Russia in Afghanistan and Chechnya: Military Strategic Culture and the Paradoxes of Asymmetric Conflict

By Robert M. Cassidy | Go to book overview

FOREWORD

Asymmetric warflare poses some ofl the most pressing and complex challenges faced by the United States today. As American deflense leaders and strategic thinkers adapt to this era ofl asymmetry, it is important that we learn both flrom our own experience and flrom that ofl other nations which have flaced asymmetric enemies.

In this monograph, Major Robert Cassidy uses a detailed assessment ofl the Russian experience in Aflghanistan and Chechnya to draw important conclusions about asymmetric warflare. He then uses this to provide recommendations flor the U.S. military, particularly the Army. Major Cassidy points out that small wars are diflflicult flor every great power, yet are the most common kind. Even in this era ofl asymmetry, the U.S. Army exhibits a cultural preference for the “big war” paradigm. He suggests that the U.S. military in general, including the Army, needs a cultural transflormation to master the challenge ofl asymmetry flully. From this will grow doctrine and organizational change.

The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to oflfler this monograph as part ofl the ongoing assessment ofl the challenges and opportunities posed by strategic asymmetry.

DOUGLAS C. LOVELACE, JR.
Director
Strategic Studies Institute

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