Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

Dmitry Gorenburg 07-12-2017
(RMR blog) Every two years, St. Petersburg hosts a major naval salon, where Russian and foreign shipbuilders come to show off their latest products. Representatives of the Russian Navy also attend, and often take the opportunity to discuss their procurement plans (and dreams). The 2017 salon was held from June 28 to July 2. Mike Kofman has laid out the outline of the surface ship construction plans, highlighting the sheer number of different classes of...
Dmitry Gorenburg 07-03-2017
Министры обороны стран-членов НАТО собрались в Брюсселе, чтобы обсудить промежуточные результаты проводимой альянсом стратегии "повышенного передового присутствия" у своих восточных границ. Стратегия эта подразумевает развертывание дополнительных сил на территории западных соседей России с целью предотвращения российской экспансии в западном направлении. К настоящему времени командование НАТО разместило четыре боевых батальона - один в Польше и по одному...
Dmitry Gorenburg 06-29-2017
Видеозапись, которую президент России Владимир Путин показал американскому режиссеру Оливеру Стоуну в многосерийном фильме The Putin interviews как работу российской авиации в Сирии, была подготовлена одним из управлений главного оперативного управления Генерального штаба. Об этом РБК рассказали источник, близкий к Министерству обороны, и собеседник РБК, близкий к Кремлю. В июне этого года был опубликован тизер третьей части многосерийного фильма Стоуна о...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-26-2017
(RMR blog) In what seems to have become an annual tradition, I was on the Blog Talk Radio show Midrats this week, talking about the Russian military, Russian political developments, Russian relations with the United States and China, and the like. The recording is now available on the show’s website. The show description is as follows: Episode 385: Springtime for Russia? To say that the profile of Russia since the American elections last...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-16-2017
(Russian Military Reform) One last set of slides from the Moscow International Security Conference, this one mostly maps describing operations in Syria. A lot of the slides in this set were actually videos being played through powerpoint, so those are not included here.  See the slides | Russian Military Reform blog
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-10-2017
(The National Interest) (Co-authored with Michael Kofman) May is a busy time in Moscow, from tanks drilling on the city’s main thoroughfares in preparation for the annual World War II victory parade to the cavalcade of defense ministers flying in for Russia’s annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). Since 2012, the Russian Ministry of Defense has endeavored to host its own showpiece conference on international security, an homage to the...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-08-2017
(RMR) One more installment. Two sets of slides on missile defense. A Russian language video recording of the entire panel is available, with some of the slides visible in conjunction with the presentation. First, the Russian view, presented by Lt General Viktor Poznikhir, the Vice Chief of the Main Operations Directorate.  See the slides (and related posts from MCIS 2017)  © Russian Military Reform blog
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-03-2017
(RMR blog) As I mentioned in my last post, I was once again at the Moscow Conference on International Security last week. I will post my overall impressions in the next few days, but first the traditional posting of the slides from key speakers. First up, Russian Chief of the General Staff Valeriy Gerasimov. The conference organizers have posted the Russian
transcript of his speech as well as Russian and English language videos. Apologies for the...
Dmitry Gorenburg 04-07-2017
(RMR) Yesterday's US airstrikes on the Al Shayrat airfield near Homs seems to have been calculated to allow the Trump administration to appear to be acting decisively without necessarily getting bogged down in a conflict or creating a serious confrontation with Russia. To this end, the Pentagon warned Russian authorities about the strikes ahead of time and Russia did not take any steps to activate its air defenses in Syria. At the same time, by warning...
Dmitry Gorenburg 10-19-2016
(RMR) Russia and India signed a major arms deal on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa this past weekend. The deal included four major components. First, India becomes the second country after China to receive S-400 long-range air defense missiles. The agreement is for Russia to provide either 4 or 5 S-400 battalions to India. (Russian sources report the lower number, while Indian sources went with the higher one.) While a contract has not yet been...

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