24 Jul 2018

Trade war highlights importance of BRICS

BRICS countries are meeting for a high level summit this week in South Africa to discuss trade, among other things. And, as China squares off against the U.S., it has simultaneously been working to improve trade ties with other BRICS countries in an effort to reduce its dependency on trade

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23 Jul 2018

Here’s How the Russian Military Is Organizing to Develop AI

The Russian Ministry of Defense released a 10-point plan for the development of A.I. in the country and has moved forward with efforts to increase public-private coordination and research on the front in order to help close the gap between itself, the U.S., and China. The titles of all 10

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18 Jul 2018

Russia to let World Cup fans come back with Fan ID, no visa

Russia is in the final stages of a bill to allow World Cup attendees free re-entry for the rest of the year by flashing their world cup Fan ID. The bill was announced by Putin last week and is currently “under priority procedure” for a quick passing and rollout.  Source:

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18 Jul 2018

Raytheon missile defense chief: Turkey Patriot missile decision ‘is all political’

The missile defense chief at Raytheon criticized NATO member Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian air defense system over the Patriot system, saying “Patriot is the most combat proven integrated air and missile defense system in the world [with] more than 300 ground tests, more than 1,000 combat engagements, more

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17 Jul 2018

Putin: 25 million cyberattacks thwarted during World Cup

Speaking at a meeting with representatives from 55 intelligence units across 34 countries, Putin announced that the broad coalition of cyber forces thwarted almost 25 million cyber attacks connected to the World Cup. Most of the attacks targeted the “information infrastructure” connected to the tournament, but Putin did not provide

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16 Jul 2018

China, Russia, and the US Are All Building Centers for Military AI

“Russia and the United States are moving closer to opening their own centers for military-related research into artificial intelligence, as China did in the spring of last year. But the three governments have differing approaches. The U.S. Joint Artificial Intelligence Center aims to apply lessons from an Air Force pilot

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13 Jul 2018

Russia continues to conduct information warfare in the US

A DHS official has testified before congress regarding continued Russian efforts that have “focused on identifying divisive issues and sowing discord.” U.S. elections and critical infrastructure remain key targets and a part of Russia’s “long-term campaign objectives.” This testimony precedes by one week President Trump’s meeting with Putin, where Russian

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12 Jul 2018

Veterans urge Kremlin to legalize private military companies

Russian veterans are urging the Kremlin to legalize private military companies. Under current restrictions, mercenaries/contractors fighting in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere are not eligible for government-sponsored support options. Veterans’ organizations state that Russian fighters are currently providing private military services in the Central African Republic, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya. These

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12 Jul 2018

Russian Special Forces just practiced invading an island near Finland

In the most recent example of declining relations between Russia and Finland (and other neighboring states), Russia staged an island invasion drill on an island within 24 miles from a Finnish city. These public drills have pushed Finland to increase defense spending and preparedness, with a 2017 defense reporting writing

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12 Jul 2018

Lockheed to double Patriot missile production as orders explode

Lockheed is doubling its Patriot missile production in the coming years as orders for them from both the U.S. and its allies increase dramatically. New customers this year include Poland, Romania, and Sweden, who are bolstering their defenses to deter Russia and counter potential threats from the Middle East.  Source:

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