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'NO CHANGE IN OUR POLICY': While President Volodymyr Zelensky travels to Washington for the NATO summit celebrating 75 years of the alliance, Ukraine today is in a day of mourning after Russia launched its heaviest bombardment of the country in months on Monday.

While the attacks targeted six areas of Ukraine, one particularly heart-wrenching strike was by a Russian cruise missile on a children's hospital in Kyiv, where seriously ill children are treated for cancer and other life-threatening health problems. "As of now, at least 37 people have been killed, including three children, and 170 injured, including 13 children," Zelensky said in a post on X.

In remarks in Poland yesterday, Zelensky underscored Ukraine's desperate need for more air defenses, such as the U.S.-made Patriot system, but again renewed his plea for President Joe Biden to lift restrictions on the use of U.S. weapons to strike deeper into Russia.

 "We need, in addition to air defense, and I think we have raised this issue more than once, the possibility of using our partner's weapons to target the particular military bases and sites that Russia uses to launch attacks on Ukraine," Zelensky said. "I think this is a decision we would like to see from our partners."

“There’s been no change in our policy,” John Kirby, national security communications adviser, said at the White House. “The president several weeks ago gave guidance to Ukraine that they can use U.S.-supplied weapons to strike targets just over the border. That’s still the case.”


'DEBRIS FELL INTO HEART PATIENTS' OPEN CHESTS': In a statement, Biden called the hospital strike "a horrific reminder of Russia's brutality." At this week's summit, Biden stated that allies will announce "new measures to strengthen Ukraine's air defenses."

"I will be meeting with President Zelensky to make clear our support for Ukraine is unshakeable," Biden said. 

The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on the attacks. However, the council's rotating presidency is currently held by Russia, which denies targeting the hospital and is blaming an errant Ukrainian air defense missile for the carnage. Ukraine's Security Service said wreckage of a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile was recovered at the site.

“We are sure it was a Russian attack,” spokesman Matthew Miller said at the State Department. “Just to be clear, these are sites that serve no military purpose. They’re not sheltering Ukrainian military assets, they’re not sheltering members of the Ukrainian military. These are civilian infrastructure, pure and simple, that cannot, should not, must not be targets of military attacks.”

"The attack on the Okhmatdyt Children's hospital caused debris to fall into heart patients' open chests in the middle of surgery," the Associated Press said in a dispatch from Kyiv. "Cancer patients had their beds wheeled into parks and onto the streets."

"As if we needed another reminder, this evil and barbaric attack shows the high moral cost of the Biden administration's failure to supply Ukraine with the munitions and defenses it needs," said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a statement. "The world has known at least since February 22, 2022, that Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. His bombing of a children's hospital on Sunday only reinforces that reality."

‘NATO IS IN UKRAINE’S FUTURE’: While Ukraine will not be getting an invitation to join NATO, reports indicate that a draft communique to be issued at the summit refers to Ukraine’s eventual membership as “irreversible.”

“And you’re going to see … some discussion about Ukraine’s path to NATO and what that can look like,” Kirby said at yesterday’s White House briefing. “And a reaffirmation of what the president has long said — that NATO is in Ukraine’s future.”

“I’ll just tell you that you’re going to see some announcements on air defense. You’re going to see some announcements on deterrence capabilities, not just with respect to helping Ukraine, but boosting the alliance,” Kirby said. “You’re going to see some announcements with respect to the defense industrial base and how to shore up that and make it more resilient and invest in it more, including in our own industrial base here in the United States.”


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HAPPENING TODAY: President Joe Biden will welcome NATO leaders tonight at an event at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, site of the original signing of the North Atlantic Treaty, which established NATO on April 4th, 1949.

Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that NATO membership is open to any “European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area.”

Biden’s remarks marking the 75th anniversary of the alliance — which has grown from 12 founding members to 32 today — are scheduled for 5 p.m.


BIDEN TO MEET UK'S NEW PM: Biden is taking advantage of the gathering of NATO leaders in Washington to meet one-on-one tomorrow with new British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, whose Labour party won a landslide election last week.

Biden "will underscore the importance of continuing to strengthen the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom," the White House said in a statement. "The leaders will have the opportunity to discuss in depth U.S.-UK cooperation across a range of issues, including support to Ukraine, advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific, reaching a ceasefire and hostage release deal in Gaza, ensuring that Iran can never obtain a nuclear weapon, and strengthening the coalition to confront Iranian-backed Houthi threats to commercial shipping."


TOO BIG TO FAIL: The Air Force program to replace Cold War-era Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles with the new LGM-35A SentinelICBM has been beset by delays and cost overruns. The latest problems reported in January have forced the Pentagon to grant the program a special dispensation to a law that would otherwise require the program be killed.

The cost of the replacement ICBM has ballooned to $140.9 billion, an increase of 81%. Under a law known as Nunn-McCurdy, any increase over 30% is considered "critical" and requires the secretary of defense to either cancel the program or declare it absolutely necessary for national security.

"Today I am certifying that the Sentinel program meets the statutory criteria to continue, but it is important to note that this certification does not indicate business as usual," William LaPlante, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and sustainment, said at a Pentagon briefing. "The program will be restructured to address the root causes of the breach and ensure an appropriate management structure is in place to control costs."


SENATE NDAA FILED: Leaders of the Armed Services Committee have formally filed the Senate version of the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act, and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), the committee’s ranking Republican, is calling for quick action on the annual policy bill. The bill authorizes $911.8 billion in defense, $25 billion over the caps set by law.

"Senator Wicker will continue making the case that if President Biden's budget can call for $76 billion above the spending caps, then the U.S. Congress can discuss increasing defense spending," Wicker's office said in a press release.

"The world's greatest deliberative body should get a chance to work its will on the floor, and I hope more of my colleagues will join me in continuing the national conversation about investing more," Wicker said in calling for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to bring the bill to the floor for debate. 

"The Senate Armed Services Committee sent a bipartisan signal that we must return to 'peace through strength,'" he said. "The new axis of aggressors and their threats are already upon us. We do not have time to waste."



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8 a.m. 801 Allen Y. Lew Pl. NW — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Washington Summit, from July 9-11, marking the 75th anniversary, 32-member alliance Full schedule at https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events

8 a.m. 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discussion: “Is NATO a Good Deal? Making the Case for the Alliance to the Public,” with Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO); former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, founder, University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Security in Politics; Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Tobias Billstrom; and Bianna Golodryga, CNN senior global affairs analyst https://carnegieendowment.org/events/2024/06/shaping-nato

9 a.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: “America’s Foreign Policy Challenges,” with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA); and Walter Russell Mead, fellow in strategy and statesmanship, Hudson Institute https://www.hudson.org/events/ro-khanna-america-foreign-policy

9 a.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: “The Iran Threat to U.S.-NATO Security,” with former Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) CEO, American Jewish Committee https://www.hudson.org/events/iran-threat-us-nato-security

9 a.m. — German Marshall Fund, U.S. virtual discussion:, “China-Russia Alignment: A Threat to Europe’s Security,” with Natalie Sabanadze, senior research fellow, Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme; Abigael Vasselier, head, Mercator Institute for China Studies’s foreign relations team; and Gunnar Wiegand, GMFUS visiting fellow https://www.gmfus.org/event/china-russia-alignment-threat-europes-security

9:30 a.m. — Atlantic Council virtual discussion: “The Nordic-Baltic Region: Cooperation in NATO’s Northeast,” with Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom; Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Baiba Braze; Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Espen Barth Eide; Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir; Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis; Danish Foreign Affairs Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen; Finnish Political State Secretary Pasi Rajala; and Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/the-nordic-baltic-region

10 a.m. 2255 Rayburn — House Foreign Affairs Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee and Indo-Pacific Subcommittee hearing: “Roundtable with North Korean Defectors," with Choi Jeong-hun, member, North Korean People’s Liberation Front; Hu Kang-il, member, Committee for Democratization of North Korea; Jang Sei-ul, member, Korean Unification Solidarity; Kim Heung-kwan, member, North Korea Intellectual Solidarity; Kim Ji-young, member, Free North Korea Radio; Lee So-ra, member, Korea of All; Lee Sun-ok, member, Korean Unification Solidarity; Park Jung-oh, member, Kuensaem; and Park Sang-hak, member, Fighters for Free North Korea http://foreignaffairs.house.gov

10:30 a.m. 1777 F St. NW — Council on Foreign Relations discussion: "Transatlantic cooperation, Russia’s war in Ukraine, and priorities for the NATO Summit in Washington," with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen RSVP to [email protected]

11 a.m. 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE — Heritage Foundation discussion: “Not Your Grandfather’s NATO: Restoring the Alliance,” with Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL); former Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Strategy and Force Development Elbridge Colby, co-founder and principal, Marathon Initiative; and Robert Greenway, director, Heritage Center for National Security https://www.heritage.org/defense/event/not-your-grandfathers-nato-restoring-the-alliance

11 a.m. — Center for Strategic and International Studies virtual discussion: “Ukraine and Transatlantic Security on the Eve, NATO Summit,” with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY); and Elizabeth Hoffman, CSIS director of congressional and government affairs and fellow https://www.csis.org/events/ukraine-and-transatlantic-security-eve-nato-summit

12 p.m. 1777 F St. NW — Council on Foreign Relations discussion: "Greece’s strategic defense efforts and opportunities for security cooperation in the Mediterranean,” with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis RSVP to [email protected] 

12:30 p.m. 1615 H St. NW — U.S. Chamber of Commerce NATO Summit Defense Industry Forum with Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks; White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan; Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins; NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder; Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ivan Anusic; Danish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Lund Poulsen; Lithuanian Defense Minister Laurynas Kasciunas; Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram; Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Robert Kalinak; Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson; Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov; Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur; Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto; Radka Konderlova, director general, Czech Ministry of Defense; and Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz Livestream at https://events.uschamber.com/natosummitdifvirtual

12:30 p.m. — Atlantic Council virtual discussion: “Turkey’s Emerging Defense Technologies and the Future of NATO,” with former national security adviser retired Marine Gen. James Jones, founder, Jones Group International and executive chairman emeritus, Atlantic Council; Thomas Hammes, nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council Forward Defense program; Can Kasapoglu, non-resident senior fellow, Hudson Institute; and Rich Outzen, nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council in Turkey https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/turkeys-emerging-defense-technologies

1 p.m. 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW — Cato Institute conference on “NATO at 75: Rebalancing the Transatlantic Alliance,” with Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH); Curt Mills, executive director, American Conservative; Barry Posen, professor of political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Jennifer Kavanagh, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace senior fellow; Brian Blankenship, assistant professor, University of Miami; and Joshua Shifrinson, associate professor, University of Maryland https://www.cato.org/events/nato-75-rebalancing-transatlantic-alliance

1:30 p.m. — Council on Foreign Relations virtual media briefing: “Update on UK and France Elections and NATO Summit,” with Liana Fix, CFR fellow for Europe; Charles Kupchan, CFR senior fellow; Sebastian Mallaby, CFR senior fellow for international economics; and Matthias Matthijs, CFR senior fellow for Europe RSVP: [email protected]

2 p.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: “Prospects for Ukraine and the outlook for Lithuanian security,” with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis https://www.hudson.org/events/conversation-lithuanian-foreign-minister

3 p.m. — U.S. Institute of Peace virtual discussion: “Strengthening Security Through Democratic Resilience,” with Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA); Annika Silva-Leander, head of North America and permanent observer to the U.N., International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance; Joseph Brinker, policy fellow for democratic resilience, NATO Parliamentary Assembly; Patrick Quirk, vice president for strategy, innovation and impact, International Republican Institute; David Salvo, managing director, German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy; and Calin Trenkov-Wermuth, USIP security governance adviser https://www.usip.org/events/nato-summit-side-event

4 p.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: “Moldova’s foreign policy and the Washington summit,” with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mihai Popsoi https://www.hudson.org/events/conversation-moldovan-deputy-prime-minister


8 a.m. 801 Allen Y. Lew Pl. NW — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Washington Summit through July 11, marking the 75th anniversary, 32-member alliance Full schedule at https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events

9 a.m. — Atlantic Council, Center for a New American Security, German Marshall Fund, U.S., GLOBSEC, and Hudson Institute 2024 NATO Public Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTPSdOnAxvs

1 p.m. 2044 Rayburn — Defense Forum Foundation discussion with North Korean escapees on “The Road to Peaceful Unification is the End, Kim Regime: Let Us Show the Way” RSVP: [email protected]

2 p.m. — Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe hearing: “Putin’s Syrian Puppet: War Crimes and Complicity from Syria to Ukraine,” with film director and producer M. Night Shyamalan, co-founder and president, M. Night Shyamalan Foundation; Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, Syrian civil society leader and human rights activist; and Mouaz Moustafa, executive director, Syrian Emergency Task Force https://www.youtube.com/live/DR3HLmoMMiY

4 p.m. — U.S. Institute of Peace virtual discussion: “China-Taiwan Competition: Why It Matters for Peace and Stability in the Pacific,” with Graeme Smith, senior fellow at Australian National University’s Department of Pacific Affairs; and Gordon Peake, USIP senior adviser on Pacific islands https://www.usip.org/events/china-taiwan-competition

8 p.m. — Jews United for Democracy virtual discussion: n “Legal Aspects, War Against Israel,” with Steve Zipperstein, associate director, University of California, Los Angeles’ Center for Middle East Development and professor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and in the UCLA Global Studies Interdepartmental Program; and Madeleine Brand, host of Press Play https://www.jewsunitedfordemocracy.org/event


8 a.m. 801 Allen Y. Lew Pl. NW — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Washington Summit final day. Full schedule at https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events

9 a.m. 216 Hart — Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on pending nominations http://www.armed-services.senate.gov

9 a.m. — Atlantic Council, Center for a New American Security, German Marshall Fund, U.S., GLOBSEC, and Hudson Institute 2024 NATO Public Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJDInbKh9U4

9 a.m. 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW — Center for Strategic and International Studies "South China Sea Conference,” with Kathryn Paik, CSIS senior fellow; Charles Edel, CSIS Australia chair; Andreyka Natalegawa, CSIS associate fellow; Harrison Pretat, deputy director, CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative; and Gregory Poling, director, CSIS Asia Program https://www.csis.org/events/fourteenth-annual-south-china-sea-conference

9:30 a.m. — Center for Strategic and International Studies virtual discussion: “What Happened, NATO Summit?” with former Assistant Defense Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Mark Lippert, CSIS Korea chair; Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow for Korea studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Max Bergmann, director, CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program; and Victor Cha, CSIS senior vice president for Asia https://www.csis.org/events/what-happened-nato-summit

10 a.m. — Arab Center virtual discussion: “The Looming Israel-Hezbollah War: Prospects, Deterrence, and Impacts,” with Joseph Bahout, director, American University of Beirut’s Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs; Rola El-Husseini, associate professor of political science at Lund University; Paul Salem, Middle East Institute vice president for international engagement; Imad Harb, Arab Center director of research and analysis; and Patricia Karam, Arab Center nonresident fellow https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register

12 p.m. 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW — Center for Strategic and International Studies discussion: “Air and Missile Defense in the High North," with Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK); retired Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, chair, U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Modern War Institute and former commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; and Tom Karako, senior fellow, CSIS International Security Program and director, CSIS Missile Defense Project https://www.csis.org/events/air-and-missile-defense-high-north

2:30 p.m. — Washington Post Live virtual discussion: “NATO, Trump and the Latest in Ukraine,” with former White House national security adviser John Bolton https://www.washingtonpost.com/washington-post-live

7 p.m. 101 Independence Ave. SE — Library of Congress hosts the 75th Anniversary NATO Symphony Orchestra Concert with musician Peter Frampton 


9 a.m. — Center for Strategic and International Studies virtual discussion: “Israel’s Missile Defense Engagements Since October 7th,” with Moshe Patel, director, Israel Missile Defense Organization; and Tom Karako, senior fellow, CSIS International Security Program and director, CSIS Missile Defense Project https://www.csis.org/events/israels-missile-defense-engagements-october-7th

9:30 a.m. 1789 Massachusetts Ave. NW — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research discussion: “Europe’s Security After the Washington Summit,” with Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Radoslaw Sikorski; Kori Schake, AEI director of foreign and defense policy studies; and Dalibor Rohac, AEI senior fellow https://www.aei.org/events/europes-security-after-the-washington-summit

10:45 a.m. — Atlantic Council virtual discussion: “Bolstering Transatlantic Security and Solidarity,” with Jan Jires, director general of defense policy and planning, Czech Ministry of Defense; Lt. Gen. Karel Rehka, chief, General Staff, Czech Armed Forces; J.R. McDonald, vice president for business development at Lockheed Martin; Valbona Zeneli, nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council Europe Center; and former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Daniel Fried, fellow, Atlantic Council Eurasia Center https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/bolstering-transatlantic-security

11 a.m. 1030 15th St. NW — Atlantic Council discussion: “Beyond the Summit: Outcomes and the Path Forward to Ukraine’s NATO Membership,” with Paul Good, president, Ukrainian World Congress; Nico Lange, senior fellow, Munich Security Conference; Michal Szczerba, member, European Parliament (via video); former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis; former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst, senior director, Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center; and Shelby Magid, deputy director, Atlantic Council Eurasia Center https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/beyond-the-summit-outcomes

12:15 p.m. — Atlantic Council virtual discussion: “Next Steps for Transatlantic Cooperation Post-NATO Summit,” with Czech Republic President Petr Pavel; Jan Jires, director general of defense policy and planning, Czech Defense Ministry; Karel Rehka, chief, general staff, Czech Armed Forces; former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Daniel Fried, fellow, Atlantic Council; and Valbona Zeneli, nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/czech-president

"The world has known at least since February 22, 2022, that Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. His bombing of a children's hospital on Sunday only reinforces that reality … As if we needed another reminder, this evil and barbaric attack shows the high moral cost of the Biden administration's failure to supply Ukraine with the munitions and defenses it needs."
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee
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