TRADOC Intelligence Post: LSCO Challenges: Insights on “Will To Fight” From the Russia-Ukraine Conflict (U)


(U)The national “will to fight” is a tangible force of interwoven psychological, physical,and ideological elements, often dictating warfare outcomes against the grain oftechnological or numerical superiority. Insights gathered from the war in Ukrainesuggest that while both Russia and Ukraine exhibit resilient wills to fight—in differentand powerful ways—emerging internal and external military challenges can also alter thewar’s trajectory. This review of will to fight reveals key themes focused onunderestimating resilience, moral high ground, international solidarity, and limitations of‘soft power’ that can inform U.S. and allied decision makers.



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