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Brannon Howse: Good evening, and welcome to the broadcast. Glad you are with us. Starting off a little late tonight with Brannon House Live because, well, I was sitting in for Mike Lindell hosting his show, and I had three guests. My last guest, Laura Logan, she was so fascinating. I said, "Forget the clock. Let's go 20 minutes into my show." Because what she was talking about was so incredibly informative and fascinating. So glad you're with us.
My guest, tonight on this show, will be John Mills. Colonel John Mills to give us an update on several issues related to Russia and Ukraine. Colonel John Mills sat on the National Security Council for two presidents. Colonel John Mills, welcome to the broadcast. Thanks for joining us.
Colonel John Mills: Hey Brannon, thank you. Always an honor to be with you.
Brannon Howse: You as well, my friend. All right. Give us an update. What's the latest you're hearing? We're hearing words about Putin is sick. Putin's got cancer, or Putin has Parkinson's. Putin's got that. He's not right in the head. He's showing off more missiles and strength with his Independence Day. Putin has been backed in a corner he cannot lose. He may have to resort to nuclear weapons. What are we to believe? What are you hearing, Colonel?
Colonel John Mills: Well, the 9 May Parade today in Moscow was, I'll tell you what, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. A little light. A little somber. Fascinating. A very little appearance by the air element of the Russian military. That was telling a story in itself. Where were the airplanes during the parade? So, something was going on. Again, it looks like the Russians are really having resupply issues with their missiles and with their equipment. They've lost a lot on the battlefield. They're not good at battlefield recovery.
That is a basic task in American Army and Marine ground unit operations. You do not leave vehicles behind you. You recover them and put them back into service as fast as possible. That is not part of the Russian model. So, the parade was a bit somber, and it was a little unclear. Was he going to declare victory? Was he going to declare full war? Was he going to threaten more use of nuclear weapons? It was just a little bit of a not-all it was cracked up to be.
Brannon Howse: And so, what do you think that tells us about the state of Russia?
Colonel John Mills: They're having a rough time. Americans don't understand the concept of military parades. Reagan did. President Trump did, and he did some displays that haven't been done in Washington, D.C., in years. Eisenhower understood it, the power. It's not just a parade. It is a strategic message. We need to do more of that because they watch exactly what we do. We're not good at that. But totalitarians, they love parades. They are essentially showing off when they do that. Todays in Moscow was a letdown and actually raised a number of questions. The Chinese love parades. The Chinese understand what's going on with parades.
I think one of the most famous parades from Cold War history is often forgotten and overlooked. It's when Kennedy visited Fort Bragg in 1963. It was an incredible display. This was after the Cuban Missile Crisis, but it was an incredible display of American military power. It was not just the airborne forces or the special operation forces, which is where some of those famous photos of Kennedy receiving the instruction and receiving the demonstration from the Green Berets.
But it was Army conventional units. It was Army Heliborne units. It was Army missiles on parade. It was an incredible feat. So, everybody, look up the parade from of spring of '63 when Kennedy visited Fort Bragg. But that is a strategic message, and the Russians clearly did not have it. They were really scratching the bottom of the barrel to even pull this one off.
Brannon Howse: What do you make of the reports I've been putting on my show, The WorldView Report? The reports of us getting down with our manufacturing of the javelin and how long it takes because we're sending so many of those over to Ukraine.
Colonel John Mills: Yeah. I've been asked this a number of times. Clearly, there are some professionals left at the Pentagon, but they understand logistics. We would have been buying roughly a thousand javelins a year. Remember, this has been in production since 1992, and there's been a number of upgrades. But the U.S. military has bought roughly 38,000 javelins since 1992. So that's a long time ago. It was about 30 years ago. And so, probably between usage and combat, we probably have about 20,000 or 25,000 left.
It sounds like we've given, you’d have to do some forensics on this, sounds like we've given maybe about 7,000. We're just talking about the missiles, not the launch control unit, just the missile. So, we've given about a quarter of what we have in stock out of that 20,000 to 25,000. We've given about 7,000 Stinger missiles. One of the most excellent MANPADS, Man-portable anti-aircraft systems in the world. We haven't bought a new one since 2003. We have roughly 8,000 in stock. Sounds like we gave about 2,000 so far.
But here's the problem. Ramping these production lines up. This is, you just don't flick a switch, and boom, you go from 1,000 to 4,000 or 5000. I mean, there is a long lead time, and you've got to get the workforce. You've got to go to multiple shifts and all the specialized components just to go to double that to 2,000 units. I believe because that's a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed, that, they're talking like a year. A year to double production from 1,000 to 2,000.
This is why I say, "Hey, no Lend-Lease until five conditions have been met.” We've got to have five conditions to be met. One of them is ramping up our defense industrial base because we're hurting. The Russians are really bad, but we're hurting, too. So, we need to start becoming the arsenal democracy. I know we’ve got six months, but this is a golden six months to do what we can do to hold the Brandon in thief, Brandon in chief, in place until we get a majority in Congress. But we got to do whatever we can.
Kirby was looking horrible last week. Eddie, now we’ve got Eddie Haskell Kirby and Eddie Haskell Blinken. These guys are just talking out of both sides of their mouth, getting caught with their, you know, "Teehee, teehee we gave the Russians. No, we didn't give. We gave the Ukrainians. No, we didn't give the Ukrainians. Well, yeah, we gave Ukraine information, but we didn't know they were going to use it." It's like, this is ridiculous.
Brannon Howse: We're fighting a proxy war now. We are at war with Russia.
Colonel John Mills: This is a world conflict. This is, remember, Russia looks at this as the junior partner to China as this is the opening stages of toppling America, period.
Brannon Howse: Wow.
Colonel John Mills: Toppling America.
Brannon Howse: Look at this headline over at Gatestone Institute, Gordon Chang, who was with us last summer. We're going to get him back on. Russia and China The worst Moment in History Coming Soon. Russia has a nuclear doctrine known as escalate to de-escalate or, more accurately, escalate to win, which contemplates threatening or using nuclear weapons early in a conventional conflict.
Bullet point: It cannot be a good sign that Russia, China, and North Korea at the same time are threatening to launch the world's most destructive weaponry because the Western democracies have largely stood down and are clearly not fighting in Ukraine. Beijing and Pyongyang want similar success. Of course, North Korea.
"Like Vladimir Putin, the Communist Party of China has lost its fear of American power. China's nuclear threats expose perceived American weaknesses. Exposed the risk of the lack of a U.S. Regional Nuclear Deterrent and exposing the inadequacy of U.S. Leadership." So said Richard Fisher of the Virginia-based International Assessment and Strategy Center to the author Gordon Chang in March of 2022.
Bullet point: Whatever the reason for the threats, Putin and Xi have told everyone what they intend to do. Unfortunately, Western leaders are determined not to believe them.
Bullet point: In response to Russian threats, President Joe Biden, let's just say Joe Biden, I don't like to use the p-word with him. Biden said on February 28th that the American people should not worry about nuclear war. On the contrary, there is every reason to worry.
Bullet point: In line with Western thinking, Presidents and Prime ministers have almost always ignored nuclear threats, hoping not to dignify them. Unfortunately, this posture has only emboldened the threat makers to make more threats. The later the international community confronts belligerent Russians, Chinese, and North Koreans, the more dangerous the confrontations will be.
Bullet point: The world, therefore, looks like it is fast approaching the worst moment in history. Article by Gordon Chang.
Brannon Howse: Would you comment, please?
Colonel John Mills: Yes, Gordon knows his stuff. I'm working with Gordon on a new Team B Report on the origins of the virus. But Gordon is spot on. And again, everybody is saying, has World War III started? Well, again, remember World War II? For most Americans, they think it started in 1941. No, it started nine years earlier, 1932, when Japan invaded Manchuria. So, there is a world conflict going on. Let's just call it for what it is. Get past it.
We have an occupant of the White House who clearly does not like America. Does not believe America is unique, different, or special. We are a shining light on the hill. We need to become the arsenal democracy. Yeah. That's going to be really difficult under this current occupant of the White House. But it's only six months, and then there's going to be an American election.
Americans need to come out in force. Need to be local election officials. Need to dominate their counties and to dominate the election board, the election registrar, and the county council. The school boards. The sheriff, the county attorney. Americans need to rise up in November so we've got a fair Congress and we can immediately start impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas at DHS, Blinken at State, and then Brandon and then Kamala.
Brannon Howse: Amen! Amen! Amen! And Amen to all the list! Check, check, check. All right. What is the website again, Colonel?
Colonel John Mills: Yeah. On Gettr and TRUTH, I am @colonelretjohn. On Telegram @dailymissive. I'm also on the Epic Times Daily, The Daily Middle East is just about to launch, and I also write and appear on Newsmax regularly. The best repository of all my writings is the Center for Security Policy. Just look up Center for Security Policy, John Mills. You'll find me, and you'll find almost all of my media, including these segments with you, Brannon. And then my personal website is 9milgroup.com.
Brannon Howse: Awesome, awesome. Well, as always, we appreciate our weekly update on what's happening militarily. Colonel John Mills. Thank you, sir.
Colonel John Mills: Thank you, Brannon. Always an honor to be with you.
Brannon Howse: You as well, sir, and we'll get you back. Colonel John Mills, checking in.