This OE Watch contains 25 foreign article reviews spanning over 22 different regions and countries covering Operational Environment topics from the foreign perspective for the US Army leader, development, training and education community, as well as others in governmental, analytic, and academic communities.

This issue can be downloaded at FMSO’s website:

Its Table of Contents is here:

3 China’s Marine Corps Adds Improved Light Tank with Capabilities in Varied Geographies
4 Chinese Media Analysis Suggests Chinese Military Closing the Gap on United States
6 China Involved in Developing Pakistan’s Main Battle Tank
7 China’s Overtures in Syria Show Concern Over Turkistan Islamic Party Fighters

9 The Russian General Staff’s “Foreseeable Future”: Destructive Fires to Destructive Influence
10 The Russian Ground Forces’ New Command-and-Control Vehicles
12 New Russian Radar Deployed in Arctic To Detect UAVs
14 Russian Northern Fleet Vessels Move into Area of NATO Baltic Sea Exercise
16 Russia Harasses Dutch Ship in the Black Sea To Send Message to NATO
17 Russian Military Publication Argues NATO No Longer a Threat
18 Russia and Turkey Competing for Dominance of Black Sea
20 Algeria Seeks More Active Regional Military Role, with Russian Assistance

22 Blackouts in Bushehr Province Risk Unrest
23 Iran Faces Wildcat Strikes in Oil Industry
24 Iran’s Supreme Leader Explains Spoilt Ballots
25 Iran Sails Naval Assets toward Venezuela for First Time TERRORISM, TRANSNATIONAL CRIME
26 Turkey’s Operations against ISIS Networks Found Lacking
28 ISIS’s Alliance with Congolese Militants Fueled by Ugandan Members
29 Conflict Drivers in North Central Nigeria

30 Egypt-led Arab Economic Pact May Challenge Rise of Iran and Turkey
32 Iraqi Government Seeks to Prevent Sabotage of Electric Transmission Lines
34 The Growth and Challenge of Kazakhstan’s Defense Industry
35 Turkish Armed Forces Becoming Increasingly Politicized
37 Somalia’s Fractured Army Temporarily Holding Together
38 Regional Responses to Assassination of Haitian President

For more information on this product, please contact:
Mr. Paul (Kent) Baumann (; Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, KS

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