21 Jun 2018

State Department: Russia, Iran ‘hedging their bets’ to back Taliban

A senior State Department official testified that Russia and Iran are “hedging their bets” by supporting the Taliban against other terror groups and the central government. These accusations have been regularly leveled at Russia who is often charged with providing weapons to the Taliban. Russia rejects the charges, but the

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20 Jun 2018

US may be falling behind in the Arctic

New strategic shipping lanes and a number of natural resources have become accessible due to continued meltdown of the polar ice cap. And, while Russia and China have made the Arctic a strategic priority, the US did not mention it anywhere in its National Defense Strategy released in January. This

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11 Jun 2018

Russia integrating massive cloud infrastructure into its internal network

Russia continues to improve its internal networks that can continue operations in the event the entire country disconnects from the “global internet.” The latest improvement in this effort is the creation of a massive cloud network to be used by the military. Russia is also working to allow integration into

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09 Jun 2018

Putin wary of cryptos as Russian farmers use their own to avoid banks

Putin has discussed cryptocurrencies a number of times, with the most recent coming this past week. Here, he discussed the difficulty of integrating them into state policy and financial planning as they are “inherently…beyond national borders.” Hundreds of farmers in Russia, however, have transitioned to a coin known as Kolion

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08 Jun 2018

US may increase troop deployment as NATO shifts focus on to Russian deterrence

As part of its 30-30-30-30 readiness plan in which NATO requests its allies to prepare 30 land battalions, 30 air squadrons, and 30 combat vessels capable of deploying in 30 days or less, the US may increase deployment numbers in Europe. This is part of the broader US geopolitical shift

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06 Jun 2018

A “Hybrid Approach” to the Weaponization of Space and New Opportunities for Cooperation

An upcoming international conference in Vienna to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space seeks to “consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.” This conference comes at a time where the weaponization of

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01 Jun 2018

Russia’s Military Doctrine of Deception and Deniability

Deception and Deniability have become essential components of Russian geopolitics as its activities to increase influence simultaneously risk escalating conflicts with the US and others. These tools have allowed the Kremlin to avoid many possible political repercussions by the countries and international blocs negatively impacted by its actions.  Source: Threat

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31 May 2018

Syria’s Assad vows to retake areas held by US-backed Kurds

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned US-backed Kurdish forces he wouldn’t hesitate to use force to retake one-third of the country they currently control. Assad also warned in an interview with Russia Today on Thursday that the United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and remove its troops from Syria.”

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31 May 2018

‘Murdered’ Russian journalist turns up alive

“Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist and Kremlin critic who was reported murdered in Ukraine on Tuesday appeared — alive — at a news conference on Wednesday at which Ukrainian authorities said they had staged the killing as a sting operation. Babchenko’s resurrection came less than 24 hours after Ukrainian authorities reported

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30 May 2018

India, Russia team up to overcome US sanctions on defense deals

“India and Russia have pledged to jointly create a plan to resolve U.S. sanctions on Russia that is hampering defense deals between New Delhi and Moscow. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to formulate the plan during a May 21 informal summit in the Russian

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