Tag Archives: Russia

Analysis: Implications of Turkish Shoot Down of Russian Warplane

Analysis: Implications of Turkish Shoot Down of Russian Warplane

A Russian Su-24 Fencer shortly after its was shot down by a Turkish F-16 on Nov. 24, 2015.

A Russian Su-24 Fencer shortly after its was shot down by a Turkish F-16 on Nov. 24, 2015.

The ongoing conflict in Syria took a turn Tuesday when a Turkish Lockheed Martin F-16 reportedly shot down a Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber. The Fencer’s large weapon-payload capacity has made it a favorite for Russian forces supporting their ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The aircraft lost today reportedly was bombing targets near the Turkish border. Read More

French Fighters Launch from Carrier Charles de Gaulle Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

French Fighters Launch from Carrier Charles de Gaulle Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

A French Dassault Rafale M launches from nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 23. French Ministry of Defense Photo

A French Dassault Rafale M launches from nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 23. French Ministry of Defense Photo

The French Navy launched strike fighters to against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria targets in Iraq from its nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) on Monday, the French Minstry of Defense announced. Read More

Marine Harriers Strike ISIS Targets; French Carrier Leaves for Middle East

Marine Harriers Strike ISIS Targets; French Carrier Leaves for Middle East

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on Nov. 19, 2015. US Navy Photo

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on Nov. 19, 2015. US Navy Photo

Naval forces resumed air strikes against the Islamic State this week after a one-month pause in participation in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the Navy announced today. Read More

CSIS Panel: Russia Still Dangerous in its Decline

CSIS Panel: Russia Still Dangerous in its Decline

The Russian Honor Guard stand-by as part of a ceremony in 2006. U.S. DoD Photo

The Russian Honor Guard stand-by as part of a ceremony in 2006. U.S. DoD Photo

Although “Russia is not a rising power . . . even in military terms,” Moscow can still “disturb and do harm,” one of the nation’s leading scholars on strategy told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum Friday. Read More

Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset, Ballistic Missile Defense Anxiety

Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset, Ballistic Missile Defense Anxiety

A briefing slide of the alleged Status-6 nuclear torpedo captured from Russian television via the BBC

A briefing slide of the alleged Status-6 nuclear torpedo captured from Russian television via the BBC

A proposed Russian submarine launched doomsday weapon — the existence of which was almost certainly leaked by the Kremlin — gives clues to the Russian mindset for the development of new strategic weapons in the face of the West’s increasing ballistic missile defense capability and Russia’s shrinking national assets, a naval analyst told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Senate Panel Explores Speed of U.S. Military Technology, Weapons Development

Senate Panel Explores Speed of U.S. Military Technology, Weapons Development

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

The staggering rate of change and the unacceptable time it takes the Pentagon to introduce weapon systems is leading to “a steady erosion of U.S. technological superiority” over peer competitors and non-state actors such as the Islamic State. Those were consensus views at a Tuesday hearing on the future of warfare before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More

Pair of Russian Surveillance Planes Came Within A Mile of Carrier USS Ronald Reagan, Ship Scrambled Fighters

Pair of Russian Surveillance Planes Came Within A Mile of Carrier USS Ronald Reagan, Ship Scrambled Fighters

An undated picture of a Tupelov Tu-142 Bear F/J maritime surveillance aircraft. Two similar aircraft came within a mile of carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

An undated picture of a Tupelov Tu-142 Bear F/J maritime surveillance aircraft. Two similar aircraft came within a mile of carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

Two Russian surveillance aircraft came within one nautical mile of the U.S. forward deployed carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) prompting the carrier to scramble armed fighters, Navy officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

SECDEF Carter: U.S. Shifting Emphasis Away from Training Anti-ISIS Syrian Fighters to Finding Leaders on the Ground

SECDEF Carter: U.S. Shifting Emphasis Away from Training Anti-ISIS Syrian Fighters to Finding Leaders on the Ground

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testifes before the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. military strategy in the Middle East Oct. 27, 2015. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testifes before the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. military strategy in the Middle East Oct. 27, 2015. DoD Photo

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee the United States has shifted its emphasis from training forces outside of Syria to return to fight Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) to one of identifying “capable and motivated” leaders inside the country who put defeating the extremists ahead of removing Bashar al-Assad from power in Damascus. Read More