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Russia's armed forces on modernisation course: progress and perspectives of military reform

Russlands Streitkräfte auf Modernisierungskurs: Stand und Perspektiven der russischen Militärreform

Klein, Margarete; Pester, Kristian

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract In 2008 Russia's Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov launched a mammoth project of comprehensive military reforms, whose objectives his successor Sergei Shoigu has also upheld since his November 2012 appointment. Despite deficits in recruitment, equipment and funding, Moscow's armed forces have already accomplished the organisational transition from mass mobilisation army to modern combat force. Although the reforms will not fundamentally change the balance of power with the United States, increased military muscle-flexing vis-à-vis Europe must be expected. Above all, however, the reforms expand Moscow's ability to project power in the post-Soviet space and militarily reinforce Putin's efforts to tie that region more closely to Russia. (author's abstract)
Keywords Russia; military; reform; foreign policy; security policy; armaments; recruitment; international relations
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 7 p.
Series SWP Comments, 9/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications