[Defense in Brief] Russia cuts funding to upgrade its aircraft carrier

A slumping Russian economy is likely due to Moscow’s decision to cut funding for its sole fixed-wing aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, from about $800 million to $400 million, not nearly enough to fully upgrade the carrier in a way that will make it more survivable outside of a low-risk, low-intensity conflict. The ship returned [...]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.