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"Russia’s Military Buildup Near Ukraine Is an Open Secret: Satellite images, social media posts and flight-tracking data allow private analysts to track details governments once classified" - SCW Newswatch: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports on the open availability of diverse data and imaging to expose and assess the potentially aggressive Russian military buildup in the vicinity of Ukraine. 

"... Taking on a role once reserved for spies, amateur sleuths and [private sector] analysts ... are tracking Russia’s buildup [near the Ukrainian border] [daily], mining commercial satellite images, social media posts and flight-tracking data to compile a strikingly precise picture of Moscow’s deployments [] and ... the U.S. military’s [monitoring] efforts .... What has changed [about open-source intelligence (OSINT)] ... [reportedly] is wider and cheaper access to more data, allowing private citizens to track the Russia-Ukraine confrontation and provide the public with details that once would have been classified. ... [U.S. officials, in turn, also can address developments publicly] in greater detail ....  Russia is gathering a force ... the U.S. government says already numbers about 100,000 troops and might grow to as many as 175,000. ... The ability to monitor the current buildup is much greater than ... in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and invaded parts of eastern Ukraine ...."

Click here for: "Russia’s Military Buildup Near Ukraine Is an Open Secret; Satellite images, social media posts and flight-tracking data allow private analysts to track details governments once classified" - Wall Street Journal/ Warren P. Strobel, Michael R. Gordon

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