Europe’s Greatest War-Risk Is in the Baltics
Since 2014, the NATO alliance has made numerous posture changes on its eastern flank to deter Russia. Essentially, the alliance’s goal is to change Russian behavior, but how does one measure such policy modifications in Moscow? The RAND Corporation recently released a new report that attempts to build an analytical... Read more
Imagine Almost Every Russian Warship With Hypersonic Missiles
If everything goes according to plan, sometime in the mid-2020s the Russian Navy will adopt an anti-ship cruise missile called the Zircon. It’s a highly maneuverable and hypersonic cruise missile — meaning a weapon capable of traveling at speeds in excess of Mach 5 due to its advanced scramjet... Read more
Despite the Fearmongering, Russia Is Actually Relying Less on Nuclear Weapons
In recent months there has much hysteria in Washington about Russia allegedly lowering its nuclear threshold and particularly about Moscow’s arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons. However, there is little evidence that Moscow has lowered its nuclear threshold — nor are there concrete figures available for how many non-strategic nuclear... Read more
Russia’s Air Defenses In Syria Have Some Big Problems
In late September 2017, satellite photographs indicated that Russia had deployed a second Russian SA-21 surface-to-air missile system in Syria. Purportedly, the system in question is deployed high in the mountains near Masyaf, fewer than 40 kilometers southeast of Lattakia, and right next to a battery of Bastion-P systems... Read more
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Russia’s Huge Tank Force
During the Cold War, the number of different tank types the Soviet Union maintained often puzzled Western analysts. Eight distinct families of tanks were operated, supported, and modernized simultaneously — the PT-76, T-10, T-54, T-55, T-62, T-64, T-72 and T-80. The end of the Soviet Union appeared to signal... Read more
Ya sabemos cuántos carros de combate T-14 Armata va a fabricar Rusia
Según un alto cargo de su Ministerio de Defensa, Moscú va a fabricar 100 carros de combate T-14 Armata para el año 2020, lo cual desmiente la rocambolesca idea de que para entonces el Kremlin iba a contar con una flota de 2.300 imponentes nuevas máquinas. «Actualmente se están... Read more
Russia Will Have 6,000 More Tanks in Its Army
Russia is sharply curtailing the number of Soviet-era tanks that is planning to scrap. In previous years, Moscow had planned to send some 10,000 of its older model tanks to the junk yard for disposal, now that figure could be reduced to as few as 4,000. “Initially, when the... Read more
Military Exercises Are Tearing Up Russia’s Infrastructure
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has been racing to bolster the Russian military’s fighting abilities with frequent, large-scale exercises near his country’s western borders. But one recent story from Glavny, which covers western Russia, indicates that the exercises are taking a toll on infrastructure and local governments which are swarmed... Read more
We Now Know How Many T-14 Armata Tanks Russia Will Build
Moscow will build 100 T-14 Armata main battle tanks by 2020 according to a senior Russian defense official, putting to rest the fanciful notion that the Kremlin would build a fleet of 2,300 of fearsome new machines by that time. “The designed models are currently undergoing operational testing,” Russian... Read more
A Remarkable Armored Train Fought Its Way Across Eurasia
This story originally appeared on July 17, 2015. The war train Zaamurets was the behemoth of the 1910s and 1920s. Heavily armored. Bristling with guns. Everywhere it went, Zaamurets was the biggest, baddest thing around. Not many foes could touch it. If you possessed this train, you ruled the... Read more

James Simpson

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Japan-based writer covering Japanese security news and military history.

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