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Analysis & Commentary - John Cappello

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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...

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

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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...

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...

2nd September 2016 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Five contentious issues for Obama and Turkey’s president to discuss Sunday

John Cappello

President Obama will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday in the midst of the rockiest relationship the two NATO allies have faced in years. more...

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

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

Eric S. Edelman, John Cappello

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...

27th April 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Hezbollah Develops New Skills in Syria, Posing Challenges for Israel

John Cappello

When Hezbollah first intervened on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Israeli defense analysts saw the foray as a blessing — better to have their Lebanese arch-enemy entangled in a war in Syria. more...