Russian View on Landpower   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is part of "The Letort Papers," a series provided by the Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. Taken from the Summary: "Russia's seizure of Crimea, and ongoing operations in eastern Ukraine, have refocused attention on the Russian military as a potential cause for concern in Europe. This Letort Paper, by an influential Russian general and military academic, lays out specifically Russian views on the essential nature of strong conventional land forces, and how they may be used. With an expert commentary providing essential context and interpretation, the paper presents a valuable insight into Russian military thinking, at a potentially critical juncture for European security. The author, Major General Aleksandr Rogovoy, is a professor at the Russian General Staff Academy with a substantial record of academic and operational experience, including developing Russian doctrine on the use of the Armed Forces beyond Russia's borders. The commentary has been provided by British expert Keir Giles, who gives the context and background for General Rogovoy's paper, and highlights key areas of importance to a Western readership. Moscow continues to place primary importance on conventional military force, with the direct intention of growing capability in order to challenge U.S. power. While the United States and other Western militaries are considering their future form after two decades of focus on counterinsurgency, for Russia the picture is different; strong emphasis on the enduring and central role of numerous conventional land forces remains unchallenged. This paper should assist U.S. and Western planners and decisionmakers by providing direct insight into resurgent Russia's military thinking."

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