China’s military doctrine puts a high premium on concealment, deception and surprise. Gen. Viktor Esin, a former commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces, told officials and journalists in the U.S. on a visit in December that he had concluded China might have 850 nuclear warheads ready to launch, while others were kept in underground tunnel [...]
Despite all the signs to the contrary, an Israeli operation is hardly off the table – and as Ben-Yishai hinted, it may not be off the table next year, either. The Israeli military doctrine emphasizes the element of surprise, and in the past the Jewish State has been able to achieve it even in situations [...]
Haunted by these and other shortcomings, the U.S. intelligence community is now engaged in long-term comprehensive research projects such as Global Trends 2030, a large strategic forecasting report the National Intelligence Council will release later this year. Global Trends 2025, released in November 2008, described long-term [...]
Russia may have to boost its nuclear potential in future amid emerging nuclear proliferation threats, Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s deputy defense minister and a negotiator on the European missile shield, said on Monday.
“New challenges emerge, including missile and nuclear proliferation. Look at how unstable the situation in the Middle East is. That’s why Russia’s military [...]
How China’s ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons does not imply no first use of nuclear weapons. If China feels the slightest threat then it may initiate the first use of nuclear weapons in self-defense.
China’s professed military doctrine of “Counter attack” only if China is attacked is delusive. India is a victim [...]
Removing American nukes from European soil won’t make the Continent safer.
The underreported and underappreciated fact is that, since the end of the Cold War, Russian military doctrine has grown more, not less, reliant on nuclear forces.There is a logic to this that we in the West should understand. America’s early Cold War doctrine of [...]
Russia’s strategic missile forces today launched a three-day drill expected to simulate the use of nuclear weapons, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, Sept. 9, 2009).
Russian military personnel would follow procedures in the nation’s recently adopted military doctrine for dealing with nuclear and conventional conflict, said strategic missile forces spokesman Col. Vadim Koval (see GSN, [...]
In the immediate aftermath of President Dmitry Medvedev signing the new Russian military doctrine most attention focused on the fact that a first preemptive nuclear strike was not mentioned in the document and on the attention given to NATO as the chief source of “danger” to the security of the Russian Federation. Comments by NATO’s [...]
The Russian doctrine reflects the real world just fine. It’s NATO that is living in another world.
Russia is the enemy of the West, including NATO. That means NATO is the enemy of Russia. Enough said.
NATO said on Saturday a new Russian military doctrine identifying NATO expansion as a threat did not reflect the [...]
The document says Russia reserves the right to use nuclear force in response to a nuclear attack or one of equivalent magnitude.
Russia’s conventional military forces are in dilapidated shape, increasing Moscow’s dependence on its Cold War-era nuclear arsenals.