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I Wonder What He Means by "Neutralize"

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On July 15, 2008
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak: “If we see the development of systems that could reduce our deterrent potential, our military will have to take steps to neutralize the threat,” Kislyak was quoted as saying at a briefing in Moscow. He did not specify the steps that would be taken, saying, “This will be decided […]

Russian Veto

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On July 12, 2008

This is kind of interesting. Neither China nor Russia have been shy about using their Security Council vetoes in defense of either regional interests, or in reference to particular issue areas (secess

India Gets an Akula, But China Doesn’t

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On July 8, 2008
In 2009, India will begin leasing a Russian Akula class attack submarine. The Chinese wanted one, but it turns out that concerns about Chinese intellectual property policy have made the Russians reluctant to transfer new advanced equipment. This is the second nuclear powered submarine that India has leased from the Russians, the first being the […]

Sleeping Elephants…

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On June 8, 2008

Let me go on record as saying that whatever minimal value there might be in returning Abkhazia to Georgia (and the value may indeed be negative, since the residents of Abkhazia don’t seem to wan

All You Wanted to Know About the Russian Navy

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On May 27, 2008
…and a bit more at the new Russian Navy Blog. It’s not an official Russian Navy blog, but rather is run by an enthusiast who pays a lot of attention to Russian naval developments and translates Russian naval materials. My favorite feature thus far is “Soviet Submarine Disaster of the Day”, although “Incomplete Russian Capital […]

Hans Kristensen has a good post on the inactivity of Russian SSBNs: The number of deterrence patrols conducted by Russia’s 11 nuclear-powered ballistic missiles submarines (SSBNs) decreased to only

Conflict in Abkhazia About to Get Unfrozen?

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On May 1, 2008
This backs up something I heard at the recent International Studies Association meeting: A statement from the Russian foreign ministry said that “a bridgehead is being prepared for the start of military operations against Abkhazia”. Russia accuses Georgia of amassing 1,500 soldiers and police near the rebel areas of the upper Kodori Gorge. Russia is […]

Carrier Blogging

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On April 15, 2008

A couple of aircraft carrier related links for your afternoon… Via Danger Room, Martin Sieff has a new series at UPI on the vulnerability of carriers to submarine attack. Galrahn has a very usef

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