This work attempts to clarify the major problems facing Russia's armed forces in the present and immediate future. Russia's military has been in decline since the end of the Cold War. Its fledgling democracy and struggling economy have also served as an inertial drag on military reform. Nevertheless, Russia has a strong military tradition dating back to Tsarist times, and that tradition includes World War II and Cold War achievements of the Soviet military still highly regarded by many Russians. Contributors explain the major challenges facing Russian defence and security policy with respect to possible adversaries beyond Russia's borders and within Russia herself. Russia has and will continue to have serious security problems outside of, and within, its state borders. These problems include political risings within the country, and the fragile roots of its contemporary experiment with democracy and free market economics. Unless Russia finds a way to deal with its system of addiction and corruption, it will neither reform its military nor its policy.
Eight contributions from Cimbala (political science, Penn State U.) and other academics, researchers, and activists from Russia, the US, and Europe address security and defense issues related to the future of Russia's armed forces. Topics include, for example, Russia's defense doctrine and national security concept, its asymmetrical approach to information warfare, its nuclear C3 system, and public attitudes toward the Russian armed forces. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Part 1 The geopolitical setting for Russian military security: "We have plenty to defend ourselves with..." Russian, rhetoric, Russian realism, John Erickson; if war will come tomorrow, Peter Rainow. Part 2 National security concepts and military performance: the new turn in Russian defence policy - Russia's defence doctrine and national security concept, Stephen J. Blank; the Russian Army and Chechnya - victory instead of reform?, Pavel K. Baev. Part 3 The information revolution and the military - challenges and risks: Russia's asymmetrical approach to information warfare, Timothy L. Thomas; assessing the Russian nuclear C3 system. Part 4 The societal dimension of security and defence: public attitudes toward the Armed Forces in Russia - do they count?, Stephen L. Webber; the soldiers' mothers of St Petersburg - a human rights movement in Russia, Yelizaveta Bogoslovskaya, Ella Polyakova and Yelena Vilenskaya; conclusions, Stephen J. Cimbala.