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  • Do Russia's western war games deliver a threat, or just a message?

    09/19/2017 4:46:04 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 9 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 19, 2017 | Jason Thomson
    MODES OF THOUGHT   The week-long war games in Russia and Belarus, dubbed 'Zapad' for 'West,' have nerves on edge in eastern NATO countries that are deeply distrustful of Russian aims. But Moscow knows it is being watched closely. WASHINGTON—President Vladimir Putin watched through a cool drizzle in Russia's far western reaches Monday, just 70 miles from his country’s border with the European Union, as Russian tanks and paratroopers battled fictional extremist groups. Fighter jets and missiles screamed overhead. The confrontation was just one part of “Zapad 2017,” a huge military exercise involving both Russia and Belarus that has caused...
  • UNDER FIREDramatic moment Russian military helicopters ‘accidentally fire rockets’ at reporters ...

    09/19/2017 6:07:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    THE SUN ^ | 19th September 2017 | Will Stewart
    VLADIMIR Putin's mammoth military exercises went wrong after a helicopter opened fire on civilians with air to surface missiles, it was claimed today. Two people were seriously injured when a Ka-52 helicopter allegedly struck at an enclosure for spectators at Luzhsky military field near St Petersburg. Video footage caught the moment missiles were launched at Luzhsky military field near St Petersburg A missile is seen hitting the area close to where a man filming the exercise was standing. An official statement released by the Western Military District of the Russian Army has denied anyone was injured in the attack. Unconfirmed...
  • U.S. Dispatches Stealth Jets, Bombers in Warning to North Korea

    08/31/2017 3:17:37 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/31/2017 | Jonathan Cheng
    The U.S. sent four of its most advanced fighter jets and a pair of B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula, alongside Japanese and South Korean jets, as a show of force in direct response to North Korea firing a missile over Japan. The Air Force flyover Thursday, which included a bombing drill on a range in South Korea, came at the end of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that have angered Pyongyang. It is the first time the F-35B jets have been used in such a mission with the B-1B bombers over the peninsula, the U.S. Air Force Pacific...
  • First ever Israeli-Russian war game is coming

    06/11/2016 7:22:48 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | June 10, 2016
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu decided at their June 7 meeting in Moscow to deepen the military ties between the Russian and Israeli armed forces, DEBKAfile reports exclusively from is military and intelligence sources. It was a historic decision that spells the end of the IDF’s unique relationship with the US military. The head of the IDF’s military intelligence branch, Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi, and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen also participated in the meeting. Our sources report that Putin and Netanyahu decided that a joint exercise by the Israeli and Russian naval and air forces...
  • Iranian, Russian Warships Hold Joint 'War Games'

    08/11/2015 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 8/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Iranian and Russian warships took part in joint "war games" training exercises on Tuesday in Iranian waters, giving clear expression to the military cooperation between the two states. Commander of Iran's fleet in the Northern Gilan province Admiral Ahmad Reza Baqeri told Fars News Agency ahead of the war games that the Iranian destroyer Damavand and missile ships Joshan and Peikan took part in the drills, manned by 200 Iranian naval forces members. From the Russian side, the warships Volgodonsk and Makhachkala which docked in Anzali Port near the Caspian Sea on Sunday took part in the drills. After the...
  • Russia starts war games after Ukraine strikes rebels

    04/24/2014 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Irish Times ^ | April 25, 2014 01:00 GMT | Daniel McLaughlin
    Russia has begun war games near Ukraine after denouncing as a “grave crime” Kiev’s security-service strike against pro-Moscow rebels. Ukrainian officials said five militants were killed yesterday when special forces stormed rebel roadblocks near the eastern city of Slovyansk, a stronghold for activists who want the industrial Donetsk region to split with Kiev’s new pro-EU government. The militants said two of their men had been killed and vowed to resist any attempt to storm Slovyansk, which is one of about 10 eastern towns and cities where official buildings have been occupied by activists, allegedly with help from Russian agents.
  • Merkel miffed at Barack Obama and David Cameron 'nuclear war game'

    03/25/2014 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Bruno Waterfield, and Peter Dominiczak in The Hague and Nick Squires in Rome
    World leaders played an interactive nuclear war game designed to test their responses to a terrorist atomic "dirty bomb" attack that threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. David Cameron joined Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping and other world leaders to play a "nukes on the loose" war game to see how they would cope with a terrorist nuclear attack. The German chancellor grumbled at being asked to play games and take tests with the Prime Minister, US and Chinese presidents around a table with dozens of heads of state at a nuclear summit in The...
  • Ukraine security chief: Ukraine plans military exercise with United States and Britain.

    03/19/2014 11:56:25 AM PDT · by AU72 · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2014 | Associated Press
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine security chief: Ukraine plans military exercise with United States and Britain.
  • British warship fires dummy torpedo into nuclear naval base

    03/17/2014 6:15:04 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 14, 2014
    A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise on Wednesday, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines.
  • UK holds cyberwar game in Churchill’s WWII bunker

    03/14/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2014 10:43 AM EDT | Raphael Satter
    Bent over their computers in a World War II-era bunker beneath London’s streets, dozens of young techies have spent Friday racing to understand why Britain’s banking network suddenly seems to have gone offline. The exercise—it is just an exercise—comes complete with sirens and mock newscasts. It’s meant to recruit the next generation of tech talent, and is also meant to help highlight the threat many here see as inevitable: A major cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure. …
  • Swiss war game envisages invasion by bankrupt French

    10/02/2013 4:56:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-30-13 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Operation “Duplex-Barbara” went as far as imagining a three-pronged invasion from points near Neufchâtel, Lausanne and Geneva, according to a map published in the Swiss newspaper. Behind the dastardly raid was a paramilitary organisation dubbed BLD, the Dijon Free Brigade bent on grabbing back “money that Switzerland had stolen from Saônia”. “For its credibility, the Swiss army must work (to ward against) threats of the 21st century,” Antoine Vielliard, Hauate-Savoie councillor, told Matin Dimanche. This is by no means the first imaginary scenario dreamed up by the Swiss army. Last year, it carried out an exercise based on the premise...
  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 4:07:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 81 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/28/12
    US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last week that Pyongyang had built thousands of tunnels since the Korean war, The Diplomat reported. "The entire tunnel infrastructure is hidden from our satellites," Tolley said, according to The Diplomat, a current affairs magazine. "So we send (South Korean) soldiers and US soldiers to the North to do special reconnaissance."...
  • Gallery: Familiar-Yet-Alien Soviet Arcade Games (Comrade Donkey Kong?)

    03/24/2012 5:37:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 1+ views
    DVICE ^ | March 23, 2012 | Eileen Marable
    Gallery: Familiar-yet-alien Soviet arcade games While playing Centipede (don't judge) at my local mall in the '80s, it never occurred to me that somewhere behind the soon-to-fall Iron Curtain there would be some punk playing the Soviet version of arcade games as well. Hell yeah they were! Now, thanks to two nostalgic Muscovites who remembered their days of playing "Sea Battle," there is an entire museum full of these Soviet-era games. The story of the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is so cool we couldn't make this up if we tried. Let's talk about the games first. Soviet classics Sea...
  • Australian Committee Hearing Reveals Details of F-35 Performance in Wargame

    03/14/2012 8:29:39 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 3/14/2012 | Defense Aerospace
    The Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has just released a transcript of a Feb. 7, 2012 hearing during which it took evidence on the F-35 program by noted opponents of the program, representing the Air Power Australia think-tank and a private computer simulation firm, RepSim Pty Ltd. Part of the hearing describes the outcome of a famous – but disputed – simulation of F-18E and F-35 fighters engaging in combat against Chinese air force fighters carried out by the Rand Corporation. The outcome is even more disastrous for the Western fighters than previously reported.
  • Four new games for armchair generals

    08/22/2011 7:56:16 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 57 replies · 1+ views
    CNN Tech ^ | August 15, 2011 | Scott Steinberg
    For gamers, the urge to conquer and pillage dates back to time immemorial. Tabletop amusements like chess and its numerous variants have enthralled players for centuries. Given their often-complex rules and cluttered pieces, military simulations were among home computing's earliest killer apps, giving rise to popular publishers such as SSI and MicroProse. But despite a rapid retail decline in the late '90s that forced many titles out of stores and into the hands of niche online publishers like Matrix Games and HPS Simulations, "wargames" are still going strong today. Now disguised under catchall categories like "strategy" and "simulation," you can...
  • Norway stores pull violent video games including Call of Duty (Breivik massacre response)

    08/03/2011 3:58:34 AM PDT · by tlb · 18 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 2nd August, 2011 | Tom Phillips
    A number of Norway stores have pulled violent video games from sale - including Call of Duty games and World of Warcraft - in the wake of the massacre carried out by Anders Behring Breivik. According to Danish gaming website Gamer's Globe, a spokesperson for Coop Norway said: 'In light of Friday's horrific events, and out of respect for those affected, we have chosen to remove selected items from our range.' The site says that the affected games are Call of Duty: Black Ops; CoD: Modern Warfare 2; CoD: World at War Platinum; CoD 4: Modern Warfare Classic; Homefront; Sniper:...
  • Obama authorizes drone strikes in Libya

    04/21/2011 1:40:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    President Obama has authorized the use of aerial drone strikes in Libya to aid rebels fighting to oust dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday. Gates stressed that even though the United States will begin using the armed Predator drones in Libya, American soldiers will not be deployed to the country. He said the Libyan people will have to remove Gadhafi themselves, though the U.S. "can provide them with some cover from the air." The announcement falls in line with the Obama administration's pledge to not put American boots on the ground to remove Gadhafi from power....
  • Iran holds war games, set to launch S300s

    11/17/2010 5:52:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/17/2010 | UPI
    A senior Iranian military commander says his country has conducted defense drills at its sensitive nuclear facilities ahead of planned aerial war games taking place over the country this week. The Mehr state news agency quoted air force commander Gen. Ahmad Mighani saying that "tactical drills that resembled real combat" had been carried out in Fordo, Tehran, Natanz, Bushehr and Isfahan where Iran's nuclear reactors are located.
  • US keeping close eye on Russian naval drill

    07/07/2010 5:16:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies ^ | 7/7/2010 |
    US intelligence services and other countries in the Far East are closely monitoring the grand naval drills being conducted by the Russian Navy. “The naval phase of Russia's Vostok-2010 (Orient-2010) military exercises has drawn increased attention from the intelligence services of the United States and Asia-Pacific countries,” a senior Russian Navy source was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. On June 29, Russia launched the biggest ever post-Soviet war games in the eastern part of the country involving 20,000 troops, up to 70 combat aircraft and 30 warships, including North Fleet's nuclear powered guided missile cruiser ‘Pyotr Veliky’ (Peter-the-Great), world's...
  • US to retake control of S Korea war games amid tensions

    06/19/2010 9:50:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Times of India ^ | 6/17/2010 | Times of India
    US forces will regain control over a major annual military exercise with South Korea amid rising tensions with the North following the sinking of one of Seoul's warships, officials said on Thursday. Seoul's defence ministry said the Combined Forces Command led by US General Walter Sharp will retake control of the computerised war game called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) from this year. In 2008 and last year the South's military took control of the exercise, to prepare for a scheduled transfer of wartime command in the military alliance. UFG, which is due to start in mid-August, is the world's largest...