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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.

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In this file photo taken Wednesday, April 8, 2015, a U.S. military fighter jet participates in a NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission practice mission in the Tapa training area, some 70 kilometers (43 miles) southwest of Tallinn, Estonia. Russia is so close that the F-16 fighter pilots can see it on the horizon as they swoop down over a training range in Estonia in the biggest ever show of U.S. air power in the Baltic countries. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Russia threatens to target Baltic States if they deploy missile defense

On the heels of Russia proclaiming that Baltic Russian-speaking populations are being violated, the deputy secretary of the Russian Security Council, Yevgeny Lukyanov, inferred that the former Soviet Baltic territories of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia could be targeted with nuclear weapons if they deploy American anti-missile defense systems in-country. Published June 24, 2015

** FILE ** Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin attend a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Community Interstate Council in Moscow in December 2010. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service, File)

This is how wars start

The West has been trying to get Russia's attention, and force a change in behavior, for over a year regarding Russia's actions in Ukraine and its new militaristic, aggressiveness abroad. Published June 22, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, heads to meet with Swiss Federal President Didier Burkhalter in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  From left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and President's aide Yury Ushakov. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

Russia really doesn't want an arms race

Many in Russia believe the Kremlin created the crisis in Ukraine and with the West in order to deflect attention from the domestic economy and to appeal to an innate, rabid nationalism in the Russian population. Published June 18, 2015

Soldiers from NATO countries attend a opening ceremony of military exercise 'Saber Strike 2015', at the Gaiziunu Training Range in Pabrade some 60km.(38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, June 8, 2015. The annual multinational Exercise Saber Strike 2015 organized by the U. S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) on June 1 through 19 comprises brigade-level command post exercises held concurrently in all the three Baltic States and Poland. This year the exercise will train the record number of 6,000 troops from 13 NATO member and partner states - Denmark, Estonia, U.S.A., UK, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and Finland. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Putin pushes for Russian airbase in Belarus

TASS, the Russian news agency, reported today that the Belarusian defense minister, Gen. Lt. Andrey Ravkov, has stated that a Russian airbase in the eastern city of Babruysk, Belarus, is in the political stage of discussion. Published June 17, 2015

Ella Rozenberg with one of her art students at her studio in the Gaza border town of Ashkelon, Israel. The studio is located inside a stone stable built inside the ancient walls of a old hotel dating back to the crusades. (Photo by L. Todd Wood)

Painting under the rockets on the Gaza border

Last summer, when the Gaza conflict was raging, I traveled to Sderot, Israel, on the Gaza border to see for myself what was happening. And boy did I see it. Published June 16, 2015

From the website VK.com, the largest Russian-language social network.

Chechen jihadists pine for ISIS

In prose reminiscing "Scarborough Fair," jihadists in Chechnya have been sending love letters to the Islamic State. Published June 9, 2015

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols the area near the division line with separatists in Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 5, 2015. As fears persist that eastern Ukraine is about to fall back into full-scale war, a leader of the international monitoring group is urgently calling for resumed negotiations. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Is Putin preparing for all-out war in Ukraine?

If I lived in the port city of Mariupol, I'd be moving. The front lines of the conflict between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russian separatists are only a few miles away. Published June 5, 2015

The odd circumstance of Kaliningrad

In August of last year, as Russian troops kept getting "lost" in Ukraine, the government of Canada produced a map showing Russia in red, and Ukraine in blue, labeled "Not Russia," in a snarky attempt to call, in their words, "an invasion an invasion." Published June 1, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 29, 2015.  Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to make losses of Russian troops who are on "special operations" in peacetime,  a state secret. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Give up your seat for pregnant women, please

Recently, the Moscow Metro celebrated its 80th birthday and the city government put on a big show. In a cool, hipster idea, the audio announcements that play automatically on the subway were changed to the voices of famous Russian actors and actresses. I have to admit, it was a nice touch. The metro in Moscow is stunningly efficient and over-the-top beautiful--a most pleasurable experience for someone used to the grind and filth of the New York subway. Published May 29, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest listens to a question about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Questions ranged from the Islamic State to Mrs. Clinton's emails to Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

... For Ukraine is not a country

Throughout the ages, Ukraine has been controlled by one power or another, such as the Russians, Poles, Germans, or the Turks. Published May 25, 2015

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks at a concert marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, in Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 1 , 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

Russia still angry about Serbia

The West frequently asks itself, "Why is Russian President Vladimir Putin so popular? He has harmed their economy. He has stifled the free press. He has destroyed the political opposition. We don't get it." Published May 22, 2015

Workers decorate a New Year tree, in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New Year is widely celebrated as the most popular holiday in Ukraine with the Orhodox Christmas being celebrated on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Vacation in Ukraine, seriously

With investments, wine or travel, I like finding interesting deals, things that no one else wants. Kiev is a wonderful city Published May 18, 2015

Gen. George S. Patton Jr., left, commander of the U.S. 15th Army, and his chief of staff, Maj. Gen. H.R. Gay, right, are pictured in an undated photo. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

If you want to arm Ukraine, arm it with economic progress

In a rare moment of agreement with the Obama administration, I have never been in the camp that says the United States should overtly provide offensive arms to the Ukrainian government in its fight with Russia. Published May 15, 2015