Russia Is Upgrading Its Top-Tier Fighter to Fly From Rough Airfields
Russia hopes to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E multi-role fighters based on experience gained operating in Syria this year. As with almost all new aircraft—even those with otherwise excellent designs—minor but vexing flaws are often discovered during high intensity real world operations. In this case, the Russian... Read more
In 1905, Japanese Battleships Pulverized a Russian Fleet
In late May 2017, it will be 112 years since the Imperial Japanese Navy’s catastrophic defeat of the Imperial Russian Navy during the Battle of Tsushima. The clash in question was a result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 and 1905 — a conflict provoked by the Russian search... Read more
Russia’s Military Is Burning Through Its High Explosives
An air campaign requires a sprawling, complicated supply chain. Fire enough missiles and drop enough bombs, which require a heavy investment in materials and chemicals, and there will come a point when the logistics trail starts to strain. Nearly 20 months into Russia’s intervention in Syria’s civil war, the strain is... Read more
After Bailing Out Assad, the Russian Military Risks a Syria Quagmire
It has been well over one year, seven months since Russia’s military intervened in Syria’s civil war. From the get-go the Kremlin brushed aside claims that its campaign would lead to an Iraq or Afghanistan-like quagmire. Relying heavily on air power, Russia helped the Syrian regime to rebound from a... Read more
Why the Russian Military Is Reaching Into the Arctic
In the summer of 2007, Russia planted a flag on the seabed of the North Pole. Russian state television covered the event as a submersible packed with explorers and Kremlin officials descended to the depths of the Arctic and laid claim over its potential resources for Russia. Canada complained, but... Read more
Fearing Russian Influence, Ukraine Bans a Social Media Site
Ukraine is blacklisting the country’s most popular social network VKontakte, email provider Mail.Ru and a host of other companies — all because they’re Russian businesses. Pres. Petro Poroshenko updated the official sanctions list, banning more than 400 companies from doing business for three years in the Ukraine. The government... Read more
Russia Wants to Put a 76-Millimeter Cannon on an Icebreaker
Russia has by far the largest icebreaker fleet in the world with a total of more than 40 publicly and privately owned, including six nuclear-powered icebreakers all capable of punching through Arctic sea ice. It’s also building new ones after a delay of more than four decades, launching the... Read more
Russian Warplanes Gathered Over Moscow to Honor World War II Dead
Silence cloaked Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2017. You could hear the cold air moving between the ranks of silent soldiers standing at attention. Their tanks, missile launchers and artillery sat motionless. The quiet continued for 60 seconds. A tribute to the millions of lives the Soviet... Read more
The U.S. Military Can Learn a Lot From the Red Army
What do you do when your army is destroyed, over and over again? For Russia in the mid-20th century, the best answer was “build a new army.” Between 1918 and 1942, Russia’s army was torn down and rebuilt four times: once at the end of World War I, once... Read more
Countering Russian Mendacity on Syria
The views presented below are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Defense or its components. Discussing Russian mendacity is like arguing that water is wet. Regardless, an understanding of the Kremlin’s claims regarding the war in Syria is necessary... Read more
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