Russian preparations for the Conduct of Large-Scale Combat Operations are typically discussed in terms of how Russia has conducted combat operations in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Syria. These discussions focus on information operations, the use of subterfuge through the 'polite people' or 'little green men', and particularly, the use of Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs) as Russian military force projection. What is seldom discussed is how Russia envisions the conduct of large-scale combat operations. Dr. Lester Grau and Charles Bartles will present their understanding of Russia's preparations for large-scale combat operations, how these preparations are substantially different from those in Soviet times, and how they view these preparations in terms of brigades/divisions, army groups/army corps, joint operational commands/fronts, and the Russian General Staff.
This event is made possible by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Lester W. Grau
Senior Analyst and Research Director, FMSO
Charles K. Bartles
Junior Analyst and Russian Linguist, FMSO
Jeff Mankoff (moderator)
Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS
Michael Kofman (discussant)
Senior Research Scientist, Russia Studies Program, CNA