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    5 Lethal Israeli Weapons of War Russia Can Only Wish it Had
    Aug14

    5 Lethal Israeli Weapons of War Russia Can Only Wish it Had

    Robert Farley Security, They could be game changers. In many ways, Israel and Russia have taken opposite approaches to providing for national security. Israel stands at the technological frontier, while Russia has struggled to keep its national innovation system vital and healthy. Moreover, over the years Russian arms have populated the armies...

    The US Army’s New Battlefield ‘Big Gun’ Has a Dangerous Defect
    Aug13

    The US Army’s New Battlefield ‘Big Gun’ Has a Dangerous Defect

    Robert Beckhusen Security, Lack of fire suppression is one problem with the M109A7 Paladin. The U.S. Army in the coming years will build hundreds of new mobile howitzers, and largely, the project has been a success. Except there will be a problem if the self-propelled howitzers catch on fire. The Paladin M109A7 PIM — the latest in America’s...

    Trump and Obama: On Foreign Policy, Two Peas in a Pod
    Aug11

    Trump and Obama: On Foreign Policy, Two Peas in a Pod

    Leon Hadar Security, Politics, United States, Russia, Syria The president’s approach to Russia and the world isn’t so different from the businessman’s. There are two lines of effort in the current campaign against Republican nominee Donald Trump. First, his Democratic opponents stigmatize him as Russian president Vladimir...

    Russia, Trump and Manafort: A Test of the News
    Aug05

    Russia, Trump and Manafort: A Test of the News

    Rachel Bauman Politics, Security, Society, Russia, Ukraine, United States The media doesn’t mind being an echo chamber. In 1920 Walter Lippmann and Charles Merz wrote a forty-two-page supplement for the New Republic magazine called, “A Test of the News.” They scrutinized Western media coverage of the Bolshevik revolution and aftermath. They...

    Five Steps NATO Should Take To Deter Russia
    Aug03

    Five Steps NATO Should Take To Deter Russia

    Dan Goure Russia, Eurasia Here are five that should form the core of a U.S./NATO effort to enhance deterrence and stability in Europe. As events in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Syria have unfolded, the world has had a chance to see the new Russian defense strategy and force posture in action. Russian President Putin has successfully finessed his...

    Russia’s Deadly Armata Tank vs. America’s TOW Missile: Who Wins?
    Jul30

    Russia’s Deadly Armata Tank vs. America’s TOW Missile: Who Wins?

    Sebastien Roblin Security, Eurasia High-tech face-off. Time to consider matchmaking Russia’s favorite new Armata tank with America’s ex-favorite antitank missile, the TOW! Yes, you heard that last part right, the TOW has been sold all over the world—but America’s starry eyes of antitank love have wandered to greener pastures....

    Refusing a New Cold War
    Jul29

    Refusing a New Cold War

    Olga Oliker Russia, Eurasia Russia’s narrative reflects a nostalgia for the Cold War, appropriate, perhaps in a year that marks a quarter century since the USSR’s collapse. The Russians are messing with the United States. Not only did they invade Ukraine and annex Crimea in 2014, challenging what seemed a solid European security...

    Is Russia About to Make Tanks (As We Know Them) Obsolete?
    Jul28

    Is Russia About to Make Tanks (As We Know Them) Obsolete?

    Dave Majumdar Security, Europe Rise of the Terminators–literally. Could the Russian Terminator series—also know as the Boyevaya Mashina Podderzhki Tankov—be the harbinger of future armored vehicle design? Based on its experience in Ukraine, Georgia, Chechnya and Afghanistan, the Russian military certain believes so according to Ruslan...

    Drone Wars: Defeating the Unmanned Threat will Require A Firestorm Of Energy
    Jul27

    Drone Wars: Defeating the Unmanned Threat will Require A Firestorm Of Energy

    Dan Goure Drones, Global Defeating this new offset capability is going to be a challenge. The results of the next Offset Strategy are beginning to appear on the world’s battlefields. Unfortunately, it is not the U.S. military that is deploying these capabilities. Instead it is our competitors and adversaries that are exploiting the...

    Russia: The Hybrid State As Adversary
    Jul25

    Russia: The Hybrid State As Adversary

    Dan Goure Hybrid Warfare, Russia Today, Russia is the ultimate hybrid threat. Oceans of ink and terabytes of electronic musings have been expended on the subject of hybrid warfare. The classic formulation is a non-state actor with appurtenances of state power and, in many cases, support from traditional nation states. Of particular concern to...

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