In a new propaganda video just released, Russia claims that it can disable the world's biggest naval force simply by using a powerful electronic jamming signal that renders useless any planes, ships, or missiles coming its way.

The report references how far technology has come, saying that "Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralize any target from a ship's system and radar, to a satellite." This report appears to be a continuation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim of a highly skilled cyber warrior unit now existing, as he revealed his new Russian Electronic Warfare troops just a few weeks ago.

When I was stationed on the inner German border as a Russian linguist, this sort of claim was common. Then, the USSR often claimed new weapons and great capabilities. Some of the claims were so comically outlandish that those of us whose job was to listen to and decipher fact from fiction just shook our heads and snickered.

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Jon Harris is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former Army NCO, Sergeant Morales Club member, civilian law enforcement officer, and defense contractor with more than 30 years in the law enforcement community.

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