Janine Davidson

Defense in Depth

Janine Davidson examines the art, politics, and business of American military power.

Why Putin’s ICBM Announcement Does Not Signal a New Nuclear Arms Race

by Adam Mount Thursday, June 25, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 international military forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 16, 2015. (Vasily Maximov/Courtesy Reuters) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 international military forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 16, 2015. (Vasily Maximov/Courtesy Reuters)

By Adam Mount

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave brief remarks at the opening ceremony of ARMY-2015, an exposition where Russia’s defense contractors demonstrated new military technology for foreign weapons buyers. The speech was relatively sedate. It omitted much of the aggressive rhetoric that has become commonplace for the Kremlin, amounting to little more than a sales pitch for Russia’s military systems. Highlighting several pieces of Russia’s plan to modernize its military, Putin mentioned that, “This year we will supply more than forty new intercontinental ballistic missiles [ICBMs] to our nuclear force.”

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A Thought on Crimea: Remember, Airpower Is Good for More Than Terrorists

by Guest Blogger for Janine Davidson Monday, March 31, 2014
An F-22 Raptor aircraft deploys flares over Kadena Air Base An F-22 Raptor aircraft deploys flares over Kadena Air Base, Japan in this January 2009 photograph. (Clay Lancaster/Courtesy Reuters)

By Robert Spalding III

This week’s guest post comes from Col Spalding, CFR’s own Air Force fellow and a former B-2 wing vice commander. This post is adapted from a larger piece out today in the National Interest.

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