Post-Soviet Military Theory and Strategy: A Discussion of the Russian Journal Military Thought

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Post-Soviet Military Theory and Strategy: A Discussion of the Russian Journal Military Thought East View Publications (http://www.eastview. com), 3020 Harbor Lane North, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55447.

The Soviet Union has produced many notable military thinkers such as V. K. Triandafilov and Mikhail Tukhachevski, premier writers on the role of armor in combat. Others, like Aleksandr Svechin, who wrote on strategy, would fall victim to Stalin's purges. The Soviet dictator altered or simply destroyed many original Russian ideas on Clausewitz, thinking that they inspired German aggression in World War II. The fall of the Soviet Union liberated many archives, and original, uncensored works are beginning to appear in print. This review highlights issues for the year 2003 of the journal Military Thought, published monthly by the Russian Federation's Defense Ministry, in an attempt to provide insight into cutting-edge matters discussed by Russian military thinkers in the tactical and strategic realms. (Although originally published in Russian, Military Thought is available in English from East View Publications in Minneapolis.)

Col O. N. Kalinovskiy, Military Thought's chief editor, identifies five priorities for the themes of 2003: (1) forecasting the future character of wars in the twenty-first century; (2) searching for and discussing new forms and methods of warfare, C4I (command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence), logistics, and combat-service support; (3) exploring the interaction among agencies, military branches, and the joint performance of combat missions; (4) searching for effective ways of enhancing combat readiness, mobilization, and operational effectiveness, as well as discussing contract systems (outsourcing) techniques; and (5) reforming the system of military training. Furthermore, readers of Military Thought will expand their view of terrorism, combat training, and many other topics.

Lt Gen E. A. Karpov, Col G. A. Mokhorov, and Col V. A. Rodin lead off the January-February issue with an article entitled "International Terrorism and Its Military-Political Organizations," which describes such organizations as secret with concealed contacts and relations, as well as a tendency to make verbal agreements between leaders. Although scattered throughout the world, they nevertheless possess shared values. The authors note that the ideology of jihad has become the only part of Islam practiced by militants, who show little understanding of Islamic history or law and rely on clerics who impose their own interpretation of the faith. The article urges a direct assault on channels of funding as the quickest method to challenge and disrupt terrorist groups.

In the same issue, Col Gen A. S. Rushkin, chief of operations for the Russian General Staff, delves into the main factors of Russia's military reform in his article "On a New Configuration of the RF Armed Forces-Russian Federation." He highlights the need for a three-branch structure for land, air, and sea, as well as for combat operations having an interbranch (joint) character. Russia would maintain and employ nuclear forces only as a deterrent against large-scale or nuclear attacks against the homeland and its allies. …