The number of incidents between Russian and NATO warships and aircraft in increasing, and they are becoming more dangerous. That is documented by Ralph Clem and Ray Finch.
Military strategy and politics
The Russian Defense Policy blog has an interesting look at the wages for Russian soldiers, and it does not look great. Corrected for inflation, the wages for Russian soldiers have dropped significantly over the last decade. With RF inflation at roughly 8 percent this year, overall prices for essentials paid by Russian servicemen are now […]
Sam Roggeveen has a razor sharp critique of the new AUKUS security framework in War on the Rocks. In fact, I have only become more skeptical of AUKUS since it was announced by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson, and President Joe Biden. I argued at the time that these were the wrong submarines […]
Russia’s far-reaching demands from NATO and the prospect of a war in Ukraine can seem irrational. But Russia is facing a dilemma that if they do nothing, they are on a trajectory to losing in the long term. So even if Russia isn’t sure what the outcome will be in a war, they may still try it as a tool to stop the process of losing.
Interesting rundown of what AUKUS is and is not by Michael Shoebridge for ICDS Diplomaatia magazine: AUKUS, though, is five ‘Nots’. It is not just a pact about sharing nuclear submarine technology that leads to Australia acquiring and operating eight of these “peak predator” deterrent weapons. It is not a military alliance that contains commitments […]
It is a source of confusion when military leaders and politicians talk about “the Arctic”. Really the Arctic is not a clearly defined military space, and we need more precise language to avoid misunderstandings.
I wrote he naval chapter in this book on Russia’s military capabilities, where the English version is now available as a free download.
Sergey Shoigu clams that strategic propaganda centers operate in Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw to spread misinformation against Russia.
CDR Salamander has a scathing critique of general Hyten’s ideas for logistical spaceships and a centralized virtual combat cloud.
It makes little sense to talk about forward basing of American ground forces in East Asia before addressing the problem that no country wants to host them.