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NATO’s Not Ready For Saudi-Style Drone Attacks; ‘It’s A Serious Problem’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The threat that we face has developed faster,” than countermeasures, giving adversaries like Russia, and Iran, some asymmetric advantages.

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Turkish S-400s Create ‘New Order’ In Mid East Airspace

Posted by Arie Egozi on


An Israeli expert said that the critical question is, where will the Turks deploy the Russian system. “If it is deployed near the border with Syria it may endanger air forces that will attack Iranian controlled militias in Iraq,” the Israeli source says.

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Despite US Threats, Another Ally Mulls Russia’s S-400

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Another US ally — and host of a critical Middle Eastern air base — is considering buying a high-tech Russian missile system. What can Washington do about it?

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Marines Furiously Cutting Programs As Tighter Budgets Loom

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Marine Corps photo

As old programs go, the Corps is looking at new cyber capabilities and getting back into the air defense game.

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White House & Pentagon Warn Russia, Iran on Syria

Posted by Paul McLeary on


U.S. troops in Syria aren’t going anywhere until Iran leaves the country, a senior Trump administration said Monday as Russia deploys an advanced air defense system that puts U.S. and Israeli pilots at greater risk.

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Israel Deploying to Eastern Europe, Pacific for First Time Alongside U.S. Forces

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Trump Pentagon is undergoing a major shift to focus on great power competition. And it’s looking for allies to step up in places that might come as a surprise.

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Electronic Warfare Trumps Cyber For Deterring Russia

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: NATO’s plans to defend the Baltic States are “inadequate” because they don’t take full account of Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities, a leading expert warns. The Russians are hardly invincible, Roger McDermott emphasized at CSIS on Monday. The story of them “shutting down” the Aegis radar on the USS Cook… Keep reading →

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Army Boosts Air Defense, Key To Joint & Allied Fight

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Missile Defense Agency photo

The shift from low-intensity land wars and the concepts of operations associated with them to getting ready for higher tempo and higher intensity operations are key to the transformation of U.S. and allied forces.  The challenge facing the liberal democracies was well put in a recent presentation by a senior Finnish defense official: “The timeline… Keep reading →

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BAE Turns Bradley Into MiG-Killer

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. photo

AUSA: With the Army increasingly anxious about Russian drones, helicopters, and fighters, it’s racing to revive the Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD) forces it largely disbanded after the Cold War. BAE Systems, which makes the heavily armed M2 Bradley troop carrier, is offering a Bradley variant festooned with radars, jamming antennas to shut down drones, anti-aircraft missiles, and… Keep reading →

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LCS Lives: They Still Count In Age Of Frigates

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Yes, the Navy has cut short its Littoral Combat Ship program and started work on a bigger, tougher, better-armed frigate. But the small ships will still be big part of the future fleet, experts we spoke to agreed, and the frigate will carry on much of the LCS legacy. It’s true the Navy’s needs have… Keep reading →

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