The U.S. will announce a new effort on Wednesday with the United Kingdom (U.K.) and Australia, three of the five nations in the Fives Eyes intelligence alliance, that will focus on sharing advanced technologies in an apparent effort to counter Chinese aggression.

“The trio, which will be known by the acronym AUUKUS, will make it easier for the nations to share information and know-how in key technological areas like artificial intelligence, cyber, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities,” Politico reported. “One of the people said there will be a nuclear element to the pact in which the U.S. and U.K. share their knowledge of how to maintain nuclear-defense infrastructure.”

The report said that while China is not explicitly mentioned in the new deal, the announcement is expected to send a message to Beijing that the West intends to push back against Chinese aggression.

The move comes as the Biden administration has widely been criticized for being weak on the world stage, including lifting sanctions that allowed Russia to finish their Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which former President Donald Trump aggressively tried to block, and his disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. troops and hundreds of Americans being left behind.

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said during a Fox News interview on Sunday that Biden was the biggest national security threat facing the U.S. because of his weakness when it comes to foreign policy.

“I wrote an article as the Director of National Intelligence saying that China was our number one national security threat; I did that as I was walking out the door based on the …. fact that, you know, I’m the person that saw more intelligence than anyone else in the country over the past year, and China very much is that existential threat to our country,” Ratcliffe said. “But if I had to write that op-ed today, I would tell you that I think our greatest national security threat, at least in the short term, is Joe Biden, and our national security apparatus.”

“And the reason I say that, and I’m not trying to be glib or hyperbolic … they have literally gotten everything wrong for eight straight months,” Ratcliffe continued. “With respect to China, with respect to Russia, with respect to Iran, with respect throughout the Middle East, now, including Afghanistan, it goes on and on, literally, they’re batting zero. They’re striking out at every turn. And it’s having a profound grave impact on our national security and our national security posture.”


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This report has been updated to include additional information and quotes. 

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