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Algeria’s Uniform Economy

Algeria’s economy emerged from the ‘black decade’ of civil war in the 1990s. The model relies heavily on hydrocarbons, as it did prior to the black decade, with 97% of total exports, two-thirds of state revenue, and one-third of GDP…

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How the Taliban Captured Billions of Dollars Worth of Weapons

The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban exploded the proliferation of weapons captured from the former ANA (Afghan National Army), ANP (Afghan National Police), NDS (National Directorate of Security), and other former government armed formations. The US and its…

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The Venezuela-Colombia Border Conflict

The border that separates Venezuela and Colombia hosts armed groups and former paramilitaries that to control the illicit trade market

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Ratnik: Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

Modern warfare Ratnik is not just a force development program, it’s a reaction to a contemporary global trend. In the words of comedian Dave Chappelle, “modern problems require modern solutions”. Warfare is no different, and as new geopolitical threats emerge,…

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Lady Death: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, History’s Most Deadly Female Sniper

Lady Death called so for her extraordinary sniper skills was born in Belaya Tserkva, a village near Kyiv, in Ukraine, on the 12th of July 1916. Her father, Mikhail Ivanovich Belov, was a government employee, and her mother, Elena Trofimovna Belova,…

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Flintlock: Improving Sahel Security With Special Forces Training

Key Judgements  KJ-1. Flintlock likely resulted in a stronger partnership and enhanced proficiency in tactical skills between the participating African nations and their Western counterparts. The very fact that the participating nations are willing to be part of the exercise…

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Eugene Bullard: The First Black Fighter Pilot

Eugene Bullard during his flight training. The Croix de Guerre with Star he received for valour during the Battle of Verdun is visible. On the left, there is the unofficial wings worn by many French pilots. Eugene Bullard: From Columbus,…

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The Great Toyota War: Birthplace of the Technical

The Great Toyota War was the birthplace of the “technical” – light-weight Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser variants that are used in underdeveloped countries for troop transport and combat. In 480 BC, the Battle of Thermopylae took place in Greece….

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Zaslon: Russia’s Most Secretive Unit

What is Zaslon? Zaslon “Barrier or Screen” is Russia’s most secretive special-purpose unit within the Russian external security service, Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki (SVR). It roughly resembles the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)–also known…

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Big Safari: Private US Contractor Kill Chains in Operations

Since 2008, the Big Safari programme has spent $158 billion on private companies such as L3Harris Technologies, in a bid to streamline operational requirements for the USAF. In the 2019 US federal fiscal year alone, L3Harris was awarded $4 billion…

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