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Russia / Strategy Media Update (317) – 26 September 2017


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I was completely blown away by the amount of imagery available that clearly shows North Korean air defenses. 

At one point, when the Sturmgewehr was discovered on the Kalashnikov statue, I was going to do an ‘exposè’ on the obvious ripoff of Schmeisser’s design. Besides, he was captured by the Soviets and was working for them when the AK-47 was designed.  The Russian article is actually fairly well written, but not totally convincing. I still harbor my doubts. Once you’ve been armpit deep in foreign weapons, you get to notice the similarities in design but they aren’t all that closely related as they imply in the article.

Good old crazy Russian uncle Rep. Dana Rohrabacher wants the US to work closely with Russia.  He’s always seemingly a hair’s-width from firmly planting his lips on Vlad’s butt…  I’ll almost bet he gets his intelligence briefs from Infowars.  I wanted to cut that out but I figured you, gentle readers, can figure out if he’s blowing smoke up your skirt or not.

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Zapad 2017 and Donbass UN peacekeeper debates continue.

More election shenanigans in Moscow. Scientologists to be banned like JWs [Ed: Jehovah’s Witnesses]. Facebook to be banned over server access. RVSN exercise planned. Schism over ethnicity and regionalism deepens. LGBT persecution much wider than thought previously. In Krasnodar, alleged cannibal serial killer couple detained, believed to have killed and eaten 30 people – Russia is acquiring a truly Boschian flavour.

More on Belarus military cooperation with Russia. In Moldova, more on Putinist Pres Dodon’s campaign to usurp power.

Ukraine pitches  the US for lethal RPVs. Donbass fires continue. Language / education debate continues – Hungary’s Orban is being a very loyal Moscow proxy.

Russia blames US for death of LtGen Asapov, killed by ISIS. Kurdish vote perturbs Iran, local Kurds celebrating.

DPRK is the major theme in the MSM. DPRK first states the US has declared war on the DPRK on the basis of a POTUS tweet that was stating the obvious. US says this is nonsense. DPRK says it will shoot down US bombers in international airspace. MSM mostly believe the DPRK can shoot down US bombers, and those who argue otherwise do so poorly. Supplement today includes public data on the DPRK Air Force and IADS. Only three assets with the potential to engage US bombers – MiG-23ML FLOGGER, MiG-29 9-12 FULCRUM A, and S-200VE Vega / SA-5B GAMMON. The ancient MiG variants would not survive USAF and RoK F-15C/E encounters. The SA-5B was used in 1986 by Libya against the USN and all four rounds were jammed into the drink – lethal but susceptible [NB Youtube footage of SA-5B fuelling, and transloader operation]. The notion that a USAF Bone or Buff would not defend itself by jamming, and that USAF escort fighters would not engage the DPRK MiGs seems to believed only by the MSM. Also good essay on the Chinese side of the Yalu. SciAm on the DPRK as a nuclear proliferator. Dr Pry on EMP risks. Murder of Kim’s half brother by VX intentional to to “horrify the rest of the world”. Political Left blames POTUS for DPRK situation.

Germany’s wannabe NSDAP-Lite, the AfD, hogging MSM bandwidth. The Russian propaganda and meddling play may have been simply to get this party into the Bundestag in as large numbers as possible.

A nice Russian essay on why the AK-47 is a truly Russian design, no matter that the earlier variants, the AK-1/AK-2/AK-46 were built to be “a better Soviet Sturmgewehr lookalike”. The tragic story of Adolf Georgievich Tolkachev, a victim of lax internal security in the Agency.

Excellent commentary by Harding on Panarin’s latest IW/IO essay.

US domestic debate covering Open Skies, Facebook and Russia, and Rep Rohrabacher defending his appeasement of Russia – which has almost no interests in common with the US.


Russia / Russophone Reports


Russia just finished the Zapad military exercises that freaked out NATO — here’s what we know | Business Insider

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US Envoy: Russia’s Proposal to Send Peacekeepers to Ukraine Shows Desire to Negotiate

Russia’s costs for maintaining conflict going up but Kremlin seeing no benefits, says Kurt Volker

The hitch in Ukraine’s peacekeeping bid: Where and how to keep the peace – Politics – CBC News

A UN peacekeeping force populated with Canadians may, in the estimation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, be the “shortest way” to end fighting in his troubled land, but his determination to exclude Russia could make for a long, uncertain road.

Ukraine to introduce Donbas peacekeepers resolution agreed with foreign partners – 112.international

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin clarified that “Ukrainian side has a draft resolution, and it is agreed upon with friends of our country

Russia: UN peacekeepers should only guard OSCE observers in Donbas – 112.international

UN peacekeepers are needed in Donbas, but only to guard the OSCE observers. This is Moscow’s view of the mission, phrased by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. He insisted that any other deployment of peacekeepers would contradict the Minsk agreements. Lavrov said this on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York after his meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while emphasizing that this issue hadn’t been discussed. Kyiv, however, insists: the UN peacekeeping mission must work all over the occupied Donbas and on the Russian border.

Russia not to go for concessions on Donbas: Stratfor | UNIAN

After a week of high-level diplomatic activity regarding Russia's proposal to send a UN peacekeeping force to eastern Ukraine's Donbas region, it seems unlikely that concrete movement will be made on the proposal anytime soon, U.S.-based private intelligence and analytical company Stratfor reported. News 25 September from UNIAN.

Russia, Ukraine: After Much Talk of Change, Things Will Likely Stay the Same – Stratfor Worldview

Despite a flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding Russia’s recent proposal to deploy a U.N. peacekeeping force to eastern Ukraine, actual movement on the issue in the immediate future looks unlikely.

‘Caricature Candidate’? Sobchak, Navalny Clash Over Her Rumored 2018 Kremlin Bid

MOSCOW — Kremlin foe Aleksei Navalny is trading barbs with Russian celebrity and TV host Ksenia Sobchak over speculation she will run for the Russian presidency in March — a rumor widely discusse…

After Jehovah’s Witnesses Ban, Russia Takes on Scientology With Controversial Arrests

Russia’s most famous civil liberties activist has appealed to the president to intervene after the arrest of five Scientologists.

Russia’s Censors Eye Facebook Ban in 2018 – To Inform is to Influence

All is not as the headline implies.  If that is all you read, you’re probably missing the point of the whole story.  This story has nothing to do with the Facebook ad controversy swirling around the US media. It has everything to do with a Russian law requiring data on Russian citizens to be stored…

Russian Regulator Threatens To Block Facebook In 2018

The Russian state agency that monitors and regulates the Internet has threatened to block Facebook in 2018 if it fails to comply with a law requiring IT companies to store the personal data of Russia…

Russia Threatens to Block Facebook Next Year

Communications watchdog says will ‘make Facebook comply with the law’ on personal data, which obliges foreign companies to store it locally

UAWire – Russia to conduct large-scale exercises of its Strategic Missile Forces

In late September, Russia will conduct large-scale, command and staff exercises for the Strategic Missile Forces in the Novosibirsk region. More …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Possibility that Telephone Bomb Threats a Test of Russia’s Security Services ‘Can’t Be Excluded,’ Babchenko Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 25 – In the absence of any specific findings, “it is not excluded,” Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko says, that the anonymous telephone warnings about bombs that have forced the evacuation of facilities in Russia over the last two weeks may be “a test of [Russia’s] special services.” That was what appears to have happened in 1999 in Ryazan, he points out; and there is no reason to assume that this tactic could be repeated now (gordonua.com/news/worldnews/ne-isklyucheno-chto-lzheminirovaniya-v-rossii-proverka-specsluzhb-v-1999-godu-takoe-bylo-v-ryazani-pochemu-by-ne-povtorit-babchenko-208867.html). Ukraine’s Gordon news agency to which Babchenko made this comment notes that “after a series of terrorist acts” in 1999, police found explosives planted in Ryazan. The then-director of the FSB said that “analogous explosive materials had been placed by FSB officers in several cities in the course of training exercises to raise the professionalism of the special services.” “Why shouldn’t this be repeated?” Babchenko asks rhetorically. “I completely allow the possibility of such a variant” — although he acknowledges that there are many other possible explanations from genuine telephone terrorism to hooliganism to copycat crimes of one kind or another. He doesn’t address whether more than one of these factors might be involved. The journalist adds that Russians have been living with a terrorist threat and warnings of terrorist threats for 20 years and in a certain sense have become used to such things. As a result, they aren’t inclined to show as much concern or alarm or even devote as much attention as many other peoples might. “That is what the country is like,” he says.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russians Can Change Radically and Rapidly and aren’t Condemned by Any ‘Cultural Code,’ Gontmakher Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 25 – Many, including those who would like to see a civilized European future for Russia, nonetheless believe that Russians are so restricted by their “’cultural code’ of serfdom and paternalism” that the only way forward is to rely on “an enlightened ruler who bases himself on a group of elite intellectuals,” Yevgeny Gontmakher says. Such people believe that what must be done is to create “a certain autocratic Singapore, only a thousand times larger,” but “in fact,” the Moscow economist and commentator says, history shows that Russians are not so constrained by their cultural code and that reformers should proceed in exactly the opposite way (echo.msk.ru/blog/gontmaher/2061512-echo/). Those who want to move in a European direction, he continues, must use “all possible means of freeing people from the sense of hopelessness and passivity that to a large extent has been artificially created” and promote participation in elections, civic enlightenment, and any other forms of public involvement they can think of. To do otherwise, to act as if only an enlightened ruler can set these right, Gontmakher says, is to “condemn Russia to another round of heavy tests” but even more it is to ignore the history of the last century which shows that Russians can and do change radically and rapidly on occasion. If any nationally specific cultural code existed before 1917, he says, it was eliminated or at least radically transformed by the Soviet system which moved people about, attacked religion, encouraged inter-ethnic marriage, and generally undermined what most had assumed were the core values of this or that people. And except for a few small national groups, most of the population of Russia today represents a mixture of things, a levelling of group distinctions in Russian society, and justifies speaking more often about the “international, non-religious, and extra-territorial” nature of the population of the country. Moreover, Gontmakher argues, the population of what is now the Russian Federation has shown itself capable of rapidly and radically changing many of its behaviors in response to change in the environment, something that one would not speak of if it were the case that everything is predetermined by a cultural code. When the Soviet system collapsed, Russians neither defended it nor responded with risings against the new order. They were not even driven to protest by the default of 1998. Instead, they adapted to new conditions, recognized they couldn’t depend on the state and began to act in ways those who believe in the cultural code would say were impossible. And then when the economy began to grow in the early years of this century, a development that reflected not only the rise in the price of oil but also in the way in which Russians chose to act and spend money, they changed again and would have changed more but for the decisions of the Kremlin. Instead of promoting the kind of reforms that would finally undermine paternalism and that the new wealth had made possible, Vladimir Putin and his regime moved in the opposite direction, taking ever more of the economy under state control and promoting the paternalistic values they should have been combatting. The Russian people again adapted, Gontmakher says; and that again shows that “the behavior of the large masses of people can be changed very quickly both toward a positive or toward a destructive side.” The state plays a big role in this, but it can’t control everything as 1991 showed. Consequently, he says, he very much hopes that “the current attempt to reduce people to a gray mass of ‘human capital’ will end much more quickly than did the communist experiment.” And he points to what is happening in the North Caucasus and in the emigration to the possibilities of rapid adaptation and change. Despite what many in Moscow think, Gontmakher points out, “the spirit of entrepreneurialism is developed in the North Caucasus more than ever before.” And it is thus a serious mistake to overstate “’the special nature’ of our North Caucasus from the point of view of prospects of successful independent economic and social development.” And the new emigration also testified to the ability of Russians to adapt. It is another mistake, he says, to exaggerate how much longing it has for Russia. In fact, its members have gotten to work, put down new roots, and are adapting as rapidly as almost any other peoples to the situations they find themselves in. In short, Gontmakher concludes, Russians can and will change if the powers that be and their intellectual critics stop assuming that they can’t and won’t and that the only way to deal with what some call “the dark people” is to keep them under the tightest of control. Just the reverse is the course that is needed.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Migration Changing Ethnic Mix in Daghestan and in Western Siberia

Paul Goble Staunton, September 25 – The influx of North Caucasians into major Russian cities like Moscow has attracted a great deal of attention because of clashes between them and the indigenous population, but another migration flow – migration from the North Caucasus to Western Siberia – is affecting not only where people go but where they have left. In a new article, Ramazan Alpaut notes that Kumyks, Lezgins, and Nogays are “migrating in massive numbers to the northern regions of Russia” from their homelands in Daghestan, complicating life in Western Siberia but also dramatically affecting the fate of these communities at home (kavkazr.com/a/kak-dagestancy-stanovyatsya-sibiryakami/28755945.html). The Radio Liberty journalist notes that according to the 2010 census, there are now about 19,000 Kumyks and more than 16,000 Lezgins living in Tyumen oblast, about 14,000 Kumyks and more than 13,000 Lezgins in the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District, where there are also more than 5,000 Nogays. In the Yamalo-Nenets AD, there are smaller numbers. At the same time, Alpaut points out, there have been declines in the numbers of the members of these nationalities in particular areas of Daghestan, reducing the ability of these peoples to defend themselves and opening them up to assimilation by other Daghestani nationalities. Officials there blame the outflow on high levels of unemployment and on the background and training of many in these communities who in Soviet times worked across the USSR in the oil and gas industries. They suggest that what is happening is simply a return of a pattern quite common at that time. But however that may be, the impact of outmigration on Daghestan and in-migration in parts of the Russian Federation where the population is smaller than in major cities and that any new arrivals can do more to change the ethnic balance than is the case in urban areas are phenomena that few are yet considering. On the one hand, the departure of Kumyks, Lezgins and Nogays inevitably affects the status of these groups within Daghestan, almost certainly guaranteeing that they will have less power and get fewer resources for schools and other native language institutions and thus putting them at risk of assimilation. And on the other, the arrival of these groups in predominantly Russian areas almost equally inevitably guarantees clashes between them and the local Russian population, clashes that may make these peoples and also the Russians there more rather than less sensitive to ethnic questions.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Inequality Between Moscow and Regions Becoming Dangerous, Shemyakin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 25 – The share of Russians who say they don’t like Moscow has risen from about half in the early 1990s to approximately 75 percent now, Ivan Shemyakin says, a trend that reflects growing inequality between Moscow and the regions and that if it is not reversed threatens the survival of the country. In a Gazeta commentary, the Russian analyst says that because of the nature of the Russian political system, this tension has not yet broken into the political spheres, “but it has already become a fact of mass culture. A clear example is ‘Leningrad’s’ son about burning Moscow” (gazeta.ru/comments/2017/09/21_a_10900460.shtml). Most Russians don’t dislike Moscow as such but rather “’the idea of Moscow,’” Shemyakin says. Indeed, according to Olesya Gerasimenko, the author of a book Not Unified Russia, “when people curse Moscow, they are cursing ‘the federal center’” and their words have nothing to do with actual Muscovites. And she cites the words of a St. Petersburg separatist who points out that “if the capital of the Russian Federation were now to be shifted to Vyshny Volochek, that would mean that all would begin to hate Vyshny Volochek.” But beyond any question, Shemyakin says, “the existing level of inequality is viewed as unjust by all, independent of their incomes.” Hating capitals is widespread around the world, but the situation in Russia is worse not only because of income inequality but because of the hyper-centralization of almost all aspects of life. “It seems to me,” he continues, “that the danger of dislike of ‘Moscow’ not as real place but as a symbol which embodies the ideas of unjust inequality, ‘a luxurious life at the expense of the rest of Russia’ is seriously underrated” by many who fail to see that hatred of the capital can quickly become hatred of the country itself. “’We are not for separatism; we are against Moscow’ is both deceptive and horrific. The slogan of the nationalists, ‘Stop feeding the Caucasus!’ is capable of seriously wounding Russia; the slogan ‘Stop feeding Moscow!’ is capable of killing it.” At the end of Soviet times, “one could not infrequently hear” in the regions and republics that “we have nothing against Russia and Russians, but we want to separate ‘from the Kremlin.’ The union republics, especially Ukraine and Russia, decided that they would ‘stop feeding’ one another. [As a result,] the united country died.” Lest that happen again, Shemyakin argues, “the country must immediately adopt a program to reduce the break between the level and quality of life of Moscow on the one hand and the rest of Russia on the other.” That program must be based on the idea that “Moscow is not a tumor on the body of Russia but on the contrary is a source of its development.” Both the government and business must decentralize, he says, something that will “allow for an increase in the geographic mobility of the population not on the model of ‘periphery-Moscow’ but on the American and European one which presupposes the movement of people from one city to another in the course of a lifetime.” That will help hold the country together and be “critically important for the formation of a nation,” Shemyakin says. But it will be hard for many who are used to looking at moving to Moscow as the capstone of their career rather than as one stop among many. Obviously, Russia should not move the capital but rather some of its functions, and it should move them not to the other end of Russia in Siberia or the Far East but rather to places closer by, like Kazan, something that would help integrate the Tatars into the Russian political nation. “As a super-centralized country,” he says, “Russia needs a strengthening of regionalism, it needs to see the move to the regions and their centers of entrepreneurs and intellectuals which would be itself reduce the absolute domination of Moscow,” Shemyakin says. And these centers must come to view themselves “not as capitals of little principalities but as all-Russian centers.” If that doesn’t happen, he suggests, there are real dangers to the territorial integrity of the country.

UAWire – Russian Ministry of Defense: 15,000 schoolchildren in the southern regions of Russia joint ‘Young Army’ youth movement

In the territory of the Southern Military District of Russia, which includes the annexed Crimea, 15,000 young men and women are members of the &quot; …

Putin Dismisses Second Governor In Two Days

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Valery Shantsev, the second regional leader to lose his job this week amid reports that more could go as th…

Putin Dismisses Samara Governor Amid Predictions Of Regional Shake-Up

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the governor of the Samara Oblast, Nikolai Merkushkin, amid speculation that a shake-up of regional leaders is imminent ahead of a presidential electio…

The most controversial, anticipated film in years is coming soon to Russia. What’s it actually about? — Meduza

When it comes to cultural scandals in contemporary Russia, it’s hard to find anything so controversial as “Matilda,” a new film by Alexey Uchitel about the love affair between Nicholas Romanov, when he was still heir to the tsarist empire, and Matilda Kshesinskaya, a celebrated ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theaters. A campaign against the movie has raged for almost a year now, and State Duma deputy (former Crimean Attorney General) Natalia Poklonskaya wants the film banned on the grounds that it “insults” Nicholas II, who is considered a holy saint by Russian Orthodox Christians. “Matilda“ premieres on October 26, but some movie theaters have refused to show it, citing threats of violence and one arson attack in Yekaterinburg. In September, arsonists set fire to two cars outside the law office of Konstantin Dobrynin, who represents Alexey Uchitel, and scattered slips of paper with the inscription: “You’ll burn for Matilda!” Meduza film critic Anton Dolin watched “Matilda” to find out what all the fuss is about.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Not Just in Chechnya: Gays are Being Attacked and Killed Across Russia, New Study Shows

Paul Goble Staunton, September 25 – Last spring, many in Russia and abroad focused on the mistreatment and even murder of LGBTs in Chechnya, a development that called attention to the impact of the Russian law against gay propaganda but had the effect of distracting attention from the mistreatment and even murder of LGBTs not just in the North Caucasus but across Russia. Now, Aleksandr Kondakov, a sociologist at the European University in St. Petersburg, has corrected that imbalance in a new book, Crimes of Hatred Against LGBTs in Russia, which focuses on court cases where the sexual orientation of victims or perpetrators is noted. He gives his findings to Natalya Granina of the Lenta news agency (lenta.ru/articles/2017/09/25/gey/). According to Granina, Kondakov has found “on average” about 20 to 35 crimes directed against lesbians and homosexuals in Russia in recent years, a figure she suggests that give Russia’s size is “not shocking.” But the sociologist says that these figures are incomplete because today “for the police crimes motivated by hatred to LGBTs don’t exist.” Consequently, he and his colleagues were forced to make use of the most reliable “but also the most conservative source, the courts,” and then extrapolate. But at the same time, Kondakov says, “even when one person dies, this is a tragedy, and here dozens are dying only because they are gays and lesbians.” He reports that he encountered only two cases between 2010 and 2015 when the victims in cases were identified as the victims of hatred on the basis of sexual orientation. But a search of court records using various terms allowed him to identify far more cases where that in fact was the case. “If before 2013, there were on average 32 cases based on hated to LGBTs, in 2015, there were already 65,” Kondakov says. But not only have the number of crimes of this kind increased: they have become more severe. Now, a far higher percentage of the victims are in fact killed, and deaths from this cause have gone up far faster than murders for other reasons. In some regions, such as the North Caucasus, prosecutors and judges simply don’t talk about this cause and therefore it appears there is less of a problem, he continues. In fact, the situation is worst in small cities and least bad in the major metropolises where people are generally more tolerant of differences. Despite the anti-gay propaganda law and widespread propaganda against gays, most Russian judges in fact appear to view anti-gay attitudes not as an extenuating circumstance but rather as one that justifies even more severe punishments, a pattern reflecting the general view that crimes committed against groups are worse than those against individuals. More research on this and other questions is needed, the sociologist say. But unfortunately, in Russia today, “there are practically no monographs or dissertations on this issue.” Most work in the area is done by psychologists rather than anthropologists, sociologists or political scientists. A major reason for that pattern is that grants for research are only rarely given for investigators working in this area. Another is that prejudice continues to inform even nominally scholarly articles. Thus, in some, he says, one encounters unsupported claims that “same sex marriages will destroy Russia.”

Russian Gay-Rights Activists Urge EU To Investigate Chechen Allegations

BRUSSELS — Russian civil society activists are urging European Union member states to investigate crimes allegedly committed by Chechen authorities on gay men. Igor Kochetkov, the founder an…

Russian Police Say Nothing Wrong With Shop Sign Seen As Insult To Gay Men

Police in the Russian city of Perm have refused to launch an investigation into a local food shop over a sign emphasizing in vulgar language that homosexuals are &quot;not allowed&quot; inside. …

Mystery Over Missing Chechen Singer’s Fate Deepens After Video Claims He’s In Germany

For weeks the family of a well-known singer in Chechnya has pressed for information about his whereabouts after he disappeared in the southern Russian region in early August. Now, governmen…

U.S. Condemns Conviction Of RFE/RL Journalist Semena In Russia-Occupied Crimea

The United States on September 25 said it is &quot;deeply troubled&quot; by the conviction of RFE/RL journalist Mykola Semena by a court in Russia-occupied Crimea last week. The court convicte…

Moscow Police Officer Hit, Killed By Mercedes With Government Plates

A Mercedes with government license plates struck and killed a police officer on a main street in central Moscow late on September 25.

Russian couple suspected of eating up to 30 victims – CNN

A couple in Russia are alleged to have murdered as many as 30 people since 1999 and consumed parts of the bodies, Russian media reported Monday.

‘Cannibal couple’ in Russia admitted killing 30 – reports – BBC News

The couple were arrested after a phone was found with images of a man posing with human remains.

Cannibal couple ‘admit to eating up to 30 people’ in south-east Russia | The Independent

A couple have been accused of murdering and eating up to 30 people in south-east Russia. Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife Natalia, 42, were arrested in the southern region of Krasnodar after pictures of dismembered bodies were found on a phone.  The phone, which contained several images of a man posing with a dismembered female victim, was found on the street in Krasnodar earlier this month.


Belarus Reports


Belarus disagree with Ukraine West-2017 drills were deemed open for observation – 112.international

Belarusian Ministry of Defense states positive reviews of observers

Expert: Russia Is To Strengthen Its Grouping In Belarus After West-2017 Exercises – Charter’97 :: News from Belarus – Belarusian News – Republic of Belarus – Minsk

The corresponding recommendations of the RF General Staff are already being developed.
UAWire – Russia sends Special Forces to Minsk for joint exercises with Belarus
On Monday, September 25, a unit of Russian Special Forces arrived in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, as   reported by the press service of&#160

Lukashenka Tells Kadyrov Minsk Ready For Economic Cooperation

MINSK — Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka told the visiting head of Russia&rsquo;s North Caucasus Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, in Minsk that his country is ready for economic an…

Pavel Seviarynets: All That Is Lacking Is To Raise “Jolly Roger” Over Information Ministry’s Building – Charter’97 :: News from Belarus – Belarusian News – Republic of Belarus – Minsk

Ananich considers it absolutely normal to expose a private telephone conversation to the millions.


Transnistria / Moldova Reports


Moldovan Leader Seeks to Broaden His Powers – Transitions Online

Igor Dodon keeps on sniping at pro-EU government despite joining forces with ruling party on controversial electoral law.


Ukraine Reports


UAWire – Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Ukraine asks U.S. for attack drones

Ukraine has asked the United States for drones and other modern 21st century weapons, as  stated on Monday evening by the Minister of Foreign …

Ukraine set eye on US strike drones – foreign minister – LB.ua news portal

Ukraine set eye on US strike drones – foreign minister. … And other modern weapons of the 21st century. Main – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Russia’s MFA: Nothing in Ukraine for weapons from U.S. | UNIAN

Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov insists nothing in Ukraine is happening now that requires arms shipments from the United States, according to an UNIAN correspondent based in Russia. News 26 September from UNIAN.

Militants violate truce 13 times in Donbas – Militants violate truce 13 times in Donbas – 112.international

No losses among Ukrainian soldiers were recorded

No de-escalation in Donbas amid 13 attacks on Ukraine troops on Sept 25

The situation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Monday, September 25, remained tense amid 13 attacks on Ukrainian troops but it was under control of Ukraine's army, according to the press center of the ATO Headquarters. News 26 September from UNIAN.

Russian experts on UAVs arrive in occupied Donbas | UNIAN

Specialists of the 924th State Center for Unmanned Aviation (UAV) of Russia's Defense Ministry have arrived in the occupied Donbas, according to Ukraine's Defense Ministry. News 25 September from UNIAN.

Office Of Donetsk Separatists Opens In Southern French City

Envoys of the Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have opened up a new representative office in the southern French city of Marseille. The center, which was formall…

Amnesty: Ukrainian Company Tried To Illegally Ship Weapons To South Sudan

Amnesty International has accused a Ukrainian state-owned company of trying to violate a UN embargo on arms sales to South Sudan, saying the company sought to supply the African country with thousand…

A Year on From Odessa ‘Pogrom,’ Ukraine’s Roma Face Rise in Mob Justice

There are between 120,000 and 400,000 Roma in Ukraine who face poverty and discrimination, with limited access to justice and their property rights barely protected, according to a rights group

In Ukraine, Peace and Post-Revolution Reforms Remain Elusive

“We have a chance to finish what we started three years ago,” a Ukrainian member of parliament says.

MP on Hungary’s threats: “Blackmailing Ukraine in vain. Ask Putin” – LB.ua news portal

MP on Hungary’s threats: “Blackmailing Ukraine in vain. Ask Putin”. “The aggressive rhetoric and brutal pressure on its neighbors has become the hallmark of the current Hungarian government.” Main – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Klimkin deems command of Ukrainian to be matter of national security

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says that speaking the national language is &quot;a matter of national security.&quot; Latest UNIAN news from 26 September.

“Poroshenko banned Russian language in schools”, – Russian media react to new Ukraine Education Act

26.09.17 14:58 – Poroshenko banned Russian language in schools, – Russian media react to new Ukraine Education Act Russian propagandists are certain that in Ukraine, Russian language is being attacked. View news.

Ukrainian President Signs Controversial Language Bill Into Law

Ukraine's president has signed into law a controversial bill that makes Ukrainian the required language of study in state schools from the fifth grade on. Petro Poroshenko signed the measur…

Hungary on Ukrainian education law: “This will be painful for Ukraine”

Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto has announced that his country will block any Ukrainian steps within the European Union after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a notorious education law that critics say will infringe on the rights of ethnic minorities.&nbsp; News 26 September from UNIAN.

Historian Anne Applebaum Details Stalin’s War Against Ukraine: ‘I Believe It Was Genocide’

The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Anne Applebaum, Red Famine: Stalin's War On Ukraine, sheds new light on one of the seminal events in Ukrainian history &ndash; th…

Opinion: Shifting alliances in Ukraine | Mennonite World Review


Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports


Russian Foreign Ministry Official Blames U.S. For Death Of Russian General

A top Russian Foreign Ministry official has asserted the United States is to blame for the death of a Russian general&nbsp;killed in eastern Syria over the weekend.&nbsp; Deputy Foreign Ministe…

Russia, U.S. Allies Exchange Blame Over Deaths In Syria

Russia and U.S.-allied forces in Syria exchanged accusations that deaths within their ranks were caused by fire from the other side, adding to tensions as they wage separate campaigns within clos…

Russia blames US policy for Valery Asapov’s death | Russia News | Al Jazeera

Officer’s killing by ISIL ascribed to ‘two-faced US policy’ amid reports of civilian deaths in Russian strikes in Idlib.

Syria Says ‘Victory Is Now Within Reach’

A military victory in Syria's six-year civil war is &quot;now within reach&quot; for President Bashar al-Assad's forces following a series of battleground gains, Foreign Minister Walid a…

Iran’s leaders opposed Kurdish independence vote in Iraq. Iran’s Kurds celebrated on the streets. – The Washington Post

Iran’s Kurd’s seek greater autonomy, but have not issued calls to break away like their brethren in Iraq.

Turkey’s presidential aide slams poll in northern Iraq

KRG endangering political, economic interests of their own people, writes president’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin – Anadolu Agency


DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports


Russian foreign ministry ‘working behind scenes’ to resolve North Korea crisis: RIA

A senior Russian diplomat also said the U.S. approach to North Korea was a dead end.

News Live: North Korea moving airplanes, boosting defence, says report – Moneycontrol.com

North Korea has been moving airplanes and boosting defences on its east coast after the United States dispatched B-1B bombers to the Korean peninsula over the weekend.

North Korea appears to bolster defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates

North Korea appears to have boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down U.S. bombers flying near the peninsula.

North Korea’s threat against US aircraft is stupid

The U.S. and South Korea dominate Korean skies.

North Korea May Struggle to Shoot U.S. Bombers Out of the Sky – Bloomberg

It’s been almost half a century since North Korea shot down a U.S. military aircraft. These days its generals might find it even tougher.

North Korea says U.S. ‘declared war,’ warns it could shoot down U.S. bombers

North Korea has been moving airplanes and boosting defences on its east coast after the United States dispatched B-1B bombers to the Korean peninsula over the weekend, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday, citing the country’s spy agency.

North Korea Threatens to Shoot Down U.S. Bombers | Foreign Policy

North Korea Threatens to Shoot Down U.S. Bombers « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

The Aviationist » North Korea Threatens To Shoot Down U.S. Bombers Even If They Are Flying In International Airspace

On Sept. 25, North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho accused President Donald Trump of declaring war, saying that gives the regime the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. strategic bombers, even if they are not flying in North Korean airspace. The new comment comes amid growing tensions and rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington: on Saturday Sept. 23, hours after Kim Jong Un said that North Korea would soon test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam, along with U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, in what was the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century. Then, Trump said the North Korean regime “won’t be around much longer” if North Korea’s Foreign Minister “echoes thoughts” of dictator Kim Jong Un, referred to as “Little Rocket Man” by Trump:

UPDATE 1-North Korea Accuses U.S. of Declaring War, Says Can Take Countermeasures

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. strategic bombers even if they are not in the country’s air space.

North Korea Calls Trump’s Comments a ‘Declaration of War’ – The New York Times

The country’s foreign minister also said the North had the right to shoot down American warplanes, even if they are not in North Korean air space.

North Korea accuses Trump of declaring war – CNNPolitics

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country by tweeting over the weekend that North Korea “won’t be around much longer.”

North Korean Foreign Minister Says Trump Has ‘Declared War’ – NBC News

Ri Yong Ho said that Pyongyang would consider shooting down American bombers even if they were outside North Korean airspace.

North Korea: Donald Trump’s Tweets Are “Declaration of War” | Time.com

North Korea’s top diplomat says President Donald Trump’s tweet about Kim Jong Un was a declaration of war against his country by the U.S.

North Korea says US declared war, says it can shoot down bombers

North Korea’s foreign ministers makes his comments after President Trump said the regime “won’t be around much longer.”

North Korea says U.S. ‘declared war’ warns it could shoot down U.S. bombers

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.

What does it mean that North Korea says Trump has “declared war”?

Well, it’s definitely not a GOOD thing.

Breaking: The US is not at war with North Korea – CNNPolitics

Such is the state of world affairs that it was news Monday when Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary told reporters that, no, the US has not declared war on North Korea.

US rejects North Korea war allegations as ‘absurd’ | USA News | Al Jazeera

As war of words heats up, regional leaders warn that war on Korean Peninsula will have ‘catastrophic consequences’.

When Donald Trump hurls insults, North Korea ponders nuclear war

To reduce danger, we need less bombast and better communication. Right now we have a soldier with a bullhorn shouting across the demilitarized zone.

T.S. Allen | The War North Korea Wants – Modern War Institute

No one is surprised anymore when North Korea threatens the United States and its allies. After nearly seventy years of incessant threats and provocations, their angry rhetoric is par for the course. Many think those threats are meaningless. According to the conventional wisdom, North Korea knows that America would certainly defeat it in a war and end that war by removing Kim Jong-un and his cronies from power. Since the North’s ultimate aim is “regime survival,” war with America is not in North Korea’s interest. “North Korea,” the standard line goes, “is not suicidal.” They may threaten, but they will never strike. Thus, North Korea’s recent provocations—including a sixth nuclear test, the launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, and repeated promises to fire missiles at the US territory of Guam—are alarming, but not designed as a prelude to war. This common, comforting belief—in essence, that America and South Korea have successfully deterred North Korea with their overwhelming military force—misses the point. For Kim Jong-un, “regime survival” is inextricably linked to “Final Victory,” the North Korean term for reunification with South Korea on the North’s terms—the former a necessary condition for ultimate fulfillment of the latter. As long as North Korea only controls half the Korean Peninsula, its regime’s survival is tenuous. The two half-nation states are doomed to threaten each other. As the insightful Koreanist B.R. Meyers put it, “North Korea has consistently proclaimed its determination to unify [Korea] and behaved accordingly,” because doing so is “the only long-term solution to the regime’s chronic security problems.” In the medium term, North Korea’s path to unification requires it to force the United States to abandon South Korea, as they’ve long demanded. While America guarantees South Korea’s defense, “Final Victory” is hopelessly unattainable. The North routed the South’s army in 1950 and nearly subjugated the country but was eventually driven back by the US and allied forces. If America were to leave, however, the North-South dynamic would radically change. The South would still appear to have the upper hand, of course. As South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently declared: “South Korea’s GDP is 45 times larger than that of North Korea, so Seoul’s defense capabilities should easily overwhelm those of the North.” Nonetheless, totalitarian North Korea has demonstrated that it has more ability to influence and subvert the democratic South than vice versa. More importantly, North Korea is a nuclear power, and there is no reason to think that it would hesitate to use nuclear blackmail or even war to bend the South to its will. The bottom line is that the North Korean threat is real, and North Korea could still win a fight against South Korea alone in the long run. Because of this, we must take North Korea’s threats seriously. Despite sometimes appearing defensive, the North Koreans are perpetually on the verge of offense. Since an armistice mostly ended the Korean War in 1953, North Korea has shot down a US military plane, captured an American military vessel, sunk a South Korean destroyer, shelled a South Korean island, sent countless armed operatives to infiltrate the South, and flown numerous drones on reconnaissance missions across the Demilitarized Zone. Even when North Korea is not trying to start a war, acts of war will always be in their repertoire. For the Kim family regime, the question is not if North Korea will strike, but when. The world is right to anxiously wonder what they will try next. One possibility is that North Korea will launch an actual strike with the country’s missile force. On August 13, according to North Korean propaganda, the North Korean Strategic Forces chief, Lt. Gen. Kim Rak-gyom, briefed Kim Jong-un on a plan for a “preventative strike” on Guam. Although this threat was written off as absurd by many, it raises an important question: how did Lt. Gen. Kim propose that Kim Jong-un employ his missiles to further his political aims? Trumpeting the Strategic Force’s unique capabilities, Lt. Gen. Kim might have noted that unlike the rest of the North Korean armed forces, his missileers are uniquely capable of provoking the United States without provoking South Korea equally. Since 1999, North Korean provocations have been primarily aimed South Korean forces, while missile and nuclear tests anger both allies. Now that North Korea can back up its litany of threats to strike the United States with proven missiles, however, North Korea has new options for targeted provocations.

North Korea, South Korea, US triangle – Business Insider

With the South making it clear that it couldn’t accept another devastating war on the peninsula, the war option was dissolving for the United States.

US disclosed flight route of B-1B bomber because North Korea didn’t seem to know

Pyongyang has been boosting defenses on east coast after the U.S. dispatched bombers to the Korean peninsula over the weekend, Seoul news agency reported.

Will North Korea Sell Its Nuclear Technology? – Scientific American

North Korea is more than willing to breach sanctions to earn cash

The military and North Korea: what you hear and what it means – CNNPolitics

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have led to a lot of military terms being thrown about by politicians and the media. Here’s what they mean.

North Korea: US leads missile interception tests in Scotland in response to nuclear threat | The Independent

A huge new military exercise involving thousands of troops, ships and fighter jets has been launched in Scotland to practice shooting down nuclear missiles. Michael Fallon said Formidable Shield would combat the threat posed by North Korea and other “rogue states”, amid intensifying tensions between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. “North Korean tests have shown the danger of rogue states developing longer range missiles,” he added.

As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise | Fox News

For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials – including former CIA Director James Woolsey – have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S power grid to an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

Kim Jong Un wanted brother ‘gruesomely’ assassinated to ‘horrify the world’ | New York Post

Kim Jong Un wanted to assassinate his half-brother in the most “gruesome” and public way possible earlier this year to “horrify the rest of the world”…

North Korea’s ‘gruesome’ murder of Kim’s brother meant to ‘horrify world,’ new report says | Fox News

Kim Jong Un wanted to assassinate his half-brother in the most “gruesome” and public way possible earlier this year to “horrify the rest of the world” and instill fear among his doubters, according to a Monday report.

Juan Williams: Trump’s reckless North Korea gamble — the unifying theme of his foreign policy is disrespect | Fox News

By saying he is willing to “totally destroy” North Korea to defend the U.S. and its allies, President Trump opened the door last week to possibly launching a pre-emptive military strike, even a nuclear strike.
The Lamps are Going Out in Asia | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

“The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” — Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, August 3, 1914 US President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 19 may well come to be viewed as “historic,” but not in a good way. This article will leave for others the impact of Donald Trump’s and Kim Jong Un’s reality TV show rhetoric. But the substance of Trump’s speech—including threats to both North Korea and the Iran deal—may have closed any remaining doors to a diplomatic resolution to this crisis surrounding North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Moreover, Trump’s speech and the North Korean reaction seem to have set us on a path that could very well end in a major war in Asia. The escalating threats and the closing off of diplomatic options by both sides makes it now more likely than ever that President Trump will have to make good on his threat to “utterly destroy” a nation of 25 million people. The strategic consequences of carrying out this threat, even if successful, will be felt for the remainder of this century, largely to the detriment of the United States and the Western Worl

Snapshots Along the River Where China Meets North Korea – The New York Times

As tensions grow over North Korea’s nuclear tests and China’s sanctions, tourists and residents in the region seemed divided over where to cast blame.

Otto Warmbier’s parents open up about son’s torture by North Korea: ‘They are terrorists’ | Fox News

The first time Otto Warmbier’s parents saw their son after he was flown back from North Korea in June, they were confronted with the sound of inhuman howling so terrifying Otto’s mom ran off the plane.

North Korea to help Shinzo Abe in election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may use North Korea’s nuclear drama to boost his chances at next month’s lower house elections.

IMINT & Analysis: Underground Airfields: The DPRK

dprk mig 29

north korean mig 23

IMINT & Analysis: The North Korean SAM Network

SA-5B GAMMON Coverage

Korea boosts anti-aircraft missiles to defend Pyongyang: source | YONHAP NEWS

SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) — North Korea has increased its number of long-range anti-aircraft missiles aimed at targeting high-altitude threats over the capital Pyongyang over the past decade, a South Korean military source said Wednesday. The number of SA-5 surface-to-air missiles with a range of 260-300 kilometers deployed near Pyongyang has risen from two in 2000 to 40 in 2010, the source said on condition of anonymity. The Soviet-designed SA-5 missiles are believed to be the North’s most capable air defense against enemy planes flying over Pyongyang. During the same period, the number of SA-3 missiles, which offer short-range defense against low-flying aircraft, jumped to some 140 from seven, the source said. North Korea had deployed some 180 SA-2 missiles, with a range of 48km, by 2010, compared with 45 in 2010, the source said. The two Koreas are still technically at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended in a fragile cease-fire, not a peace treaty. Inter-Korean tensions remain high following two deadly military attacks by the North in 2010 that killed a total of 50 South Koreans, mostly soldiers. As North Korea boosts its anti-aircraft missile defenses, it will partly affect a plan by South Korea to purchase advanced combat fighters, the source said. “In case of contingency, we could hit deep into the enemy territory only if we neutralize the North’s surface-to-air missiles, radar systems and long-range rocket launchers,” the source said.

Korean People’s Army Air Force Equipment

Korean People’s Army Air Force – Wikipedia

S-200 (missile) – Wikipedia

SA-5 (Gammon) / S-200 Surface-to-Air Missile Defense System

Operational history, technical specifications and images of the SA-5 (Gammon) / S-200 Surface-to-Air Missile Defense System.

Almaz 5V21/28 / S-200VE Vega / SA-5 Gammon / Зенитный Ракетный Комплекс 5В21/28 / С-200ВЭ ‘Вега’

Almaz 5V21/28 / S-200VE Vega / SA-5 Gammon / Зенитный Ракетный Комплекс 5В21/28 / С-200ВЭ ‘Вега’

Komplex S200

S200 Wega SA-5 Gammon NVA Fla Rakete Prangendorf Badingen Eckolstädt frag431 frag411 frag511

Prangendorf

S200 Wega SA-5 Gammon NVA Fla Rakete Prangendorf Badingen Eckolstädt frag431 frag411 frag511

Homing Seeker of an SA-5 Gammon Missile – YouTube

 

S-200 Angara/Vega/Dubna (SA-5 GAMMON) – YouTube

 

NATO’s Fear SA-5/S-200 Surface-to-air Missiles – YouTube

NB Missile fuelling and deployment on launcher.

Iran test-fires long-range S-200 missile amid drills – YouTube

 

Action in the Gulf of Sidra (1986) – Wikipedia

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С-200
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Foreign Policy Reports


Germany’s far-right party AfD won the Facebook battle. By a lot. – The Washington Post

AfD posts more and gets more likes and shares than any other party.

Far-right AFD success shocks Germany | Euronews

It was a night of celebration for the AFD party following its historic surge in Germany’s federal election. Established only four years ago, its

German Elections 2017: How Russia Helped AfD’s Rise | Time.com

Russian emigrees and Kremlin influence helped steer the anti-migrant Alternative for Deutschland party into the Bundestag

Islamophobic U.S. Megadonor Fuels German Far-Right Party With Viral Fake News

An American anti-Muslim megadonor is publishing fake news that’s giving a boost to a German far-right party in Sunday’s election.

AfD leader quits party caucus hours after German election breakthrough | World news | The Guardian

Frauke Petry ‘drops bomb’ on rightwing nationalist party by announcing she will instead serve as independent MP

Looks like a Russian-language botnet tried to boost voter fraud claims in Germany

A Russian-language network of Twitter bots tried to boost claims of voter fraud going into Germany’s national elections on Sept. 24.

British people are obsessed with the idea that Nazis might return to Germany – maybe they should look closer to home | The Independent

And so, for the first time since the end of the Second World War, there are “real Nazis” in the German parliament. So said Germany’s foreign minister, Gabriel Sigmar, summing up the angst felt in Berlin at yesterday’s electoral breakthrough by far-right party, the AfD.

The French Turn to Armed Drones – War on the Rocks

On Sept. 5, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced the long-awaited decision to arm French surveillance drones. French drones are cur


Strategy / History / Capability Publications


The truth about the Kalashnikov assault rifle and the German Stg-44 assault rifle

If we draw such conclusions, then all the weapons of the world are copied from each other. By and large, the AK-47 and the German Stg-44 assault rifle have similarities only in appearance and in the shock-trigger mechanism. But in this matter, Kalashnikov can not be accused of having stolen the idea of ​​this mechanism from Hugo Schmeisser, since the German himself borrowed it from the firm “Holek”, which in the 1920s developed the first self-loading rifles ZH-29. The truth about the creation of the Kalashnikov assault rifle and a German Stg-44 Self-loading rifle ZH-29 If you look at the middle part of the rifle, then a similar design can be seen in any modern machine, but for some reason it never occurs to anyone that all modern weapons have been copied from this self-loading rifle. Kalashnikov could have taken the German rifle as the basis for making his machine, but the AK-47 is an original invention that differs completely from the German model not only with its tactical and technical characteristics, but also in its internal arrangement. Virtually all the details and important components in the AK-47 are completely different from the STG-44. Moreover, even the principle of parsing these automatic rifles is completely different. The difference is visible everywhere, starting from the locking mechanism, re-locking in the AK-47 and skewing the STG-44; the translators of the fire regimes of STG and AK are completely different, the trigger principle of action, despite its similarity, also has a different practical implementation. If you consider each part of the machines separately, then nothing you can do with each other.

AK 47

 

The Man Who Ruined the Soviet Warplane Industry – War Is Boring – Medium

In March 1986, U.S. Navy aviators out-flew, out-maneuvered and jammed the Libyan Arab Air Force so badly that the Libyans stopped flying their interceptors over the Gulf of Sidra. As a result…

Upcoming KC-46 Tests To Focus On Key Deficiencies | Defense content from Aviation Week

Flight testing with the KC-46 Pegasus tanker next month will help the U.S. Air Force and Boeing determine a way forward on three key deficiency reports. The fixed-price development program is running behind schedule and over cost, with the financial burden for overruns being borne by Boeing. Now the Air Force has identified three issues related to the aerial refueling process that require closer scrutiny and resolution prior to operational use. The two most concerning issues are uncommanded boom extensions when disconnecting from a receiver aircraft with fuel flowing; and the boom operator’s inability to detect when the probe has missed the receiver aircraft’s receptacle and causes damage to the coating or worse. Those issues were discovered earlier this year, But the Air Force says it also needs to gather more data on another potential issue related to the aircraft’s high-frequency (HF) radios that was first noticed in late 2016.

India’s Disappointing Marut Jet Fighter Proved Itself in Combat | The National Interest Blog

How did it happen?

Experts find graveyard of 60 preserved ancient shipwrecks | Daily Mail Online

Scientists accidentally discovered the wrecks while using underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles to study the effects of climate change along the Bulgarian coast.


IW/IO/Cyber Reports


My Comments on the breach at [$COMPANY_NAME$] – To Inform is to Influence

Sheer genius. I wish I could take credit, but alas, I cannot. </end editorial> I heard about the breach at [$COMPANY_NAME$] and the [$BREACH_QUANTITY$] [$DATA_TYPE$ one of “credit card”, “patient record”, “social security number”, “user login”, “hashed passwords”, “national security secrets”, “Hollywood star’s ‘selfies'”] compromised. Of course this is a serious matter and is the…

On the system of information confrontation in Russia – To Inform is to Influence

This opinion piece, by Dr. Igor Panarin, is both interesting and noteworthy. This was published in February 2017, he made the following comments today. The information pressure on Russia will intensify: today the Russian Foreign Ministry announced attempts by the United States to interfere in the Russian elections outside the Russian elections. And the information…

Countering misinformation and correcting “fake news” – To Inform is to Influence

Published 25 September 2017 It is no use simply telling people they have their facts wrong. To be more effective at correcting misinformation in news accounts and intentionally misleading “fake news,” you need to provide a detailed counter-message with new information—and get your audience to help develop a new narrative. A new study, the first…

‘Catalyst for change,’ cyber leader leaving Air University

One of Kwast’s first initiatives after coming to Air University was to set up the first Cyber College of the Air Force.

Deloitte hit by cyberattack, says ‘very few clients’ affected

The Guardian newspaper reported Monday that the breached system had information from a range of clients, including large companies and U.S. government departments.


US Domestic Policy Reports


US ‘to restrict Russian military flights over America’ | The Independent

US officials are reportedly preparing to announce restrictions on Russian military flights over America. Both Russia and the US are among the 34 signatories of the Treaty on Open Skies, which allows ratified member states to conduct unarmed aerial surveillance flights over each other’s territory.  The flights are intended to foster transparency about military activity.

Russia-purchased ads on Facebook during the 2016 election were aimed at stoking social tensions – Recode

The Kremlin-sourced ads played on both sides of issues like Black Lives Matter.

Zuckerberg Brushed Off Obama’s Private Warnings About About Facebook – To Inform is to Influence

This seems to be the best overview of the current state of the Facebook situation.  As a Facebook user who was overwhelmed with obvious fake news of Russian origin before the 2016 election, I cannot believe, I cannot fathom, it seems impossible that Facebook did not know they had a serious Russian infestation problem. I…

Dana Rohrabacher: The case for working with Russia

Working with Russia when our interests align is the right course for America.

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