Policy Brief no.69: Russia to deny foreign military superiority, according to bellicose propaganda

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On January 30, 2015, two senior Russian officials – Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – have mentioned that Russia will deny any foreign military superiority. Quoted by Sputnik International, Shoigu said that “the task set by the president of not allowing military superiority over Russia […]

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Policy Brief no. 68: U.S. military advisers to be deployed near the front lines in Iraq, at Mosul

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A “senior U.S. military official” quoted by CNN said, on January 24, 2015, that U.S. military advisers already deployed to Iraq in order to significantly boost combat worthiness of Iraqi troops might be sent near the front lines at Mosul (the largest city in Northern Iraq and the largest city controlled by ISIL). Most probably, […]

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Policy Brief No.67: Taliban attack kills at least 140 people at military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

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At 10 a.m. (local time), on December 16, at least nine Taliban fighters, all of them heavily armed and wearing suicide vests, quietly entered a military-run school in Peshawar, a city in North-Western Pakistan, killing at least 130 students and teachers, Reuters reports. One witness says the attackers “bypassed the heavily guarded main entrance and […]

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Policy Brief No.66: Clear geo-strategic meaning of the sites selected by the Pentagon for F-35 maintenance facilities


“In the European region, F-35 initial air frame MROU [Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade] capability will be provided by Italy by 2018,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told reporters on December 11, DoD News reports. Bogdan is the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia. On […]

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Policy Brief No.65: Increased Russian-Indian cooperation helps Moscow overcome international sanctions


“Even if India’s options have increased, Russia remains our most important defence partner”, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, speaking about some of the most important consequences of President Putin’s visit to New Delhi, Reuters reports on December 11. At this very moment, Reuters also reports, “Kremlin grapples with a sliding oil price and an […]

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Policy Brief No.64: Massive attempt to revive effectiveness of Iraqi military forces


A massive – and almost desperate, frankly speaking – attempt to restore combat effectiveness of the armed forces takes place in Iraq, Aljazeera reports on December 11, 2014. The news agency is stating that  “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi’s campaign to purge the country’s security forces of corrupt commanders and ‘ghost soldiers’ should have a […]

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Policy Brief No.63: Brazil and China successfully launch CBERS-4 satellite


Brazil and China successfully launched on Sunday, December 7, 2014, the CBERS-4 satellite at 1:26 a.m. Brazilian time (03:26 UTC) from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China, 700 km from Beijing, informs Defesanet[1]. The satellite entered orbit 12 minutes after launch, and is now sending signals to Earth. CBERS-4 […]

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