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    Default Did you miss this? Putin's updated National Security Strategy

    From the UK Staff College staff's blog:http://defenceindepth.co/2016/01/27/...rity-strategy/

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    On December 31st 2015, while most of the world was focused on plans to welcome in the new year, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled an updated National Security Strategy (NSS). While it builds on some long-running themes in Russia’s foreign and security policy, it also makes it clear that Moscow has a clear understanding of the broad security challenges facing the country, from its low economic competitiveness to corruption, poor healthcare, interethnic tensions and extremism.
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    Estonian intelligence service published their first public report. Russian military part seems to be interesting.

    http://www.teabeamet.ee/pdf/2016-en.pdf

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    Default Assessing Russian Hybrid Warfare: A Successful Tool for Limited War

    Assessing Russian Hybrid Warfare: A Successful Tool for Limited War

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    Moderator's Note

    The next three posts have been copied here from the Syria tread, as they fit here too.

    The author, not Outlaw09, states 'My comments are in green.' Clearly they are not, which rather hinders what Gerasimov wrote and the author. I recommend readers follow the link. Hence the removal of a lengthy quote (Ends).

    http://blog.berzins.eu/gerasimov-syria/
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    Treat as "Dubious"

    The Russian government has launched a nationwide civil defence training exercise to ensure the country is properly prepared in#the event of#a nuclear, chemical and biological attack from the West.
    Amid growing#international tensions, particulary over Russia's conduct in Syria, the#Defence Ministry-run Zvezda TV network#announced last week:#"Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow."#
    Lasting three days, the exercise bing run by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) will involve 200,000 emergency personnel and the co-operation of 40 million civilians
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7345461.html
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    Default Bespredel and the Conduct of Russian “Hybrid Operations”

    Bespredel and the Conduct of Russian “Hybrid Operations”

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG View Post
    The Russian government has launched a nationwide civil defence training exercise

    The problem is - not me, not anyone whom I know never participated or even heard about this "nationvide civil defence training".
    I live in Moscow, I'am a part of acrive workforce, but somehow I missed entire thing - no billboards, no announces, no media coverage - probably it was all top secret, but I give 90% apriori probability it happened only on paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirhond View Post
    The problem is - not me, not anyone whom I know never participated or even heard about this "nationvide civil defence training".
    I live in Moscow, I'am a part of acrive workforce, but somehow I missed entire thing - no billboards, no announces, no media coverage - probably it was all top secret, but I give 90% apriori probability it happened only on paper.
    I can attest to this. I have a Russian friend who lives in Siberia and I asked her if this was true. She told me no and even spent some time going through Russian media and couldn't find anything. Unless she's lying to me, which I doubt.

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    Default Russia’s Military Paper Tiger

    A short article from the Jamestown Foundation refers to technical issues with aircraft, a ship (no guesses which one) and tanks:https://jamestown.org/program/russia...y-paper-tiger/

    This caught my attention on manpower:
    By October 1, the numbers of kontraktniki, warrant officers and sergeants accounted for 85.3 percent of the set targets, which are scheduled to rise to 100 percent in 2018. This means that, by 2018, the Armed Forces will have 220,000 officers, 50,000 warrant officers, 425,000 kontraktniki and “around 300,000 conscripts.”
    I know the Russians have relied more on officers than NCOs, but this seems rather lop-sided. Are the contractors not allowed to hold officer or NCO rank?
    This means that, by 2018, the Armed Forces will have 220,000 officers, 50,000 warrant officers, 425,000 kontraktniki and “around 300,000 conscripts.” - See more at: https://jamestown.org/program/russia....Nmc9i4v3.dpuf
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    Russia reactivate 3000+ stored T-80 tanks from "Cold War". They get new armor & Diesel engines for "special climatic conditions".

    Based on OSCE treaties..most of the T72s and half of the T80s were to be destroyed as part of a Europe/Russia wide armored vehicle disarmament....

    BUT Russia kept sidestepping this destruction requirement by first claiming the two Chechen wars and then just ignoring OSCE demands...
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    Default Russia’s Military Paper Tiger

    Publication: Jamestown Foundation - Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 183
    By: Roger McDermott



    The reputation of Russia’s Armed Forces was boosted by its involvement in Ukraine and its out-of-area intervention in Syria, on the back of the publicity generated by ongoing long-term military modernization (see EDM, November 8). Overlapping the presidential election in the United States, Russia’s high-profile additional naval deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, spearheaded by its only but aging aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, promised to further strengthen options to support the Damascus regime using high-precision strikes and more air sorties against Aleppo (TASS, November 12).

    The impression of Russia’s military as high-tech-centric was furthered by recent reports of the introduction of a new military internet to permit classified and secure transmissions in peacetime and during combat operations (Izvestia, October 19, November 10; Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, November 7). However, embarrassing technical glitches with modern military assets and the defense ministry’s hesitancy over procuring the latest tank design appear to signal enduring difficulties in the effort to transform the Armed Forces. President Vladimir Putin used a defense industry visit to Yaroslavl to confirm widely anticipated reductions in defense budget spending over the next three years while, at the same time, maintaining commitment to fostering a high-tech military.

    According to Putin, this thrifty strategy will enable the state to focus on introducing into the military components such as “informatization,” “intelligence” in its broadest sense (human and technical), communication systems, as well as high-precision and high-tech weaponry. However, in the context of declining defense spending or optimizing existing plans, it is less likely the military will soon see the introduction of advanced systems such as the S-500 air defense system, or large numbers of the widely discussed Armata T-14 tank (Kommersant, November 14). According to the Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, by the end of 2018, the total number of contract servicemen (kontraktniki) will reach the desired 425,000. By October 1, the numbers of kontraktniki, warrant officers and sergeants accounted for 85.3 percent of the set targets, which are scheduled to rise to 100 percent in 2018. This means that, by 2018, the Armed Forces will have 220,000 officers, 50,000 warrant officers, 425,000 kontraktniki and “around 300,000 conscripts.”

    These targets appear within reach, even bearing in mind that those figures were set before the collapse in the global oil market. Therefore, Shoigu is also setting a high priority on changes to defense laws designed to strengthen territorial defense. These changes envisage placing responsibility for mobilization on local governors and subordinating all security agencies and personnel to each military district (MD) and joint strategic command (Obedinonnye Strategicheskoe Komandovanie—OSK) in wartime. Previously it was thought that the MD would switch to an OSK in wartime, but Shoigu stated that both will function simultaneously (Novosti VPK, November 11). If, however, the drive to adopt high-tech systems and markedly increase contract personnel numbers is working well, it is rather odd to find the defense ministry subscribing to a “mobilization” insurance policy—especially considering the unlikely scenarios in which Russia’s hypothetical adversaries would simply sit and wait for such mobilization to occur.

    In this rapidly modernizing military, with its highly ambitious plans and targets, it is worth recalling that the advanced Armata T-14 tank has still not entered the Ground Forces despite its appearance on Red Square the past two years, during the annual Victory Day Parade. Russian plans include procuring 2,200 T-14s. But in the current economic climate, with military belt tightening being inevitable, it is difficult to foresee when this platform might be purchased in significant numbers. Indeed, the defense ministry has recently opted to reboot the old T-80, in what seems to be a cost-cutting exercise. The updated T-80BV will use less kerosene and feature increased accuracy in target acquisition. These older platforms are reportedly in plentiful supply, with up to 3,000 in military warehouses, making the cost-effective option of modernizing them alluring for the defense ministry. Moreover, with its updated characteristics, including better fuel economy, the T-80BV may compete with the T-90. Even so, these are still Soviet-designed tanks, and their prioritization, if it comes at the expense of the more costly Russian-designed modern T-14, suggests continued reliance on tried-and-tested systems (Izvestia, November 14).

    Following the arrival of the Admiral Kuznetsov to the Eastern Mediterranean, a routine test flight by a small number of fighter jets resulted in a navy MiG-29 ditching into sea a few kilometers from the aircraft carrier. On November 14, the Russian defense ministry confirmed that a routine training flight involving three MiG-29s had resulted in the loss of one with the pilot safely ejecting. The cause of the accident was described as due to a “technical fault.” The loss of the fighter jet suggests that all is not well in the Russian military aviation industry or its capacity to successfully produce advanced air assets. The MiG-29s in question were the latest generation MiG-29Ks and MiG-29KUBs.

    The training flights in question were conducted by two of each of these types, with the consequent loss of one MiG-29K (Life.ru, November 14). The fourth-generation MiG-29K fighter—as well as its training variant, the MiG-29KUB—is also being exported to India. In 2004, India signed a $730 million deal with Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (formerly Mikoyan) to purchase 16 carrier-based fighters (12 MiG-29Ks and 4 MiG-29KUBs), which were delivered in 2011. In 2010, India signed another contract for $1.2 billion to deliver 29 MiG-29Ks by the end of 2016. In August 2016, India’s Air Force reported experiencing numerous problems with the MiG-29K, including its electronic control system, complaining that the platform is “riddled with problems.” Likely, the Russian defense ministry sent a small number of these to the Syrian theater for further testing and pilot training. The Russian defense industry has responded to the complaints from India by criticizing their specialists in handling repair and maintenance (Life.ru, November 14).

    In June 2011, a test flight of the MiG-29KUB in Astrakhan region resulted in a crash, killing both its crew members. The cause of the sudden catastrophe was again said to be “equipment failure,” most likely to do with the mechanism used in the folding of its wings. Then, on December 4, 2014, another MiG-29KUB crashed during a training flight, with both pilots ejecting and hospitalized in serious condition. Again, the cause of the accident was given as equipment failure (TASS, RBK, November 14). Russia’s continued reliance on upgrading older existing platforms may yield cost-cutting benefits. But this, combined with manpower and training issues, offers a less rose-tinted insight into the current condition of Russia’s Armed Forces.


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    Default Russian Military Draws Lessons From Ukraine and Syria Ops

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    Default Russian Special Forces Seen as Key to Aleppo Victory

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    Producer of #Russia|n new generation main battle tank T-14 Armata, Uralvagonzavod, went bankrupt.
    https://twitter.com/DurdomOnline/sta...8152173993985#

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    More troubles in Russian Mordor with armament upgrade, production of new capable military armour.
    https://twitter.com/HarriLuuppala/st...9100939206656#
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    More troubles in Russian Mordor with armament upgrade, production of new capable military armour.
    https://twitter.com/HarriLuuppala/st...9100939206656#
    On Dec 26 2016 #Putin signed decree of transferring 100% assets of Uralvagonzavod to Gov.Corp Rostech. T-14 Aramat.



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    Default Spetsnaz: the tip of the spear

    Gained via another think tank and I recognized the name of a known SME:
    In this interview Dr Galeotti discusses the history and evolution of Spetsnaz and their current use under Vladimir Putin
    Link:http://remotecontrolproject.org/mark-galeotti/
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    https://informnapalm.org/en/russia-p...asion-ukraine/

    Is Russia paving the way for admitting its “polite” military invasion of Ukraine?
    Baltic Defence @Baltic_Defence
    #Putin May Exploit Disarray in Washington to Launch Attack on #Belarus, Minsk Experts Say
    http://www.interpretermag.com/february-6-2017/#16075#

    Snap drills or show of power?
    Belarus calling out reserve forces on massive scale.
    http://belsat.eu/en/news/snap-drills...assive-scale/#
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    Russia MoD tv: S400 fired during combat readiness tests in Kaliningrad, just 80 miles from Poland.

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    You must register to get this article...but well worth reading.....

    Russia's Art of War
    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/artic...id=soc-tw-rdr#

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