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    Sino–Russian Naval Exercises: Shape of Things to Come?

    This week, the Chinese and Russian militaries began the first joint naval exercises the two sides have ever conducted. The exercise, occurring near Qingdao on the Yellow Sea, will involve 16 Chinese surface combatants and two submarines, including five missile destroyers, five missile frigates, and four missile boats, as well … More

    From Russia with Hate: Anti-Americanism Rampant in Putin’s Kremlin

    If you sup with the Russian government, you’d better bring a long spoon. While some U.S.–Russian cooperation appears to be happening on the surface, behind the smiles, nasty surprises are often waiting. No one knows this better than U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who assumed his post in January. … More

    Russia's Gunboat Diplomacy: Russian Warships to Patrol Syria's Coast?

    On April 13, the Russian RIA Novosti news agency quoted a high-ranking source in the Russian defense ministry as saying, “A decision was made to deploy Russian warships near the Syrian shores on a permanent basis.” The source announced that Russia’s naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean had “nothing to … More

    Concerns Endure over President Obama’s “Flexibility” Comments

    Heritage’s recent event “Open Microphone: What’s Behind President Obama’s Missile Defense Comments,” hosted by Kim R. Holmes, highlighted some of the concerns regarding President Obama’s recent comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have more “flexibility” after the election. Obama went on to say, “On all these issues, … More

    Presidential Whispers: Just Stating the Obvious or Revealing Future Plans?

    Major Garrett, a White House correspondent for National Journal, recently authored a piece that seeks to shed light on President Obama’s true missile defense intentions and is a welcome addition to the public discussion. On the eve of a global nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, President Obama whispered … More

    The Soviet Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games has captured the imagination of the entire nation. The book-turned-movie is set in a dystopian world where 12 districts are held under the tyrannical rule of a far-distant Capital. To keep the districts from rebellion, the Capital uses an age-old tactic to manipulate the people: constant fear … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Whispers Away America's Security

    It is hard to overstate the dangerous implications of what happened this week when President Obama was caught by an open mic sending a message to Russia’s dictator-in-waiting to wait quietly till after the November elections, after which Mr. Obama could make concessions on America’s national defense. The White House … More

    U.S. Nuclear Deterrent in Danger

    After President Obama released his fiscal year 2013 budget, it became clear that the Administration reneged on its promise to fully fund the needs of the U.S. nuclear complex to the Senate pursuant to its advice and consent to the New Strategic Arms Control Treaty (New START). Thankfully, though, some … More

    Senate to Prevent Rosoboronexport Helicopter Sales to Afghanistan?

    Recently, 17 Senators expressed a concern over U.S. government trade ties to Rosoboronexport, a leading Russian arms exporter that supplies weapons to the defiant Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. On March 12, the Senators addressed a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stating that “Russia remains the top supplier of … More

    A Game of Nuclear Chicken

    A March 11 editorial The New York Times appears to support the idea that the nuclear arsenal of the United States acts not as a deterrent to the aggressions of other nuclear powers but rather as an invitation to play hardball. The Times cites options being considered by the “Pentagon … More