Russian Military Reform, 1992-2002 / Edition 1

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Overview

Military reform has featured prominently on the agenda of many countries since the end of the Cold War necessitated a re-evaluation of the strategic role of the armed forces, and nowhere more publicly than in Russia.

Not since the 1920s have the Russian Armed Forces undergone such fundamental change.

President Boris Yeltsin and his successor Vladimir Putin have both grappled with the issue, with varying degrees of success. An international team of experts here consider the essential features of Russian military reform in the decade since the disintegration of the USSR. Fluctuations in the purpose and priorities of the reform process are traced, as well as the many factors influencing change. Chapters analyse the development of Russia's security policy, structural reform of the services, the social impact of military service and experience of military conflict in Chechnya. Critical evaluations of the impact of social change on the Russian Armed Forces' capabilities and expectations complement the analysis of the on-going debate. Russian Military Reform, 1992-2002 will prove invaluable to all those interested in civil-military relationships and international security as well as to students of military theory and practice.

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'The excellent core essays in Russian Military Reform focus on the problems confronting the respective branches of the demoralised forces of the Russian Federation.' - International Affairs
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Meet the Author

Roger N. McDermott is an Honourary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury. He specialises in Russian and Central Asian defence and security. The Jane's Group have published a number of his papers.

Anne C. Aldis is Research Manager at the Conflict Studies Research Centre, Surrey where she has been an active analyst and facilitator of the processes of transformation taking place in the states of Central and Eastern Europe. For many years she has edited the centre's publications.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1 The Development of Russia's Security Policy, 1992-2002 3
2 Outside Politics? Civil-Military Relations during a Period of Reform 22
3 A New Day for the Russian Army? Reforming the Armed Forces under Yeltsin and Putin 41
4 Russian Soldiers in the Barracks: A Portrait of a Subculture 60
5 Nuclear versus Conventional Forces: Implications for Russia's Future Military Reform 75
6 The Strategic Rocket Forces, 1991-2002 99
7 Reform and the Russian Ground Forces, 1992-2002 124
8 The Reform of the Russian Air Force 141
9 Rudderless in a Storm: The Russian Navy, 1992-2002 162
10 The Challenge of 'Small Wars' for the Russian Military 189
11 Information Warfare in the Second (1999-) Chechen War: Motivator for Military Reform? 209
12 War Scare in the Caucasus: Redefining the Threat and the War on Terrorism 234
13 Putin's Military Priorities: The Modernisation of the Armed Forces 259
14 An Economic Analysis of Russian Military Reform Proposals: Ambition and Reality 278
15 Reshaping Russia's Armed Forces: Security Requirements and Institutional Responses 296
Bibliography 323
Index 327
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