Category Archives: Russia

Kremlin Pledges to Target U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition Aircraft After ‘Cynical’ Super Hornet Shoot-Down of Syrian Fighter

Kremlin Pledges to Target U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition Aircraft After ‘Cynical’ Super Hornet Shoot-Down of Syrian Fighter

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 6, 2017. US Navy Photo

Russia claims it will no longer be party to the airspace deconfliction agreement with the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition and will treat coalition air contacts as potential enemy air threats after a U.S. fighter downed a Syrian jet, according to a Monday statement released from the Kremlin. Read More

BALTOPS 2017 Focuses On Air Integration To Support Realistic Coalition Warfighting Scenarios

BALTOPS 2017 Focuses On Air Integration To Support Realistic Coalition Warfighting Scenarios

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, land their amphibious assault vehicles ashore at Uto, Sweden, on June 10, 2016, during BALTOPS 2016. The 2016 exercise focused on challenging amphibious landings in the northern part of the Baltic Sea, whereas this year will focus on air integration and will primarily take place in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON — Fifty ships set sail in the Baltic Sea this week for the annual NATO exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), with this year’s event including a larger aviation component and a larger adversary “red force” in the hopes of creating a realistic scenario for high-end warfare in Europe, the Navy’s 6th Fleet commander told reporters today. Read More

CYBERCOM Head Rogers: U.S. Should ‘Publicly Out’ Kremlin Cyber Attacks

CYBERCOM Head Rogers: U.S. Should ‘Publicly Out’ Kremlin Cyber Attacks

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, spoke to cadets and staff and faculty during a Leader Professional Development Session at the United States Military Academy on Jan. 9, 2017. USMA Photo

The United States needs to make it clear it is unacceptable and there is a price to pay if any adversary takes action like manipulating voter registration rolls, the head of U.S. Cyber Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More

PACOM: U.S. Should Renegotiate INF Missile Treaty to Better Compete with China

PACOM: U.S. Should Renegotiate INF Missile Treaty to Better Compete with China

Chinese DF-26 missiles on display during a military parade in Tiananmen Square. Photo via globalsecurity.org

The commander of U.S. Pacific Command said the United States may want to renegotiate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia because the restrictions on conventional land-based weapons are hindering the U.S. military’s ability to keep up with China. Read More

Sinking of Surveillance Ship Highlights Increase in Russian Navy Operations

Sinking of Surveillance Ship Highlights Increase in Russian Navy Operations

A Russian Kilo submarine passes the parade stand during the Russia Navy Day celebration in Vladivostok. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to clarify the deployment of Russian Navy Kilo-class attack submarineRostov-na-Donu.

The sinking of the Russian signals intelligence ship Liman after a collision with a Togo-flagged freighter bound for Jordan puts the spotlight back on a Russian Navy that is increasingly active in the maritime domain in and around Europe and a Black Sea region that continues to be tense in the wake of the 2014 Ukraine crisis when Russia annexed Crimea. Read More