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12th June 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Kremlin Disinformation Effort Is More Than Just Facebook

John Cappello

Russia’s disinformation campaign isn’t just a marketing problem for Facebook or a series of nuisance bots on Twitter. It’s a concerted effort to not just disrupt Western liberal institutions, but to actually manipulate narratives that affect foreign policy decision-making. more...

8th February 2018 – Alhurra

Free Hour

John Cappello

FDD's John Cappello joins Alhurra's Free Hour to discuss the latest in Syria. more...

10th January 2018 – Cited by United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Putin’s Asymmetric Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe–Implications for U.S. National Security

John Cappello

For years, Vladimir Putin’s government has engaged in a relentless assault to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe and the United States. Mr. Putin’s Kremlin employs an asymmetric arsenal that includes military invasions, cyberattacks, disinformation, support for fringe political groups, and the weaponization of energy resources, organized crime, and corruption. The Kremlin has refined the use of these tools over time and these attacks have intensified in scale and complexity across Europe. If the United States fails to work with urgency to address this complex and growing threat, the regime in Moscow will become further emboldened. It will continue to develop and refine its arsenal to use on democracies around the world, including against U.S. elections in 2018 and 2020. more...

13th October 2017 – Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - Cipher Brief

Russia Ramps Up Media and Military Influence in Balkans

John Cappello

Since its invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has waged a robust disinformation and influence campaign in the Balkans. Over the past few years, the Russians have steadily ramped up their activity in southeast Europe, analysts told The Cipher Brief. more...

15th July 2017 – i24 - Defense News

Strictly Security

John Cappello

FDD senior fellow John Cappelo discusses Lebanon on i24 News. more...

6th July 2017 – Quoted by Russ Read - Daily Caller

Trump Signs Deal To Arm Poland Versus Putin

John Cappello

President Donald Trump agreed to sell Patriot missile defense systems to Poland Wednesday, in an apparent counter to the growing Russian threat on Europe’s eastern border. more...

24th May 2017 – Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Western Balkans in Russia’s Crosshairs

John Cappello

As NATO prepares to add another small Balkan country to its ranks – Montenegro is expected to join on June 5 – the region that has long been torn between the East and the West, and plagued with internal ethnic, socioeconomic, and political tensions is once again showing signs of increased instability. more...

19th May 2017 – Quoted by The Business Times

Saudis said to forge US$6b Lockheed deal for littoral ships

John Cappello

Lockheed Martin Corp has reached a US$6 billion deal to sell Saudi Arabia four of its Littoral Combat Ships as US President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom, people familiar with the transaction said. more...

18th May 2017 – Quoted by Anthony Capaccio and Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Saudis to Make $6 Billion Deal for Lockheed’s Littoral Ships

John Cappello


17th April 2017 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Russia’s Propaganda Machine Sets Its Sights On The Balkans

John Cappello

Russian propaganda campaigns have become a serious concern for Western governments over the last year, but it’s Europe’s Balkan countries could be the Kremlin’s next major focus. more...

11th April 2017 – CTV News

Power Play

John Cappello

FDD senior fellow John Cappello discusses the US strikes in Syria and strategy going forward. more...

5th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Russia Escalates Disinformation Campaign in Western Balkans

John Cappello

Russia is entering a new phase in its disinformation campaign in the Western Balkans, escalating disinformation and propaganda, and aggressively pushing messages of inevitable war with the European Union and NATO. more...

20th March 2017 –

Israel Shows Its Edge as Arrow Sees Action for the First Time

John Cappello

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) confirmed that the Syrian armed forces fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM) against Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets late Thursday evening. The S-200 missiles were fired in response to the IAF aircraft striking Hezbollah targets in Syria, and one of those S-200 missiles was intercepted by the Israeli Arrow missile defense system. more...

16th March 2017 –

The Six-Day War, Air Supremacy, and the F-35

John Cappello

On the morning of June 5, 1967 Israel conducted a preemptive air strike on Egypt, initiating what was to be known as the Six-Day War. By the end of the week, Israel had taken the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. - See more at: more...

13th March 2017 –

Dawn of the Jihadi Drone Wars

John Cappello

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported February 23 that it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Mediterranean after it was launched from the Gaza Strip. more...

2nd February 2017 – RealClearDefense

Russian Information Operations in the Western Balkans

John Cappello

Moscow’s ability to wage information warfare is becoming alarmingly effective in the Western Balkans. Russian news outlets, fake news portals, and pro-Russian tabloids are increasingly attempting to impact public perceptions through manipulation of local media. more...

27th January 2017 – The Hill

Trump needs a new approach to Syria: Bottom-up defense

John Cappello

A draft executive order that awaits President Donald Trump’s signature directs the State Department and Pentagon to produce a plan, within 90 days, for providing safe zones in Syria. more...

14th December 2016 – The National Interest

Should the United States Sell Fighter Jets to the Gulf?

John Cappello

The timing and phasing of recent U.S. arms deals in the Middle East underscore the complicated balance for the United States of addressing the concerns and needs of multiple partners in the region who frequently view each other with suspicion. more...

29th October 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Study: US Needs A Contingency Plan To Move Bases Out Of Turkey

John Cappello, Eric S. Edelman

Despite Turkey’s strategic role in U.S. defense policy, the military needs to have a contingency plan to move its bases out of the country, according to a recent study by a Washington, D.C. think tank. more...

14th September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

With MOU, U.S. and Israel Cement Strategic Relationship for Next Decade

With MOU, U.S. and Israel Cement Strategic Relationship for Next Decade

John Cappello

The United States and Israel signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, capping almost a year of negotiations for a new security assistance agreement. more...