Category Archives: English

Imagery of the Week: Singapore F-16s in India’s West Bengal

Since the end of the Cold War, India’s ties with Singapore have steadily expanded along a two-pronged strategy focused on economic and military cooperation. Today’s imagery of the week comes from India’s state of West Bengal which exemplifies the evolution … Continue reading

Posted in Chris B, English, General Knowledge, India, Security Policy | Leave a comment

Israel Worries About Russia’s Increased Role in Syria

by Paul Iddon. The recent build-up of Russian aircraft, anti-aircraft missiles and other military equipment in western Syria has given one regional country cause for concern — Israel. The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 powers over the … Continue reading

Posted in English, History, International, Israel, Paul Iddon, Russia, Security Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Google Earth: Democratizing Image Intelligence in Syria and Beyond

by Galen Wright. June 2015 marked Google Earth’s 10th anniversary, which a number of writers marked with reflective essays. One theme was how quickly the program spilled over into the real-world. One writer described – for example – how rescue … Continue reading

Posted in English, Galen Wright, General Knowledge, India, Intelligence, Iran, Syria, Yemen | Leave a comment

Strategic rearmament of the Russian armed forces after end of the Cold War (2/2)

by Patrick Truffer. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and completes a Master of Arts program in International Relations at the Freie Universität Berlin. In a two-part … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Forces, English, History, International, Patrick Truffer, Russia, Security Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Confirmed: SU-25s Join Russia’s Flankers in Latakia

Satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International Airport shows new arrivals supporting Russia’s growing military presence. Space snapshots from 20SEPT15 show twelve SU-25 Frogfoot joining the four SU-30SM Flanker already parked at the airport, a location ten miles south of Syria’s Latakia. Earlier the SU-30SM … Continue reading

Posted in Chris B, English, Intelligence, Russia, Syria | 1 Comment

The Pentagon Is Far From ‘Entrenched’ in Ukraine

by Joseph Trevithick, a freelance journalist and researcher. He is also a regular contributing writer at War is Boring and a Fellow at In response to Western criticism of actions in Ukraine, Russia has accused the United States of … Continue reading

Posted in English, International, Joseph Trevithick, Russia, Ukraine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clarification: Russian SU-30SM in Syria, not SU-27

Recent satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International airport in Syria shows four SU-30SM aircraft, not four SU-27 Flanker as originally reported by the Institute for the Study of War. The aircraft are easily mistaken for the SU-27 due to the … Continue reading

Posted in Chris B, English, Intelligence | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Vietnam Expands New Aircraft Support Apron

Located near the important deep-water port of Cam Ranh Bay, a new aircraft support apron has been recently added and expanded, satellite imagery confirms. Vietnam is currently engaged in a long delayed military modernization program. For obvious reasons, part of the … Continue reading

Posted in Chris B, English, International, Vietnam | Tagged | Leave a comment

Iran ISOICO Shipyard Imagery Update

The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In August, the Kharg (431) replenishment ship, which has been berthed at the shipyard since last November, was moved to the yard’s floating dry dock. Imagery … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Forces, Chris B, English, Intelligence, Iran | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Europe at a crossroads: How the OSCE can help support the current refugee crisis

by Stephanie Liechtenstein. She works as website editor for the quarterly journal “Security and Human Rights” (SHR) and has held several positions in the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna (among them senior political assistant to the OSCE Secretary General) between 2003 … Continue reading

Posted in English, Security Policy, Stephanie Liechtenstein | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment