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L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.

Articles by L. Todd Wood

Communist party supporters carry portraits of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, left, and Soviet dictator Josef Stalin during a demonstration marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Thousands of Communist demonstrators marked the centennial of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution Tuesday by marching across downtown Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A history deficit obscures the real crimes done to Russia

It never ceases to amaze me the way the left attempts to rewrite history. I find it especially dangerous that our millennial generation is so misinformed about the past, communism in particular. Marxism and communism did not die after the Cold War was won, they simply morphed and went underground in our media and education system, only to raise their ugly heads decades later. Published November 16, 2017

U.S. veterans may need to deal with U.S. corruption

On a recent trip to Chisinau to investigate the political situation in the tiny former Soviet republic, I had the pleasure of meeting with a very distinguished gentleman, a former colonel in the Moldovan armed forces, who fought in the war against pro-Russian separatists in the early 1990s during the Transdniester conflict, a small strip of land bordering Ukraine Published November 13, 2017

A cautionary tale from Ukraine on prosecutors and power

As special counsel Robert Mueller announced his first indictments of Paul Manafort and others in the Russia election hacking probe, it seems a good time to examine what can happen when a prosecutor is weaponized to attack political and business adversaries. Published November 9, 2017

The Russia narrative is dying, so trust your gut President Trump

As people like Donna Brazile slowly come out and tell the truth about the Democratic Party and the 2016 election, the Leftist-spun Russia narrative is collapsing. We now know that if anyone was "collusion" with Russia, whatever that is, it was Hillary and Bill, and all their minions. Published November 8, 2017

A woman walks past a poster warning against foreign spies displayed in an alleyway in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. China is marking National Security Education Day with the poster warning young female government workers about dating handsome foreigners, who could turn out to have secret agendas. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China's new video urges children to spy, snitch on parents

In an effort which would make Mao and Stalin proud, China is getting families into the spying game. To celebrate its first National Security Education Day on Nov. 10th, the communist government is launching a ten-minute video for children explaining how to tell if someone in your family is working for a foreign government. Published November 7, 2017

A woman photographs the sculpture of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin during the opening of "Energy of the Dream. entennial of 1917 revolution" exhibition in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Russia will mark 100th anniversary of 1917 Bolshevik revolution on Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

A small country fights a big war against Russian hybrid warfare

In the U.S. we are witnessing firsthand the new hybrid warfare of the 21st century — cyberattacks, disinformation, financial shenanigans, social media manipulation and corruption — a combination of weapons for which the West has yet to find an effective defense. There is, however, one small country that has found a way to deal with this plethora of threats and actually find a way forward. Published November 2, 2017

North Korean Nukes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Europe in Kim Jong-un's nuclear crosshairs

While on a recent trip to Eastern Europe, and talking with government officials in multiple jurisdictions, I noticed one change in the national security narrative that is new to this part of the world. Europe is realizing that North Korea can hit the continent with nuclear weapons. Published October 31, 2017

In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington.  On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) **FILE**

Family feud in Ukraine turns ugly; Showing shades of James Comey's FBI?

Therapists say it takes five years to get over a divorce, emotionally and financially. For Serhei Rybalka, a Ukrainian businessman, it looks like it will take longer, if ever. The problem is, Mr. Rybalka's former wife is the daughter of Ukrainian oligarch, Gennadiy Butkevich, the owner of the ATB corporation, the largest grocery store chain in Ukraine. Published October 25, 2017

In this Saturday, May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump holds a sword and sways with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace, in Riyadh. Trump and his entourage were treated to a traditional all-male Saudi sword dance. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Saudi king, Trump swayed side to side and briefly joined the groove. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Truth and deceit in the Middle East

As we have seen with the "Arab Spring," politics and claims of allegiance in the Middle East are not always as they seem. In most instances, when looking at power players in the region, one has to look behind the curtain to ascertain where real loyalties lie. Published October 23, 2017

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during the interview with The Associated Press, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Yanukovych says the annexation of Crimea was a tragedy and he would have done everything possible to prevent it, had he remained in power. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

A case of abuse feminists should really care about

I'm speaking of Iryna Savytskaya, an accountant from Ukraine who is currently languishing in a Georgian jail in the Caucasus. Ms. Savytskaya traveled to Georgia on a business trip and was imprisoned apparently at the behest of the Ukrainian government. The detention appears to be a carefully pre-arranged operation between the Ukrainian and Georgian officials. Published October 19, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Central Asia can aid U.S. national security

U.S. President Donald Trump announced recently a new American strategy for the country's longest war: Afghanistan. The major change is a shift from the "deadlines," used to the detriment of American national security by the Obama administration, to a focus on "conditions." Published October 18, 2017

FILE - In this Saturday morning, May 21, 2011 file photo, Boy Scouts salute during a "camporee" in Sea Girt, N.J. The Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 Boy Scouts of America announcement to admit girls throughout its ranks will transform what has been a mostly cordial relationship between the two iconic youth groups since the Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Boy Scouts are waging a War on Boys

This may sound cheesy to some, but to me as a very young teenager, I remember it being a very big deal. It was towards the end of Boy Scout summer camp in the marshlands off Savannah, Ga. The event I'm speaking of was the 'ordeal' for the Order of the Arrow, a rite-of-passage of sorts. Published October 13, 2017

Czechs may take a step back in upcoming vote

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact decades ago, the United States has pointed to the Czech Republic as a beacon of relative prosperity and success in Eastern Europe. Published October 12, 2017

A screenshot from Real Clear Politics website.

Election polls are fake news, too

It's been almost a year since the 2016 election that brought Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. The weeks prior to the only poll that mattered on Election Day were filled with false predictions and downright fraud by polling companies seeking to impact the eventual outcome of the election by showing Hillary Rodham Clinton the obvious winner. Published October 6, 2017

President Donald Trump meets with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump warns Ukraine on treatment of U.S. companies

In a recent meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, President Trump asked Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko -- twice -- to "take good care of U.S. companies." American companies "see a tremendous potential there, so take good care of them," Mr. Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart. Published October 5, 2017

Robert Downey Jr. stars as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark in the "Iron Man" Marvel movie franchise. (Associated Press)

Russia develops Iron Man-style armored suit

The Russian Defense Ministry is designing and building new combat equipment for the average soldier, which includes an exoskeleton and 'active protection' measures. The third generation of Ratnik combat gear may appear by 2022, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov, reported Russian state news agency TASS. Published September 30, 2017

Illustration on possible solutions to the North Korea situation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

N. Korea a useful U.S. irritant for Russia and China

With all the news and threats flying back and forth between Washington and Pyongyang, it is worth drilling down into the historical and geopolitical scenario on the Korean Peninsula and ignore the bluster. Published September 29, 2017