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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.
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    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

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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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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  T-47 on Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:19 pm

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

    The name is Putin, Vladimir Putin lol!

    miketheterrible wrote: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.

    Graduated from where? That is also a point!
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  Kimppis on Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:12 pm

    Actually, the number of "think-tanks" is supposed to be one of the Russia's strengths according to one "soft power" ranking by some Western NGO (obviously) or whatever.

    (The report itself was shit, Freedom House level of bullshit in many ways... atleast Russia was included (in top 30), and even gained 1 one place from last year. But yeah, the US wasn't number 1 because of Trump (which is of course true to some extent, he's not liked outside the US, and now it includes Russia as well, I'd imagine), instead France was the "winner" due to Macron has his "global" outlook. Many small Western countries ranked really high, there's the usual BS about Russian (and China's) elections and political system...)

    But yeah, anyway: so apparently Russia has a large number of think-tanks.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  franco on Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:19 pm

    Kimppis wrote:Actually, the number of "think-tanks" is supposed to be one of the Russia's strengths according to one "soft power" ranking by some Western NGO (obviously) or whatever.

    (The report itself was shit, Freedom House level of bullshit in many ways... atleast Russia was included (in top 30), and even gained 1 one place from last year. But yeah, the US wasn't number 1 because of Trump (which is of course true to some extent, he's not liked outside the US, and now it includes Russia as well, I'd imagine), instead France was the "winner" due to Macron has his "global" outlook. Many small Western countries ranked really high, there's the usual BS about Russian (and China's) elections and political system...)

    But yeah, anyway: so apparently Russia has a large number of think-tanks.

    Are they actually Russian or as in this case, a Russian think tank sponsored by the US think tanks to promote their ideology?
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    Post  Kimppis on Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:25 pm

    I honestly have no idea. I'd hope and imagine that most of them are "patriotic" at this point, in 2017, post-Crimea, but it's probably likely that there are still quite a few "Pro-Western liberal" ones as well. The same as with the universities, etc.? (Of course, now that I think about it, maybe that report listed it as a positive only because most of them are "liberal... Who knows.)
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  miketheterrible on Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:42 pm

    Personally, I would simply make sure these guys lives are difficult (get them fired from their jobs, incapable of obtaining mortgages, etc). But that is just me. "wanna work for the enemy? Then go live with the enemy" would be my motto.
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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  GarryB on Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:58 am

    The best Russian think tank would be this forum wouldn't it?

    Smile

    They might rate Russian think tanks as being better than western ones simply because they are not blinded by ideology like the western think tanks still are.

    This makes the Russian think tanks more perceptive and more realistic in their views and assessments.


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    Re: Russian National Defense Strategy: Issues

    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:33 pm

    Russia gaining firmer foothold in Central Asia, defense chief says

    The Central Asian strategic direction, which is in the Central Military District's area of responsibility, is one of the most important nowadays

    MOSCOW, August 18. /TASS/. Russia is gaining a firmer foothold in Central Asia where the situation continues to be unstable because of the armed conflict in Afghanistan, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at the ministry’s board meeting on Friday.

    He noted that the Central Asian strategic direction, which is in the Central Military District's area of responsibility, is one of the most important today. "The situation in Central Asia remains unstable. The armed conflict in Afghanistan between government forces and the Taliban and ISIL (IS, former name of Islamic State terrorist organization, both groups outlawed in Russia - TASS) continues," Shoigu noted.

    "The military district’s command pays special attention to joint practical steps with the armed forces of the Central Asian countries, which contributes to the consolidation of Russia’s positions in that region," the minister stressed.

    He recalled that, during a snap exercise in July, the Russian and Tajik military personnel honed their shooting and fire control skills with the use of the Uragan rocket launchers and the Iskander-M tactical missile systems.

    "They practiced airstrikes against the enemy’s hypothetical targets. During the snap check, the troops confirmed their ability to carry out tasks with accordance with the general plan and in a single combat situation," Shoigu said.

    He added that joint operative and combat training with the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is scheduled for the second half of this year.


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