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