This OE Watch contains 23 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:

This particular issue can be downloaded directly at:

Its Table of Contents is here:


3 Understanding Chinese UAV Group-Style Operations
4 Capstone Electronic Warfare Exercise Held for Students at Chinese Defense Tech Powerhouse
5 A Chinese Concept of “Cognitive Confrontation” In Future Warfare
6 Chinese Icebreaker Enters the Arctic
7 Xi Jinping Delivers Speech on Centenary of Chinese Communist Party’s Founding


8 Russia Practices Area Denial in Gulf of Finland
10 The Russian Ground Forces Improve Army-Level Communications
12 Russia Expanding Footprint in Africa
13 Russia Facing Problems Developing Arctic Military Communications System
14 Russia Warns Turkey to Remain Neutral in the Black Sea
16 Evidence of Staffing Troubles for Russian Military-Political Officers
17 Russian Military Studying Putin’s History of Ukraine
19 Russia Pushing to Classify Reporting on the Military
20 Georgian Defense Minister Offers Modernization Plan in Face of Russia Threat


22 Iran Announces Ultra-Long Range Drone
23 Iran’s Pollution Problems Peak
24 Iran Calls for Investigation into Missing Diplomats


25 Cameroon: Islamic State Branch Capitalizing with Boko Haram in Partial Disarray
26 Transnational Networks Smuggling Afghan Refugees into Turkey


29 In Somalia, Conflict Compounds the Problems of Climate Change
30 UAE Continuing to Develop and Employ UAVs
32 Military Poised to Play Larger Role amid Political Uncertainty in Tunisia
33 Russian and Chinese Security Interests in Tajikistan

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Mr. Paul (Kent) Baumann (; Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, KS

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