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2011-04-20 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia's Fading Army Fights Losing Battle to Reform Itself
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Posted by tipper 2011-04-20 08:41|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [617 views ]  Top

#1 The Russians have their work cut out for them. In their situation, I would seriously suggest that they hire outside consultants, as this is going to take a total rebuild to get anything approaching a satisfactory military.

This idea is not unheard of in Russia, because for many years leading up to and through the revolution, their bureaucracy was "in-sourced" by Germans, experts at bureaucracy, because the Russians couldn't figure it out. Lenin tried to abolish it, and it shut the country down for days, so he had to restore all the Germans to their jobs.

Ironically as all hell, their best bet would be to hire Israeli military experts, many of whom were born in Russia.
Posted by Anonymoose 2011-04-20 09:34||   2011-04-20 09:34|| Front Page Top

#2 as this is going to take a total rebuild to get anything approaching a satisfactory military.

Nowadays Russia's chief military ambition seems to be to bully the countries of their "near abroad" into submission. For this the current military appears quite adequate.
Posted by trailing wife 2011-04-20 10:59||   2011-04-20 10:59|| Front Page Top

#3 Perhaps, but in the midst of a downgrade of the Russian equivalent of the Pentagon, Putin and Medvedev actually went around them entirely, to order subordinate generals, the equivalent of post commanders, to invade South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

You can imagine how the Pentagon would lose its marbles if say, Obama directly ordered the post commander of Fort Benning to invade Cuba. Now admittedly, while he would probably be good to go, the rest of the chain of command would be, ah, perturbed.
Posted by Anonymoose 2011-04-20 12:02||   2011-04-20 12:02|| Front Page Top

#4 What will they do when China invades Siberia?
Posted by DK70 the Scantily Clad7177 2011-04-20 12:51||   2011-04-20 12:51|| Front Page Top

#5 Well, it's not like they don't know how to cut out the old wood.
Posted by Procopius2k 2011-04-20 12:51||   2011-04-20 12:51|| Front Page Top

#6 What will they do when China invades Siberia?

Why would China formally invade Siberia, DK70 the Scantily Clad7177, when their people have been quietly settling into empty communities for years with no serious Russian response?
Posted by trailing wife 2011-04-20 13:30||   2011-04-20 13:30|| Front Page Top

#7 ION NEWS KERALA > PUTIN WANTS RUSSIA TO BE [Econ] STRONG TO MEET ANY ECONOMIC, MILITARY THREAT.

ARTIC = 'Cuzin Vlad desires Russ to be in the World's Top Five econmies oer next years [2021-2022, wid its GDP to be US$35,000.0 per capita like France + Italy. Russia M-U-S-T ditto raise US$60-70.0Bilyuhn in Foreign Investments for every year ASAP AMAP ALAP.

OTHER ...

* PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUM > RUSSIA KEEPING A WARY EYE ON CHINA.

ARTIC = despite their improved relations, Russia + China have NOT formed any FORMAL MUTUAL DEFENSIVE ALLIANCE, + tend to pursue INDEPENDENT + UN-COORDIANTED, ALBEIT SEEMINGLY PARALLEL, GOVT. POLICY INITIATIVES [Foreign, Econ, Public] IN THIER OWN SOVEREIGN INTERESTS.

and

* TOPIX, DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > PUTIN PROMISES EXTENSIVE RUSSIAN REARMING. Russ mil modernization to the tune of US$700.0Bilyuhn oer next ten years.

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E.g. PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUM > PLA'S "ACTIVE DEFENSE" TURNING OFFENSIVE IN INDIAN OCEAN.

and

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CHINA ACCUSES PHILIPPINES OF "INVASION", i.e. intent to occupy China's "indisputable" sovereign territory in the NANSHAS = SPRATLY ISLANDS.

* WMF > RUSSIA SAYS THE PHILIPPINES PLANS TO IMPROVE + EXPAND ITS MILITARY STRENGTH IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AGZ CHINA IN THE NANSHAS.

* RENSE > CHINA BLASTS PHILIPPINES CLAIM OVER SPRATLYS [China = Nanshas]. Beijing has not only formally complained to the UNO but in its complaint has reiteratedits CLAIM OF SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE "ENTIRE SOUTH CHINA SEA".

FIL BLOGGER = wonders why China doesn't just claim the PALAWAN REEF also while its busy claiming PHIL sovereign territory in the Spratlys = Nanshas???

THE ABOVE PROVES TO ME ONCE AGAIN THAT BEIJING = CHINA IS WELL AWARE THAT THE RECENT RUSSO-JAPANESE DISPUTE OER THE SOUTH KURILES, + RUSSIA'S PROCLAMATION OF PERMANENT SOVEREIGNTY OER SAME, IS ACTUALLY A COVERT SLAP AT CHINA'S INTERESTS IN RUSS FAR EAST, NORPAC + ARCTIC.

It is intended to keep Rising China + PLAN, PLAAF contained to China's coasts + outlying littorals.

China's priority at this time is its Economy, hence it is not willing to fight a Econ-destroying Limited or Major Conventional, Nuclear? War wid Russia oer strategic access thru the South Kuriles. THUS CHINA'S PUSH SOUTHWARD AGZ TAIWAN, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH CHINA SEA + INDIAN OCEAN.

JAPAN'S 03/11 "TOHOKU/SENDAI" QUAKE-TSUNAMI EVENT + now "FUKUSHIMA" NUCPLANT CRISIS =
GODSENT GIFT TO CHINA WHETHER CHINA ADMITS IT OR NOT, + AS AKIN TO THE "JASMINE"-LED UPRISINGS IN THE ME FOR RADICAL ISLAM + SUDDEN RISE/ADVENT OF ISLAMIST-DESIRED RULING POLITICAL POWER + ESPEC "OWG CALIPHATE" [Nuclear].

Radical Islam = Land = MULTIPLE MIDEAST STATES.
Rising China = Equivalent of Islamist "OWG CALIPHATE" = FAR PACIFIC OCEAN TOWARDS WESTPAC, CENTPAC + EASTPAC, US WEST COAST.

One or more massive, High-Mag Quakes-Tsunamis, + Tokyo + TEPCO, etc. recovery FUBARS = JAPANESE MASS DIASPORA = CHINESE MIL TAKEOVER OR POLITICAL, ECON DOMINATION OF TRUBLED JAPAN.

TEST OF "GLOBALISM" + PRO-US-VS-ANTI-US OWG-NWO.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2011-04-21 00:26||   2011-04-21 00:26|| Front Page Top

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