Netherlands uncovers sleeper agents planted before USSR’s collapse

Netherlands uncovers sleeper agents planted before USSR’s collapse

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The conviction of a former Dutch diplomat has exposed a wide net of Russian espionage against the West that traces its roots back to the Soviet KGB era. On April 23, a three-judge panel in the Hague sentenced Raymond Poeteray to 12 years in prison for having […]

Intel on presence of Chinese subs in Indian Ocean makes waves

Intel on presence of Chinese subs in Indian Ocean makes waves

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A leaked Indian government document indicated that Chinese submarines have ventured into the Indian Ocean region frequently and have posed “a grave danger to India’s security interest.” The document, originated from the Indian Defense Ministry, is called “Indian Navy: Perceived Threats to Subsurface Deterrent Capability and Preparedness,” […]

Russia cheers cancellation of U.S. missile defense for Central Europe

Russia cheers cancellation of U.S. missile defense for Central Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On March 15, the United States announced that a planned project to install missile interceptors in central Europe would be cancelled due to a new threat assessment. The project would have constituted the final phase of a comprehensive missile defense system in the region that Russia has […]

Iran’s Navy enters the Pacific Ocean for first time since 1979

Iran’s Navy enters the Pacific Ocean for first time since 1979

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Iranian Navy’s flotilla will provide maritime protection to Iranian merchant ships in open seas in areas far away from Iranian coast, Iran’s Navy chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari announced on Feb. 25. The following day Sayyari said the 24th fleet, including a destroyer and the Khark helicopter […]

India close to TRIAD deterrence with successful test launch of SLBM

India close to TRIAD deterrence with successful test launch of SLBM

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com India on Jan. 25 successfully conducted a submarine-launched ballistic missile in the Bay of Bengal which was hailed by security officials as a major milestone in the nation’s strategic weapons development. The K-15 ballistic missile was launched from an underwater pontoon that simulates a submarine launch platform, […]

Sale of Exxon Mobil stakes makes Beijing top consumer of Iraq’s oil

Sale of Exxon Mobil stakes makes Beijing top consumer of Iraq’s oil

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp has decided to sell its stakes in the West Qurna phase 1 oilfield in Iraq. Exxon will sell its stakes to Chinese state-run oil giant China National Petroleum Corp [CNPC], China’s official newspaper China Daily confirmed on Jan. 24. With […]

Russian flotilla heads for Mediterranean to counter NATO role in Syria

Russian flotilla heads for Mediterranean to counter NATO role in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Over 300 Russian Marines are onboard a flotilla of at least five warships from Russia’s Baltic Fleet and the Black Sea Fleet en route to the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, both Russian and Israeli sources have confirmed. Moscow had earlier stated that the purpose of sending […]

After policy disasters, U.S. AFRICOM to deploy troops to 35 countries

After policy disasters, U.S. AFRICOM to deploy troops to 35 countries

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The United States will deploy troops to 35 African countries in 2013 to deal with increasing Al Qaida or Al Qaida-like terrorist threats. The total number of Africa-bound troops will be around 3,500 and they will come from the 2nd Brigade’s Heavy Combat Team of the First […]

U.S. Navy developing unmanned submarines for anti-sub warfare

U.S. Navy developing unmanned submarines for anti-sub warfare

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the U.S. transitions to littoral warfare in key parts the world, including the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz and the Caribbean, the threats posed by small, quiet, diesel-electric enemy submarines is growing. To deal with this, the Pentagon has developed a program to assemble […]

‘Almost noiseless’ 3rd Russian nuclear-powered sub begins sea trials

‘Almost noiseless’ 3rd Russian nuclear-powered sub begins sea trials

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia’s third Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the Vladimir Monomakh, recently began sea trials from the northern shipbuilding town of Severodvinsk. The official RIA Novosti news agency called the Vladimir Monomakh “super-modern, powerful and almost noiseless.” The Borei-class SSBN is Russia’s first post-Soviet designed nuclear submarine. […]