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    Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:01 pm

    The General Staff has identified satisfactory majority of Russia's army brigades

    26/05/2009

    The results of the comprehensive inspection of military units and formations of Russia's army in 2008 / 09 academic year revealed neboegotovnost most teams "new image". On this November 10 "Newspaper" (GZT.RU).

    Thus, the "average" the General Staff estimated over 60 per cent of the brigades, "good" was every third compound, a rating of "unsatisfactory" had four teams. On the "excellent" were rated four operating units - the ships of the fleet.

    What specific ships were rated "excellent", without specifying, however it is known that this surface ships of rank 1 (the class of frigates and above) and submarines, all components of a little over 4 per cent of the total tonnage of ships. 55 percent of the ships of rank 1 and nuclear submarines have been estimated at "well".

    Ships of rank 1 and submarines are estimated as separate combat units, as they are equated with the brigade or division. This aircraft belonging to the squadron and the shelves are not evaluated separately. Therefore, in particular, despite successfully conducted a flight of strategic bombers in Venezuela, "excellent" the Air Force could not be obtained due to shortcomings in other areas, for example, poor quality of search and rescue support.

    Rated "good" were 26 divisions of all kinds and types of troops, including the Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN), the Air Force and combat employment centers, which is about half of the available military forces in Russia.

    "Satisfactory" received 23 divisions, representing 47 percent of the total, 105 teams (over 60 per cent) and 97 separate regiments (50 percent). In general, it is more than half of the army and navy.

    On the "unsatisfactory" (which means the inability to conduct military operation) were assessed 4 brigades, including motorized Siberian and North-Caucasian military districts.

    Testing took place during the month in all the Armed Forces and ended on October 30. Its participants were the officers of the General Staff and the Commission of command of military districts and fleets.

    Ratings are the requirements to meet specific combat tasks in time. For example, for air defense systems is the time of detection of the target before the issuance of launchers coordinates for its destruction. For artillery and rocket forces one of the criteria for evaluating training is the accuracy of target engagement.

    As explained by the source in the General Staff, test results are unlikely to cause for dismissal, but the conduct of re-certification in the compounds is possible.

    According to the plan of the Ministry of Defense, the first stage of military reform should be completed Dec. 1, 2009, after which the armed forces should be switching over to 100-percent alert.

    In general, the reform provides for a range of measures to improve the combat readiness of the Armed Forces.

    In particular, the increase in fighting strength of the army by 2012, reduction of command posts and 150 thousand, as well as reducing the number of military units.

    In addition, the changes also affect the system of coordination control warheads, which implies the formation of constituencies on the basis of operational-strategic commands, which in case of mobilization must comply with all factions of forces in the area.

    Results after the transition to the "new look" in the army will remain 172 units and formations. In the Air Force of 340 units will remain 180, while in the Navy 123 parts of 240. Strategic Rocket Forces will reduce from 12 to 8 parts. Space Forces and the landing will reduce from 7 to 6 and from 6 to 5 units.

    http://lenta.ru/news/2009/11/10/army/
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    Defense Ministry - conscripts news:

    Post  sepheronx on Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:37 am

    Conscripts in the Russian armed forces will have a five-day working week and civil workers will be hired to cook food and clean, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.
    Following a series of incidents involving the deaths of military conscripts in the past few years, Russian authorities have moved to boost the safety of servicemen and improve the military's image.
    "We want to introduce a five-day schedule in which a conscript undergoes physical training and combat drills and masters the use of the arms and equipment assigned to him. Saturday and Sunday will be days off," the minister said on Tuesday.
    He said that cooks and cleaners will be employed to free soldiers from tasks unrelated to military service.
    All Russian men between the ages of 18 and 27 are obliged by law to undertake one year of military service, but reports of military hazing and harsh conditions encourage people to evade conscription by bribing military officials and doctors for medical exemption certificates.
    MOSCOW, April 21 (RIA Novosti)

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    Good move, as there is more for these people to do, the less time and energy they will have to play stupid games.
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    Appointments in Russia's MD

    Post  Farhad Gulemov on Mon May 24, 2010 7:09 pm

    I have just come across the info that the 58th Army has a new commander: Major-General Andrei Valerievich Kartopolov:

    http://www.vedomosti.ru/career/news/2010/05/07/1010498

    I could find absolutely no info on this guy, not even a short bio. Considering that he is now in charge of aguably the most critial Army of the Russian armed forces, it would be very interesting to know more about this appointment.

    Does anybody have any info at all on this guy and his career?

    Thanks in advance,

    FG
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed May 26, 2010 8:43 pm

    Farhad Gulemov wrote:I have just come across the info that the 58th Army has a new commander: Major-General Andrei Valerievich Kartopolov:

    http://www.vedomosti.ru/career/news/2010/05/07/1010498

    I could find absolutely no info on this guy, not even a short bio. Considering that he is now in charge of aguably the most critial Army of the Russian armed forces, it would be very interesting to know more about this appointment.

    Does anybody have any info at all on this guy and his career?


    Thanks in advance,

    FG


    All is unknown! The Ministry has a way to hide things*.
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Farhad Gulemov on Wed May 26, 2010 11:25 pm

    Russian Patriot wrote:

    All is unknown! The Ministry has a way to hide things*.

    They sure do, but I wonder why nobody else seems to be curious about this. Тhe other weird appointment is for Lt-Gen. Alexander Galkin as C-in-C of the North Caucasus MD. The best I can tell this guy has no combat experience either (see here).

    I just wonder what the rationale for these appointments is confused

    In the meantime, there is an interesting experiment happening in this MD. The Russian Army has created an experimental reconaissance brigade (source here)

    The 58th Army and the NCMD seem to me as the most interesting ones to follow, at least to me, yet it appears that hardly anybody else is paying attention.

    weird...
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:46 pm


    Russia's first deputy defense minister discharged

    RIA Novosti

    18:50 22/06/2010 MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - In a shakeup at the Russian Defense Ministry, Col. Gen. Alexander Kolmakov has been dismissed as first deputy defense minister, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

    He was replaced by former deputy minister Vladimir Popovkin in charge of arms procurement.

    Kolmakov, 55, could have served for another five years until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 but President Dmitry Medvedev refused to grant him an extension and discharged him from service.

    Addressing Popovkin, Medvedev, who is commander in chief of the Russian Armed Forces, said he was sure that Russia "will be able to carry out the state arms program that is currently being finalized."

    He said it was critical to modernize, upgrade and re-outfit the military "and lay the groundwork for the development of the Armed Forces through 2020 and even 2030."

    He said the new first deputy defense minister should pay special attention to suppliers "who sometimes make mischief," referring to overpricing their products.

    Medvedev said earlier on Tuesday he had appointed Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev as the new commander of the Strategic Missile Forces.

    Karakayev, former SMF chief of staff, replaces Col. Gen. Andrei Shvaichenko.

    Medvedev offered no reason for the dismissal of Shvaichenko, who had served in his position for less than a year (since August 2009), but said the SMF must at all times be "in full combat readiness and able to perform missions assigned to them."

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100622-rianovosti03.htm
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:34 am

    If Popovkin has been promoted than we know T-95 will never see the light of day.
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:47 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:If Popovkin has been promoted than we know T-95 will never see the light of day.

    Thats true ! Can you sticky this Vlad?
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    Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:05 pm


    Russian President appoints new deputy defense minister

    RIA Novosti

    11:50 06/08/2010 MOSCOW, August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed ex-deputy head of the Federal Tax Service Tatyana Shevtsova to the post of deputy defense minister, the Kremlin said on Friday.

    Shevtsova, 41, has worked for the Russian tax authorities since 1991 and served as the deputy head of the Federal Tax service from 2004.

    In May, the Defense Ministry appointed Shevtsova and another ex-deputy of the Federal Tax Service, Nadezhda Sinikova, to the ministry counsel.

    The current Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov served as Federal Tax Service head until 2007.


    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100806-rianovosti03.htm
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    Russia plans to create military police by 2012 - Defense Ministry

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:14 pm


    Russia plans to create military police by 2012 - Defense Ministry

    RIA Novosti

    16:10 18/10/2010

    MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will finalize setting up its military police force by 2012, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

    The idea of setting up military police units has been mooted for years, mainly in the context of brutal hazing and bullying practices in the Russian military.

    "The creation of military police has entered its final stages with the focus on legal aspects," the ministry said in a statement. "We are planning to finish this work during 2011."

    The ministry used extensively the experience of foreign countries while developing the concept of the introduction of military police in Russia's Armed Forces.

    Military police are generally perceived as being responsible for policing military facilities, enforcing military discipline, and investigating crimes in the military.

    Russian media earlier reported that some 20,000 personnel would be involved, the majority of them reservists.

    Some experts are skeptical military police alone will be able to do much to stop abuse in the Russian Armed Forces without effective, far-reaching reforms, including the transition from a draft to a professional force, as well as the establishment of civil control over the military.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-101018-rianovosti01.htm
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    Defense Ministry claims 'misquoted' over order to withhold pay

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:05 pm

    Defense Ministry claims 'misquoted' over order to withhold pay

    RIA Novosti

    15:47 19/10/2011 MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Defense Ministry has dismissed media reports, claiming the Defense Minister had instructed it to deprive contract servicemen of their pay, as “misquoted” and “taken out of context.”

    Local media had published copies of documents on the internet in which Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov instructed his ministry “not to pay cash allowances to contract servicemen enrolled…for less than six months.” The move “aims to save money from the federal budget and control the reduction of the number of servicemen,” the documents said.

    The instruction, if genuine, would have left tens of thousands of contract servicemen in poverty.

    A new order, apparently rescinding Serdyukov's previous statement, was put on the internet on October 18.

    “Minister Serdyukov’s instructions… were taken out of context,” a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti.

    “No one is going to deprive contract servicemen of their money,” the source added.

    The Russian armed forces are undergoing a gradual transition from a conscript based system to a professional system. The move has met with some resistance from some commanders, and has suffered from a lack of adequate funding.


    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2011/russia-111019-rianovosti01.htm
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:34 pm

    They keep talking about spending 20 trillion roubles to modernise the forces, they don't pay the orders and now they don't want to pay the contracters. Lets just scrap the whole fucking thing!! angry angry angry
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  GarryB on Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:39 am

    Is it just me or is the modern media pretty rubbish at its job?

    There was a time when reporters took pride in their work and sniffing out real stories, but these days they seem to just copy and paste and make stuff up.
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Cyberspec on Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:02 pm

    Sensationalism rules.

    The Russian media is roughly divided in 3 camps each with their own agenda:

    1. The state backed media with a pro government bias, emphasising their achievements.
    2. The so called "liberast" media
    3. The ex-communist and right wing nationalist media

    The ones under 2 and 3 even though nominal opponents, will exaggerate, twist the facts or even out right lie about anything as long as it discredits the government. A lot of the more popular media outlets often publicise their commentators with the "sky is falling" stories....just like the moderators in this forum Cool
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:16 am

    A lot of the more popular media outlets often publicise their commentators with the "sky is falling" stories....just like the moderators in this forum

    Hey... you are supposed to suck up to us moderators... when was the last time I was negative about the situation in Russia? Smile

    When I first came here I thought Vlad might be a bit negative and angry at the Russian system, and in a way he certainly is, because it isn't perfect by any stretch.

    But beyond all the reports about this and that being bought and new changes being made, in a lot of areas progress is slow... especially contract soldiers and housing military personnel.

    And this is after practically a decade of promises and zero progress... the promises keep coming, but at least now money is actually being spent... the problem is that there are fires everywhere and only so much water and there is the fear that the local politicians dacha will get the fires put out first if you know what I mean.

    The everything is perfect view is more destructive than the everything is wrong view.

    We need Vlads to keep us honest and realistic and unlike the Pavel Felgenhauers, Vlad is a real patriot and actually wants things to get better. Felgenhauer is a vulture picking on the corpse making his money from "foreign benefactors" with his "the sky is really falling" BS that western media agencies love because they can use it in their "it is bad here but at least you don't live in Russia" fictional stories.
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:21 am

    The really sad thing is that western media is in one camp... it is all owned by big business, who became big and powerful and rich under the current system which they don't therefore want to rock.
    They pay money to campaign funds for politicians on all sides so no matter who wins they have bought their say in what direction the country takes on various issues, so in many way the fear of the government controlling the media has turned into big business controlling the media and government and the information people see on their TV, hear on their radio, and read in their newspapers.

    Personally I think the Russian set up is much more healthy as long as you know the bias of the media you get your stories from the nature of the different media slants means that you will eventually find out the truth from another rival media outlet... in the west it is all copy and paste and no one contradicts or refutes what the other says.
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Cyberspec on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:26 am

    I usually avoid starting shit fights....but it's hard not making a comment when each "the sky is falling" story posted here has been more or less refuted within a couple of weeks.

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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:24 am

    The important thing is that if that first post is posted that the retraction post also reflects attention to the source as not being so reliable in the future.

    Of course quotes can be taken out of context... and sometimes people quoted are quoted as though they know something, but it turns out it is just speculation on their part.

    Buying foreign stuff started out seeming like they would replace T-90s with Leopards etc, but now it seems they will buy mostly bits like thermal sights and communications systems from Thales (and targeting pods like Damocles), but most of it will be licence produced in Russia.
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    In 2013, military pensions will be increased twice

    Post  Mr.Kalishnikov47 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:27 am

    In 2013, military pensions will be increased twice

    http://tvzvezda.ru/news/forces/content/201211012219-z4cc.htm

    In 2013, military pensions will be increased twice. This was announced on Thursday, Secretary of State, Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov during a visiting session of the Coordination Council of the Chairman of the Federation Council on the social protection of servicemen. He recalled that the new calculation procedure allows for military pensions exceeding average pension of labor by more than 40 percent. Upcoming increase in payments incorporated in the draft federal budget for next year.

    Good news.
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Russian Patriot on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:51 pm

    MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) – Newly appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has brought in no less than 14 officers and generals who used to work with him in the Emergencies Ministry to join his team at defense, a high-ranking Defense Ministry source said on Monday.

    “Now 14 officers and generals who previously worked in the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, led by Sergei Shoigu, and then worked with him in the Moscow Region, have been called up for the military service,” the source said.

    Shoigu, 57, was Moscow Region governor from May to November 2012, but before that headed Russia's emergencies service from 1991 to 2012.

    Russia’s top military circle has been undergoing a major reshuffle following the November 5 appointment of Shoigu as Defense Minister, replacing Anatoly Serdyukov. He was dismissed amid an investigation into fraudulent transactions involving real estate worth nearly $100 million owned by Oboronservis, a ministry-controlled company.

    Earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin sacked the chief of the Armed Forces General Staff, General of the Army Nikolai Makarov, replacing him with former Central Military District commander Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

    President Putin also dismissed Alexander Sukhorukov from the post of First Deputy Defense Minister, replacing him with Col. Gen. Arkady Bakhin, former commander of the Western Military District.

    Putin promoted the Commander of Russia’s Space Forces, 55-year-old Oleg Ostapenko, to the post of Deputy Defense Minister, and fired several dozen people who had been employed as Serdyukov's advisors.

    http://en.rian.ru/military_news/20121126/177739569.html
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Mr.Kalishnikov47 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:59 pm

    Russian military's support of GLONASS on ice after corruption scandal, technical failures - report

    The Russian Defense Ministry has reportedly refused to adopt GLONASS, the country’s rival to GPS, due to its technical shortcomings. One of the system’s 24 satellites has malfunctioned, and besides, GLONASS is still in its testing phase.

    The malfunctioning satellite will not be operational any time soon as it has already exhausted its power after 96 months in service, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports. And due to a difference in orbit inclination, no existing reserve satellite can substitute it.

    A backup satellite launched in December 2008 stopped working in September of this year, allegedly because of malfunctioning Taiwanese-made microchips. According to the report, Moscow was forced to order the microchips from Taiwan when the US, Japan and several other NATO countries refused to supply the GLONASS manufacturers with spare parts following Russia’s war with South Ossetia.

    Though three GLONASS-M satellites are reportedly ready to be put into orbit, Russia’s 2013 budget has not allocated funds for additional launches. Formally, the navigation system is still in the development stage, which was planned to be completed by the end of 2012 with the Defense Ministry taking full control of the system. Due to systematic problems this has not happened, yet the federal program under which the project is funded has no provisions for any extension of
    the testing phase.

    There are currently 31 GLONASS satellites in orbit, 23 of which are in operation. Others are either in reserve, or still being tested. If another satellite fails, it could delay the launch of the system by several more years.
    Starting from January 1, 2013, all public transportation operators and the carriers of hazardous materials were ordered to equip their vehicles with GLONASS systems and report their locations to Rostransnadzor, Russia’s transport supervision agency. This requirement, however, is not legally binding unless the satellite system is formally put into operation.

    GLONASS' development has been marred by corruption scandals in addition to its numerous technical failures.
    In December 2010, three GLONASS-M satellites crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The approximate cost of the equipment was estimated at $80 million.

    In November 2012, inspectors from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, uncovered several significant violations in the use of budgetary funds allocated to GLONASS. The investigators said that 6.5 billion rubles (over $200 million) were embezzled from the budget. As a result of the scandal, Yury Urlichich was sacked from his post as GLONASS chief designer and then resigned as the head of the Russian Institute of Space Device Engineering.

    The GLOSNASS case came amid a separate scandal in which Russian Defense Ministry head Anatoly Serdyukov was sacked for his involvement in large-scale corruption.

    http://rt.com/news/russia-glonass-corruption-failure-543/

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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  Mindstorm on Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:00 pm


    Mr.Kalishnikov47 wrote:Russian military's support of GLONASS on ice after corruption scandal, technical failures - report

    The Russian Defense Ministry has reportedly refused to adopt GLONASS, the country’s rival to GPS, due to its technical shortcomings. One of the system’s 24 satellites has malfunctioned, and besides, GLONASS is still in its testing phase.

    The malfunctioning satellite will not be operational any time soon as it has already exhausted its power after 96 months in service, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports. And due to a difference in orbit inclination, no existing reserve satellite can substitute it.

    A backup satellite launched in December 2008 stopped working in September of this year, allegedly because of malfunctioning Taiwanese-made microchips. According to the report, Moscow was forced to order the microchips from Taiwan when the US, Japan and several other NATO countries refused to supply the GLONASS manufacturers with spare parts following Russia’s war with South Ossetia.

    Though three GLONASS-M satellites are reportedly ready to be put into orbit, Russia’s 2013 budget has not allocated funds for additional launches. Formally, the navigation system is still in the development stage, which was planned to be completed by the end of 2012 with the Defense Ministry taking full control of the system. Due to systematic problems this has not happened, yet the federal program under which the project is funded has no provisions for any extension of
    the testing phase.

    There are currently 31 GLONASS satellites in orbit, 23 of which are in operation. Others are either in reserve, or still being tested. If another satellite fails, it could delay the launch of the system by several more years.
    Starting from January 1, 2013, all public transportation operators and the carriers of hazardous materials were ordered to equip their vehicles with GLONASS systems and report their locations to Rostransnadzor, Russia’s transport supervision agency. This requirement, however, is not legally binding unless the satellite system is formally put into operation.

    GLONASS' development has been marred by corruption scandals in addition to its numerous technical failures.
    In December 2010, three GLONASS-M satellites crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The approximate cost of the equipment was estimated at $80 million.

    In November 2012, inspectors from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, uncovered several significant violations in the use of budgetary funds allocated to GLONASS. The investigators said that 6.5 billion rubles (over $200 million) were embezzled from the budget. As a result of the scandal, Yury Urlichich was sacked from his post as GLONASS chief designer and then resigned as the head of the Russian Institute of Space Device Engineering.

    The GLOSNASS case came amid a separate scandal in which Russian Defense Ministry head Anatoly Serdyukov was sacked for his involvement in large-scale corruption.

    http://rt.com/news/russia-glonass-corruption-failure-543/




    Very good news here .....but not in the meaning someone could intend.


    If our old mercenary Viktor Myasnikov (one of the prefered comical puppet and one of the most cited "author" at mean PR institution such as Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty , Carnegie, Jamestown Foundation and similaria ) on the......Berezowsky's Nezavisimaya Gazeta !! .....say something like that on GLONASS, it is an almost perfect guarantee that GLONASS program is proceding very well Very Happy Very Happy

    If someone want to make some laughters it need merely to read ANY of its pasted articles (note, please the ,even childishly naive, counter-will bashing content of all its articles ), i am sure that it will quickly become one the favourite authors for raise the humor next to "evergreen" names such as Alexander Golts, Mikhail Rastopshin ,Pavel Felgenhauer etc... Razz Razz


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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  GarryB on Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:48 pm

    HAHAHAHA

    Militarys support for GLONASS on ice?

    Are they going to recruit a hundred thousand psychics to go around with their ground and air and sea units to tell them where they are?

    The Russian military learned in Georgia that the US military will turn off the Navstar system especially to make things difficult for them so they couldn't possibly rely on that... and Gallileo will likely be the same. All they have is GLONASS and while not cheap (no space navigation system could possibly be cheap) it is something they control.
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    Re: Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  flamming_python on Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:07 pm

    GarryB wrote:HAHAHAHA

    Militarys support for GLONASS on ice?

    Are they going to recruit a hundred thousand psychics to go around with their ground and air and sea units to tell them where they are?

    The Russian military learned in Georgia that the US military will turn off the Navstar system especially to make things difficult for them so they couldn't possibly rely on that... and Gallileo will likely be the same. All they have is GLONASS and while not cheap (no space navigation system could possibly be cheap) it is something they control.

    x2 I doubt this is true at all but if it is than it's simply laughable.

    I understand about piling on the pressure on arms manufacturers but in this instance the Russian Space Agency and GLONASS team have the Russian MoD completely by the balls because there is absolutely no alternative to them..
    So work with them and iron out the problems, rather than make hollow threats and pronouncements that you are never going to go through with.


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    Russian Defence Ministry: General News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:42 pm

    The Russian army is preparing for war in cyberspace:

    The defence ministry’s decision to create a specialised network command to handle cyber conflicts is justified and timely.

    Cyberspace is rapidly becoming, if not a battlefield in the direct sense of the word, then a central arena for future wars. In this context, the decision by the Russian Ministry of Defence to create a specialised network command is justified and timely.

    According to media reports, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu recently gave the General Staff several months to make proposals on the creation of an army cyber command. Izvestia, citing sources in the General Staff, reported that if the proposal is presented on time, a basic level cyber command will appear by the end of the year.

    “But in any case, this won’t be some enormous bureaucratic military office with a bunch of rights and no liabilities,” Izvestia quoted its source as saying.

    President Putin had previously ordered the Federal Security Service to protect the information structures of Russian state authorities against possible network attacks.

    This is nothing new for the armies of developed nations. Back in 2007, the US Air Force established a temporary special command responsible for dealing with “hostilities” in the global network. Currently, the Americans operate a permanent unified command named the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), which is subordinate to United States Strategic Command and responsible for the use of strategic nuclear forces, ABM system and space operations.

    That was a far-sighted decision by the US military. The network covers all continents and currently identifies the key parameters of the operation of modern society – from the payment of wages to controlling troops. There’s already a “matrix” that is involved in the takeoff and landing of every plane, the operation of every industrial facility and transfer of any army unit. The control of the network is virtually priceless.

    According to recent reports, the US plans to increase the USCYBERCOM staff to 5000 specialists.

    Commenting on international cyber security, Head of EEMEA Research Centre at Kaspersky Lab Sergey Novikov said in an interview with Voice of Russia radio station: “You can’t do without adequate protection of cyberspace at the state level. In the past two or three years, computer viruses have reached a whole new level of national security and cyber wars. Computer viruses are no longer those infecting home computers, but a serious threat to crucial state facilities. The high-profile cyber scandals of the last two or three years include the Stuxnet worm, Duqu, Flame and Gauss Trojans. These are examples of cyberweapons that countries use against each other.

    “Stuxnet is an example of a malicious code targeted exclusively against critical infrastructure, specifically, uranium enrichment facilities,” Novikov added.

    That was the first ever case when viruses and malicious codes targeted critical infrastructure, according to Novikov .It wasn’t the last one, though. Kaspersky Lab has recently identified a purely cyber-espionage virus dubbed Red October, which attacked networks of government agencies and defence research centres around the globe.

    “The current level of development in telecommunications, electronics and computer software and their growing role in the management of infrastructure and social systems on the one hand and the vast potential for the creation of malicious software on the other, call for efforts to take information security to a new systemic level. This level envisages the capability to repel cyber-sabotage, cyber terrorism and, ultimately, cyber warfare,” says Dmitry Troshin, leading research associate at the Institute for Economic Security and Strategic Planning at the Finance University.
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