As Joe Biden prepares to embark on his first foreign trip of his presidency, he faces both diplomatic and physical risks. With the Middle East currently in a state of turmoil and conflict, Biden is slated to face dangerous scenarios on his planned trip.
In June, the President is expected to travel to several Middle Eastern nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. He is also expected to visit Iraq. With tensions in the region high and the potential for hostile situations, the President can expect to face security threats on the ground, as well as in the air.
In order to reach his destination, Biden will likely have to rely on military transport. With the Middle East serving as a dangerous region, military transport remains the safest option for a leader of the United States, due to it’s hardened technology that is designed to detect, and even repel, threats while in the air.
Though having the security of a military craft is a plus for Biden, it does not come without risk. When flying in an aircraft within the conflict zone of the Middle East, the chances of missiles or gunfire from the ground striking a plane is always a concern. While military jets have hardened technologies designed to detect these sorts of strikes and mitigate the risk, the fact remains that the President of the United States is in a vulnerable position when navigating the war-torn skies of the Middle East.
With the Middle East being home to several ongoing conflicts and tensions, Biden’s planned trip in June will certainly serve as a high-stakes diplomatic affair. However, the commander-in-chief will be facing physical risks too. Despite having hardened air transport in the form of a military jet, Biden will be in the dangerous skies of the Middle East, with the possibility of attack from below always looming.