28 Nov 2018

Americans and Russians have exchanged gunfire in Syria more than once

While not providing specific details, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement confirmed that the U.S. and Russia have had several engagements in Syria apart from the February incident in which the U.S. conducted airstrikes on a group of Russian mercenaries and pro-Assad fighters trying to seize ground won from

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28 Nov 2018

Defense Officials Warn of China and Russia Tampering in Caribbean

As the U.S. sends hospital ships and doctors to aid refugees from Venezuela, SecDef Mattis and outgoing Admiral Kurt Tidd has warned of China and Russia’s different response in the hemisphere. Tidd emphasized that “China is doing everything in its power to entice nations in this hemisphere to put on

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27 Nov 2018

Russia-Ukraine tensions flare after Kerch Strait ship capture

“Ukraine’s parliament is to decide whether to bring in martial law, after Sunday’s capture of three of its naval vessels and 23 crew members by Russia. The three ships were sailing off the coast of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, when they were seized. Russia opened fire,

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27 Nov 2018

Czech Republic to boost spending on land weapons in 2019

Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has announced the country’s plans to expand purchases for infantry fighting vehicles, helicopters, mobile air defense radars, and other systems as part of a broader effort to update its military’s inventory and replace older Russian weapons with more modern ones made locally and by its

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21 Nov 2018

U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America

“U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian influence in the United States’ backyard.

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21 Nov 2018

The Entire Russian Military Will Be Trained in Anti-Drone Tactics

“Drones are a growing presence on the battlefield and recognizing that trend, the Russian Defense Ministry has ordered that all branches of its military begin training in anti-drone combat. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that the first test of these new tactics came in October during training exercises on the Black

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19 Nov 2018

Russian drones can jam cellphones 60 miles away

“Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Nov. 6 that the nation had extended the range on its drone-carried jammers to 100 km, or over 60 miles. Drones as a platform for, and not just the target of, electronic warfare means that the sight of a flying robot overhead could signal incoming strikes

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16 Nov 2018

Spies Without Borders – How the FSB Infiltrated the International Visa System

“One of the unanswered questions lingering after Bellingcat’s unmasking of the identities of suspects in the botched-up poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, is how two (or, likely, more) undercover GRU officers were able to obtain visas to travel to the UK. Securing a visa to the UK – as

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13 Nov 2018

Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

“An internet traffic diversion that rerouted data through Russia and China disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses. Service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to Russian and

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12 Nov 2018

Finland to probe reports of Russia disrupting GPS during NATO drill

NATO pilots participating in the massive Trident Juncture NATO exercise near the Russian border lost their GPS navigation signals. According to the Finnish Prime Minister, Russia is likely to blame. While Finland is not a NATO member, it participated in the massive drill that involved around 50,000 personnel. The PM

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