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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:19 pm

    Strategic exercise Kavkaz-2016 begins in Russia's Southern Military District

    New types of weapons, military equipment and control systems will be tested within the exercise involving some 12,500 troops

    MOSCOW, September 8. /TASS/. A strategic command staff exercise codenamed Kavkaz-2016 with 12,500 troops taking part has begun in the Southern Military District, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

    "The Kavkaz-2016 exercise is the final phase of a package of command staff and special practices and drills for military command bodies and snap checks of troops’ combat readiness due in 2016. It will be held at test sites of the Southern Military District, the Black and Caspian sees on September 5-10," the Defense Ministry said in a news release obtained by TASS.

    "Taking part in the exercise there are about 12,500 troops, aviation, combat vehicles and naval vessels," Defense Ministry’s press-service said.

    One of the special tasks of the Kavkaz-2016 exercise will be to test new types of weapons and other military equipment and command systems.

    There are plans for organizing the operation of command posts of all levels with the use of the newest automation means, practice mobilization readiness and territorial defense measures and widely employ aviation and the forces of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian flotilla.

    The Defense Ministry’s press-service recalled that within the framework of preparations for the Kavkaz-2016 exercise twelve special logistics drills were held in August. On August 25-31 there was a series of combat readiness span checks involving the forces of the southern, western and central military districts, the Aerospace force and the Airborne Troops.

    In 2015 the Russian Armed Forces held a strategic exercise called Center-2015, with about 95,00 troops, 170 aircraft and 20 ships taking part.


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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:46 am

    Next strategic military exercise due in 2017 in western Russia — General Staff

    Russia's previous strategic exercise in the western regions was held in 2013 and involved 10,000 troops

    MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. The next strategic command staff exercise will be held in western Russia next year, the chief of the Russian armed forces’ General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, has told the media.

    "Strategic command staff exercises are held annually. The next, codenamed Zapad-2017 (West-2017) will take place in the west of the country," Gerasimov told a news briefing devoted to the preliminary results of the Kavkaz-2016 war games.

    Gerasimov recalled that military exercises of that scale normally practiced operations to maintain security in a strategic direction.

    The Kavkaz-2016 exercise was conducted in the Southern Military District on September 5-10. A total of 120,000 troops and civilians were involved in different southern areas of Russia, but no more than 12,500 simultaneously at any one time.

    Russia held the previous strategic exercise in the west in 2013. The Russian-Belarussian exercise Zapad-2013 involved more than 10,000 troops.


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    kavkaz excersize

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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:52 pm

    Next SCO exercise Peace Mission due in Russia in 2018

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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:31 pm

    Russian troops to take part in three joint military exercises in 2017

    Servicemen of Russia’s Eastern Military District will hold drills with Vietnam for the first time

    VLADIVOSTOK, November 7. /TASS/. Servicemen of Russia’s Eastern Military District will take part in three joint military exercises in 2017, including the tenth Russian-Mongolian maneuvers Selenga and drills with Vietnam for the first time, district spokesman Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said on Monday.

    "In 2017, servicemen of the combined arms formations of the Eastern Military District will take part in three joint international military exercises. The Russian-Mongolian maneuvers Selenga-2017 will become the tenth jubilee drills. Next year, they are planned to be held from August to September on the territory of Mongolia. The place of holding the other traditional international drills Indra-2017 will be determined during the first planning conference by representatives of the defense ministries of Russia and India. Also, the first joint Russian-Vietnamese exercises are planned in October 2017," the spokesman said.

    The Indra-2017 drills will presumably be held in November next year. Earlier, troops of the Eastern Military District took part in three joint Russian-Indian drills Indra in 2012, 2013 and 2016 at the Burduny practice range in the Republic of Buryatia in East Siberia, the Mahajan training range in the Indian state of Rajasthan and at the Sergeyevsky range in the Primorye Territory in the Russian Far East, respectively.

    The joint Russian-Mongolian military exercises Selenga-2016 were held at the Burduny training range of the Eastern Military District in the Republic of Buryatia.

    All the joint military drills will be held under the plan of the Eastern Military District’s international cooperation.


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    These maps show it:


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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:05 pm

    Today, the session of the Russian Defence Ministry Board has been held in Moscow under the leadership of the head of the military department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

    The Minister of Defence suggested starting the discussion with the implementation of the decisions of the President of the Russian Federation aimed at improvement of combat staff in the Western strategic direction.

    According to General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, approximately 100 organizational activities, including the formation of two motorized rifle divisions, units of which are located in Belgorod, Voronezh and Smolensk Regions, have been carried out in the Western Military District this year.

    It is planned to complete their installation in the first half of 2017.
    To organize combat training, areas for firing small arms and grenade launchers, as well as facilities for driving military vehicles and automobiles have been equipped.

    The head of the military department paid special attention to removing shortcomings of the Baltic Fleet, which had identified by commission of the Ministry of Defence in June.

    According to the Defence Minister, most problems have been solved. Results of operational and combat training as well as summer training period inspection showed capabilities of the Baltic Fleet to perform assigned tasks successfully.

    Participants of the session paid special attention to orders of the President of the Russian Federation dated May 2012 and his decisions according to results of session in Sochi.

    Implementation of the Activity Plan of the Central military district 2016-2020 was discussed within this subject.

    According to the head of the military department, the district forces are actively practicing joint peacekeeping and special operations with the Russian allies in the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty) and SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization).

    For the last four months, the military authorities and the troops of the district took part in three international exercises in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.

    In order to improve the combat staff of the district, 5 formations, 12 military units and 20 small units were formed and reformed in 2016.
    "In total, more than 80 formations and military units of the district will get the modern samples of arms and military hardware. In general, the implementation of the plan in 2016 allowed to increase the combat potential of the Central military district troops and guarantee the fulfillment of its tasks," stated General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

    The Board session participants also discussed the improvement of the organizational structure of military units, construction of new military towns, equipping of troops with modern weapons and military equipment.

    There was a detail discussion of the improvement of the structure of the 800th air base located at the Chkalovsky Airport.

    A large complex of works on creation of modern infrastructure has been held at the Chkalovsky Airport.

    "All of this is necessary for the Chkalovsky Airport to meet the requirements of the state aviation airports and be able to maintain modern aircraft. And most important thing is to reach the new, higher level of flight safety," said the Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

    Leadership of the Russian Armed Forces, representatives of state authorities, public and other organizations attended the session Board.

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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:56 pm

    MINSK, March 20. /TASS/. Joint military exercises by Russia and Belarus codenamed West 2017 will be held from September 14 to 20, involving about 3,000 Belarusian military, Belarusian Defense Minister Andrey Ravkov told reporters on Monday.

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    Zapad 2017 will be held in 14-20 Sep.

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    For lack of a better place to post it. The 2016 Global Fire Power rankings...

    Post  franco on Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:26 pm

    For lack of a better place to post it. The 2016 Global Fire Power rankings... don't know who they are and they sound like American however apparently they ranked the Russian Army number one over the American Army but overall America remains ranked number one in Armed Forces strength.

    http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp
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    Alexander Khrolenko, a columnist at the MIA "Russia Today"

    Post  franco on Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:32 pm

    Alexander Khrolenko, a columnist at the MIA "Russia Today"

    The board of the Russian Ministry of Defense is being held on Friday in Moscow . Members of the board under the leadership of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu are considering the issues of the State Arms Program for 2018-2025 and the development of ground-based space infrastructure in the interests of the Armed Forces. Discussion can affect many spheres of life of the state and society.

    Weekly German magazine Focus reported yesterday that Russia was among the world's three most powerful armies, has the strongest army on the planet with the largest number of tanks.

    According to the Global Military Strength Index, Russia ranked second in the ranking, behind only the United States (with a military budget of 581 billion dollars). The third place belongs to China.

    The first three are followed by: India, France, Great Britain, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Italy. A total of 126 countries are included in the rating. The weakest in the world were the armies of Madagascar, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    When calculating the military power index, more than 40 different factors (except nuclear weapons) are taken into account, including: human resources, defense spending, the power of the Air Force and the Navy, the volume of natural resources extraction and logistical characteristics of countries (the number of seaports operating Airports, the length of the road).

    Until 2025, the Russian state armament program is not considered in the rating, but it is a dual-use tool that contributes to the country's defense capability (development of defense industry and arms exports) and has a beneficial effect on Russia's economic performance.

    According to experts, one of the main conditions for the growth of the Russian economy is the development of non-primary exports, which must be doubled by 2024-2025. Modern types of weapons adequately represent the non-primary export of Russia on the world market.

    Earlier, Bloomberg analyzed the efficiency of 93 economies of the world and took the Russian fourth place from the end - before Greece, Brazil and Venezuela. Here a question arises that Bloomberg does not answer: how can Russia sustainably maintain its impressive defense potential with a seemingly modest economy?

    For example, in the Chinese army more than two million troops, 9,150 tanks, 700 ships, but China is only third in the ranking. Russia has half the military, but 15,398 tanks provide unconditional land leadership.

    Only the USA with 8,848 tanks, 13,444 aircraft and helicopters managed to overtake Russia by military potential (in the field of combat aviation the Americans are ahead of everyone by a wide margin). However, Americans - the world's largest military budget, exceeding Russia's 12 times. Obviously, it's not just about the number of soldiers and money. A significant role is played by the system of state priorities and the effectiveness of public administration.

    A year earlier, Russia was also included in the top three of the Global Ranking of Military Power . At the same time, Global Firepower experts noted that the Russian army was strengthened by a large-scale modernization, growth in production and procurement of military equipment in the defense industry. After the United States, Russia and China, the fourth place in the ranking was retained by India. The highest place in Europe was taken by the United Kingdom. In the first ten were also France, Germany and Turkey. That is, from year to year the armies of states with more developed economies are inferior to the Armed Forces of Russia. Probably, much remains behind the scenes.

    The ratings do not take into account the nature of military and political leadership. I believe, completely in vain. For example, the Russian president and the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was again included in the list of the 100 most influential people of the world according to Time magazine. Obviously, the qualities of a state leader significantly affect the defense capability of Russia, as well as the nuclear potential unaccounted for by the Global Military Strength Index.
    Hidden features

    Nuclear strike and emptiness: why does the US assess the survival of Russia and China
    At a large press conference following the results of 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin said : "We have done a very great job of modernizing the nuclear missile potential of the Russian Federation, our Armed Forces." Let's note, Russia updates the nuclear triad in strict accordance with all international agreements, including START-3. And this is the most expensive update.

    In the West, there are periodic reports of think tanks, including Stratfor , which explain how bad Russia's affairs are in the world arms market. However, 27% of the global arms market, which belong to Russia (only slightly less than the US share of 31%) - look quite convincing. The goal of many Western analysts is misinformation and understatement of Russia's role and influence. And yet, whatever one may say, Russian weapons are a geopolitical phenomenon.

    Syrian turn of Russian arms exports
    The export portfolio of the Russian defense industry in the past year reached 56 billion dollars . And only in the sector of military-technical cooperation with India until 2020, the portfolio of orders of Russian gunsmiths is 35 billion dollars . While Russian products in the Indian arms import account for more than 70%. Such a successfully sold only modern high-tech weapons, proven in combat conditions. But in fact, not everything that Russia has at the "global marketplace" is "shined".

    The "defense" ratings of the West do not take into account the whole complex of factors and cause-effect relations, simplify the analysis, reduce the objectivity of assessments. Meanwhile , military operations in Syria are being tempered by Russian military security services and the Navy, strengthening state mechanisms and the international authority of the country, developing the defense industry and raising the Russian economy , and making it possible to flexibly change the military strategy .
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:25 pm

    Interesting read on an analyst's view of Russian Strategic thinking and programs in place or under development;

    https://topwar.ru/117412-bystryy-globalnyy-udar-chast-4.html

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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:36 am

    Bits and pieces coming into the media of the new US DoD assessment of the growing Russian military power. My favorite lines so far;

    "Nevertheless, experts say, confrontation with the West in the long run harms Russia and "artificially puts it before a false choice between sovereignty and security on the one hand and participation in global cross-border interactions with the other." "Russia faces the acute need to get out of the dilemma between sovereignty and globalization," the CSR believes.

    The Center for Strategic Research is an US Defense Department Think Tank.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  OminousSpudd on Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:55 am

    franco wrote:Bits and pieces coming into the media of the new US DoD assessment of the growing Russian military power. My favorite lines so far;

    "Nevertheless, experts say, confrontation with the West in the long run harms Russia and "artificially puts it before a false choice between sovereignty and security on the one hand and participation in global cross-border interactions with the other." "Russia faces the acute need to get out of the dilemma between sovereignty and globalization," the CSR believes.

    The Center for Strategic Research is an US Defense Department Think Tank.
    Gee, that wasn't so hard was it? Really hit the crux of the matter this time around [insert name here] think tank. Globalization (under the parameters of the Washington Consensus) really puts a downer on the whole sovereignty idea... It almost feels like we've been round this block before with the Woodrow Wilson gang. But I guess the realists were wrong then as well even though they predicted World War II? dunno

    Meh, Thucydides, Machiavelli, Hobbes, they were all wrong, dissolution of state sovereignty via the dissolving of borders really works guys!!1!
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:18 pm

    Well, the Russian stance is to guarantee sovereignty so looks like these think tank guys will be back at square one.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:05 am

    Putin signs decree on Russia’s navy policy until 2030

    "Current risks and threats to national security of the Russian Federation in the World Ocean exist and new ones emerge," the document says

    MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. US aspirations to dominate in the World Ocean are viewed by Russia as a threat to national security, say Basics of Russia’s State Navy Policy for the Period Until 2030 signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

    "Current risks and threats to national security of the Russian Federation in the World Ocean exist and new ones emerge. Major of them are as follows: aspirations of certain states, primarily the United States of America and its allies to dominate in the World Ocean, in particular in the Arctic, and also to achieve overwhelming superiority for their navies," says the document posted on the official portal of legal information.

    Among other threats Russia names "territorial claims of foreign states to the Russian Federation in regard to the Primorye [Far East] land and adjoining water areas; a higher number of states with efficient and powerful navies; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and of missile technology; aspirations of certain states to restrict access of the Russian Federation to resources of the World Ocean and to vital maritime transport routes; economic, political, internationally legal and military pressure on the Russian Federation with the aim to diminish its maritime activities in the World Ocean and to weaken its control of the Northern Sea Route, a historical national shipping route of the Russian Federation."

    Besides, Moscow is concerned about "an increase in international terrorism, piracy, poaching, illegal shipments of weapons, narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances along with toxic and radioactive substances; the existence of hotbeds and escalation of armed conflicts in the territories strategically important to the Russian Federation and its allies as well as in the territories of coastal states of the World Ocean," it reads.


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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:55 pm

    For those that follow BMPD, they have posted an alternate view point from an "expert" of what type of Armed Forces will be needed in Russia in the post Putin Democratic era Suspect The comments are better thumbsup and yes the fool does advocate submission to the West and NATO. No It may even be meant as satire but not sure. dunno

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2769451.html
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:13 pm

    franco wrote:For those that follow BMPD, they have posted an alternate view point from an "expert" of what type of Armed Forces will be needed in Russia in the post Putin Democratic era  Suspect  The comments are better thumbsup  and yes the fool does advocate submission to the West and NATO. No It may even be meant as satire but not sure. dunno

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2769451.html

    Can you make selection and translate best ones?
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:26 pm

    Run the site through Goggle translator https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fbmpd.livejournal.com%2F&sandbox=1
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:07 am

    Did some research and he is a Russian professor and analyst. He mostly writes for US think tanks associated with the US government such as the Council on Foreign Affairs, Keenan Institute and the Wilson Center. Pax America at it's finest.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  miketheterrible on Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:35 am

    You will find these assholes everywhere. They are typical of the liberal groups in Russia. He is a teacher, not an expert. Vedomosti been interviewing such people for years because they are a liberal column. I'm assuming its on the blog simply because they post anything (garbage or not) about military. Vpk is the same. Thanks for the info Franco on exposing who this guy is. So he relies on publishing info for the US.

    Anyway, such people die while not making a difference. That's this guy. His wishes won't ever be acknowledged since Serdyukov tried what this guy suggested and failed and the military had to fix his mistakes.

    The drivel about the forces themselves was pathetic. "Russia relies on mercenaries and kadyrov gangs was more or less an insult to all of those who serve in Russian army and evidence to what this guy sentiment is.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:01 am

    whats the best russian "think tank"?
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  miketheterrible on Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:07 am

    If there is such a thing, I don't know.

    My first question is, and hopefully Franco can answer, is if he knows the credentials of this "expert"? Did he serve in the military? Did he lead in the military? What exactly made him a expert in these things?

    My understanding is a big fat no to both questions since he thinks a civilian should be head of MoD. Most to all civilians wj9 never served have no idea about military or their needs.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:55 am

    George1 wrote:whats the best russian "think tank"?

    Non government is probably CAST. They are fairly active and prolific in publishing.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:02 am

    miketheterrible wrote:If there is such a thing, I don't know.

    My first question is, and hopefully Franco can answer, is if he knows the credentials of this "expert"? Did he serve in the military? Did he lead in the military? What exactly made him a expert in these things?

    My understanding is a big fat no to both questions since he thinks a civilian should be head of MoD. Most to all civilians wj9 never served have no idea about military or their needs.

    No mention of military service. Total academic. Graduated University in 2008, then a PhD and then professor by 2012 so my guess would be no.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  miketheterrible on Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:31 am

    Graduated in what? PhD in what?

    This is fascinating how some liberal dipshit with no experience tells how they need to do things and give up sovereignty. Then again, sounds like he is a byproduct of the 90's.

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