For several years, France has been the subject of several attacks aimed at manipulating part of public opinion via social networks, attacks mainly piloted from foreign countries sometimes hostile to the country, or to certain political orientations. Several emblematic cases of these coordinated attacks have been revealed to the general public, such as the social outburst piloted from Turkey around the murder of Samuel Paty, this professor assassinated by a radical Islamist in his classroom, or the false revelations around emails from candidate Macron's campaign team 2 days before the second round of the presidential elections, revelations which ultimately turned out to be composed...Read the article
New tensions between the United States and China around Taiwan
Observing the evolution of tensions between the United States and China around Taiwan gives the impression of witnessing a series of events leading inevitably to a dramatic accident. And clearly neither Beijing nor Washington now intends to try to find an alternative to a potentially armed confrontation. Thus, since the beginning of 2021, the Chinese air and naval forces have multiplied demonstrations of force by organizing exercises near the island whose independence is not recognized by Beijing. On their side, the United States, with increasingly strong support from its direct Japanese, Australian and…Read the article
United States, China and Russia strengthen their Information Warfare capabilities
In just a few years, Information Warfare, which can be incorrectly translated as Information Battlefields, has established itself as one of the major subjects within the world's major military powers, which devote to it every year more resources. Three countries in particular, the United States on the one hand, and China and Russia on the other, have integrated this new battlefield into the very heart of their new military doctrines, to the point of integrating at different levels combat units specialists in this field, and thus to give their forces new operational capabilities which, potentially, can prove to be as or even more effective than a regiment...Read the article
Is China developing a strategic bombing drone?
A few days ago, an article published by the Chinese site South China Morning Post shocked the community of observers of the Chinese military aeronautical industry, announcing that the firm Zhongtian Feilong Intelligent Technology was developing a heavy combat drone, the Feilong 2, whose mission profile would be identical to that of the future American strategic bomber B-21 Raider being developed by Northrop Grumman. According to the Chinese company, the prototype is already well advanced, and the entry into service of the FL2 could take place as early as 2026. In terms of performance, Zhongtian Feilong announces a high subsonic speed, a range of 7000 km, a ceiling of 15.000 …Read the article
Is a Maskirovka on the way over Russian-Ukrainian tensions?
Popularized by the excellent "Red Storm" by Tom Clancy and Larry Bond, the author of the no less excellent naval war simulation Harpoon, the Maskirovka is an intelligence operation aimed at creating from scratch a casus belli justifying the legitimate engagement of forces. The novel, which describes a hypothetical conflict between the Soviet Union and NATO against a backdrop of an energy crisis, presents an evolved scenario concerning this Soviet Maskirovka, intended to mobilize the population around an attack against NATO following an attack aimed at the elites of the Communist Party, supposedly carried out by the German secret services, while at the same time, the armies were undergoing a…Read the article
The Georgian scenario is taking shape in Ukraine
In 2008, a Russian army corps of 90.000 men dislocated the Georgian defenses in just 5 days, after the fiery Georgian President Saakashvili ordered his forces to seize the Ossetian city of Tskhinvali, which provoked the death of 16 soldiers from the "IEC interposition force" present on the spot. But this narrative is only part of the story, for in the weeks leading up to this ill-advised assault by a Georgian president overconfident of the support of his Western allies, Ossetian forces, equipped and trained by Moscow , and largely made up of Russian soldiers, harassed the…Read the article
China could develop warlike video games so as not to expose its military to Western values
The Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army have for several years understood the role that video games could play in their policy of communication, recruitment, and even training for their soldiers. But beyond these purely media aspects, the video game is also a formidable ideological vector, and can, in this sense, represent a danger for the future of China, because the majority of "warrior" video games to which the Chinese military got into the habit of playing to relax come from Western studios, and advocate values such as democracy and freedom, which do not correspond to…Read the article
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 “…Read the article
Social Warfare, this new threat against Western democracies
The assault on the Capitol by a group of rioters on January 6, on the sidelines of the end of Donald Trump's mandate, had the effect of an electric shock for all Western capitals. Suddenly, the conspiratorial threat, which had hitherto been considered an epiphenomenon, certainly serious, but limited in its potential harm, was propelled to the rank of major threat to the very survival of Democracy and the rule of law. From then on, all Western heads of state undertook to take action to try to control this threat manipulated by a few unscrupulous politicians and certain people whose status as social guru is flattering...Read the article
What are the lessons of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh?
Along with the Donbass conflict, the war that has just ended in Nagorno-Karabakh has been one of the rare conflicts involving heavy state military means on both sides of the belligerents in recent years. New tactics and new equipment have been used massively, raising their effectiveness but also their limits in a high-intensity environment. Staff throughout the world have all been working, since the beginning of this conflict, on the analysis of engagements and the effectiveness demonstrated or not by each of these facilities. Without prejudging the conclusions that these analyzes may make, it is however possible to draw…Read the article