Journal: French Amphibious Ship in Russia

06 Russia, 08 Wild Cards, 10 Security, Military

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France shows off cutting-edge navy ship in Russia

By IRINA TITOVA, Associated Press Writer

Mon Nov 23, 2009

The head of the Russian navy has said that a Mistral-class vessel could put as many troops in Georgia in 40 minutes as the Russian Black Sea Fleet took 26 hours to land during the nations' August 2008 war. Moscow declared the Russian-allied breakaway Georgian territory of Abkhazia an independent nation after the war and sent thousands of troops there. Russia, Georgia and Ukraine all have Black Sea coastlines, as does Abkhazia.

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Phi Beta Iota: First, you identify the threats (hint: start with the ten high-level threats identified by LtGen Dr. Brent Scowcroft and the other members of the High-Level Threat Panel).  Then you create a strategy to eradicate all ten of those threats in our lifetime.  Finally, you devise an affordable sustainable Whole of Government force structure and regional campaign plans, in full partnership with multinational members of all eight of the intelligence tribes, to create a prosperous world at peace.

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