Stephen Bryen

Destroyed T-72 in Mariupol

Russia’s Tanks in Ukraine are Old, Obsolete and Failing

Russia’s main battle tanks have been chewed up in the Ukraine war. Many of them have been destroyed and left clustered on roadways, some by modern weapons such as the US Javelin, some by Ukraine’s indigenously produced man-portable anti-tank weapons such as the Stugna-P and still others taken out by drones like Turkey’s Bayraktar. By …

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Orlan-10

US-Made Parts Keep Russia’s Artillery Firing in Ukraine

As the US prepares to deliver its HIMARS mobile precision rocket system to Ukraine, the latest bid to fortify its forces with advanced war-fighting equipment against Russia’s offensive push, few have noticed how much Russia’s artillery systems rely on US and Western-made electronic parts and components. So while Ukraine is receiving highly …

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Russia's ERA cryptophone system

The Fatal Failure of Russia’s ERA Cyptophone System

Russia’s military-secure ERA cryptophone system has failed in the Ukraine war, raising crucial questions about why Moscow committed to a system that was so badly flawed from the start. Cell phones have played an outsized role in the Ukraine war. In particular, they have been used to geolocate sensitive military …

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P-8A flying over the ocean with warship below

The Mystery of the Moskva and Makarov

The Russian cruiser Moskva was attacked in the Black Sea on April 13th. There are unconfirmed reports also that the Russian frigate Admiral Makarov was attacked on May 6th.  As details emerge, four important questions arise: First, were these vessels, equipped with supposedly excellent air defense systems, caught by surprise …

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Firing of Russian thermobaric MLRS

Two Truisms About the US & Russia, Ukraine and China

Russia is not as strong as the United States, except for nuclear weapons. Russia is not the main threat to the United States—that threat is China. Back in 1985, during his visit to Paris, Mikhail Gorbachev told French President Francois Mitterrand that the Soviet Union was not strong. In fact, …

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Ticonderoga AEGIS firing

Mild Proposal for Fortifying Japan, Taiwan Air Defenses

In our just-released Experts Panel study, Stopping a Taiwan Invasion, we point out the urgent need to improve air defenses around Taiwan and Japan. Now, with the US Navy proposal to retire seven Ticonderoga-class cruisers, allegedly because they are expensive to maintain, it appears there will be nothing to replace these and …

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Test firing of a Russian Yars ICBM

US on Brink of Recklessness in Ukraine

NBC has reported that the US provided targeting intelligence enabling the Ukrainians to shoot down a Russian troop transport over Kiev, killing over 100 Russian soldiers onboard. This is certainly not the only example of the so-called intelligence partnership between the US and Ukraine. It is part and parcel of an intense US …

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View of street filled with destroyed Russian military vehicles

Russia a Third World Country?

In October 1985, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev visited France where he met with French President François Mitterrand. In candid conversations, Gorbachev told Mitterrand that the USSR was a Third World country with nuclear weapons, a conclusion that startled Mitterrand and other Western leaders when Gorbachev’s description was privately circulated. How …

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Destruction in Mariupol during the 2022 Russian siege

Mariupol’s Fate is the Key to a Ukraine Deal

Mariupol, the city under siege in southeastern Ukraine on the Sea of Azov, is the key to a possible deal between Russia and Ukraine that will stop the fighting. The Russian assault on Mariupol has been notably ruthless and brutal. Mariupol has been holding out, but just barely. The Russians …

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