Russia Shows Off

A very interesting article in the WaPo, asserting that Putin’s deft move into– and now out of– Syria, and the performance of his forces there signals that Russia’s military has achieved a new level of readiness and proficiency.

This, I believe, is the money quote–

Perhaps the most impressive revelation to come out of Russia’s deployment in Syria involved evident improvements in Russian logistical planning. Supply lines, long considered a weakness of the Russian military, appeared to be in robust condition.

“When this started, the orthodoxy in D.C. was absolutely that the Russians would not be able to maintain operational tempo,” said Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russian security and a professor of global affairs at New York University. “They proved us all wrong. It was by rough-and-ready measures in some cases, but ‘what works is what works’ has always been the Russian approach.”

You gotta hand to Putin; he got in, accomplished a clear set of goals, and got out. Fairly impressive. And fairly ominous.

We had better take note.

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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