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Poland’s Contribution to Baltic Security

Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence, Tomasz Szatkowski, took part in the European-American Security Workshop organized jointly by the Latvian Ministry of Defence and the Potomac Foundation. The main theme of the workshops was the implementations of the decisions made during the Warsaw NATO Summit in regards to the defense strategy in the…

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May 2016 European-American Security Workshop

May 2016 European-American Security Workshop Operationalizing Collective Defense Florence, Italy ŸŸŸ — May 26-29, 2016 Agenda Working Session 1: Lessons Learned from Baltic Conflict Simulations at the Baltic Defense College The “Red Scenario” in Russia’s War on the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summary of Simulation Outcomes Planning Recommendations   Working Session 2: Forging…

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Russia’s New Generation Warfare

The military conflict between Russia and Ukraine is now in its 25th month. What began as a relatively bloodless superpower intervention in Crimea and morphed into a proxy “separatist” insurrection in the Donbass region has turned into a two-year-long, real war. Despite repeated attempts to negotiate an effective cease-fire, the struggle in Ukraine has involved…

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The Dangers of China’s Hypersonic Weapons Build-Up

Back just three years ago, in February of 2013, a high-ranking US naval official remarked that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was preparing to wage, if called upon, what he called “a short sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea …” Capt. James Fanell, then deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations…

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Chinese Hypersonic Weapons Development

China’s military is reorganizing itself to be a more modern, effective force. On January 1, 2016, the Second Artillery Force (第二炮兵部队) (responsible for China’s nuclear and conventional ballistic missile arsenals) was reorganized into the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF; 火箭部队), elevating it to a service (军种) fully on-par with the Navy, Army and Air…

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The Secret U.S. Army Study That Targets Moscow

A quarter century after the Cold War, the Pentagon is worried about Russia’s military prowess again. POLITICO has learned that, following the stunning success of Russia’s quasi-secret incursion into Ukraine, McMaster is quietly overseeing a high-level government panel intended to figure out how the Army should adapt to this Russian wake-up call. Partly, it is…

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Time for a New US South China Sea Strategy

As if things could not get any worse in the South China Sea, China’s placement and testing of anti-ship missiles in the South China Sea all but confirms Asia’s worst fears: America’s goal to ensure that China’s rise is peaceful and that Beijing would take its place among nations of the Asia-Pacific and larger Indo-Pacific…

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Standing Up Credible Deterrence in Europe

The crux of the issue of responding to the reality of a renewed Russian threat in Europe is succinctly laid out by General Phillip Breedlove: “It’s really important we re-establish our ability to see and interpret so that we can deploy early.” The issue is a straight forward, if not also a complex one of…

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Why the World Should Fear North Korea’s Biological Weapons

While the world might be worried about all things North Korea—especially its growing nuclear weapons arsenal—Pyongyang very likely has other nasty weapons of mass destruction that, given the right conditions, could be just as lethal. What most refer to as biological weapons—stuff right out central casting that always make those ‘end of the world’ movies…

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America: A Superpower in Search of a Grand Strategy

While we might not want to admit it, father time will catch up with us all. But know this: good ideas—especially in the realm of U.S. foreign policy grand strategy—have a shot at standing the test of time. One set of ideas that easily fit into this category: the concept of organizing U.S. foreign policy…

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We Still Need NATO

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, critics have questioned U.S. membership in and support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). They have argued that NATO successfully accomplished its original Cold War mission and thus is no longer needed. The charge that NATO is obsolete, however, overlooks the fundamental importance to U.S. international security…

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2016 Machiavelli Seminar in Florence, Italy

2016 Machiavelli Seminar in Florence, Italy Georgetown University & The Potomac Foundation jointly sponsor the 2016 Machiavelli Seminar in Florence, Italy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEyikx3ZpXE&feature=youtu.be The annual Machiavelli Seminar for advanced undergraduates and graduate students applies the study of classical strategy to modern international political conflicts. Past seminars addressed: The Rise of China as a Military Power; The…

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Army Faces Wide Variety of Complex Threats, Experts Say

Army Faces Wide Variety of Complex Threats, Experts Say In today’s complex security environment, the Army does not have the luxury of a single opponent or threat and must be prepared to respond to all adversaries, a panel of experts said Monday during the 2015 Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. “Unpredictable…

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This is How China Could Dominate the South China Sea Without a War

Hegemon is a wickedly interactive multi-player/multi-round geostrategic game devised by the Potomac Foundation. Each player represents a country, fielding certain economic and military resources and possessing (secret) objectives. Ranged across a gods-eye planetary gameboard, Hegemon is the ‘softwar’ wild-child born of hardcore videogamers and grizzled defense planners. Don’t be fooled by its simplistic initial game…

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Large Russian Military Offensive in Ukraine Possible within Weeks

Large Russian Military Offensive in Ukraine Possible within Weeks Russian troops in east Ukraine are preparing to fight – and could launch a major offensive within weeks. That’s the view of American military analyst Phillip Karber, who recently spent time embedded with government troops in the combat zone. He argued that Russia’s military leadership were restructuring…

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Barack Obama You’re no Ronald Reagan

By Bruce Weinrod In a recent interview defending the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama argued that that his approach to Iran is essentially the same as that which Ronald Reagan took toward the Soviet Union. Mr. Obama said that ” where I completely admire him was his recognition that [an agreement would be worth doing] if you were able to verify an…

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October 2015 European-American Security Workshop

October 2015 European-American Security Workshop   Co-Hosted by the Lithuanian Defense Ministry and The Potomac Foundation at the Campus of the Lithuanian Military Academy 7-9 October 2015     Russia’s New Generation Warfare: Implications for the Baltic States and Poland >> Lithuanian MOD Press Release THURSDAY (8 October) Welcome Marijus Velička, Lithuanian Viceminister of National Defence…

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Warsaw NATO Summit: Preview of Agenda Priorities

On Thursday, June 23, 2016 the Potomac Foundation hosted a congressional discussion of the agenda for the July NATO Summit in Warsaw and a new report NATO: Tackling Security Challenges Together — joint project of the Potomac Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, and the Polish Institute of Eastern Studies. Northeast European…

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Eastern Europe Needs Deterrence not Assurance

The Potomac Foundation applauds U.S. plan to deploy heavy weaponry to Eastern Europe; calls for reestablishing a meaningful NATO Deterrence Posture. The Potomac Foundation strongly endorses the Pentagon’s decision to introduce battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for up to 5,000 troops to several Baltic and East European countries, as reported by…

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China’s East China Sea ADIZ Gamble: Past, Present, and South China Sea Future?

Aggressive, coercive, antagonistic, and hostile are some of the words various Asia-security experts have used over the last several years to describe recent Chinese foreign-policy choices. Such talk heated up dramatically in November 2013 when China declared—with no official advanced warning—an Air-Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, a geographic flashpoint between various…

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General Clark US Troops in Iraq an Opportunity for IS

General Clark: US Troops in Iraq an ‘Opportunity’ for IS US President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of up to 450 more US troops to Iraq’s Anbar province to advise and assist local forces in the fight against Islamic State. The decision comes amidst mounting pressure to stop the momentum of IS militants and…

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Trip Report: Observing Minsk II “Ceasefire”–Pisky Front

In May 2015, the Potomac Foundation President Phillip Karber made his 14th trip to the Ukrainian front  to observe the implementation of Minsk II ceasefire. In this video, he interviews volunteers in the critical position of Pisky, at the edge of the Donetsk Airport, where some of the most intense fighting had taken place in the preceding…

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Russia’s New Generation Warfare

For over a decade, Russia has been developing a new approach to war, – one with the versatility to address three very different types of military opponents: high tech in the West, mass armies in the East and unconventional threats from the South. Russia’s proxy war with Ukraine has moved its evolving operational concepts out…

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Congressional Event: Minsk II Ceasefire

Congressional Event: Minsk II Ceasefire “OSCE is essentially non-functioning…. What is happening now is preparations for a renewed offensive from the east.” – Gen. Wesley Clark, Briefing from Ukraine’s Front Lines, Atlantic Council, March 30, 2015 “Russia-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine continue to prevent OSCE monitors from doing their jobs by blocking access to large areas of territory…

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The Hertog Summer Study

The Potomac Foundation Hegemon: Rise of China simulation has been featured at the Hertog Summer Study Program, a program run by Johns Hopkins SAIS to educate field-rank officers being prepared for flag-rank promotion, for the past three years. The simulation allows officers and academics to take up the challenges currently facing the United States, People’s Republic…

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Ukraines US Backers Use Cold-War Playbook

When the Ukrainian government started lobbying last spring for U.S. military support, the reception was cool, defense officials say. Pentagon officials weren’t sure they could give even nonlethal gear and intelligence to Ukrainian forces they believed were infiltrated by the Russians. An early advocate for Ukraine was former Pentagon official Phillip Karber, who in 1985 co-wrote an influential…

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U.S. to Fund Russian Nuclear Security Despite Ukraine Sanctions

The Energy Department plans to spend more than $60 million in Russia for nuclear security activities at the same time U.S. and European Union sanctions are punishing Moscow for aggression against Ukraine. The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is in charge of nuclear arms and nuclear security, has budgeted the funds to…

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May 2015 European-American Security Workshop

May 28-30, 2015 European-American Security Workshop Florence, Italy ŸŸŸ Working Session 1 Russo-Ukrainian War: Military Lessons Learned Chaired by Greg Melcher, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Presentation by Dr. Phillip A. Karber, President, the Potomac Foundation: Russian “New Generation Warfare” in Ukraine Commentators: General (ret.) Vladimir Zamana, former Chief of General Staff, Ukraine Col. Yuri Bereza,…

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House Adds Funds to Counter Russian Info War

House Adds Funds to Counter Russian Info War The current House defense authorization bill is targeting Russia’s aggressive information warfare operations in Ukraine, along with propaganda activities by Islamist terrorists. The House Armed Services Committee bill added $30 million to special operations forces funding to counter Russian disinformation and Islamic State social media recruitment efforts.…

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No Time for Passivity in Ukraine

While Western attention is fixed on the Middle East, Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine grinds on. In blatant violation of a Feb. 15 cease-fire agreement, artillery, tanks and heavy mortars fire on Ukrainian army positions on a daily basis. Since last Saturday, nine government soldiers have been killed. The latest report of an international monitoring mission, released Wednesday, described “a general…

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Ukraine Forces Outmanned, Outgunned by Rebels

Ukraine’s recent losses to separatist forces underscore how much its military is outmanned and outgunned by an adversary backed by Russian might and a willingness to commit troops and arms to the fight. Last week, Ukrainian national forces lost the strategic railway hub at Debaltseve despite committing thousands of troops and hundreds of armored vehicles to its…

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Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine Is Working

A significant forum focusing on the current situation in eastern Ukraine and the future of the country in terms of its relationship with the EU and NATO has revealed that Russia’s ‘hybrid warfare’ campaign in its former Soviet vassal state appears to be achieving Moscow’s desired results. At a 14 February conference in the southern…

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Re-constructing Global Aviation

The attacks of September 11 have had both an immediate and a long-term impact on global aviation. In the short term we have been overwhelmed by the loss of life, the systemic disruption of flying, and the international war on terrorism. But there is also a delayed impact, like that of a Jurassic meteor strike,…

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