This OE Watch contains 22 foreign article reviews spanning over 30 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 Respected Russian Academic Speculates on War in the Arctic
5 Russian NBC Defense Troops Increase Thermobaric Munition Capabilities
8 Russians View Military Increasingly Favorably as Extortion and Other Negative News Go Underreported
9 Russian Orthodox Church Strengthening Its Position in Africa
10 Russia Highlighting Use of “Cube” and “Lancet” Loitering Munitions in Syria
11 Russia’s Increasingly Visible Military Presence in Mali

12 Chinese Army Division Independently Improves Integrated Reconnaissance System
13 China Wages Cognitive Warfare To Shape Taiwanese Public Opinion
14 Beyond the Glitzy Projects: China’s Far-Reaching Impact on Kenya
15 China Strengthening Position in Central America with Recognition by Nicaragua

16 Iran and Syria Discuss Transportation Cooperation
17 Iran’s Purported Counter-Hijacking Record
18 Iran Busts Weapons and Ammunition Smuggling Ring

19 Guerrilla Groups Continue To Threaten Colombia Along Border with Venezuela
20 Somalia: Puntland Troops Fight Each Other, Not Terrorists
21 Sahel Drug Trade Mixes with Militancy
23 Southeast Asia Sees Decrease in Terrorism

25 A Turkish Perspective on Great Power Competition in 2022 and Beyond
27 The Future of Turkish-Russian Relations
29 The Collective Security Treaty Organization Demonstrates Its “Peacekeeping” Capabilities
31 Algeria Obtains Chinese Integrated EW Reconnaissance/Jamming System
32 Service Rifles and Fighter Jets: Pakistan’s Defense Acquisition Priorities

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

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