Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

Дмитрий Горенбург 08-08-2017
(National Interest) The Zapad-2017 military exercise that will take place in September in Russia and Belarus has already begun to draw attention in the Western press. In recent days, media outlets have published somewhat panicked accounts about the unprecedented numbers of Russian troops conducting drills on the borders of vulnerable eastern European countries like Poland and Lithuania. Others are arguing that once Russian troops enter Belarus to...
Дмитрий Горенбург 07-28-2017
(War on the Rocks) The Russian Navy is keen on showy demonstrations of strength. Just in the last week, it has begun an exercise with the Chinese navy in the Baltic Sea and sent its largest warship, the Peter the Great nuclear cruiser, and the world’s largest submarine, the Dmitry Donskoi, from the Northern Fleet to the Baltic to participate in the Navy Day parade on July 30. In another act primarily significant for its symbolism, Vladimir Putin approved...
Дмитрий Горенбург 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...
Дмитрий Горенбург 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...
Дмитрий Горенбург 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...
Дмитрий Горенбург 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...
Дмитрий Горенбург 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
Дмитрий Горенбург 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...
Дмитрий Горенбург 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
Дмитрий Горенбург 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...

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