Academic journal article Military Review

Response to Retired Lt. Col. Tim Thomas's "The Evolving Nature of Russia's Way of War"

Academic journal article Military Review

Response to Retired Lt. Col. Tim Thomas's "The Evolving Nature of Russia's Way of War"

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(Military Review, July-August 2017)

I've had the privilege of being able to talk to the author of "The Evolving Nature of Russia's Way of War" on multiple occasions. What I've learned from Mr. Thomas about Russian strategy interests me as a Latin American researcher for a variety of reasons, including Russian influence on Cubans, and by extension, Venezuelans (whom together we can refer to as Bolivarians). Russians have influenced Bolivarian strategic culture directly through training and education, but the shared Marxist legacy might be of most interest to us. For instance, as the "Evolving Nature" article reminded me, the Bolivarians pursue what they call the "combination of all forms of struggle." Beyond the article, however, one of Thomas's books, Recasting the Red Star, touches on the influence of Marxist thinking on strategy-making, and discusses the centrality of deception. It all makes one want to ask, "What is the Russian deception today, and where are they unfolding it?" Might it not be, if the Russian global strategic goal is to gain increasing strategic advantage through control over hydrocarbon energy markets, that the geographical locus of the deception is eastern Europe? …

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