U.S. Army Changes Required to Counter Russian Military Aggression

  • October 23, 2017
  • COL Brendan C. Raymond

The Russian military operations in Georgia (2008), Crimea and Eastern Ukraine (2014), and Syria (2015) demonstrate that the characteristic of Russian warfare is dynamic. Driven by factors of technological advances, changes in doctrine, and the incorporation of lessons from recent conflicts in the Middle East, Russia revolutionized their methods of conducting warfare artfully integrating lethality, coercion, and disinformation to achieve strategic effects on the modern battlefield. To deter Russia’s aggressive behavior and interventionist agenda in Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, the U.S. Army must increase the size and capability of its forces committed to Europe, incorporate lessons learned to transform current doctrine and training of decisive action, and develop new material to address challenges with joint force entry operations, joint combined arms maneuver, and the integration and delivery of joint fires. A focus on these improvements will enable the U.S. Army to provide a more credible deterrent in Europe, reassure America’s partners and allies, and prepare the military for future conflict against similar near-peer competitors.