• If Russia Invades, US Special Operations Forces Have an Unconventional Plan to Liberate the Baltics

    If Russia Invades, US Special Operations Forces Have an Unconventional Plan to Liberate the Baltics

    DOLASZEWO, Poland—In less than 72 hours, U.S. special operations forces transformed a nondescript reserve base at this village in the bucolic Polish countryside into the headquarters of a simulated, special operations war to liberate NATO’s three Baltic countries from a land invasion.

    Looking in from outside the perimeter wire, however, you’d never know it.

    Only a few, unassuming radio antennas dot the area around an old warehouse inside of which U.S. special operations personnel have set up their operations center. READ MORE...

  • Russia Makes Bold Move to Try to Solidify Control Over Crimea

    Russia Makes Bold Move to Try to Solidify Control Over Crimea

    KYIV, Ukraine—On Tuesday, Russia’s ongoing conflict against Ukraine flared up once again.

    This time, however, it wasn’t another Russian artillery or rocket barrage in eastern Ukraine’s embattled Donbas region. Rather, the latest escalation was evidenced by the completion of a bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting the Crimean Peninsula with mainland Russia.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, true to form, got behind the wheel of a big-rig truck on Tuesday and lead a convoy across the newly opened Kerch Strait bridge. READ MORE...

  • NATO Braces for Putin’s Next Military Move in Eastern Europe

    NATO Braces for Putin’s Next Military Move in Eastern Europe

    KYIV, Ukraine—Since 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military aggression in Ukraine has rearranged the national defense chessboards of countries across Eastern Europe.

    In turn, the NATO military alliance has deployed weapons and troops eastward, to “make clear that an attack on one Ally would be considered an attack on the whole Alliance,” said NATO’s website. And the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has approved delivery of American anti-tank weapons to Ukraine.

    Yet, U.S. and NATO military leaders may have it wrong when it comes to anticipating Russia’s next military move in the region, a U.S. think tank says. READ MORE...

  • US Fighter Pilots on the Front Lines of Russia’s Spy Games

    US Fighter Pilots on the Front Lines of Russia’s Spy Games

    TALLINN, Estonia—The night of Friday, Feb. 10, was frigid and snowy in Estonia’s capital city. The kind of winter weather one expects in this Baltic country, which lies at roughly the same geographic latitude as southern Alaska.

    Inside the lobby bar of Tallinn’s Swissotel, however, the temperature was warm and the atmosphere bustled with people enjoying drinks and conversation—presumably the typical Friday night scene at this fashionable, modern hotel in the city center.

    Yet, if you knew what to look for, subtle clues proliferated as to the ongoing shadow war between Russia and the West. READ MORE...

  • US Weapons and Chinese Cash Compete for Influence in Ukraine

    US Weapons and Chinese Cash Compete for Influence in Ukraine

    KYIV, Ukraine—In the days and weeks after Kyiv celebrated achieving its foreign policy holy grail—the promise of lethal U.S. anti-tank weaponry—China announced a laundry list of new infrastructure projects across Ukraine, pulling back the curtains on what some say is a looming competition for influence in the embattled, post-Soviet state.

    “There is indeed an obvious and irresolvable contradiction in the short- and long-term interests being pursued by American and Chinese investment in Ukraine,” Vladislav Davidzon, editor-in-chief of the English-language Odessa Review news magazine, told The Daily Signal. READ MORE...

  • Russia’s Hybrid War Against the West Began on the Battlefields of Ukraine

    Russia’s Hybrid War Against the West Began on the Battlefields of Ukraine

    KYIV, Ukraine—Russian revanchism has spread beyond the battlefields of Ukraine’s Donbas region into a global, hybrid conflict that has redrawn the balance of power in Eastern Europe and pitted the world’s two largest nuclear powers against each other.

    “When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Oct. 19, referring to reports of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    Russia has been honing its hybrid warfare playbook in Ukraine for almost four years. Consequently, when it comes to Russia’s hybrid war against the West, all roads lead back to Ukraine. READ MORE...