Sunday, June 11, 2017
Is Ukraine Now A Laboratory For Both Russia And The U.S. On Military Tactics And Equipment?
C4ISRNET: Here’s how Ukraine is a laboratory for both Russia and the US
Just as adversaries have observed U.S. behavior in conflict over the last decade-plus, learning tactics and techniques, the U.S. is doing the same. Specifically, the country is looking at Ukraine against Russia and Russian-supported forces.
“As we study them — it becomes a laboratory both for the Russian forces and the Russian supported forces … it’s a laboratory both ways,” Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command, said during a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee hearing June 6. “They’re testing their capabilities… and we’re having to see what they’re doing just like we did in the Cold War, but this is an actual battlefield.”
Russia has demonstrated advanced capabilities in the electromagnetic spectrum, which would be of strategic significance in a force-on-force conflict in the operating environment of the future.
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WNU Editor: If there is one huge advantage that the Russian military has over any other military in the world .... it is that ability to pick up on the transmissions from the other side, and to then target these positions very quickly with devastating artillery fire. The rebels in eastern Ukraine have this ability, and it is probably one of the reasons why there is a stalemate in that country. I have also noticed that when Russian military units were deployed to Syria .... their impact on the battlefield was almost immediate. I am sure that the U.S. military has the same capability .... but I have not seen it used at this scale.