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December 06, 2022

Russia’s Story on the Mysterious Explosions That Rocked Bases Housing Strategic Bombers Acknowledges a Glaring Weakness

Featuring Samuel Bendett

Source: Business Insider

Journalist Charles R. Davis

Russia's story in the wake of mysterious explosions at two air bases acknowledges an embarrassing weakness in its ability to defend its military installations.

It argued that drones first flown before the fall of the Soviet Union hit two airfields hundreds of miles from Ukraine, inflicting casualties on Russian forces and damaging aircraft in a brazen act of revenge for the Kremlin's attacks on civilian infrastructure.

"Baffling," Samuel Bendett, a military expert with the Center for Naval Analysis, a Washington think tank, said in an interview. "Why didn't Russian air defenses track and identify the targets so deep inside the country?"

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  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...