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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

A newly mobilized Ukrainian soldier shows his skills during military drills in base Desna 100km north from Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Fierce fighting surged in East Ukraine as Russian-backed separatists mounted a major and sustained new push Friday to capture a strategic railway hub ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Is East Ukraine about to blow?

It seems the mask of a cease fire has come off in East Ukraine. Ukrainian government forces report assaults across the front lines in recent days with the heaviest attacks on the territory around Mariupol, the key port city on the Sea of Azov. Published August 12, 2015

Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces Vladimir Shamanov stands during President Vladimir Putin's visit to  the airborne troops school in the city of Ryazan, some 100 km (62.5 miles) southeast of Moscow, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Is Russia preparing to send troops to Syria?

There was confusion coming out of the Kremlin on Tuesday regarding Russia sending paratroopers to help the Assad regime in Syria, a longtime client state of Moscow. Published August 4, 2015

We're facing a crisis of rational thought

I was forced to watch CNN Monday morning while sitting in a professional's waiting room. The subject of discussion was the explosion in murders in New York and other cities in the last year. Published August 3, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry hopes to keep the Ukraine situation separate from his push for a new dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Syria, U.S. officials said Monday. (Associated Press)

Russia to reap weapons windfall with Iran

Although the press has not had access to the entire agreement, including secret side deals, it seems that Russia will now be unrestrained to harvest the Iranian arms market. Published July 31, 2015

FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to speak at a navy parade marking  Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea. Angry with the West's response over Ukraine, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the U.S.-led effort to squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program. Russia's proactive strategy in Asia- which also involves cozying up to China and had been dubbed "Putin's Pivot" - began years ago as Moscow's answer to Washington's much touted rebalancing of its military forces in the Pacific.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File) **FILE**

Russia unveils new naval doctrine, but can it afford it?

Sunday was Navy Day in Russia, celebrating the power and history of the Russian fleet. The Kremlin used the occasion to announce a new naval doctrine on its website which lays out an ambitious plan to modernize and reconstitute a blue water Russian naval force. Although it sounds powerful on paper, the real question with oil trending below $50 a barrel, is whether Russia can afford this agenda. Published July 27, 2015

Oil-drilling rigs (AP Photo)

Collapsing oil could cause a war in Europe

The price of crude oil is plummeting again with West Texas Intermediate closing below $50 a barrel, possibly on its way to retest its recent lows of $42. For the commodity exporting BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), this is not good, especially not good for Russia. Published July 23, 2015

Obama's Iranian Nuclear Negotiations Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Manchurian president, complicit Dems destroy our national security

Democrat Barack Obama said in the second presidential debate in October of 2008: "We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. It would be a game-changer in the region. Not only would it threaten Israel, our strongest ally in the region and one of our strongest allies in the world, but it would also create a possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. And so it's unacceptable. And I will do everything that's required to prevent it. And we will never take military options off the table." It was a lie. Published July 15, 2015

Russia expects something from Iran deal, too

It seems Iran being allowed to develop and deploy a nuclear weapon was not the only development that will reduce American national security in the short run. Russia seems to have negotiated a sweetener as well with the American appeaser-in-chief. Published July 14, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange documents at the signing ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, May 8, 2015. Russian and Chinese leaders have signed a plethora of deals in Moscow, giving Russia billions in infrastructure loans. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Is Putin's pivot eastward faltering?

On Friday, the Russian news agency TASS reported President Vladimir Putin called China the "locomotive of the world economy." Published July 10, 2015

People fish in a stream outside a steel factory in the Sea of Azov port city, Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The bulk of continued unrest along the 485-kilometer (300-mile) front lines, between Ukraine's government forces and Russia-backed rebels, has been concentrated around the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, but pitched battles are also taking place in the town of Shyrokyne, near the strategic port city of Mariupol. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Is Russia backing down in East Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a master of the art of escalation and de-escalation. In the recent past, we have seen Moscow make nice statements and actually pull back from the conflict zone in East Ukraine, only to reappear in strength and apply significant deadly force to help pro-Russian separatists wrest territory and key logistical nodes from Ukrainian control. Published July 9, 2015

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House (Associated Press) **FILE**

An American century

The rumors of America's death have been greatly exaggerated. Published July 6, 2015

Godzilla

Bondzilla: He's tired of waiting

As the Federal Reserve winds down its printing-money-like-a-drunken-sailor program, otherwise known as quantitative easing (in most banana republics they still call it printing money), it seems like a good time to stare into the crystal ball and try and discern what is ahead for the U.S. bond market and the financial situation of the country as a whole. Published July 5, 2015

A taxi driver loads luggage from a traveler into the back of his taxi. (AP Photo)

The taxi driver knows

Back during my Wall Street days, there was a saying, "If the taxi drivers are giving stock tips, you know the market is topping out." Taxi drivers know things. They have in-depth conversations with lots of people. They can feel the pulse of a nation. Published July 2, 2015

Elderly people, who usually get their pensions at the end of the month, wait outside a closed bank in Athens, Monday, June 29, 2015. Greece's five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn yet, with the cabinet deciding that Greek banks would remain shut for six business days and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

How the University of Texas helped destroy lives of 11M

It strikes me that while I'm sitting in Moscow, a place where they are still trying to overcome 70 years of the Marxist/Leninist experiment, I watch with horror as again the world has to deal with the consequences of Karl Marx and his teachings. Published June 29, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) ** FILE **

Russia worried about color revolution in Yerevan, Armenia

It's Moscow's worst nightmare, a color revolution, along the lines of what happened in Georgia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan, happening in other former Soviet territories. The Kremlin worries it may be starting in Yerevan, Armenia. Published June 26, 2015