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DIA Releases “Russia Military Power | Building a Military to Support Great Power Aspirations”


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Having worked with the Soviet Military Power series and probably having an issue lying around somewhere, this is downright chilling.  

The good news is DIA recognizes Russia’s growing threat to peace and stability in the world. The bad news is that they need to.

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The first edition of RMP has been released. One could almost think of it as an update on Caspar Weinberger’s SMP series, that it is intended to emulate.

In terms of style and format it follows the SMP formula closely, which is a good thing, as the SMP remains widely consulted as a reference, and is well structured for lay readers.

The weakness of RMP 2017 is in the areas of strategy and technological strategy, that are central to Russian thinking and planning, and are addressed too superficially in many places, given the wealth of public material available today, and not available during the Cold War to the authors of the SMP series. Also reference data on Russian capabilities, especially in A2/AD and air power, could have been very much stronger given what is publicly available from Russian sources post 1992.

Overall, a very good effort from the DIA, but room for improvement in a number of areas in next year’s edition.


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Defense Intelligence Agency Releases Russia Military Power Assessment > Defense Intelligence Agency > Articles Washington, D.C. — The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released “Russia Military Power,” a report that examines the core capabilities of the resurgent Russian military. It is the first in a series of unclassified military power assessments on major threats facing the United States. The series of reports are designed to help the public achieve a deeper understanding of key threats to U.S. National Security and will focus on DIA’s five “no fail” missions, which also includes China, North Korea, Iran and transnational terrorism. “These products are intended to foster a dialogue between U.S. leaders, the national security community, partner nations, and the public about the challenges we face in the 21st century,” said Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, DIA director. The resurgence of Russia on the world stage – seizing the Crimean Peninsula, destabilizing eastern Ukraine, intervening in Syria, and shaping the information environment to suit its interests – poses a major challenge to the United States and its allies and led to the development of these “military power” publications. “Within the next decade, an even more confident and capable Russia could emerge. The United States needs to anticipate, rather than react, to Russian actions and pursue a greater awareness of Russian goals and capabilities to prevent potential conflicts,” said Stewart. DIA has a long history of producing comprehensive and authoritative defense intelligence overviews. The first unclassified Soviet Military Power assessment was published in 1981 and was translated into eight languages and distributed around the world as an annual report in the 80’s, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The 2017 military power report series includes analysis of foreign national security strategies, military doctrines, force structures, and core military capabilities, including nuclear forces, biological and chemical weapons, underground facilities, space/counterspace and cyber operations. The China assessment, the next in the series planned for release, will offer insights into the modernization of Chinese military power and its engagement in military diplomacy across the globe.

Russia Military Power | Building a Military to Support Great Power Aspirations  The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released “Russia Military Power,” a report that examines the core capabilities of the resurgent Russian military. It is the first in a series of unclassified military power assessments on major threats facing the United States.

DIA Military Power Reports – YouTube The series of reports are designed to help the public achieve a deeper understanding of key threats to U.S. National Security and will focus on DIA’s five “n…

Soviet Military Power – YouTube DIA’s flagship publication, Soviet Military Power

 

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