Thursday, April 7, 2016

Russia Gets Ready To Fight A 'Big War'

© Sputnik/ Valeriy Melnikov

Patrick Armstrong, Sic Semper Tyrannis: Russia Prepares for a Big War: The Significance of a Tank Army

People who already understand how armies are put together should skip Part 1.

Part 1. How armies are put together
One of the things that I find irritating about battles in movie is that the director seems to think that battles are about getting an inchoate mass of soldiers together, giving a rousing speech and yelling "Charge!" That is absolutely not how it works nor ever has worked. Real armies are assembled out of groupings made from smaller groupings, themselves made from still-smaller groupings and so on down to the smallest group.

The smallest group is about ten soldiers. This is the fundamental bonding size – these are your buddies, the people you will really remember, the ones you depend on and who depend on you and for whom you will fight and sacrifice. Yes, you're fighting for Freedom or some other Large Cause, but it's really your buddy you're doing it for. So we start with about ten soldiers.

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WNU Editor: A must read post.

Update: The U.S. is also getting ready for a "big war" in Europe .... U.S. Air Force Preparing for ‘High Volume’ Operations in Europe (National Defense).

Hat tip to Jay for this post.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The comment section for this article is just mind boggling...

Jay Farquharson said...

"Walter Patrick "Pat" Lang, Jr. (born May 31, 1940)[1] is a commentator on the Middle East, a retired US Army officer and private intelligence analyst, and an author. After leaving uniformed military service as a Colonel, he held high-level posts in military intelligence as a civilian. He led intelligence analysis of the Middle East and South Asia for the Defense Department and world-wide HUMINT activities in a high-level equivalent to the rank of a lieutenant general."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Patrick_Lang

Col.Pat Lang has assembled quite the community of ex-Military Intel writers and commenters, from both sides of the East/West divide.

War News Updates Editor said...

Thanks to you Jay Sic Semper Tyrannis has become a daily read.

Matthew Dupuis said...

As a former LEO one thing that was pounded into my head was, "approach determines response".
I've not been a fan of NATO's "approach" to Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union and see their "response" as justified.
Whenever I hear General Breedlove talk about NATO expansion/growth as a "response" to Russian aggression I get angry, and wonder what exactly are his motivations for making such accusations...
Great article.