Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
The aim is to create a division-sized joint expeditionary force for rapid deployment and regular exercises. The British-led [...]
Moscow says it will take steps to respond if NATO begins regular troop rotations in the easternmost NATO-member countries.
Russia’s permanent mission to NATO said via Twitter on August 27 that Russia’s reaction would be “with a view to ensure its security.”
The remarks come after NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the troop [...]
“Not until his [Putin's] own position is endangered will he back down. The West’s challenge is ensure that is brought about before he succeeds in setting off the sort of European conflagration that civilized countries thought were no longer possible.”
There is speculation Moscow’s goal is to seize enough Ukraine territory to create a land [...]
China’s efforts to protect its submarine gateway to the South China Sea could broaden from stand-offs with US military planes to announcing an air defence identification zone (ADIZ), according to two retired army officers.
China could seek to restrict the air space around Hainan Island as the US routinely runs surveillance flights in the area, [...]
Xi said the army must “strive to establish a new military doctrine, institutions, equipment systems, strategies and tactics and management modes” for information warfare.
The announcement by Xi could rattle many of China’s rivals, including the United States. Officials in Washington have argued for years that cyber espionage is a top national security concern, and [...]
One of the greatest analytical challenges in the study of closed regimes is to understand when they are facing a leadership crisis. Frenetic policy action by what, after all, is a naturally conservative regime is often a sign of perceived leadership threat.
In the months leading up to April 2014, China’s military leadership, [...]
Is Russia invading Ukraine? Ask Ukraine, and the answer is yes. Ask Russia, and the answer is no … ish. Ask the United States, and you’ll learn that Russia, since annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, has been demonstrating a “pattern” of “escalation of aggression.” U.S. officials
Italy has ramped up its security in the wake of some Rome media reports that Islamic State terrorists have set their sights on Pope Francis and threatened to do him harm because of his rally call for the world to subdue the group.
The alert warns that the Islamic State is looking to attack [...]
… As I write, the city of Mariupol on the coast of the Sea of Azov is preparing to defend itself against an expected Russian onslaught this weekend. If Mariupol falls, a land corridor to Crimea will open up and the war will likely grow wider, fast. Certainly Russian tanks provocatively flying the [...]
The UK government will push the European Union to stop Russia from using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) transactions system over its military interference in Ukraine, according to a report.
Swift is a secure communications system used by financial institutions when they conduct transactions.
According to Bloomberg, which cited an [...]