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Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) Saved Putin's Life but Downed MH17

The ECM Battle in the Sky Above Poland, Russia and the Ukraine That Saved Putin's Life but Downed MH17 When I learned that Vladimir Putin was going to travel to South America for the last game of the World Cup and for the Brics Conference, I was concerned that he might be attacked.  Now when the US President travels, he flies on one of two identical Boeing 747-200B USAF Presidential State Aircraft.  The one that he is riding in is officially designated as Air Force One; the other is carrying staff and reporters, etc., but is also acting as a decoy aircraft making the task of shooting down the correct Boeing 747 more difficult.  The planes have constant fighter coverage with AWACS and refueling tankers.  In areas over the ocean the US Navy has been known to re-task super carrier task forces to provide USN fighter coverage when necessary.   Now Russia remains a nuclear superpower, but it no longer is the overall superpower that the old Soviet Union was with its Warsaw Pact allies.

India has to revive US ties

C Uday Bhaskar says India has to revive US ties C Uday Bhaskar   |   Mail Today  |   New Delhi, August 9, 2014 | UPDATED 10:52 IST     India-US relations have come into focus against the backdrop of the two recent visits to Delhi of senior members of the Obama cabinet. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his colleague, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel made the first high level political contact with the new Indian government to finalise the agenda for the Obama-Modi meeting scheduled for September in Washington DC. Transformation This bi-lateral relationship underwent a major transformation in late 2008 when the long festering nuclear nettle was resolved through a complex modus vivendi that accorded India an exceptional status in the global nuclear framework - and the deeply embedded 'estrangement' was expected to lead to progressively more robust engagement. At the time, the UPA government led by the Congress included the left parties as part of the coalition and the nature

The New Great Game Round-Up The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players. A few days ago, Russia responded to the ridiculous Western sanctions and announced retaliatory measures, which will hurt first and foremost the European Union. The Kremlin had given European governments ample opportunity to distance themselves from the reckless U.S. campaign against Russia and  was clearly disappointed , when the EU agreed to impose broad economic sanctions on Russia on July 29. During the Ukraine crisis, European leaders have repeatedly acted against European interests by doing Washington's bidding and the EU  will now have to pay the price  for this. According some estimates, the trade bloc  might end up los

Strategic Materials: A Resource Challenge for India

Author:  Ajey Lele and Parveen Bhardwaj 2014 Publisher: Pentagon Press ISBN 978-81-8274-786-9 Price: Rs. 795  [Download E-Book]     About the Book The scramble for natural resources is not a new phenomenon. Every state, either developed or developing, is always found busy 'managing' resources for its sustenance and growth. Minerals (also called materials) is one the crucial natural resource which plays a significant part in the development of both civilian and military industrial complexes of nation-states. There are a few minerals which are categorized as 'strategic' because of their importance for the industries and owing to natural and man-made difficulties in their procurement. This work debates the issues of strategic materials and their importance for nation-states. There has been an attempt here to contextualize the importance of strategic materials from a national security perspective. This study presents

After US offers, India finds itself at crossroads

Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service  The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation New Delhi, August 10 A promising offer from the United States to co-produce and co-develop military equipment and a suggestion for a trilateral military alliance to include Japan, leave India at a crossroads.      Some hard-nosed decision making will be needed on how New Delhi accepts the US offers without seeming to move away from Russia or even remotely looking like a 'cat's paw' for America in the region. In other words, a fine balance has to be struck between the US and Japan on one side and Russia and China on the other side - a balance that could put the Indian diplomacy to test. US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, who ended his three-day visit to India yesterday, raised two specific issues. First, he showed keenness to co-produce military equipment, unfettered access to technology that is reserved for countries like UK, Canada or Australia. Second, he asked India to make a strategic shif

India, US look to refresh military ties

India, US look to refresh military ties - In Modi visit run-up, focus on renewing 10-year defence pact SUJAN DUTTA   New Delhi, Aug. 8: India looks set to reboot its military ties with the US starting with the Prime Minister's scheduled Washington trip in September after the defen...    New Delhi, Aug. 8: India looks set to reboot its military ties with the US starting with the Prime Minister's scheduled Washington trip in September after the defence ministers today decided to renew an overarching pact and appointed executives to oversee defence technology ventures. "The Prime Minister underlined the importance of defence relations in the overall strategic partnership between the two countries and indicated his desire to see further progress in defence relations, including in defence manufacturing in India, technology transfer in the area of defence, exercises and higher studies in the field of defence," the Prime Minister's Office said after US secretary of d

Misinformation diffusing online The spread of misinformation through online social networks is becoming an increasingly worrying problem. Researchers in India have now modeled how such fictions and diffuse through those networks. They described details of their research and the taxonomy that could help those who run, regulate and use online social networks better understand how to slow or even prevent the spread of misinformation to the wider public.   Krishna Kumar and G. Geethakumari of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, in Andhra Pradesh, India, explain how we are increasingly reliant on information we obtain from online sources. However, our implicit faith in the validity of that information can be counterproductive and can make some people and organizations vulnerable to exploitation, perhaps by those spreading the misinformation and others. The team refers to this as a "semantic attack