Improvements in Russia’s Capabilities

This has been lingering on my list for a while, needs to be posted.

Army Magazine has a good run-down of Russia’s improved (and improv-ing) capabilities to wage war. 

In this complex and uncertain world, Russia represents a real threat, to real allies, on real terrain. Though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions might be unknowable, we do know what his game plan is. It’s called “new-generation warfare,” and it targets Western weaknesses, not strengths. New-generation warfare differs from Western views of hybrid conflict in that it combines both low-end, hidden state involvement with high-end, direct, even braggadocio superpower involvement.

Among its features are improvements in–

  • Electronic warfare, even as we become more dependent on it
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • Massed fires, ever a Russian strength

In that light, think of the silliness and perversions being imposed on the US armed forces.

The Russians play to win. We don’t anymore. Who else thinks we might want to re-learn?

Über vmijpp

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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