The NATO-Russia Exercise Gap… Then, Now, & 2017

Ian Brzezinski and Nicholas Varangis

Military exercises are a critical means of testing, refining and demonstrating readiness for combat operations. In February 2015, we published a chart comparing the magnitudes of military exercises conducted by NATO and Russia. The contrast was jarring, with Russian exercises dwarfing those of…


Russia Has Been Reading the Art of War

Blake Franko

Last week, the New York Times ran a news story on inflatable jets and missile launchers being added to the Kremlin’s arsenal. Using balloons as weapons of war may sound strange and lead one to think Moscow has concocted a novel method of…


Opportunities and Risks of an EU Army

Albin Aronsson

Recent weeks have brought much talk of the new push from the European Union (EU) to deepen defense and security cooperation between its member states. Although the headlines have as usual appeared splashy, the signs have been abundant for a while that…


The Lasting Impact of the AK-47

Blake Franko

A few days ago, fighters from the Free Syrian Army ran American special-operations forces out of a town near the Turkish border, hurling insults like “infidels,” “crusaders,” “dogs” and “pigs.” These fighters, who are actively benefiting from U.S. support, brandished the most…


How Karimov’s Death will Test Russia-China Relations

Blake Franko

Islam Karimov, the leader of Uzbekistan since 1989, has officially been pronounced dead, ending a days-long Schrödinger dilemma. The ensuing power vacuum and leadership scramble will lay bare the true nature of the indeterminate Russia-China nexus. Between the coup attempt in Turkey, Chinese…