Disentangling the Ups & Downs of Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex

From May 16-19, President Vladimir Putin sat through the now-traditional Sochi meetings tackling the main issues and advances of Russia’s military-industrial complex. Now in their ninth installment, the meetings have been organized twice a year – in May and November – since 2013 in the presence of Russia’s military-industrial key players, ranging from defense industry key managers to Defense Ministry top brass.

Mobile Protected Firepower Bridges Infantry Brigade Combat Team Direct Fire Capability Gap

Expected for release this later this month, a draft request for proposals will take US Army plans to add “Mobile Protected Firepower” to its Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCT) a step closer to realization. The vehicle selected to fulfill the service’s emerging requirement will also determine if a long dormant capability is revived; battlefield delivery of light tank-type vehicles by airdrop.

Electricity Delivery Is An Open Target For Cyber Threats

The electric grid often utilizes industrial control systems to automate generation, transmission and distribution. As utilities adopt digital technologies to keep up with electricity demand and consumption, cyber attack vulnerabilities increase and new entry points emerge. Many public utilities commissions (PUCs) have not required utilities to boost their cybersecurity, placing customer electricity access in jeopardy. Regulators need to incentivize and mandate cybersecurity standards for utilities.

This Dead Russian Submarine Could End Up Being an Underwater Chernobyl

“Radiation leakages will come sooner or later if we just leave the K-27 there. The sub has already been on the seafloor for 30 years, and it was rusty even before it was sunken. Leakages of radioactivity under water are nearly impossible to clean up,” editor of the Independent Barents Observer, Thomas Nilsen, formerly of the Bellona Foundation and co-author of The Russian Northern Fleet: Sources of Radioactive Contamination told RT in 2012. “Our challenge today is to find a way to lift it without shaking the reactors so much that an uncontrolled chain-reaction doesn't start.