First lessons of the Russo-Ukrainian war

5 days after the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, it is now possible to better understand the strategies implemented by the various protagonists, and to learn the first lessons concerning the operational capacities of the belligerents, and thus to better understand and anticipate possible developments in this conflict and tensions in Europe. The Russian Invasion Plan and the Ukrainian Defensive Strategy Clearly, the strategy employed by the Russian forces since the beginning of the conflict responds to a meticulously elaborated and long-standing invasion plan. The Russian armies came very close to obtaining total operational surprise by leading no…

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US soldiers have been deployed for more than a year on the island of Taiwan

Since 1979, and the dissolution of the US Taiwan Defense Command on the altar of the normalization of relations between Washington and Beijing, the United States had officially withdrawn all of their forces present on the island of Taiwan since the rupture between the authorities of the island and the People's Republic of China in 1949. And if the United States had always respected, more or less zealously, the commitment made to Taipei to guarantee the security of the island, no American military had been deployed there since, in order to respect the commitments made to the Chinese authorities. Officially at least, since according to a Wall Street article…

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British Royal Marines experiment with Gravity Jet Suit for naval boarding

In 2016, after having spent almost 2 decades in the oil industry and 6 years in the Royal Marines Reserve, Richard Browning acquired several mini-turbojets in order to develop an autonomous jet pack. 6 months later, in November 2016, he made the first flight of what would become, the following year, the Gravity jet Suit, a jet pack powered by 4 mini-jet engines controlled and directed by the pilot's arms, in an architecture both simple and very effective. Quickly, the British inventor raised £650.000 to continue developing his concept, without forgetting his years with the British commandos.…

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Britain orders 14 MH-47G Chinook heavy helicopters

The Royal Air Force will continue to deploy the CH-47 Chinook heavy helicopter for many years to come. Indeed, an agreement was signed on March 25 between the British authorities and the Pentagon, concerning an order for 14 MH-47Gs as well as engines, armament and defense systems, for a total amount of $2 billion. This order, under discussion since 2018 and initially for 16 aircraft, will ultimately be postponed for 3 years at the request of the British authorities, in order to absorb the budgetary effects of the Covid19 crisis. The new aircraft will replace the oldest of the 60 CH-47s still in service in…

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Israel claims attack on Iranian freighter MV Saviz in response to Iranian attacks

On March 25, the Lori, a container ship flying the Israeli flag, was hit by an Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea, causing no injuries or casualties. It is in response to this new attack against its merchant ships that the Jewish state organized the attack on the Iranian cargo ship MV Saviz, a ship identified for several months by the American secret services as a naval action platform. for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. According to information communicated by the New York Times quoting an American official, the Israeli services would have positioned a naval mine under the waterline of the ship before making it...

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The US Army radically changes its doctrine to face China

"Chinese gentlemen, shoot first!" ". It is by this declaration paraphrased from the famous reply of the Count of Anterroches during the battle of Fontenoy in 1745, that we can summarize the new strategy presented by the Chief of Staff of the US Army, the General James McConville, to deal with Chinese forces in the Pacific. But where the sentence of the French officer reported by Voltaire was only a bravado in the face of the superiority of the British forces certain of victory, for the American general officer, it is a question of defining a new doctrine of employment of forces in order to preserve the means and firepower of…

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US Special Forces set up Social Warfare Task Force

Special Forces are generally the first units deployed in a theater of operations, and therefore the first to have to deal with the local perception of their intervention. This perception is now regularly manipulated by influence operations carried out by foreign powers or hostile groups via social networks. For Colonel Ed Croot, Corps Commander of the 1st Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg in Northern California, it is now necessary that these special forces also have the means to detect, identify and counter these digital mass manipulation operations. , thanks to what he describes as “…

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Is Turkey Deploying Special Forces to Strike Armenia?

Yesterday, Monday, October 26, Russian air forces based in Syria, according to several concurrent sources, heavily struck training bases and Ankara-backed rebel forces in northern Syria, killing at least 56 rebels and injuring more of a hundred. These strikes would have, according to sources close to the Turkish power and reported by the Russian collective Wargonzo, provoked the anger of President Erdogan, who would have ordered the dispatch of special forces and troops to the border with Armenia, in order to carry out military actions directly in the country in retaliation. Russian strikes against forces close to Ankara constitute…

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Video showing execution of Armenian prisoners in Azerbaijan authenticated

Obviously, Azerbaijan was not content to import, with the support of Turkey, fighters belonging to the pro-Ankara Islamist militias operating in Syria. She also imported a taste for war crimes! Indeed, a video showing the summary execution of two Armenian fighters by Azeri-speaking soldiers was authenticated by the Bellingcat group, which specializes in collecting information by analyzing video and photo media. And according to the article published yesterday by the service, the video showing this execution, recovered initially from the Telegram network used by the Azeris forces, leaves very little room for doubt, despite…

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France orders 12 Rafale and 10 additional NH90 helicopters

As Talleyrand liked to say, “If it goes without saying, it goes all the better by saying it”. In this case, the Minister of the French Armies Florence Parly confirmed, in a speech to the national representation, that her ministry was going to order 12 new Rafale aircraft to compensate for the 12 aircraft sold second-hand to Greece, in a contract also including 6 new appliances. In addition, the Minister also confirmed the order for 10 NH90 helicopters to the "Special Forces" standard to equip the 4th Special Forces helicopter regiment based in Pau. The total amount of the order is estimated at €1,5 billion.…

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