All Sound Ideas About Military Reform Deserve to Be Supported and Further Developed

Vitaly Tsymbal
Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy; Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
April 16, 2014

Russian Economic Developments, Moscow, 2014. №3, pp. 37-41

Abstract:

At present, Russia’s expert community, including specialists from various fields, as well as her various military agencies, are actively discussing proposals concerning a new system of military training offered by higher educational establishments, which will exempt their graduates from conscription into the armed forces. Unfortunately, the proposals released so far do not touch upon a number of very important military and social aspects of the issue under consideration. Moreover, the new proposals are, in fact, a call to begin military training reform from scratch, totally ignoring all the previous efforts at reforming the system of manning Russia’s armed forces. It should be said that the history of those efforts deserves proper attention in its own right.

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Parallel Reality of State Defence Order

Vasily Zatsepin
Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy; Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
November 25, 2013

Russian Economic Developments. Moscow, 2013, #11, pp. 47-49

Abstract:

The State Defense Order 2012 was implemented nearly 80%. Being limited in labor force, Russia’s defense plants are facing problems related to drastically increased the State Defense Order 2013. President Putin’s requirements to create a transparent military economy, establish order in terms of administration in the military-industrial complex and its pricing have encountered serious difficulties.

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Russian Military Transformation – Goal In Sight?

Authored by Keir Giles, Dr. Andrew Monaghan
Strategic Studies Institute
Letort Papers | May 05, 2014

The Russian Armed Forces have been undergoing major structural reform since 2008. Despite change at the most senior levels of leadership, the desired endstate for Russia’s military is now clear; but this endstate is determined by a flawed political perception of the key threats facing Russia. This monograph reviews those threat evaluations, and the challenges facing Russia’s military transformation, to assess the range of options available to Russia for closing the capability gap with the United States and its allies.

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Russian Military Transformation – Goal In Sight

Authored by Keir Giles, Dr. Andrew Monaghan
SSI | May 05, 2014

 

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The Russian Armed Forces have been undergoing major structural reform since 2008. Despite change at the most senior levels of leadership, the desired endstate for Russia’s military is now clear; but this endstate is determined by a flawed political perception of the key threats facing Russia. This monograph reviews those threat evaluations, and the challenges facing Russia’s military transformation, to assess the range of options available to Russia for closing the capability gap with the United States and its allies.

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The Brain of the Russian Army: Futuristic Visions Tethered by the Past

By Roger N. McDermott
FMSO | August 2013

More than twenty years after the dissolution of the USSR and the collapse of the Soviet Armed Forces, despite a litany of failed attempts by Moscow to reform and modernize Russia’s Armed Forces, the reform launched in the fall of 2008 was both real and fraught with unforeseen difficulties and setbacks.1 Unlike the previous efforts to conduct reform, which yielded structural changes and steady downsizing, the reform managed by the then Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyukov, with carte blanche political support from the ruling duumvirate of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, did not fall captive to limited experiments or quietly fizzle out as a result of institutional inertia or political opposition to the process. This paper therefore traces the nature of the problems encountered in this reform period, addressing the roots of Russia’s limited defense policy planning capacity, and consequently seeks to outline and explain many of the reform reversals in the period 2009-12. . . .

http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/documents/futuristic-visions.pdf

Milyutin transformation: an enlightening experience – Part IV

Mahmut Gareev , Anatoly Kulikov , Dmitry Yazov
Military-Industrial Courier
Published in issue number 49 (415) for December 14, 2011

"MIC" completes the publication of the reports and statements made by military leaders held at Club Russian scientific-practical conference "On the 150th anniversary of the military reform Lopatkin Milutin and its significance for the modern military building."

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Milyutin transformation: an enlightening experience – part III

Leonty Shevtsov
Military-Industrial Courier
Published in issue number 48 (414) for the December 7, 2011

"MIC" continues to publish reports and statements made at the recent Russian military leaders in the Club of scientific and practical conference "On the 150th anniversary of the military reform Lopatkin Milutin and its significance for the modern military building."

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