05 Apr 2019

Senate Bill Promises Retaliation If Russia Again Meddles in Elections

Senators from both sides of the aisle on Wednesday introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Readiness Act (DETER) that intends to deter foreign election meddling by threatening countries with retaliatory actions. The bill also specifies sanctions that could be used against Russia in particular, since the Kremlin influenced

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05 Apr 2019

Pompeo urges NATO allies to adapt to new China, Russia threats

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that NATO needs to change its focus in order to “confront emerging threats” including “Russian aggression, uncontrolled migration, cyberattacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition” and other issues. He specifically mentioned 5G technology in relation to the Chinese threat.

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04 Apr 2019

NATO chief warns of ‘more assertive Russia’ in US Congress speech

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday told members of Congress that the threat of “a more assertive Russia” requires members of the alliance to “overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the future,” adding that “[w]e face unprecedented challenges – challenges no one nation

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03 Apr 2019

With Trump, NATO Chief Tries to Navigate Spending Minefields

On Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Trump in order to celebrate the alliance’s 70th anniversary and to discuss important issues like Russia and Trump’s insistence that NATO allies spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense. During the meeting, Trump stated that he believes that

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03 Apr 2019

NATO at 70: Where next?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established on 4 April 1949, which means that the military alliance is turning 70 this week. For this occasion, POLITICO has asked various experts to project how NATO will evolve in the next 10 years. According to James Stavridis, NATO’s former Supreme Allied Commander

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01 Apr 2019

Russia’s Military Mission Creep Advances to a New Front: Africa

While Russia limited its involvement in Africa after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country has been increasing its influence in the continent over the past two years by strengthening ties with a large number of countries including Mozambique, Angola, Central African Republic, Libya, Sudan, Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina

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01 Apr 2019

Treaty’s end would give U.S., Russia impetus to make more nukes: study

On Monday, nonprofit research organization CNA will release a comprehensive study on what will happen if the US and Russia do not renew the New START strategic nuclear disarmament treaty that is set to expire in 2021, or if they abandon the treaty before it expires. Experts warn that the

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29 Mar 2019

In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering

With the Ukrainian Presidential elections only days away, candidates are nervous about Russian interference efforts, while security officials are doing everything they can to undermine hacking and disinformation campaigns carried out by Moscow-backed hackers and trolls. Early in the campaign, Ukrainian authorities took down a Russian operation aimed at obtaining

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28 Mar 2019

Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela

Tensions between the US and Russia over the crisis in Venezuela continue to increase. On Saturday, two Russian military aircraft carrying about 100 troops and a substantial amount of equipment arrived in Venezuela. In response, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the US “will not stand idly by

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27 Mar 2019

Russia Regularly Spoofs Regional GPS

Extensive research by the Center for Advanced Defense (C4ADS) has found evidence that Russia has spoofed global positioning data of the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) on almost 10,000 different occasions over the last three years. Ships and autonomous vehicle systems rely on GNSS for navigation. The findings of the

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