hostages, commandos and paratroopers, Israeli armored vehicles raced for the Mediterranean coastline, where the military controls a seaside road. Former hostage Argamani was already in flight. The military released a video of the freed men stepping out onto the sunbaked beach and walking toward helicopters waiting to take them to Israel. – Wall Street Journal

Jim Geraghty writes: Based on history, the only way any additional Israeli hostages are getting freed is by rescue operations like the one the Israel Defense Forces launched on Saturday. It would be nice if Hamas could be cajoled, pressured or bribed into releasing the remaining hostages. But there’s little sign that will work – Washington Post

Peter Coy writes: The immediate outlook is “bumpy,” but “long term, our fundamentals are good,” Bennett told me during a visit to New York. “We’ll pull out of it.” These are dark days for Israel, so it’s nice that there are some can-do optimists around. But what the country also needs are skeptical realists. In a time of war, hope is not a plan. – New York Times

Russell A. Berman writes: Moderates committed to compelling goals, like peace in the Middle East, cannot succeed as long as they are allied with radicals committed to war. This political lesson holds as much in the tunnels of Gaza as it does on the campuses of American universities. – The Hill 

David Ben-Basat writes: By joining the case of accusing Israel of “genocide,” Spain joins the worst of our enemies, those who on October 7 murdered men, children, and babies in the most barbaric way, raped and burned women and children in front of their family members, and still sexually and mentally abuse over 100 hostages and captives. – Jerusalem Post

Neville Teller writes: Doubtless, Hamas leaders have their own “day after” aspirations. They may reconcile themselves to losing the governance of Gaza but probably envisage basing themselves elsewhere and continuing the fight from there. Certainly, they have no intention of abandoning their core objective of overthrowing Israel and eliminating the Jewish presence from the Middle East. – Jerusalem Post

Gerald M. Steinberg writes: A clear Israeli policy move would also gain support from UN-skeptics in the US and some other countries and could lead to budget cuts and other actions to curtail the organization and its influence. Although prohibiting the entry of all UN personnel until the policy changes fundamentally is a limited action, it sends an important message highlighting the absence of legitimacy. Given the stakes in this hot war being waged by the UN against Israel, the failure to take strong action could be very costly. – Jerusalem Post


A new agreement between Moscow and Tehran on comprehensive cooperation has been temporarily suspended due to problems that Iranian partners are facing, Russia’s RIA state news agency reported on Tuesday citing a Russian foreign ministry official. – Reuters

Iran is scheduled to hold a snap presidential election on June 28 following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. While ultimate power in Iran rests with the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the president can sometimes influence policy by drawing on a base of popular support, political affiliations and links to powerful institutions. The vote comes at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West, with Tehran mobilizing a regional network of proxy militias to target Israel in response to its military offensive in Gaza. – Bloomberg

Three presidential candidates in Iran, who were barred from running, have issued statements criticizing the 12-member unelected Guardian Council, which operates under the influence of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. – Iran International

Simon Henderson writes: How Tehran responds to the new IAEA censure is guesswork, but a response of some sort is almost certain […]There is always the possibility the regime could carry out some sort of nuclear test, but Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei seems very cautious about taking such a step. Iran’s response might also be delayed by the recent helicopter crash that claimed the lives of its president and foreign minister and spurred preparations for an emergency election. – Washington Institute

Andrew Bonney writes: With its military deterrence proven uncredible, Iran hopes that a rapid and deep rapprochement will preserve its border with Armenia. However, like transporting two public officials in a dilapidated B-90 through heavy fog, this approach is laden with unforeseen difficulties and driven by unsubstantiated hopes—it may end in tragedy. – The National Interest

David M. Weinberg writes: Alas, President Biden prefers to make allowances for Iran while reprimanding Israel; to spare the ayatollahs but scold Netanyahu; and to let the Iranian bomb program advance but not the IDF. Dangerous times indeed. – Jerusalem Post

Russia & Ukraine

Mushtukova is one of thousands of Ukrainians searching for scraps of information about relatives who have disappeared into a Russian system of incarceration that recalls the Soviet Union’s brutal Gulag prison system. – Wall Street Journal

The Biden administration will allow a Ukrainian military unit with a checkered past to use U.S. weaponry, the State Department said Monday, having lifted a ban imposed years ago amid concerns in Washington about the group’s origins. – Washington Post

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defended his proposal for peace talks involving both Russia and Ukraine in a call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, according to a statement from Brazil’s presidential palace on Monday. – Reuters

The Russian military has taken control of the village of Staromaiorske in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, the Russian defence ministry said on Monday. – Reuters

Russia launched three guided bombs at Ukraine’s northeastern city of Kharkiv on Monday, injuring at least six people and damaging private houses, local officials said. – Reuters

A Russian SU-34 bomber crashed in the Caucasus mountains during a routine training flight likely due to a technical malfunction, killing the crew aboard, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday, citing the defence ministry. – Reuters

Ukraine on Sunday said its forces hit an ultra-modern Russian warplane stationed on an air base nearly 600 kilometers (370 miles) from the front lines. Kyiv’s main military intelligence service shared satellite photos it said showed the aftermath of the attack. If confirmed, it would mark Ukraine’s first known successful strike on a twin-engine Su-57 stealth jet, lauded as Moscow’s most advanced fighter plane. – Defense News

Ukraine striking airfields and logistics hubs inside Russia “is the right thing to do,” the head of NATO’s Military Committee officer said. Adm. Rob Bauer from the Netherlands said Kyiv’s choice comes down to “kill the arrows or kill the archer.”. – USNI News

It’s become axiomatic that the frontline between Russian and Ukrainian forces is the most physically brutal that Europe has seen since WWII. In terms of casualties and misery, it seems out of place in the modern era. That frontline is almost certainly the most signal-dense conflict zone in human history. – Breaking Defense

Walter Russell Mead writes: Churchill and Roosevelt also used smart financing to get aid flowing to Britain fast enough to make a difference. Ukraine can do something similar. It could, for example, issue bonds backed by the value of future oil and gas resources from the Black Sea. Countries (including perhaps the U.S. under a President Trump) would be more forthcoming with funding if they saw some value attached. – Wall Street Journal

Kateryna Odarchenko, Anna Vyshniakova, and Artem Chornomorov write: The creation of a comprehensive and sophisticated DNA database is essential to capture the full scale of injustice and brutality inflicted during the conflict. It would serve as a critical foundation for holding the Russian Federation to account and ensuring atrocities do not go unpunished. The international community’s continued support and investment in these forensic capabilities is vital, not just to underpin Ukraine’s quest for justice but to reinforce global commitments to human rights and international law. – Center for European Policy Analysis


Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia said its air defences downed an Israeli attack drone over southern Lebanon on Monday, and the Israeli military confirmed the loss of the drone. – Reuters

Seven different targets were attacked on the Israeli-Syrian border on Monday night, according to Lebanese reports. One of the attacks was reported to have been in the Beqaa Valley and targeted a strategic asset for Hezbollah linked to the organization’s clerical domain. – Jerusalem Post

Anti-tank guided missiles launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon at the northern border community of Yir’on on Monday caused damage to a home, authorities said, while the terror group also shot down an Israel Defense Forces drone over Lebanon. – Times of Israel

Amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip and fighting on the Lebanon border, the Israeli Air Force has downed more than 150 drones using ground-based systems, such as the Iron Dome, according to new data published by the military on Monday. – Times of Israel

Middle East & North Africa

Yemen’s Houthis said on Monday they have arrested an “American-Israeli spy cell”, a few days after the Iran-backed group detained about a dozen United Nations personnel. – Reuters

The US unveiled sanctions on 10 people, ships and companies in a fresh bid to choke off commodity revenue for Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have disrupted trade flows through the Red Sea with repeated attacks on commercial shippers. – Bloomberg

Gerald M. Feierstein writes: But in setting a timeframe of no longer than four years before restoring parliament, the clock is ticking for the 83-year-old Sheikh Mishal and his 71-year-old crown prince, Sheikh Sabah, to demonstrate that their proposed reforms can, indeed, put Kuwait on a more competitive footing with its Gulf peers. At the end of that period, it’s likely that the Kuwaiti public, which values its tradition of more robust democratic institutions than its neighbors, will clamor for a return of the elected National Assembly. – Middle East Institute

Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s military fired warning shots after some North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the border at the weekend, Seoul officials said, amid a recent rise in tension over Pyongyang’s launch of balloons carrying trash into the South. – Reuters

In the balloon warfare between North Korea and South Korean activists, one Seoul-based group has honed its tech expertise to develop balloons capable of dispersing leaflets and electronic speakers hundreds of kilometres across the border. – Reuters

Senior South Korean and U.S. defence officials met in Seoul on Monday to work on new guidelines to coordinate their response to any nuclear threat from North Korea, officials said. – Reuters

New Zealand said on Tuesday it would send 41 more military personnel to the United Nations mission along the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea, as it looks to step up its role in international missions. – Reuters


China’s defence ministry on Tuesday warned the Netherlands to restrain actions of its naval and air forces after the Netherlands’ defence ministry said Chinese fighter jets approached a Dutch ship unsafely in the East China Sea. – Reuters

China’s Premier Li Qiang will arrive in Australia on Saturday for a four-day visit, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday. This will be the first visit by a Chinese Premier to Australia since 2017. – Reuters

Hong Kong’s leader John Lee said on Tuesday that Britain was weaponising its judicial influence against China and Hong Kong after two British judges resigned from the city’s highest court. – Reuters

The rule of law in Hong Kong is profoundly compromised in areas where the government has strong opinions, a British judge who resigned last week from the top Hong Kong appeals court said on Monday. – Reuters

A Chinese man arrested after his speedboat illegally entered a Taipei harbour is a former navy captain who could have been probing the island’s defences, senior Taiwanese officials said on Tuesday. – Reuters

Josh Rogin writes: President Xi Jinping has called on China’s People’s Liberation Army to be ready to take Taiwan by force by 2027. The United States, together with regional partners, must ensure a Chinese invasion can’t succeed. That plan hinges on quickly building and deploying thousands of new drones that would swarm the Taiwan Strait and keep China’s military busy until more help can arrive, according to the top U.S. military official in the Pacific. – Washington Post

South Asia

India and Pakistan’s leaders resorted to diplomacy via X on Monday, a day after Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister for the third time. – Reuters

Armed men ambushed a convoy carrying the security team of the chief minister of India’s troubled northeastern state of Manipur on Monday, wounding two people, but the leader was not with them at the time, officials said. – Reuters

India’s Narendra Modi, newly sworn in for a third straight term, named a Cabinet on Monday that retained his top ministers in crucial portfolios despite his Hindu nationalist party losing their majority in a shock election result. – Associated Press


Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said the country should be prepared for any eventuality because of more pronounced external threats driven by heightened tension in the Indo-Pacific. – Reuters

The United States needs Japan’s help to cope with strategic challenges in Europe and Asia that are straining its defence industries, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan said on Monday as the countries kicked off talks on military industrial cooperation. – Reuters

Hundreds of American and Filipino troops concluded Monday a new combat exercise in the northern Philippines that tested their endurance in more than a week of brutal heat and volatile weather, and braced them to respond to any threat in tropical jungles and on scattered islands, two U.S. and Philippine generals said. – Associated Press

The Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups conducted separate group sails on Friday in the South China Sea and Philippine Sea with partner nations to kick off the Valiant Shield 2024 exercise. Meanwhile, also on Friday, the Netherlands Defence Ministry accused Chinese attack aircraft and an attack helicopter of harassing a Royal Netherlands Navy helicopter operating from a frigate in the East China Sea monitoring North Korea for UN maritime sanctions violations. – USNI News

Audrey Thill writes: Unless major importers of conflict timber strengthen their enforcement of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and due diligence requirements, consumption of wood products in wealthy countries will continue fueling conflict and deforestation in Myanmar, the DRC, and other countries around the world. – Foreign Policy

Mordechai Kedar writes: Due to this land mine issue, many Azerbaijanis do not believe that peace is attainable until Armenia reveals all of the locations of land mines. Without these maps, reconstruction could take decades, and this poisons the atmosphere, making it harder to achieve peace between the two countries even if Armenia’s prime minister is willing to give up all of his territorial claims in Karabakh. – Jerusalem Post


A small copper plaque mounted across the piazza from the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy, pledges “friendship and cooperation” between the city and the Russian people. It is signed by someone who, for the past two years in Europe, has pursued anything but: President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. – New York Times

This week Ms. Meloni, now Italy’s prime minister, emerged as a big winner in the elections […]The hard-right party took nearly 29 percent of the vote. The victory was all the more significant because Ms. Meloni was the only leader of a major Western European country to emerge reinforced from the balloting. – New York Times

Russian and Belarusian troops have started the second stage of tactical nuclear drills in Russia, Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday. – Reuters

Budget infighting within Germany’s governing coalition is jeopardising its plan to meet defence commitments to Western allies even as tensions with Russia rise and a NATO-sceptic Donald Trump bids for a second term as U.S. president. – Reuters

Russian politicians gloated on Monday over heavy defeats for the parties of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in European Parliament elections, and the Kremlin said right-wing parties were on the rise in Europe. – Reuters

The far-right National Rally was forecast on Monday to win a snap election in France but fall short of an absolute majority in the first opinion poll published after President Emmanuel Macron’s shock decision to dissolve parliament. – Reuters

Moldova’s pro-European president signed into law on Monday changes to the criminal code expanding provisions on treason denounced by her opponents and Amnesty International. – Reuters

Poland will reintroduce a no-go zone at its border with Belarus on Thursday, the deputy interior minister said on Monday, in a move to increase security following the death of a Polish soldier after he was stabbed on the border by migrants. – Reuters

Russia may be behind an attempted arson attack on Prague city buses last week, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Monday. – Reuters

Editorial: The consequences of this election shock may extend beyond Germany. Voters across Europe this weekend turned to parties that are disinclined to sacrifice economic security today for the speculative future benefit from costly net-zero climate policies. That this happened in the European Union’s largest country is a warning to Brussels to back off its own green agenda. America’s Democrats may also want to pay attention. – Wall Street Journal

Ilan Alon writes: In essence, while the move to recognize a Palestinian state sends a powerful message, its immediate economic impact on Israel-Spain, Israel-Norway, and Israel-Ireland relations is likely minimal. The interdependence built on trade and investment provides a resilient buffer against abrupt economic shifts. However, the evolving political climates and preexisting social movements present a nuanced and unpredictable landscape for future relations. The real challenge lies not in the symbolic gestures but in navigating the pragmatic ties that sustain these relationships amid an ever-changing geopolitical arena. – Jerusalem Post

Tom Rogan writes: Orban’s interest in putting Russian nationalist interests before the nationalist interests of at least still-nominal Hungarian allies is escalating. He is now pursuing policy changes that would restrict Hungary from participating in military action outside of NATO territory, for example. Considering that this would presumably limit the Hungarian air force from taking action over the neutral Baltic Sea, it would render Hungary’s continued NATO membership absurd in military terms and unsustainable in political terms. Orban knows this, but he doesn’t care. – Washington Examiner

Matthias Matthijs writes: Regardless of who is in the White House come January 2025, there is sure to be more, not less, transatlantic discord over trade, industrial policy, and defense. The EU faces pressure to do more on all fronts. That would have been a daunting challenge for the EU, even with France and Germany leading the charge. But with Paris and Berlin now locked in major domestic battles, it will be an even steeper hill to climb. – Foreign Affairs

Paolo Messa writes: More broadly, Macron’s heavy defeats in France, chancellor Olaf Scholz’s embarrassment in Germany, and Pedro Sanchez’s poor outcome in Spain present another opportunity for Meloni. Her challenge is to become a new leading and balancing force in Europe, much as Chancellor Merkel once was. The Italian government’s stability and pro-Western policies could be the most valuable insurance policy for the new European institutions; they certainly present a sharp rejection of Putin’s efforts to have Italy as a friend inside the EU. – Center for European Policy Analysis

Max Hastings writes: The weekend’s European elections, with just over half of the 373 million eligible voters across 27 countries casting ballots, have rocked the continent. The result reduced the leaders of the bloc’s biggest nations, Germany and France, to lame ducks. And though the center-right will continue to dominate parliament, the surge in support for the extreme right evokes memories of the ugliest moments of the 20th century. – Bloomberg


A search is underway for a missing aircraft carrying the vice president of the southeastern African country of Malawi and nine other people, the country’s government said on Monday. – New York Times

Talks to forge South Africa’s post-election unity government will need to bring together parties with goals as contradictory as seizing white-owned farms and mines, ditching Black empowerment policies and tearing up the constitution. – Reuters

Amnesty International on Monday accused the Nigerian army of illegally detaining girls and young women who have escaped from Boko Haram captivity because the military believes they support the Islamist insurgent group. – Reuters

South Africa’s newly elected parliament will convene on Friday, the office of the chief justice said on Monday, adding to the sense of urgency for political parties to form a governing alliance after none of them won a majority of seats. – Reuters

A violent clash over the weekend between two clans in central Somalia has killed at least 55 people and injured another 155, residents and medical officials said on Monday. – Reuters

Militants allied with the Islamic State group in eastern Congo have killed at least 41 people in several villages in North Kivu province, the national government said Monday, as residents openly wondered why security forces weren’t protecting them. – Associated Press 

The number of internally displaced people in Sudan has reached more than 10 million as war drives about a quarter of the population from their homes, the U.N. migration agency told The Associated Press on Monday. – Associated Press

North America

The union representing Canada’s border agents extended their strike deadline for a second time as both sides seek to avert a labor action that could threaten to upend billions of dollars of daily trade across the U.S.-Canada border. – Wall Street Journal

The Canadian government, under pressure to reveal the names of legislators who allegedly acted as agents for other nations, on Monday bowed to opposition demands to refer the matter to a special inquiry. – Reuters

Carter Schroppe writes: Between fiscal 2023 and last May, the Customs and Border Protection in Texas identified 58 individuals as Tren de Aragua gang members. And those are only the ones that we know about. Back in March, multiple Republican members of Congress urged the Biden administration “to formally designate the vicious Tren de Aragua as a Transnational Criminal Organization.” That endeavor will, of course, lead to nothing tangible, but it’s a step in the right direction toward protecting the public. – Washington Examiner


Switzerland has registered an increase in cyberattacks and disinformation in the run-up to a summit this weekend that aims to create a pathway for peace in Ukraine, the government said on Monday. – Reuters

The Vietnamese government-owned postal service has restored operation of its services after they were down for several days due to a cyberattack. Vietnam Post was reportedly hit by ransomware on June 4, affecting the operation of its postal and delivery services. At the time, the company reported that its financial, administrative, and goods distribution services were unaffected by the attack. – The Record

Financial services firm LendingTree confirmed that one of its subsidiaries was potentially affected by a cybersecurity incident following a wider attack on customers of data storage company Snowflake. – The Record

Two suspects have been arrested in the United Kingdom as part of an investigation into a criminal scheme using a “homemade mobile antenna” to send thousands of fraudulent text messages. – The Record

As many as 165 organizations may be impacted by data exfiltration attacks targeting customers of the data storage firm Snowflake, Google’s Mandiant said Monday. – CyberScoop

The National Health Service (NHS) in England issued an urgent call on Monday for O-type blood donations following a ransomware attack that has disrupted blood matching tests for several healthcare organizations in London. – The Record

The number of attacks claimed by ransomware groups in May spiked to the highest level seen in nearly a year, though experts say the claims may be overstated. – The Record

Robert C. O’Brien writes: There are certainly other companies with less-than-stellar cybersecurity reputations, but because of its ubiquitous presence in our lives, Microsoft’s problems have become all of our concern […]Cybersecurity is a key component of our national security. We simply cannot afford to have one of our key tech companies become a hackers’ superhighway going in and out of America’s digital world. – The Hill


The Pentagon is pausing development of Advana—its default data-analytics platform—so it can be upgraded to handle increased demand, according to an internal email obtained by Defense One. – Defense One

The Qatar-based U.S. Air Force task force that’s been experimenting with unmanned technologies—including AI-designed, 3D-printed drones—may add a component on U.S. soil. – Defense One

The Air Force and Space Force launched a generative AI tool on Monday, encouraging airmen and guardians to experiment with using the technology for tasks like summarizing reports, IT assistance and coding. – Defense News

The Air Force on June 5 received its first combat-ready F-15EX Eagle II fighter. The Boeing-made jet was flown from the company’s facility in St. Louis, Missouri, where it was built, to Portland Air National Guard Base in Oregon. – Defense News