Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

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...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08-01-2016
(RMR) There have long been reports that the ongoing delays with the commissioning of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate have to do with defects in its air defense systems. These were thought to be primarily related to problems with integration of the Poliment Redut air defense missile system. The Poliment system was designed to be Russia’s answer to AEGIS, with four phased array antennas that are able to track 16 targets at the same time. The Redut system...
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Dmitry Gorenburg 07-20-2016
In April 2016, I published a short article in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief discussing the role of Russia's Black Sea Fleet post-Crimea annexation. Here’s the text, as usual with no edits other than restoring some cuts made for space reasons. Subject: The growing power of the Russian navy in the Black Sea region. Significance: Russia's annexation of Crimea has reshaped the geopolitical environment in the Black Sea and its neighbourhood. New frigates...
Dmitry Gorenburg 07-18-2016
(BlogTalkRadio) From the sacking of the Baltic Fleet leadership, fighting in Syria, to developments from Central Asia to the Pacific - Russia in 2016 is on the move. To discuss the who, what, where, and why of Russia in 2016, our guest for the full hour will be Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg, Senior Analyst, CNA Strategic Studies, an Associate at Harvard’s...
Dmitry Gorenburg 07-05-2016
More information has come out on the June 29 purge of the Russian Baltic Fleet command structure. First of all, the size of the purge is unprecedented, with around 50 high ranking officers being removed, including squadron and brigade commanders. Second, it is highly unusual for removals of top military officials (or of any senior officials in present-day Russia) to be public and openly for cause, rather than officially being described as being for health...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-16-2016
Today’s installment of the Moscow International Security Conference 2016 slides brings us to Andrei Ravkov, the Minister of Defense of Belarus, who spoke at the European security plenary session near the end of the conference. Video of his speech is available in Russian and in English.  Click here to view the slides (Russian Military Reform blog) Also see: Slides from MCIS 2016 panel on Color Revolutions (May 11) Gerasimov slides from...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-11-2016
Two more sets of slides today, both from the panel on Color Revolutions and Regional Security at the Moscow International Security Conference 2016. The first set goes with the speech by Major General Sergei Afanasyev, Deputy Chief of the Main Directorate of the Russian General Staff. While the text of the speech is not available, there is a video with English translation (starts at approximately 3 minute mark). Click here to view the ...

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