Have we overestimated the Russian Armies?

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the armies of the Kremlin have been closely observed by military specialists. This is, in fact, the first massive deployment of these armies since the invasion of Georgia in 2008, an operation which revealed many serious shortcomings within them. However, as in 2008, it appears that the Russian Armies are the subject of significant difficulties, even though the reforms of 2008 and 2012 were designed specifically to correct them and bring the Russian Armies to a much higher operational standard than that observed in the field. Under these conditions, and in view of the observations made on...

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The 5 critical failings of Russian forces in Ukraine

To say that on the 7th day of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the operations did not go as expected by the Russian General Staff, is obviously an understatement, to the point that now Moscow is restructuring its offensives to respect a strategy much more classic based on the extraordinary firepower of Russian artillery and bombing aviation. However, these first days of combat made it possible, through numerous observations widely analyzed by the OSINT community, to identify several critical failures affecting the Russian forces engaged in this operation. Surprisingly, some of these failures precisely affect reputed areas of excellence of the Russian army, and in fact raise questions about…

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What is Russia's conventional military might today?

In 2015, in reference to Russian military interventions in Crimea and Syria, President B. Obama declared that Russia was no more than a regional force in decline. Today, while Moscow has massed nearly 100.000 men on the borders of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that his country's military power is sufficient to enable him to impose firm conditions on European countries regarding the future of his neighbour. Considering the discretion of all the European powers in this matter, it is clear that, for none of them, Russia is today a negligible military power, and even then...

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Russia's new cruise missiles can hit the United States directly

It is true that for the past two years, the vast majority of the Pentagon's attention has focused on China and the rapidly changing situation in the Western Pacific. But for General Glen D. Vanheck, commander of the US Northern Command in charge of protecting North America, the greatest threat that could hit the United States today would not come from Beijing and its ballistic missiles, but of Moscow and its new cruise missiles, capable of reaching American territory directly from its own soil now. On the occasion of an online forum organized by the Center for Strategic and International…

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Russia's Strategic Preparedness Achieves Its Objectives

On July 3, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, promulgated a new version of the Military and Defense Doctrine Plan for the Russian Federation, for the period 2021 to 2025. This new doctrine recognizes the success of the previous doctrine, from 2016 to 2020, which provided for a major effort to modernize the armed forces, but also their operational readiness and availability, as well as the preparation and resilience of institutions and civil society to possible aggression. In the future, and according to this doctrine, Moscow intends to use armed force wherever it will be...

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V. Putin: 85% of Russian unit leaders have acquired combat experience in Syria

The severe setbacks suffered by the Russian armed forces in Chechnya in 1995, as well as the failures noted during the offensive in Georgia in 2008, had led the military and political leaders of the country to profoundly reform the organization of the forces, and to undertake major modernizations of the units. From 2012, and the arrival of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the Chief of Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, a particular effort was put into the operational preparation of units and their leaders. This effort materialized with the Russian intervention in Syria from 2015, in order to protect the regime of the ally Bashar…

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Tensions at the highest between Russia, Ukraine and the West

According to a report by the European Union, the Russian armed forces would have assembled nearly 150.000 men in Crimea and along the border with the Ukrainian Donbass, making this deployment the largest since the end of the cold war. The EU, like all European capitals, as well as kyiv and Washington, are now more than openly worried about Russian maneuvers, all the more so as other factors indicate that the current crisis is now spreading to beyond Ukraine, to become a major crisis between the West and Russia. Reports of Russian military build-up on Ukrainian borders have multiplied in recent days…

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Britain radically changes strategic doctrine

For several months, declarations coming from London on the subject of the evolution of the British armies follow one another, with very often drastic reductions in the means, in particular heavy, of its forces. There is indeed talk of halving the F35B fleet, as well as reducing the Royal Navy's surface fleet by 5 frigates, and mothballing the Challenger 2 tanks and the Warrior Infantry Combat Vehicles of the British Army. The government of Boris Johnson had, so far, been content to indicate that nothing had been decided today as to the arbitrations which will be carried out at the end of the Strategic Review in…

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Can we still rely on nuclear deterrence?

On November 5, 1956, a Franco-British expeditionary force landed in Egypt to regain control of the Suez Canal recently nationalized by President Gamal Abdel Nasser, in a military operation organized jointly with Israel, which had seized the Egyptian Sinai a few days earlier. early. Despite the military successes of this coalition, the Franco-British troops withdrew after only a few days, when the Soviet Union threatened Paris and London with nuclear strikes. Even if NATO declared at the time that such a Soviet action would lead to a response of the same nature, Washington also pressured its two European allies to obtain their withdrawal, by carrying out an attack...

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Russia has started the construction of a city dedicated to Defense technologies

The Russian Defense Minister, General Viktor Shoigou, presented his project to create a city dedicated to research, development and production of defense equipment, like the military technopoles of the time. Soviet, as was Nizhny Novgorod. A pilot project, called 'Era', has already been launched on the shores of the Black Sea, near the town of Anapa, an attractive choice for Russian engineers and scientists. Ms. Shoigou's goal is to attract talent from the best Russian schools and universities, and provide them with an environment that promotes interaction and productivity, while mastering…

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