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Why Russian military reforms do not work. A look from the USA

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The Russian army recently announced that new recruits could bring their domestic dogs to the army, if the animals had completed a special training course and acquired useful skills for the army. For example, such as the detection of drugs and explosives or the ability to follow the trail and perform security functions. The military want more recruits and a higher quality, and a new approach (like, for example, the opportunity to take their dog for military service) is intended to facilitate this. Many recruits in Russia traditionally have well-trained dogs, and the new military initiative is not as strange as it may seem at first glance.

Over the past decade, the Russian government has been under growing pressure, urging it to get rid of universal military service. The government is unable to do this, because very few people are ready to join the armed forces (even for a decent salary). The government improved living conditions (significantly), made several efforts to reduce the traditional cruelty directed to the recruit, reduced the term of military service to one year (from two years), became more tolerant to refusal from military service for medical reasons, and also called many marginal recruits (with some diseases, overweight, criminal record, drug users) to recruit the necessary number of soldiers in the army and the Ministry of the Interior. All this was not enough, and much remains to be done to even simply recruit a million people in military uniform.

But this means that even elite airborne and special-purpose units use a large number of conscripts who voluntarily expressed a desire to serve in them. Most of these young guys seek, after serving a year, to master skills that can be useful after demobilization. Few want to continue to wear uniforms and make a military career. This is primarily due to the fact that the Russian army is considered as a bad (crippled institution) and is unlikely to get any better soon. With such a huge number of soldiers serving the whole year of military service, an increasing number of the best officers and sergeants are not able to cope with such a number of alcoholics, drug addicts and petty criminals who are called to the army only to fulfill the standards for conscription. Due to the dismissal of the best officers and the growing number of poorly trained and unreliable draftees, the Russian army looks more like a mirage than an effective combat (or even police) organization.

The current state of the army is very different from what it was before. At the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, he had five million people in his armed forces. Now this number is less than one million only in Russia (which accounts for about half of the population of the Soviet Union, but makes up most of its territory). Despite the fact that the Russian armed forces lost more than 80 percent of their forces, starting with 1991, a disproportionately large number of officers remained in the army. Ten years ago, Russia had about 1,2 a million military personnel (400000 in the army itself, the rest in the militias). However, the number of officers was approximately 355000. This is more than 1 to 3. With all this, about 40000 officer positions still remained vacant. The reorganization reduced more than half of the officer positions, but left many dissatisfied officers.

Meanwhile, the Russian Interior Ministry noted that their troops, consisting of conscripts, are far from being as effective as if they consisted of contract servicemen, and decided to replace all conscripts with contract servicemen. This is expensive, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs puts pressure on the fact that it is his paramilitaries who mainly participate in the fighting these days and deserve the best contingent. Additional pressure comes from the fact that Russia is hosting the Winter Olympics at the beginning of 2014, and Russian Islamic terrorist groups are threatening to thwart this event (which will be held in Sochi on the Black Sea coast north of the Caucasus). The new program "bring your trained dog" will be especially useful for recruits seeking to serve in the Ministry of Internal Affairs (where about as many recruits are required as in the Ministry of Defense).

The Ministry of the Interior has many infantry and special forces. This is due to the fact that the Russian armed forces consist of several ground formations. There is an army that employs about 300 000 people, including 35 000 in the airborne troops, which are quite an autonomous force. The Navy has 20 000 marines in place, and the Ministry of the Interior includes more 100 000 "special forces" that include riot police, light infantry and special forces police. Riot police units are formed from the local police, mainly in large cities, but the Ministry of the Interior contains a large reserve of special forces for use anywhere in Russia.

For most of the last decade, most of the "combat units" that fought with terrorists in the Caucasus belonged to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. There they are assisted by army special forces and airborne troops. The army would prefer to keep most of these elite troops out of the Caucasus and ready for other emergencies. MIA does not mind, and is trying to improve its militias, increasing the number of contractors and reducing the number of recruits.

Russian efforts to improve the quality of their servicemen always face the lingering problems of military service. At the beginning of 2013, the Russian government, under public pressure, agreed not to send conscripts to battle. Only contract soldiers will fight, until there is a large-scale war. Parents also complain that their sons recruits are sent to internal troops, and then after a short training in the Caucasus. The actual wording of the new rules allows sending conscripts to non-combat positions in the Caucasus, where terrorism is quite common. This practice is not widely publicized. Despite the fact that these new rules were announced without fanfare, the information quickly reached the parents of draftees and angered them. This was regarded as a ploy to save money (less training) at the expense of young recruits, and still send them to dangerous service in the Caucasus. While conscripts will not chase Islamic terrorists there, they themselves will be the target of terrorist attacks, and because of poor training, they will be less able to protect themselves. Parents came to this conclusion. The military and the Ministry of Internal Affairs consider these changes as a necessity, because conscripts now serve only for one year, not two, as before, and their careful preparation is expensive and, most importantly, in vain, since most of them will leave the army after this year . A more serious problem is that there are fewer and fewer people of military age in Russia, and she also has difficulties in attracting contractors.

It is currently planned for the next few years to increase the number of contract soldiers in the army to 425000 (in the army and the Ministry of Internal Affairs). The biggest problem with maintaining the appeal is that the number of 18-year-olds is rapidly declining from year to year. The current draftees were born after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, the birth rate has declined. Not so much because the Soviet Union collapsed, but more because of the economic depression (caused by decades of communist rule), which accelerated the collapse of the communist regime. The number of potential draftees decreased from 1,5 million per year at the start of 1990's to 800 000 today. Less than half of these potential recruits are in recruiting stations, and many have criminal records (or criminal tendencies), which helps to maintain bullying of new recruits, which in turn makes military service so undesirable.

Russia is trying to change the attitude of society to the armed forces by issuing all new reforms and programs. However, most of these efforts do not bring the desired result. The blame lies on the Internet. Surveys consistently show that most young men of military age do not want to serve in the army, and the main reason is hazing and prison conditions in the barracks. The new generation of sergeants and improved living conditions are designed to provide an atmosphere that will not scare recruits and contract soldiers.

There are other problems in the Russian armed forces. It is believed that corruption and outright theft eat around 20 percent of the military budget. So just spending more money on the army is not fixing the problem. Worse, many, if not most, Russian weapons manufacturers are corrupt and incompetent. The situation has become so bad that many reform-minded generals and admirals prefer to buy foreign weapon. This means that you have to pay more, but the quality of products is much higher, and the armed forces receive the equipment on time. The Russian armed forces need fundamental reforms, but there is serious resistance from those who are comfortable living the old way.
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  1. vladimirZ
    vladimirZ 23 October 2013 09: 18
    22
    Who says military reforms don't work?
    V.V. Putin bluntly stated that Serdyukov "successfully carried out the reform," and Shoigu only had to "polish" it. laughing
    The "reforms" of the army were carried out under the leadership of the Putin-Medvedev tandem, and by definition they cannot "fail to work." bully
    1. Alekseev
      Alekseev 23 October 2013 11: 06
      17
      Offensive article, but that is, that is. request
      Although a superficial glance, without a serious analysis of the reasons for the current situation (yes, does the American need such an analysis?), One cannot accuse him of "malicious distortion of reality".
      1. Starfish
        Starfish 23 October 2013 12: 59
        +3
        “Corruption and outright theft are believed to eat up about 20 percent of the military budget.
        Russian Armed Forces Needs Fundamental Reforms "

        weren't these fundamental reforms and corruption and outright theft flourishing?
        1. servant.
          servant. 23 October 2013 18: 53
          +2
          Not only, in comparison with the GBV and the orgy of the 90s, this pampering ...
      2. rexby63
        rexby63 23 October 2013 14: 30
        +4
        The article is filthy. Some contextual links are worth
        This is primarily because the Russian army is seen as something crippled institution and is unlikely to get any better in the near future.


        Additional pressure comes from the fact that Russia is hosting the Winter Olympics in early 2014, and Russian Islamic terrorist groups threaten to disrupt this event (which will be held in Sochi on the Black Sea coast north of the Caucasus).


        Not so much because the Soviet Union collapsed, but more because of the economic depression (caused by decades of communist rule) that accelerated the collapse of the communist regime


        The American does not distort reality; he slightly "embellishes" the past and the future. It's much more dangerous
        1. 31231
          31231 23 October 2013 19: 34
          0
          Too lazy to go into the original, but there is a suspicion that the professor "creatively" translated the original source.
          1. smile
            smile 23 October 2013 21: 13
            0
            31231
            Yes, hardly. I do not believe that the professor willfully distort the source, not his style. We may have a different attitude to his statements, but he will not try to trifle finely and finely when translating an article.
            1. 31231
              31231 23 October 2013 22: 11
              0
              In general, yes, it is difficult to understand these Americans who expect that their reforms will work for us. laughing

              In general, I would love to read something about the Israeli Army. There at least experts write and the debate is rampant.
            2. Professor
              24 October 2013 09: 44
              -2
              Quote: smile
              31231
              Yes, hardly. I do not believe that the professor willfully distort the source, not his style. We may have a different attitude to his statements, but he will not try to trifle finely and finely when translating an article.

              Excuse me, but not for those who doubt religion does not allow you to go to the source by the link at the end of the article?
          2. timer
            timer 24 October 2013 00: 54
            0
            There is such a proverb, no matter how much you say halva, but your mouth will not become sweeter. Yes, Americans can suck any fable from a finger, and then get tired of proving that this is the pure truth. But the reality is on the face, our army is still weak and has many vices (like today's society). But do not constantly poke "us" with a snout (I often see such articles by lousy Western experts), the army will change and become strong like Russia!
      3. Poppy
        Poppy 23 October 2013 16: 14
        +4
        there were no 5 million army at the end of Soviet times, these are fantasies, the economy couldn’t stand it
        about 2 million were
        1. alone
          alone 23 October 2013 21: 14
          +2
          laughing even China could not afford such a thing with its billion))
          1. ando_bor
            ando_bor 23 October 2013 21: 28
            +2
            The number of armed forces of the USSR in 1988 amounted to 5 million 266 thousand people, including:
            ground forces - 2 million people
            air force - 454 thousand people
            navy - 477 thousand people
            (Strategic Missile Forces) strategic missile forces - 298 thousand people
            air defense troops - 520 thousand people
            construction and auxiliary troops - 1 million 477 thousand people
            border troops - 230 thousand people
            internal troops - 340 thousand people.
            It was the largest army in the world.
            1. Vladimir 23rus
              Vladimir 23rus 16 December 2013 04: 33
              0
              "It was the largest army in the world."

              And nothing wrong with this was a solid plus. respected and feared. :)
        2. ando_bor
          ando_bor 23 October 2013 21: 29
          +1
          She could not stand it.
      4. timer
        timer 24 October 2013 00: 45
        +2
        I immediately had a question - who had a hand in the collapse of the USSR and the army? On whose loot were traitors inside the country trained and hired and brought to power? The answer is obvious, the USA (our enemy number 1). The army cannot exist separately from society. As its state is, so is the army. These so-called "our leaders" are to blame for what is written in the article (unfortunately true). The army is not a piece of iron, but first of all people, and I think that it should be built as a kind of social corporation so that the entire population from 18 to 40 years old can pass through it. Agitation and propaganda should help in this construction. This is military training. + influx of personnel from
        in. Because a strong army is a strong Russia!
  2. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 23 October 2013 09: 27
    +6
    "Many conscripts in Russia traditionally have well-trained dogs, and the new military initiative is not as strange as it might seem at first glance."

    This is know-how, not such know-how. Back in the USSR, service with his dog was possible. Only now service breeds are not in fashion, German or East European shepherds, black terriers, Rottweilers, Dobermans you will not find in the afternoon with fire, there are even fewer of them in potential conscripts, even fewer dogs worthy of having completed the main training course. You can, of course, adapt to detect drugs, explosives and spaniels, by the way, they are located for this, but there are few real service dogs.
    1. rolik
      rolik 23 October 2013 10: 41
      +3
      Quote: Vladimirets
      but true service dogs are few.

      Oh, I had to go to the army with my dog ​​in the 98th year))) I didn’t know (((((I had an airedale, everything went with him and OKD and ZKS, the medalist and clever was)))))
    2. Cthulhu
      Cthulhu 23 October 2013 12: 21
      +4
      I agree. This is know-how, with a huge beard. I have an older brother in 1978, was drafted into the border troops along with our shepherd. Offered at the draft board, he wrote a consent. They sent a dog to pass exams at the PV dog school. After the commissioning of these, together with the owner was assigned to draft in the army smile
  3. APES
    APES 23 October 2013 09: 28
    30
    My utopia:
    Civil rights for a man - a citizen’s passport and voting right would be given only after serving in the army. I would send to a citizen along with a machine gun - with the right to wear. I would introduce a mandatory course - guerrilla warfare.
    Civil rights for women - a citizen’s passport and voting right would be given after the birth of the first child.
    I think our society would have changed immediately, only the native government and officials “such” citizens are extremely unpleasant and not comfortable.
    1. Airman
      Airman 23 October 2013 09: 52
      +3
      Quote: APES
      My utopia:
      Civil rights for a man - a citizen’s passport and voting right would be given only after serving in the army. I would send to a citizen along with a machine gun - with the right to wear. I would introduce a mandatory course - guerrilla warfare.
      Civil rights for women - a citizen’s passport and voting right would be given after the birth of the first child.
      I think our society would have changed immediately, only the native government and officials “such” citizens are extremely unpleasant and not comfortable.

      What kind of machine are we talking about? Here you get a gas pistol with obstacles. If the people had weapons, there would be no conflict in Biryulyovo, and there would be no migrants either, if they would sit and die of hunger in their "free" reservations.
      1. Basileus
        Basileus 23 October 2013 12: 48
        0
        Yeah, there would be no conflict. When everyone shot each other, there is no one to conflict.
    2. Walker1975
      Walker1975 23 October 2013 12: 23
      +7
      Robert Heinlein in his "Space Marine" was given citizenship rights to both men and women only after completing military service ... So the idea has been for many years.
      1. APES
        APES 23 October 2013 13: 36
        +2
        Sorry, the word "mine" was superfluous, I confess

        but I put in that sense that I like it and so want

        PS
        everything new in the world is well forgotten old
        1. Walker1975
          Walker1975 23 October 2013 16: 07
          +2
          Yes, I did not blame you for plagiarism. So I understood what you had in mind. Just remembered - suddenly, who did not read.
    3. Katsin1
      Katsin1 23 October 2013 12: 26
      +3
      And then the men in a drunken affair would have cut each other bursts from Kalash. This is not Switzerland. Even in Israel, drinking a few years ago, the rear units were forbidden to go home with weapons, and they did the right thing.
      1. APES
        APES 23 October 2013 13: 34
        +2
        I agree - the Airborne Forces and the building battalion do not give out, they do not need it
        1. POBEDA
          POBEDA 24 October 2013 09: 19
          0
          Give them shovels, one engineer, another shovels))
      2. The comment was deleted.
      3. Vladimir 23rus
        Vladimir 23rus 16 December 2013 04: 36
        0
        these are not citizens, this is the population!
    4. rolik
      rolik 23 October 2013 13: 07
      +1
      Quote: APES
      My utopia:

      By the male face, everything is clear, but there are some reservations. Disability (not mental), studying at a university (passing rather than being present at school).
      But for the woman, about the child is incorrect. If she can not get pregnant due to physiology ??? There is such a thing.
      1. APES
        APES 23 October 2013 13: 32
        +2
        how about the opportunity to adopt - adopt?
    5. Wedmak
      Wedmak 23 October 2013 13: 55
      +1
      Heinlein is crying for you ... wink
    6. Uncle
      Uncle 23 October 2013 14: 01
      +2
      Quote: APES
      Civil rights for women - a citizen’s passport and voting right would be given after the birth of the first child.

      Handsome !!!
    7. pr 627
      pr 627 23 October 2013 19: 32
      0
      I put the idea "+" one controversial, how not a citizen with a weapon in his hands will defend the state? Probably citizenship and service are inseparable concepts, but after service a social elevator should work, which will raise those who want to use it, and the lubricant for the elevator should be privileges .I emphasize, those who want it, because not everyone will have a desire to study and work intensively. Freebies should not be.
      1. pr 627
        pr 627 23 October 2013 20: 13
        +3
        “Finland will be able to resist much longer than Sweden, if only because we have a large army of reservists. ... By the way, the mobilization readiness of the reservists is very high, their weapons and equipment are stored at home and they are painted in parts, up to a platoon ...
      2. APES
        APES 24 October 2013 15: 19
        +1
        Quote: pr 627
        if not a citizen with arms in his hands will defend the state

        I believe that such "non-citizens" would be a minority, since in such a society no girl will "give" a guy without a machine wink
    8. APASUS
      APASUS 23 October 2013 19: 42
      0
      Quote: APES
      Civil rights for a man - a citizen’s passport and voting right would be given only after serving in the army. I would send to a citizen along with a machine gun - with the right to wear

      I can imagine what a hot fight would have been at the stores after 23 00.
      Quote: APES
      I would introduce a mandatory course - guerrilla warfare.
      Why such defeatist thoughts? Do you not believe your Army?
      1. APES
        APES 23 October 2013 21: 43
        -1
        Quote: APASUS
        I can imagine what a hot fight would have been at the stores after 23 00.

        I think very soon everyone would be aware of their actions
        Quote: APASUS
        Why such defeatist thoughts? Do you not believe your Army?

        I believe, but this is for officials and the native government, solely for their sake wink
        1. 31231
          31231 23 October 2013 22: 14
          0
          I think very soon everyone would be aware of their actions


          The surnames of Evsyukov and Anointed do not suggest any thoughts?! They gave so many reports that they were already heard by everyone.
          1. APES
            APES 24 October 2013 15: 17
            +2
            Quote: 31231
            Surnames Evsyukova

            Denis Viktorovich Evsyukov (April 20 1977, Moscow [1]) - former major of the Russian police [2], in 2008 — 2009 the head of the department of internal affairs in the Tsaritsyno district. He gained notoriety when on 27 on April 2009, while intoxicated, he killed two and wounded seven more people in the Moscow supermarket Ostrov on Shipilovskaya Street.

            Question: why now the Ministry of Internal Affairs (can carry full-time weapons) about the officer (at least) no?
            I think if there were an officer nearby in that 27.04.09 store (who would have the right to legally use weapons) - there would be fewer corpses, and one of them would certainly be Mr. Yevsyukov (sorry, I can’t call him an officer, even Ministry of Internal Affairs)

            I don’t know the second
            1. tchoni
              tchoni 9 November 2013 12: 57
              0
              And you look and the northeast with Budenovsky did not take place
  4. weather
    weather 23 October 2013 09: 40
    +6
    Good bourgeois article, without propaganda dirt.
    1. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 23 October 2013 12: 31
      +5
      Quote: meteo
      Good bourgeois article, without propaganda dirt.


      Yes, so-so article. The arguments in it are at the 1st grade level of the school. I won’t be surprised if there was something about tame bears in the article, it didn’t translate.
  5. IRBIS
    IRBIS 23 October 2013 09: 45
    +6
    "There is an army of about 300, including 000 in the airborne force, which is a fairly autonomous force. The Navy has some 35 Marines and the Home Office has over 000" special forces "which includes riot police units, light infantry and police special forces."

    They have something with arithmetic. I will not say about the Airborne Forces, but the marines are far from 20 people! An article from the category "about everything and nothing". on free topics about the army.
    1. LaGlobal
      LaGlobal 23 October 2013 09: 53
      +2
      Quote: IRBIS
      An article from the category "about everything and nothing". on free topics about the army.


      Did you expect that the antsy "experts" will tell you something informative and useful for our society ?? They will tell you what the "strongest US army" is. And everything else, as you Sasha said (c) "about everything and nothing" drinks
  6. erased
    erased 23 October 2013 09: 49
    +1
    First of all, Russia needs smart power that defends the interests of the people. And not a bunch of thieves and grabbers. But while this is not there - everything will go on as before - that is, lousy.
    And the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will never replace the army. Unless the divisions and brigades of the BB do not make the divisions and brigades of the ground forces.
  7. user
    user 23 October 2013 10: 09
    +1
    The blame lies on the Internet.

    Damn I don’t even know what to say, more idiotic phrases you need to try to find
    1. Professor
      23 October 2013 10: 51
      +1
      Quote: user
      The blame lies on the Internet.

      Damn I don’t even know what to say, more idiotic phrases you need to try to find

      Most likely we are talking about publicity and the fake reforms of the army’s image cannot be raised.
  8. awg75
    awg75 23 October 2013 10: 18
    +1
    these piiiiindosy write what they want to hear --- just funny to read this nonsense
  9. Fin
    Fin 23 October 2013 10: 20
    +7
    Thank you professor for the translation. The article was written by people far from the Russian army. Various negative articles in the media are summarized. About dogs too much, if 50 people go to serve with their pets, then good. And the article says this as an allegedly powerful incentive.
    Beginning in 1991, a disproportionate number of officers remained in the army.

    This is in the opinion of the amateur. When mobilized, these officers become commanders of the formed units. That's just this thing ruined by the heart.
    unable to cope with so many alcoholics, drug addicts and petty criminals who are drafted into the army

    How much? Are there any statistics?
    most of the "combat units" that fought terrorists in the Caucasus belonged to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

    To put it mildly wrong.
    In general, it’s even for the best what their performance is, with the Yankees there will be a surprise.
  10. anykind
    anykind 23 October 2013 10: 30
    0
    monstrous translation ((
  11. rolik
    rolik 23 October 2013 10: 44
    +1
    Professor you plus for the article, even with a slightly crooked translation)))) It's interesting to know how sworn "friends" think of us. And the fact that we are underestimated is good on the one hand, as Galtsev said:
    - Surprise will be)))))
  12. Migari
    Migari 23 October 2013 11: 14
    +1
    Quote: meteo
    Good bourgeois article, without propaganda dirt.

    And no more, our army is recovering, with the advent of Shoigu, confidence in this has been strengthened several times, the latest exercises have shown where it is good and where it is bad, conclusions are drawn, there are many difficulties, but without them we don’t, slowly, but the arrival of new equipment has already begun to the troops.
  13. ando_bor
    ando_bor 23 October 2013 11: 25
    0
    The blame lies on the Internet.

    You can find information about the army, it is not possible to get an idea of ​​the situation in the army on the Internet.
    He served an urgent son, quit in the summer, my understanding of the army improved greatly, although I didn’t consume information from the Internet in its pure form, I always filtered it, using unfiltered or insufficiently filtered information will inevitably get crap.
    Even in America, this is understood, I will put the article plus, although there are many controversial statements.
  14. aszzz888
    aszzz888 23 October 2013 11: 26
    0
    Quote: Vladimirets
    "Many conscripts in Russia traditionally have well-trained dogs, and the new military initiative is not as strange as it might seem at first glance."

    This is know-how, not such know-how. Back in the USSR, service with his dog was possible. Only now service breeds are not in fashion, German or East European shepherds, black terriers, Rottweilers, Dobermans you will not find in the afternoon with fire, there are even fewer of them in potential conscripts, even fewer dogs worthy of having completed the main training course. You can, of course, adapt to detect drugs, explosives and spaniels, by the way, they are located for this, but there are few real service dogs.

    Yes, I have many friends of border guards who came to the border with their dogs in 80-90. And served both well, so to speak without separation from each other.
  15. poccinin
    poccinin 23 October 2013 11: 47
    +1
    as always in RUSSIA everything is bad. BUT! What can you expect from "mattress makers" let them think so. There will be a surprise for them if they poke their heads into RUSSIA.
  16. lotar
    lotar 23 October 2013 12: 09
    0
    Digging in someone else's dirty linen is always more interesting than in your own.
  17. Thirsty for wind
    Thirsty for wind 23 October 2013 12: 13
    +2
    Dokhtar offers to fight the symptoms and the disease goes away.
    I'm certainly not the smartest guy, but I think he is lying.
  18. SlonodembelVDV
    SlonodembelVDV 23 October 2013 12: 29
    +3
    The article is American, of course it won't say anything good about "us"! Well, God bless them - their problems! But here
    what can we say ourselves?)) but whatever they say, unfortunately, the combat efficiency of our army is now at a very low level, including
    and in the "elite troops" such as the Airborne Forces! (I served there "on-time"). In reality, the troops are now not capable of performing serious (including large-scale)
    combat missions. This is due to the low combat and tactical training of both private sergeant and officer (!!! ') personnel! (Does not apply to individuals). That is, with America and NATO in the event of a big mess (with the use of conventional weapons, we do not touch the nuclear potential now
    - he is the only one that gives at least some kind of parity) we can not cope !!! Only separate units of the Ministry of Defense and the Air Force are capable of fighting to solve local problems in the SevKav. Like this!((
  19. shchukin
    shchukin 23 October 2013 12: 47
    0
    The author of the case did not say much. As they called in our troops with their four-legged friends, so they still call. Among other things, there were some not bad nurseries.
  20. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. 23 October 2013 12: 57
    0
    In my opinion, the article calls for abandoning the call, which is apparently premature because there are no methods for creating a mobile reserve.
    Russia is trying to change the attitude of society towards the armed forces by publishing ever new reforms and programs. However, most of these efforts do not bring the desired result.

    I do not know about the majority of efforts, but the attitude of society is clearly changing in a positive direction. And the situation in the army is noticeably improving.
  21. Silkway0026
    Silkway0026 23 October 2013 13: 40
    +2
    I did not learn anything new for myself from the article. we know about our problems, we deal with them.

    (I can directly see how the author, while typing, whispered: "... please, please, let everything be bad for them, let them get even worse ....")

    not surprised that the article was translated and posted "Professor"
  22. understudy
    understudy 23 October 2013 15: 27
    +1
    A set of phrases for a foreign inhabitant. Surprisingly, there are no drunk bears with balalaikas at the checkpoint in the text.
  23. Selendis
    Selendis 23 October 2013 15: 31
    0
    There are problems in any army in the world, the larger it is, as a rule, and the greater the tidiness of different calibers, the other question is what needs to be identified and solved, most importantly Serdyukov would have been smaller in the ministers. And then we are reformed, to axes and bows.
  24. razved
    razved 23 October 2013 16: 07
    0
    let him look at his army better. but how in that proverb about a speck and a club
  25. Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat 23 October 2013 16: 28
    0
    Article is nonsense. It seems that the author wrote it when he found out "about dogs" - wow, what is not a topic about these strange Russians! Everything else is sucked from the finger and the yellow American and our press.
  26. I think so
    I think so 23 October 2013 17: 25
    -4
    Reforms not working? Even how they work, but only TO DESTROY the Russian army ... This is the main goal of these reforms ...
  27. Savva30
    Savva30 23 October 2013 20: 56
    +3
    Analysts hu ..... this is written by those who rape women and men in the war zone, Iraq, Afghanistan, whose personnel are obese, who have not fought on their territory for a long time, I generally keep silent about homosexuals ... experts in the bombing of those who cannot answer the same.
    We will figure it out in our garden.
    1. 31231
      31231 23 October 2013 22: 16
      +1
      This is stopudov !!!! soldier
  28. Ckyf
    Ckyf 24 October 2013 21: 32
    0
    Harlem Downs School Secondary Article.
    I don’t see the point of discussing.
  29. soldier's grandson
    soldier's grandson 24 October 2013 23: 01
    -1
    our military reforms worked 100%, I will only add ("privatized"), reformers are innocent of anything, our great Pu said
  30. EdwardTich68
    EdwardTich68 26 October 2013 04: 37
    +1
    a disproportionate number of officers remained in the army.
    It is normal practice to deploy an army in case of conflict. In Japan, a similar situation.
    1. ando_bor
      ando_bor 27 October 2013 17: 18
      0
      Yes, the American accent is strong
      but the point of view is quite adequate.
  31. sergeymend
    sergeymend 27 October 2013 17: 04
    +1
    I think this is the first American who more or less conducted a subjective assessment of our sun
  32. tomilo2010
    tomilo2010 4 November 2013 01: 24
    +1
    "... economic depression (caused by decades of communist rule) ..." - bullshit!
    1. -Patriot-
      -Patriot- 16 February 2014 13: 33
      0
      I agree completely.
  33. faraon
    faraon 4 November 2013 01: 29
    0
    I recommend reading the book "The Gold of the Party" by Bunich, which contains all the answers to the questions posed.
    History has the property of repeating itself.