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…

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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…

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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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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...

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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…

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Russia to deploy naval military base in Sudan

For more than 20 years, the Russian and Chinese authorities have sharply criticized the United States, but also Great Britain and France, for the deployment of external military bases, whether in Asia or in Africa. However, in 2017, Beijing inaugurated a major Chinese naval base in the small African state of Djibouti, which already hosts an American base and a French base. As for Russia, it signed, on November 6, an agreement with the Sudanese authorities of Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan, to deploy a major naval base on the Indian Ocean coast, as announced Russian Prime Minister...

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Turkey will have an observer role in the Russian forces deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh

Since the announcement of a peace treaty imposed by Moscow on Armenia and Azerbaijan in the context of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Ankara has multiplied initiatives to appear to be at the heart of the solution, alongside Russia. . And the Turkish authorities have repeated that Turkey will participate in the interposition force deployed to secure the peace agreement, and prevent the belligerents from taking up arms again, as has so often been the case during previous ceasefires. . However, Moscow intends to hold Ankara in tight collar in this file, and not to let the Turkish authorities impose themselves as the main interlocutor of Moscow in…

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Beijing deploys DF-17 hypersonic missiles to increase pressure on Taiwan

The annexation by force of the independent island of Taiwan seems to become one of the main concerns of the Chinese leaders and the People's Liberation Army, as they multiply the declarations and actions taking such a hypothesis as a framework. The latest action is none other than the supposed deployment of DF-17 surface-to-surface missile batteries near the south-eastern coasts of the country in order to be able to strike Taiwan in a very short time if necessary, the DF-17 being presented as a hypersonic missile. The English-language state website globaltimes.cn, relaying information from Taiwanese and Hong Kong media, has indeed…

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Turkey rekindles tensions in eastern Mediterranean by deploying Oruc Reis

As Russia and the Minsk Group try, with relative success, to bring Armenia and Azerbaijan to the negotiating table despite Ankara's pressure on Baku to maintain the offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh , the Turkish authorities announced this morning that the mining exploration vessel Orus Reis was once again deployed in the eastern Mediterranean in an area claimed by Cyprus, naturally reigniting tensions with Nicosia and Athens after European and NATO mediation attempts, and this despite the assurances given by the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, just this weekend. This deployment, which will be there…

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Britain radically changes strategic doctrine

For several months, declarations coming from London on the subject of the evolution of the British armies follow one another, with very often drastic reductions in the means, in particular heavy, of its forces. There is indeed talk of halving the F35B fleet, as well as reducing the Royal Navy's surface fleet by 5 frigates, and mothballing the Challenger 2 tanks and the Warrior Infantry Combat Vehicles of the British Army. The government of Boris Johnson had, so far, been content to indicate that nothing had been decided today as to the arbitrations which will be carried out at the end of the Strategic Review in…

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