Russia’s navy will get short shrift in the next defense budget cycle

The Russian navy will be at the bottom of the Kremlin’s defense priorities in the next budgeting cycle, which runs from 2018-2027. Rather than building bigger destroyers or new aircraft carriers, Russia plans to sink money into bolstering its formidable submarine force while building smaller surface combatants like frigates and outfitting them with the lethal [...]

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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.