Category NATO

Trump Enlists Gen. Zinni For Quixotic Arab NATO Campaign

Trump Enlists Gen. Zinni For Quixotic Arab NATO Campaign By Geoffrey Aronson, www.theamericanconservative.comView OriginalSeptember 14th, 2018 A delegation of the Leaders of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Countries are seen Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Photo by: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead […]

Russia’s Favorite Mercenaries

The Wagner Group: Russia’s Favorite Mercenaries The Atlantic · by Neil Hauer · August 27, 2018 Russian soldiers in Aleppo.Omar Sanadiki / Reuters In Russia, journalism is far from the safest profession—even more so when the subject of investigation happens to be a private mercenary army engaged in multiple active conflicts abroad. On July 30, three Russian journalists […]

What’s In The New NDAA

David Maxwell Wrote: “A fairly comprehensive treatment (of a document that I am sure could be a thousand pages).Korea highlights:” What’s in the New NDAA By Scott R. Anderson, www.lawfareblog.comView OriginalAugust 14th, 2018 President Donald Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 into law on Monday afternoon, at an event at Fort […]

How Moscow’s GRU Spy Agency Targets The West – From Cyber Space To Salisbury

Interesting excerpts: By Andrew Roth In Moscow, www.theguardian.comView OriginalAugust 6th, 2018 ‘The Tower’, a GRU building in Khimki, Moscow, named by Robert Mueller as the base of one of the GRU units that interfered in the 2016 US election. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP In Russia’s shadow war with the west, one intelligence agency keeps making headlines. The GRU, […]

Oversight Of Army’s 3 Europe-Based Brigades Shifts To A One-Star General

Oversight of Army’s 3 Europe-based brigades shifts to a one-star general By John Vandiver, www.stripes.com View Original July 30th, 2018 Maj. Michael Centola, executive officer of the 4-319 Field Artillery Regiment, part of the 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), pulls his parachute towards his pack during a live-fire artillery exercise at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, May 18, 2018. […]

Russia’s Strength Is Its Weakness

Excerpts: Paradoxically, Russia’s waning power opened new avenues of influence. The collapse of the Soviet Union was an existential crisis for the Western alliance. In 2003, the Belgian prime minister wrote: “As long as Soviet divisions could reach the Rhine in hours, we obviously had a blood brotherhood with our cousins overseas. But now that […]

Trump’s Vision & NATO’s Future: Streamline The Alliance For Modern War

Excerpts: NATO needs these reforms and European military leaders know it. But though these measures would save billions of dollars and dramatically improve the US armed forces’ readiness to fight, America’s senior military leaders will resist them. This, however, is a problem for President Trump, not NATO.   History provides a model for how to […]

Putin’s Big Tell?

Putin’s Big Tell? By Natasha Bertrand, www.theatlantic.com View Original July 18th, 2018 As Russian President Vladimir Putin stood next to President Donald Trump during a joint press conference in Helsinki on Monday, a wealthy banker turned human-rights activist named William Browder was on the Russian leader’s mind. Asked whether he would consider extraditing the 12 Russian intelligence […]

Europe’s Dependence On The U.S. Was All Part Of The Plan

Excerpts:   Unfair? A world that revolves around American military, economic and cultural power, and uses the U.S. dollar as its reserve currency?   What Trump fails to understand is that the disparity in spending, with the U.S. paying more than its allies, is not a bug of the system. It is a feature. This is […]

The Playbook For NATO Success, Briefed By A Former SACEUR

Excerpts: “To understand this better, we need to understand that the words that are being used in the press don’t help. The phrase ‘not paying their fair share’ has the absolute wrong connotation. Nobody is ‘paying’ NATO. That’s just a horrible connotation and it really points out how little people understand about what’s going on. […]