The Russian Military: Power and Policy

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Russian military capacity remains a major consideration for global security even in the post-Soviet era. This book assesses today's Russian military and analyzes its possible future direction. The contributors — experts on the subject from both Russia and the West — consider not only how Russia has built its military capacity but also the policies and doctrines that have shaped Russia's defense posture. They discuss such topics as the downsizing of the Russian military,Russia's use of military power in regional conflicts, and the management of Russia's nuclear weapons.For more than a decade, Russian leaders have struggled to formulate security and defense policies that protect Russia's borders and project Russia's influence. The contributors to The Russian Military find that the choices Russian leaders have made have been significantly influenced by the military reforms Russia has attempted to implement since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The protracted and intense debate over military reform has been — and will continue to be — decisive in shaping Russian military capacity.

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"This first-rate set of essays is a timely and remarkably comprehensive assessment of the contemporary state of the Russian military. It deserves the attention not only of those interested in military affairs, but also those concerned with political and economic developments in Russia."—Lieutenant General William Odom, (U.S. Army, Ret.), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.

"This is the best collection of both contributors and contributions that I have seen on this subject."—Brigadier General John C. Reppert, (U.S. Army, Ret.),Dean of the College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall Center, Garmisch, Germany

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262633055
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: American Academy Studies in Global Security
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Dmitri Trenin is a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Moscow's military power : Russia's search for security in an age of transition 1
Ch. 1 The trajectory of the Russian military : downsizing, degeneration, and defeat 43
Ch. 2 The social and political condition of the Russian military 73
Ch. 3 Military reform : from crisis to stagnation 95
Ch. 4 Russia, regional conflict, and the use of military power 121
Ch. 5 The economics of defense in Russia and the legacy of structural militarization 157
Ch. 6 Nuclear weapons in current Russian policy 183
Conclusion : gold eagle, red star 217
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