The Defense Post Digest #2
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Red Army in the grey zone: Russia’s greatest threat to the US is ‘less-than-war’
Crispin Burke argues that a credible US military deterrent may encourage Russia use less-than-war measures, including military contractors and cyber power – designed to create plausible deniability and preclude the US from striking back
War & conflict
“Military power is glorified” – Secretary-General wants disarmament restored as ‘integral’ to UN’s work
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres instructed envoy Izumi Nakamitsu to develop a strategy to restore disarmament as an ‘integral component’ of UN work
Afghanistan peace talks?
Turkey is using refugees to justify attacks on Efrin, Syrian Kurds say
Syrian Kurdish officials, including those opposed to the PYD, say Turkey is using refugees to justify its attacks on the enclave of Afrin and wants to use Operation Olive Branch to change the demographics of the region, Wladimir Van Wilgenburg reports
Business & technology news
Saab rolls out first GlobalEye early warning aircraft, destined for UAE
Sweden’s Saab rolled out its first Bombardier Global 6000 jet-based GlobalEye swing-role early warning aircraft featuring the new Erieye ER long-range radar
Leonardo SW-4 Solo helicopter flies for 45 minutes with no pilot aboard
Leonardo announced the maiden flight of its SW-4 Solo single-engine optionally piloted helicopter with no safety pilot on board
Research: ISIS Child Soldiers in Syria: The Structural and Predatory Recruitment, Enlistment, Pre-Training Indoctrination, Training, and Deployment
Turkey’s march on Manbij stalled by wall of reality. https://t.co/sNYVQrQLmG @fehimtastekin
— Aron Lund (@aronlund) February 25, 2018
Only a few months ago, Turkey seemed at great loss in Syria. Now, chips seem to be falling in its favor on multiple fronts. Check out my new analysis, for @CGlobalPolicy:https://t.co/mmvtqYaPYq
— Hassan Hassan حَسَنْ (@hxhassan) February 28, 2018