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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.
|Notes on Contributors|
|Series Editor's Preface|
|List of Abbreviations|
|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|