Global SITREP for Wednesday, 15 May 2024 – Forward Observer

Global SITREP for Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Good morning, and welcome to the Global Situation Report for Wednesday, 15 May 2024.

  • Global Rollup
    • Admiral Richard Cheeseman testified before Congress that the Navy would fall short of its 2024 recruiting goals by 6,200 sailors, saying that this was “significantly better than [the 6,700] we expected.” To accommodate the recruiting shortfall, the Navy is focused on retaining sailors in aviation, explosive ordnance disposal, surface warfare, submarine warfare, and naval special warfare. (Logistics and engineering are noticeably absent. – J.V.)
    • Georgia’s parliament passed a new foreign agents law, requiring civil society groups that receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as “organizations serving the interests of a foreign power.” Assistant Secretary of State James O’Brien said Georgia’s relationship with the U.S. “is at risk” over the new law. 
    • Satellites spotted three potential drone carrier ships under construction in China’s Yangzte yard. One appears to be outfitted for short-takeoff and landing fixed-wing craft and is considerably smaller than a normal aircraft carrier. The other two are equipped with five launch pads each for vertical takeoff. China has not yet announced any particular mission for these platforms.
    • The Filipino 100-boat civilian mission reported the Chinese Coast Guard approaching their boats as close as 100 meters today. The Philippine Navy is sending additional warships to the area in response.

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