Category Archives: Russia

As Russian Arms Sales Slow, Moscow Focus Now on Domestic Weapons Modernization

As Russian Arms Sales Slow, Moscow Focus Now on Domestic Weapons Modernization

Russian trade and industry minister Denis Manturov aims a weapon during Idex 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Reuters Photo

While Russia remains a major international arms exporter, the Kremlin has seen its sales have fallen flat in recent years largely because its largest markets — China and India — have built up their own defense industries and can do the work themselves at a lower cost. Read More

Destroyer USS Porter Returns to Homeport Following Tomahawk Strike; USS Ross Remains in Eastern Mediterranean

Destroyer USS Porter Returns to Homeport Following Tomahawk Strike; USS Ross Remains in Eastern Mediterranean

Sailors man the rails aboard the guided- missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) as the ship returns to Naval Station Rota, Spain, April 11, 2017. US Navy Photo

One of the U.S. destroyers tasked with launching a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile on a Syrian airfield last week has returned to its homeport in Spain, the service announced on Tuesday. Read More

How the U.S. Planned and Executed the Tomahawk Strike Against Syria

How the U.S. Planned and Executed the Tomahawk Strike Against Syria

USS Porter (DDG-78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information on the intellgence findings that informed U.S. leaders’ decision to carry out the attack on Thursday.

THE PENTAGON — Senior U.S. defense officials today briefed reporters on the planning and execution of a Tomahawk strike on al-Shayrat Airfield in Western Syria Thursday night, which involved two guided-missile destroyers launching 59 missiles at targets. Read More

Russia Suspends Air Space Deconfliction Agreement With U.S. After Chemical Weapons Retaliation Strikes

Russia Suspends Air Space Deconfliction Agreement With U.S. After Chemical Weapons Retaliation Strikes

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet flies off the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq after refuel Sept. 28, 2016. US Air Force Photo

THE PENTAGON — Russia said it suspended an airspace deconfliction agreement with U.S. forces operating in and around Syria, in a statement deriding the U.S. for its Thursday night attack on a Syrian airfield with 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles launched from two destroyers operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, but senior U.S. military officials said the deconfliction hotline is still open and Russians are answering their calls. Read More

Russia Sends Frigate to Mediterranean Following U.S. Retaliation Strike; U.S. Destroyers Remain On Station

Russia Sends Frigate to Mediterranean Following U.S. Retaliation Strike; U.S. Destroyers Remain On Station

Russian Admiral Grigorovich frigate leaving the Black Sea on April 7, 2017 following US Tomahawk strikes in Syria. Photo by Alper Böler used with permission

The Russian Navy has sent its most advanced Black Sea frigate into the Eastern Mediterranean on Friday following a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airfield, according to ship spotters in Turkey. Read More

VIDEO: U.S. Destroyers Fire 59 Tomahawks on Syrian Airfield in Retaliation for Chemical Attack

VIDEO: U.S. Destroyers Fire 59 Tomahawks on Syrian Airfield in Retaliation for Chemical Attack

This post has been updated to include additional information and will continue to be updated as new details become available.

Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers fired 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles in a series of strikes on a Syrian airfield believed to be the origin point of a chemical weapons strike in the northern part of the country, several military officials told USNI News on Thursday night. Read More

Panel: Arctic Tensions, Competition Continues to Increase

Panel: Arctic Tensions, Competition Continues to Increase

Fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN-21) surfaces through Arctic ice at the North Pole on July 30, 2015. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Arctic is often characterized as a region of “high attention and low tension,” but that is changing as nations claiming the region look to their future economically, environmentally and possibly militarily as the ice continues to recede, a panel of international maritime experts agreed on Tuesday. Read More

Experts to House Panel: U.S. Should Develop New Air-Launched Cruise Missile in Answer to Russian Treaty Violation

Experts to House Panel: U.S. Should Develop New Air-Launched Cruise Missile in Answer to Russian Treaty Violation

Architect of the Capitol photo.

Developing a conventional variant of a long-range air-launched cruise missile would be one way to show the Kremlin that the United States is not ignoring Russia’s continuing violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, three national security experts told members of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committee Thursday. Read More