Newsweek, 60 minutes, and several defense-oriented websites have all recently covered the growth, rearming, and mission orienting of the Russian military under Vladimir Putin. The general consensus is that Putin is trying to restore Russia’s military to Cold War levels and strengths. The Soviet Union is gone, but Russians want their country to again be an influential political force ready to step in and replace the U.S. as the U.S. withdraws as the world leader. Worse, Russian invasions of Crimea and the Ukraine are reminiscent of Soviet military actions against its Eastern European neighbors. Russian meddling in national elections has been claimed by France and England among other nations.
German Chancellor Andrea Merkel has said, “Cyberattacks, or hybrid conflicts as they are known in Russian doctrine, are now part of daily life and we must learn to cope with them. We must inform people a lot on this point.” The
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