Will Russia Import and Export More Arms to NATO?

04/17/2012
By Richard Weitz For the last few years, the Russian government has made the unprecedented decision to purchase expensive Western military equipment. This has been done partly to fill gaps in Russian military capabilities and partly to use the threat of foreign competition to induce its military industrial complex to…

The U.S. Strategic Turn: A European View

04/01/2012
by General (Retired) Jean-Patrick Gaviard President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have recently presented to the US military a major change of strategic vision. The document of reference[1] enumerates with a staunch line, the United States' priorities for the 21st century. In the face of budget constraints…

Russia’s Nuclear “Reset”

03/23/2012
by Richard Weitz In their latest annual assessment of Russia’s nuclear forces, Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris estimate that the Russian Federation has more than 4,400 nuclear warheads. Of these, they calculate that some 2,430 warheads are assigned to various strategic delivery vehicles (1,490 on 434 ICBMs, and 950 are…

Afghan-Pakistan Border Incidents: The Underlying Problem

11/29/2011
11/27/2011 By Richard Weitz Pakistan and the United States have experienced their most serious incident along the Afghan-Pak border. According to Pakistani sources, confirmed by NATO, U.S. helicopters acting as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing…

NATO Special Forces Units Exercise

11/16/2011
11/16/2011: NATO Special Forces Units Exercise ; Denmark, 12-13 October 2011 NATO Secretary General witnesses how Special Forces from 8 Allies and Partner nations operate together during the Night Hawk exercise in Denmark. Anders Fogh Rasmussen joined a Special Forces group from the Netherlands on the initial stages of the…

NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Dilemmas

06/12/2011
By Richard Weitz 06/12/2011 - The role of nuclear weapons in NATO’s defense and deterrence policies is clearly declining. The alliance’s Strategic Concept adopted last November clearly states that NATO will retain nuclear weapons as long as they exist, and that NATO wants its nuclear deterrent to be credible and…

Allies Struggle to Implement NATO’s Lisbon Summit Decisions

06/07/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 06/07/2011 - The attendees of the November 19-20, 2010 NATO Lisbon summits (among the NATO heads of state alone and their subsequent meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev within the framework of the NATO-Russia Council) faced two independent BMD decisions: (1) whether NATO would agree to integrate…

Gen. David H. Petraeus visits the French 7th Mountain Infantry Battalion at FOB Kutschbach

04/27/2011
04/27/2011 - Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, visits the French 7th Mountain Infantry Battalion at Forward Operating Base Kutschbach, during a battlefield circulation, April 21. Petraeus also visited with Afghan National Army Troops working alongside ISAF Troops in the area.…