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Russia giving Syria the S-300 is more message than menace


BY ANNA BORSHCHEVSKAYA, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 10/16/18 11:00 AM EDT It may seem strange that Moscow has delivered its S-300 anti-aircraft system to Syria this month. The decision came after the Assad regime accidentally downed a Russian reconnaissance IL-20 plane in northern Syria on Sept. 17 using the less sophisticated S-200. Why give a more advanced version of that weapon… Continue reading Russia giving Syria the S-300 is more message than menace

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Meet Bellingcat


The idea of Open Source Intelligence began in the 1990s but bumped up against a deeply entrenched Intelligence Community and powerful new media corporations. One open source researcher went so far as to predict that with open source, there was no need for conventional intelligence. 20+ years later, that prediction is becoming somewhat of a… Continue reading Meet Bellingcat

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Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (52)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Reports of significant local instability in Ingushetia, reflecting multiple previous policy mis-steps, while the gradual breakdown of Russia’s institutional structures continues. More instability in Armenia. More on Russian meddling in Europe. A multiplicity of very interesting reports on IW/EW/IO/Cyber. Most interesting US domestic reports are on DC… Continue reading Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (52)

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Moscow’s S-300 Double Bluff in Syria


Russia is bluffing, aka lying, about its new S-300 systems in Syria.  We know this as a certainty because the equipment belonged to different S-300 variants. Also, only four launchers arrived whereas it was supposed to be eight.  Once again, one must ask why Russia would not supply Syria what it had promised. Is it… Continue reading Moscow’s S-300 Double Bluff in Syria

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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (172)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Definitely another “epic fail” week for the Russian propaganda machine. Russian media name the third Salisbury operator as “Sergey Fedotov.” Russian media report further on Novaya Gazeta’s claim that FSB agents were selling intel on GRU hacking to the Bureau. Czech intel via media report that Chepiga and Mishkin tailed Col.… Continue reading Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (172)

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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (166)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.. </end editorial> Without a doubt, this is another propaganda “epic fail” week, making it a full month of crash and burn for Russia in the propaganda game. The outlook for next week is no better. SECDEF Mattis comments on Russia’s violation of the INF treaty. US indicts seven GRU officers over… Continue reading Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (166)

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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (164)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. Of the “up to 12” S-300 batteries, Russia supposedly delivered on understrength battery.  It will take 3 months to train Syrian operators.  Most likely Russia will be withdrawing from Syria at that time. </end editorial> Muscovy’s reaction to Amb Hutchison’s comments is tediously predictable, and another example of Russian… Continue reading Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (164)