How to Defeat Russia, Finland-Style
Osprey Publishing sponsored this post. In November 1939 a conversation took place in the Kremlin that Vesa Nenye, Peter Munter and Toni Wirtanen — authors of the new book Finland at War: The Winter War 1939-40 from Osprey Publishing — describe as “prophetic.” After centuries of tension, newly independent... Read more
Russian Bombing Helps Islamic State Advance
Surprise, surprise — Russia’s intervention in Syria is backfiring, The New York Times reports. The Kremlin has said its military had entered Syria to fight the Islamic State, but the Russian forces have concentrated much of their firepower on insurgent groups aligned against President Bashar Al Assad, including the... Read more
Russia Says It’s No Problem Tracking America’s Space Plane
Russian army general Anatoly Nestechuk told radio station RSN that his troops have no difficulty keeping track of the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B robotic space plane during its yearlong missions in low orbit. “It is for us the easiest task to look for the X-37B,” Nestechuk said. “It... Read more
The Big Thing the Russian Air Force Still Can’t Do
After two decades of neglect, the Russian air force is enjoying a petrodollar-funded renaissance. In 2010, the air force and naval aviation bought just 19 new fixed-wing airplanes. The number of new planes swelled to 24 in 2011, 35 in 2012, 51 a year later and a whopping 101... Read more
America’s Far-Off Hypersonic Weapons Freak Out Russia
In a near-future war, 1,000 missiles scream toward Russia at Mach 20. Each one a pinpoint strike hitting the Kremlin’s nuclear missiles, military radars, submarine bases — you name it. Within minutes, 80 percent of Russia’s nuclear arsenal is destroyed without the United States launching a single nuclear weapon... Read more
Russia Wants a Piece of the Syrian Civil War
In true Soviet tradition, Russia supports socialist dictatorships in North Africa and Southwest Asia. Though Russian-allied governments in Iraq and Libya have collapsed in the last two decades, Syria survives — and remains one of Moscow’s most important friends in a region where many people now view Russia as... Read more
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