MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia needs to determine exactly who its enemies are and develop its Armed Forces accordingly, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.
“We really need to understand what our strategic threats are, clearly define who our adversary is, what kind of adversary, and configure our Armed Forces and military-technical systems to counter those threats,” he told a military-industrial conference in Moscow. Rogozin oversees the country's military-industrial complex.
Rogozin, Russia's former envoy to NATO, also said it was essential to develop standard scenarios for the use of the Armed Forces based on a common vision of future armed conflicts.
New weapon systems should be designed to accommodate those scenarios and meet specific hypothetical threats, he said.
Addressing the conference earlier in the day, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged the further consolidation of the defense industry, calling it key to the country’s economic development.
As of today there are 61 integrated structures in the defense industry, comprising 771 large enterprises, which account for over 74 percent of defense industry output. By 2020, a new-look defense industry is to be formed with about 40 large science and production associations.
Russia's ambitious 2011-2020 arms procurement program stipulates the upgrade of up to 11 percent of military equipment annually and will allow the country to increase the share of modern weaponry in the Armed Forces to 70 percent by 2020. Russia allocated about 908 billion rubles (about $30 bln) to state defense order spending in 2012.
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- DariusThe Bilderberg group and beyond19:24, 20/03/2013The weakening and ultimate destruction of Nation States is part of the globalisation plan. The Bilderberg group and secret societies beyond and within it will organise conflicts between nations to destroy them.
- bielecI agree with Darius...21:59, 20/03/2013...but Rogozin is talking about military adversaries. These could be either regular armies in many different war theatres, or terrorist groups that destabilize targeted countries and use partisan strategies.
I am surprised to see that Russia is only now trying to determine who the potential adversaries and what the possible scenarios, strategies, and tactics could be. I thought that this was the most important part of the mission of any army. If I am not mistaken, Soviet Union had a large collection of military campaign details for various possible situations. How else could you conduct war games and prepare needed equipment?
Assuming that the objective of military conflicts is control over the natural resources, especially the energy resources, I would start with NATO and several possible conflict theatres:
- inter-continental (Russia - USA)
- inter-continental (Africa)
- continental (Europe)
- continental (Caukasus)
- continental (Middle East)
- continental (India)
- continental (China)
In terms of technology, I would focus on the following defensive and offensive capabilities:
- in space
- in the air
- in the sea
- on land
- electronic warfare
- miliraty intelligence
- special forces
I have probably missed a few, but these must always be ready on your "shelves" and must be regularly updated.
Then, there is a political sphere, where you need to maintain alliances and neutralize your potential enemies.
Next, there in an information war theatre.
And finally, there is an economic warfare.
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