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.