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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

U.K., France and U.S. Agree to Increase Submarine Warfare, Aircraft Carrier Cooperation

U.K., France and U.S. Agree to Increase Submarine Warfare, Aircraft Carrier Cooperation

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (Ike) transits the Mediterranean Sea alongside aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) on Dec. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

Naval leaders from the U.K., France and the U.S. have signed a trilateral cooperation agreement that will allow the three navies to work more closely together – especially in the realms of submarine warfare and carrier operations, a Navy official told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Wilson: End of Sequestration, Increased Defense Spending Coming Soon

Wilson: End of Sequestration, Increased Defense Spending Coming Soon

The turret for the first M1A1 SA/ED variant built at Anniston Army Depot goes through the final stages of testing. US Army Photo

The tide is turning in favor of increased defense spending and ending sequestration, the chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee told attendees at an American Enterprise Institute forum on Thursday. Read More

Panel: NATO Unprepared to Defend Baltics from Russian Attack

Panel: NATO Unprepared to Defend Baltics from Russian Attack

Estonian army scouts from 1st Battalion practicing their defensive maneuvers during Exercise SIIL/Steadfast Javelin in 2015. NATO Photo

While NATO remains unprepared to defend its most exposed states, positioning three American armored brigades in or near the Baltics would be a good first step in providing more effective deterrence against possible Russian moves, three experts in international security told the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land subcommittee Wednesday. Read More

Opinion: Putin Continues to Upgrade Military, Challenge New U.S. Administration

Opinion: Putin Continues to Upgrade Military, Challenge New U.S. Administration

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The spike in interest in the Russian SSC-X-8 program comes at a time of turmoil in Washington D.C., especially in the wake of the release of Michael Flynn from service as the National Security Adviser. This reflects ongoing, long-term upgrades to Russian military forces as evidenced by State Defense Orders (SDOs) over the last several years. It also reflects a shrewd political challenge to a new President and his Administration. Read More

Experts to Senate: Trump Needs to Reassure America's European, Asian Allies

Experts to Senate: Trump Needs to Reassure America’s European, Asian Allies

Chinese sailors welcome the Russian Navy destroyer Admiral Tributs (564) in Zhanjiang, China on Sept. 12, 2016. Xinhua Photo

Chinese sailors welcome the Russian Navy destroyer Admiral Tributs (564) in Zhanjiang, China on Sept. 12, 2016. Xinhua Photo

The incoming Trump administration needs to go out and reassure publicly and privately our allies that the United States will honor its commitments and do what is necessary to meet new challenges, particularly from Russia and China, three security experts testified Tuesday. Read More