Category Europe

What Syria Reveals About The Future Of War

As David Maxwell said: “A sober assessment.”   Conclusion: So this is what the Syrian war suggests about future conflicts: They will be intricately complex; they will involve conflict-specific configurations of participants; there will be no humanitarian intervention to stop them; and the United Nations will be a nonfactor. But that isn’t all. It gets […]

Threat Assessment #Fail: al-Qaeda Quietly Growing, By Design

Conclusion: A critical concern for the coming year is that terrorists could export battlefield tactics to populated urban centers far from war zones. Examples of this include ISIS’s use of drones for attacks and the potential for chemical weapons attacks. So when I look at the threat picture over the next year, I see one […]

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali By Alidad Vassigh, www.worldcrunch.com View Original February 12th, 2018 BANDIAGARA — The Twin Otter plane flies full speed over the battlefield, though low enough to almost scrape the tops of acacia trees. At one point its wingtips seem dangerously close to smashing into the jagged cliffs. But there’s a reason […]

National Museum Of Intelligence & Special Operations

The OSS Society is building the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations in Loudoun County, Virginia. The eight-acre site is close to Dulles International Airport. The museum will honor Americans serving at the “tip of the spear.” It will educate the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation […]

Kremlin Says It’s Up To Russia Where It Deploys Its Missiles

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-missiles-iskander-kaliningrad/29023076.html Kremlin Says It’s Up To Russia Where It Deploys Its Missiles February 06, 2018 10:40 GMT ·        RFE/RL An Iskander ballistic-missile launcher (file photo) Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Russia has the right to decide where it deploys its military resources on its own territory, following reports that Russia had deployed nuclear-capable Iskander […]

One Of The Men Who ‘Set Europe Ablaze’

One of the Men Who ‘Set Europe Ablaze’ By Alan Furst, www.nytimes.com View Original February 2nd, 2018 A B-17 bomber drops supplies to the French Resistance at Vercors in July 1944. Credit United States Air ForcePhoto by: United States Air Force THE SABOTEUR The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando By Paul Kix 304 pp. […]

Russia Builds Four New Air Bases In Syria, Deploys Another 6,000 Troops

https://www.debka.com/russia-builds-four-new-air-bases-syria-deploys-another-6000-troops/ Russia builds four new air bases in Syria, deploys another 6,000 troops Feb 1, 2018 @ 10:00 Contrary to Moscow’s promises, the Russian military is not pulling out of Syria, but adding four more air bases (one shared with Iran) and 6,000 more troops. On Dec. 11, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by […]

China’s Soft And Sharp Power/The Strategist, By Joseph S. Nye

China’s soft and sharp power | The Strategist aspistrategist.org.au · by Joseph S. Nye · January 8, 2018 China has invested billions of dollars to increase its soft power, but it has recently suffered a backlash in democratic countries. A new report by the National Endowment for Democracy argues that we need to re-think soft power, because ‘the conceptual vocabulary […]

Russia ‘Simulated Full-Scale War’ Against NATO, Says Military Commander

Russia ‘simulated full-scale war’ against Nato, says military commander By: Samuel Osborne for the UK Independent // 7 hrs ago  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-nato-zapad-simulated-full-scale-war-against-west-vladimir-putin-riho-terras-commander-estonia-a8146296.html Riho Terras confirmed Nato’s fears the Zapad (or “West) exercises were used to simulate a conflict with the US-led alliance and show off Russia’s ability to mass large numbers of troops at extremely short notice in […]

A Russian Blackwater? Putin’s Secret Soldiers In Ukraine And Syria

A Russian Blackwater? Putin’s Secret Soldiers in Ukraine and Syria By Ukraine’s Official Count, www.thedailybeast.com View Original January 2nd, 2018 KIEV—Fierce fighting between Kremlin-backed militias and Ukrainian forces has intensified and is now the worst it has been since last February. Soviet-era GRAD rockets started raining on the streets and houses of Novoluhanskote in eastern Ukraine right before […]