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February 11, 2016 | Wesley Clark
U.S. must use leverage to counter Putin’s ambitions in Eastern Europe.
The latest U.S.-Russian Syria talks have delivered, for the moment, hope for renewed humanitarian aid and the possibility of a partial cease-fire. Thanks to months of Russian air and artillery strikes, diplomacy has locked rebels in a weak position.
December 31, 2015 | Vice News
What went on in Ukraine in 2015 (after Russia sneaky-invaded the country in early 2014 and annexed Crimea) was not a Cold War or frozen conflict, where the shooting and killing lie either in the past or in a potential future. Nor was it a hot, high-intensity fight in which two countries spent their blood, toil, tears, and sweat on an existential battle to the death. It wasn’t even an American-style quagmire like Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan. Read more
December 21, 2015 | Free Beacon
U.S. intelligence agencies recently monitored a Chinese test of a new rail car-based long-range missile capable of hitting targets throughout the United States.
The canister ejection test of a DF-41 missile from a rail-mobile launcher was detected on Dec. 5 in western China, said defense officials familiar with reports of the test. Read more
December 7, 2015 | USA Today
Ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine will be a factor when the European Union decides in January whether to continue economic sanctions against Russia for its role in the conflict. Read more
December 1, 2015 | CNBC
Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing “a lot of different games” on the world stage, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark said Tuesday.
“What he wants to do is cement his position in the Middle East [and] gain greater influence over Europe,” Clark told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
October 14, 2015 | Breaking Defense
Watch the skies: The US Army is paying close attention to Russia’s “massive use of drones [to spot for] artillery,” Gen. David Perkins, head of the powerful Training & Doctrine Command, said here today.
October 13, 2015 | Defense One
The United States still dominates armed drone technology, but it’s an advantage that’s thinning fast. And the United States has never faced an opponent with much of a drone force on the battlefield. Unlike both Russia and Ukraine.
Russia, by some accounts, has 16 fixed-wing drone types in use in the disputed areas in the east of Ukraine. Today, those drones aren’t armed. But Russian-backed separatists use them to great effect. “I’ve been with a Ukrainian commander who said, ‘When that [drone] shows up, we’re going to get a rocket strike in ten minutes,’” Phillip A. Karber, president of the Potomac Foundation, said yesterday at the conference.
If the Army doesn’t innovate the use tactical drones in the hands of soldiers, some other army will.
October 10, 2015 | USA Today
If its role in fomenting conflict in eastern Ukraine is a guide, Russia has some new tricks in store for Syrian rebels and their allies.
Russia’s recent involvement in Syria’s civil war is similar in some ways to its intervention in eastern Ukraine, where it exploited ethnic conflict, provided weapons, employed volunteers and irregular forces and tried to deceive the West about its intentions.
August 24, 2015 | CNN
The Potomac Foundation Senior Fellow Gen Clark joins CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to discuss the importance of the U.S. leadership in addressing the Russian aggression in Europe and solving the crisis in Ukraine.
August 18, 2015 | The National Interest
Hegemon is a wickedly interactive multi-player/multi-round geostrategic game devised by the Potomac Foundation. Each player represents a country, fielding certain economic and military resources and possessing (secret) objectives.