What fresh hell is this?
It’s the first time Russian service members will be invited into the United States for a joint drill.
A Russian airborne task force will “exercise with U.S. special service weapons,” an announcement by Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Col. Aleksandr Kucherenko revealed.
The official purpose of the joint training is to practice airborne tactics and anti-terror operations, such as dropping into a hostile area and conducting a “terrorist camp raid.”
“Soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including reconnaissance of an imaginary terrorists’ camp and a raid,” said Kucherenko.
It’s worth noting the Russians will have access to U.S. military weapons training at the Army’s Fort Carson — “Home of America’s Best” — ahead of the scheduled May 24-31 drills. They’ll also be trained to understand and operate hardware used by U.S. forces in airborne missions including “parachuting, operation planning, reconnaissance, assault operations and evacuations by helicopter.”
This announcement comes at a time when Russia actually has troops working in cooperation with China. >>>
And there will not be a spy among them…uh huh…sure…
April 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm
WOW! I live near Ft Carson/Denver and have noticed some very strange things lately, to see this blows my mind! For the past few weeks I have seen more military marked vehicles that have sattelite dishes and all sorts of electronics on them, sometimes in large convoys and sometimes alone. I have seen some with Airforce markings and some with DOD seals on the doors. This last sunday my wife and I were having a picnic in the woods west of Ft Carson and had a C-130 flying tree top level for a few hours, touch and goes I suspect. Being an exparatrooper, and knowing the C130 is a paratrooper favorite, I wonder if they weren’t practicing for their visitors.
I’ve been here 12 yrs and never saw ANY activity with the unmarked, non military looking high tech vehicles, and certainly not in such huge numbers. It was creeping me out before I learned of this “exercise”, now I’m really creeped out. To be clear, these weren’t your average, HUMVE and support vehicles, these were highly modified GMC trucks, they look much like ambulances in shape. There was a time when I wouldn’t post such things, but we can’t trust our own people anymore and the citizens need to know. Very strange and I don’t like it.
Update 2: I am beginning to question the veracity of the report.
Various news sources parroting the same line.
RIA Novosti’s (Russian) report here.
MSN India’s report here.
NY Daily News India report here.
In related news:
Sino–Russian Naval Exercises: Shape of Things to Come? – The Foundry
This week, the Chinese and Russian militaries began the first joint naval exercises the two sides have ever conducted.
The exercise, occurring near Qingdao on the Yellow Sea, will involve 16 Chinese surface combatants and two submarines, including five missile destroyers, five missile frigates, and four missile boats, as well as a resupply ship and one of China’s new hospital ships. These are most likely drawn from the Chinese Northern Fleet, which is headquartered in Qingdao.
The Russian contingent is comprised of four surface combatants, including the Slava-class cruiser Varyag and three Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyers, as well as several supply vessels. The exercises, according to news reports, will include joint air defense, anti-submarine warfare, and search-and-rescue operations, as well as the now de rigueur “anti-terrorist” drills.
Update 3: The New American claims to have received confirmation from the Dept of Defense via email.
“The Russian soldiers are here as invited guests of the U.S. government; this is part of a formal bilateral exchange program between the U.S. and Russia that seeks to develop transparency and promote defense reform,” Cmdr. Wendy L. Snyder, U.S. Defense Press Officer for policy, told The New American in an e-mail. “This is the first time that American and Russian special operations troops have participated in a bilateral exercise.”
According to Snyder, the exercises — which she said would last about three weeks in all — will serve to train and improve skills related to terror-war fighting. About 20 Russian soldiers will be participating, with most of the training to take place on the Fort Carson, Colorado, Army base and a mountain training area several hours away.
“Aside from typical military training, the exchange will include discussions on the rule of land warfare, developing appropriate rules of engagement, and employing cultural literacy and competency in the tactical environment,” Snyder explained. “This type of training is routinely conducted by 10th Special Forces Group.”
While U.S. officials remained largely silent on the operation until contacted by the press, the Russian government has been touting the unprecedented terror drills through official announcements and news reports in state-controlled media for over a week. In fact, virtually all of the details about the exercise that emerged publicly early on came from Kremlin sources. [...]
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