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Organizational Change in The Russian Airborne Forces: The Lessons of The Georgian Conflict By Rod Thornton et al.
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The airborne divisions are undoubtedly the most impressive formations within the Ru sian army. The troops of the airborne forces (VDV) are the best trained and most professional in the army. Unlike... More > their West¬ern airborne counterparts, they are capable of fielding both armored personnel carriers and artillery assets. That affords them additional battlefield protection and firepower. VDV forces also have shown themselves—as in the 2008 war with Georgia—able to respond very quickly in crisis situations. Indeed, the airborne troops performed very creditably overall in Georgia. Such disciplined and professional airborne forces will likely form the vanguard of any interventionary operation be¬yond Russia’s borders. Other than Georgia, the last time VDV forces were employed operationally abroad was in Kosovo in 1999. It was there at Priština International Air¬port that VDV troops had a potentially explosive show¬down with British paratroopers.< Less
Military Modernization and the Russian Ground Forces [Enlarged Edition] By Rod Thornton et al.
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Russia’s political leaders are currently pushing a state- and society-wide process of modernization. The Russian military, a deeply conservative institution, is being asked to accept... More > fundamental changes that threaten the very livelihoods of those being asked to implement them. New structures can be created and new equipment and technologies procured, but the crucial element is the degree to which such changes are accepted by the human element. This is often the most difficult aspect in any process of organizational change. It is no wonder that the military modernization process is progressing slowly in Russia. The Russian ground forces will not be very different in the next few years than they are now. Time and future investment will eventually produce the more refined army that a host of Russian politicians have wished to see. But it will take time and investment.< Less

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