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MOSCOW, January 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s armed forces are ready for a major war, Chief of the military’s General Staff Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov said on Saturday.
“No one rules out the possibility of a major war, and it cannot be said that we are unprepared,” Gerasimov said, speaking at an Academy of Military Sciences meeting.
His address covered key issues the armed forces face today – including outsourcing. Col.Gen Gerasimov conceded that outsourcing was necessary, in order to relieve soldiers of certain functions, but added that “outsourcing is only needed in peacetime and only at permanent bases.” He also stressed that these activities would be carried out by troops during combat or training.
President of the Academy of Military Sciences, Army General Makhmut Gareev said that the Russian Army’s approach to outsourcing needed to be completely reviewed.
“We think that the outsourcing system needs to be given a root-and-branch review: laws should be passed covering combat scenarios, their transfer to a war footing, and their full subordination to unit commanders,” Gareev explained. He also warned that unless this was done, then logistics and technical support systems would collapse.
Turning his attention to the issue of military education, Gareev slammed the current baccalaureate system involving a basic training component delivered in colleges which is supplemented by additional training in the armed forces’ academies, as entirely unsuited to military service.
He said that officers’ training is the most important challenge the high command currently faces. “Only the high command, with its highly qualified specialists, is in a position to ensure that higher educational institutions have the most sophisticated teaching and material resources, curricula and academic literature,” Gareev said.
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- ruypenalvaSe vis pascem, para bellum19:57, 26/01/2013Se vis pascem, para bellum
- alexk2NOT ready22:37, 26/01/2013Unfortunately we're not ready for a major war - we have neither the numbers against the US or China, nor the quality or sophistication against the US and NATO.
It will be at least another 9-10 years before Russia is ready for a major war at the rate we're going right now.
- Nikoha ha ha...12:34, 27/01/2013It is nice to see experts and military analytics like you who knows everything ! (Sarcasm)
Maybe if you would know that numbers doesn't counts in modern warfare today anymoore, you would understand modern battlefield...If you would understand that huge reserves of people on battlefield today are useless against modern tactics and technology...you would be on the right track !
We (Russians) are 20 years ahead in military technology compare to China !
- BugbearSad05:18, 28/01/2013Generals, Politicians, Reporters, Businessmen and Central Bankers are always ready for WAR.
Why? Because they all profit. Now YOU, (be you an American factory worker, Russian farmer, Chinese fisherman....) the people, you get to lose your homes, your wealth, your families and too often your life.
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