Middle East Forum Radio
April 21, 2020
Support for Full Withdrawal From Afghanistan Grows
By Leo Shane III, Military Times: “Nearly three-quarters of veterans surveyed and almost 70 percent of troops' family members support a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, according to a new poll from a conservative activist group released Wednesday."
Russia Field Testing Its New Armata Tank in Syria
By Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics: “The Russian government has revealed that its new T-14 Armata main battle tank was shipped to Syria for use under “field conditions.
By Mark B. Schneider, RealClearDefense: "Since 1997, Russia has been modernizing its ICBMs by replacing legacy Soviet ICBMs with new (post-Cold War) systems. In December 2019, Colonel General Sergei Karakayev, commander of Russia’s ICBM force (the Strategic Missile Force or RVSN) stated that 76% of Russia’s ICBM force had been modernized and that 100% would be by 2024."
Future Systems: A Road Forward for National Security
By Kimberly Aftergood, RealClearDefense: "When it comes to government IT modernization, the stakes are higher in national security, where the ability to maintain competitive advantage has significant real-world impact."
By Bradley Bowman & John Hardie, Defense News: "The U.S. combatant command responsible for the Indo-Pacific region warned in a report last month that it lacks the resources and capabilities necessary to implement the National Defense Strategy. This mismatch between ends and means endangers American interests and invites Beijing to pursue opportunistic aggression.”