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Russia’s Ground Forces: Organization, Armament, Prospects

May 14, 2018 • 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT

The Russian military has nearly completed a substantial overhaul of its ground forces. While Russia’s ground forces have traditionally been tasked with defending the territory of the Russian Federation, new equipment and training are meant to make them more capable for missions local and global, offensive and defensive. At the core of the new concept is self-sufficiency. Once armed with reliable artillery and missile systems, Russian ground forces will be called on to carry out high precision strikes on their own, without relying on other branches and services. Modern UAVs, new approaches to electronic warfare, and a revised concept of air defense are also part of the package. Alexey Ramm, a long-time observer of the Russian armed forces, will discuss the reforms and their implications.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Alexey Ramm

Editor of Military Affairs, Izvestia

Michael Kofman (discussant)

Senior Research Scientist, Russia Studies Program, CNA

Olga Oliker (moderator)

Senior Advisor and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS