01 Aug 2018

In Soviet echo, Putin gives Russian army a political wing

In a presidential decree, Putin established a new directorate within the military that will be responsible for “military-patriotic” affairs, including that of the country’s military youth organization. The army has become increasingly influential in political affairs since the 2014 annexation of Crimea, and the new directorate harkens back to a

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31 Jul 2018

New powers make Erdogan the sole decision-maker on Russian S-400 deal

Turkey’s June elections passed sweeping changes to the power of its executive leadership, placing “nearly limitless” powers in the hands of President Erdogan. Erdogan is now the sole authority who will decide whether the country inks a deal for a missile defense system with Russia, or whether they will reject

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31 Jul 2018

Report: Revive Cold War Contacts to Stop Spread of Nuclear Weapons

A new report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies argues that the U.S. and Russia should restore their Cold War-era anti-proliferation cooperation and communication channels to reduce the ongoing threat of nuclear proliferation. The report uses freshly declassified documents to track how these channels supported anti-proliferation measures around the

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31 Jul 2018

Russian jamming poses a growing threat to U.S. troops in Syria

Advanced Russian jamming of electronic signals in Syria has been a challenge for a growing number of troops deployed there, but has also provided the U.S. military a dynamic training ground for countering Russian technology on the battlefield. Soldiers and technology experts alike have affirmed that this kind of electronic

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30 Jul 2018

Pentagon Creates ‘Do Not Buy’ List of Russian, Chinese Software

The Pentagon is distributing a “Do Not Buy” list of software that fails to meet national security standards. The list was started 6 months ago but while circulation among the military and its contractors started last week in response to “specific issues.” The defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment announced

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24 Jul 2018

Russia’s FSB Launches Raids Over Suspected Missile Tech Leak to West

Russia is trying to identify the source of a leak that saw sensitive hypersonic missile technology pass to the West from one of the country’s top research labs. The Russian Security Service (the FSB) searched offices belonging to rocket and space technology development leader Central Research Institute of Machine Building,

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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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