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Russia's New-Generation Warfare

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I've seen this article on 'Russia's New-Generation Warfare', from the current issue of (US) ARMY Magazine, quoted in a number of blogs by Australian Army officers and found its insights on the nature of contemporary peer-on-peer warfare, as observed in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, very interesting: http://www.armymagazine.org/2016/05/13/russias-new-generation-warfare/  

 

The paragraph on the Russian fire strike that practically destroyed two Ukrainian mechanised battalions is particularly interesting and just a little frightening (I won't spoil the "surprise" and let you read it yourself).  Having said that, it makes no mention of the tactics used by the Ukrainians at the time and how vulnerable they may have made themselves to such a strike. 

 

Further reading on Russia's intervention in Ukraine I've flagged includes this assessment by Foreign Military Studies Office: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6uclllsoe6xj2ky/Brothers Disunited%3B Russia's Use of Military Power in Ukraine_McDermott%2C R_FMSO_2015.pdf?dl=0

 

It's definitely interesting, to me at least, to see the progression of Russian tactics from Soviet times, through Chechnya, Georgia to Ukraine and the unique, very contemporary style of warfare they employ.

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4 hours ago, Panzer_Leader said:

I've seen this article on 'Russia's New-Generation Warfare', from the current issue of (US) ARMY Magazine, quoted in a number of blogs by Australian Army officers and found its insights on the nature of contemporary peer-on-peer warfare, as observed in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, very interesting: http://www.armymagazine.org/2016/05/13/russias-new-generation-warfare/  

 

The paragraph on the Russian fire strike that practically destroyed two Ukrainian mechanised battalions is particularly interesting and just a little frightening (I won't spoil the "surprise" and let you read it yourself).  Having said that, it makes no mention of the tactics used by the Ukrainians at the time and how vulnerable they may have made themselves to such a strike. 

 

Further reading on Russia's intervention in Ukraine I've flagged includes this assessment by Foreign Military Studies Office: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6uclllsoe6xj2ky/Brothers Disunited%3B Russia's Use of Military Power in Ukraine_McDermott%2C R_FMSO_2015.pdf?dl=0

 

It's definitely interesting, to me at least, to see the progression of Russian tactics from Soviet times, through Chechnya, Georgia to Ukraine and the unique, very contemporary style of warfare they employ.

Reports like these are sadly often very politicized and ideology driven. Independent sources would be preferable.  I think it would be best to take these biased pieces with several grains of salt and in general steer clear of them.

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The analysis of them employed methods is spot on.

The drawn conclusions are of course seen trough political lenses.

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Both studies are written for an audience to be sure, a Western military one, but, beyond that, I don't view them as overly subjective or political. The first is quite objective, to my mind, and the second, though I haven't read through yet, is written by FMSO (successor to SASO) whose analyses I've always respected - Glantz wrote quite a bit for SASO. I think I can take them with more than a grain of salt and won't be avoiding them, sorry.

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