Category Hybrid War

Mercenaries Killed In Syria Were Part Of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force

Mercenaries Killed in Syria Were Part of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force By Bill Gertz, freebeacon.com View Original February 15th, 2018 President Vladimir Putin / Getty Images Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The dead fighters worked […]

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 […]

Putin’s Pocket Army? The Rise Of Russian Mercenaries In Syria

Excerpts: But even adopting a law that, nominally, regulates a company like Wagner vastly understates the harm that would ensue. Right now, there are numerous countries around the world hosting companies that would love to have combat contracts in ongoing war zones. But to date, public sentiment and cautions on the part of various countries […]

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 […]

POTUS Seeks 11 Percent SOCOM Budget Increase

Excerpt:   One of the largest proposed increases is in SOCom’s procurement budget, which would jump nearly 40 percent to $3.1 billion.   The request, however, would see a 6.5 percent decrease in the amount of money spent on research, development, testing and evaluation, to $602 million. The President’s proposal also calls for a 45 […]

Abbottabad Files Reveal Iran Helped Train al-Qaeda Recruits To Hijack Planes

  Abbottabad files reveal Iran helped train al-Qaeda recruits to hijack planes english.alarabiya.net The Abbottabad documents revealed that late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden insisted to use jets in attacks against the US even after the September 11, 2001 twin attacks. Bin Laden urged his commanders to focus their efforts on aerial attacks against the […]

Here’s What War With North Korea Would Look Like

There is a 6 minute video that accompanies this article at this link: https://www.vox.com/world/2018/2/7/16974772/north-korea-war-trump-kim-nuclear-weapon Here’s what war with North Korea would look like By Yochi Dreazen, www.vox.com View Original February 7th, 2018 Late last September, I moderated a discussion about North Korea with retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis, whose 37-year military career included a stint running NATO, and […]

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy In Syria

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy in Syria thecipherbrief.com · by | Bennett Seftel · February 6, 2018 Bottom Line: While ISIS’s territory has dwindled, al Qaida has managed to build a strong following in Syria, and may use the civil-war-torn country as a base from which to target the West. The group has evolved into the […]

White House Wants Pentagon To Offer More Options On North Korea

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comment:  “I just wonder if the Administration is not conducting a massive information and influence campaign to support policy and strategy for north Korea.   As I have […]

Russia Boasts Of Using 215 New Weapons Systems In Syria Civil War Served As Kremlin Testing Ground

http://warisboring.com/russia-boasts-of-using-215-new-weapon-systems-in-syria/?mc_cid=f3487b7747&mc_eid=57c33d2922 Russia Boasts of Using 215 New Weapons Systems in Syria Civil war served as Kremlin testing ground WIB FRONT February 1, 2018 Dave Majumdar Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin praised the performance of the Russian military and its hardware during the Kremlin’s campaign in Syria, but stressed that Moscow has to fix problems that were brought […]