ThreatMinutes-Russia thumbnail imageFollowing the popular ThreatMinutes–China series on YouTube, the first wave of ThreatMinutes focused on the Russian ground forces, launched on 22 March 2024.   These short (< 60 seconds!) unclassified videos continue the effort to introduce foundational information and concepts about real-world threats and the training opposing force (OPFOR) to the broadest possible audience.

These videos are based on Army Techniques Publication (ATP) 7-100.1 Russian Tactics, released in February 2024 (click here to download).   They offer a low-barrier entry point and serve as steppingstones for Soldiers to explore more comprehensive TRADOC G-2 products and deepen their understanding of the evolving operational environment.

“You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.” — Marvin Minsky.

Understanding ThreatMinutes

The YouTube Shorts format chosen for ThreatMinutes is ideal. With its specific size and 60-second limitation, it aligns perfectly with mobile-first consumption habits, ensuring content is delivered with maximum effectiveness. Furthermore, video engages both visual and auditory senses, enhancing retention.

Commanders and leaders at all levels can drive Soldier threat knowledge by incorporating ThreatMinutes playlists into team training and implementing incentives for completion. Higher-level commanders may incentivize junior leaders by rewarding units with a high percentage of Soldier completion.RUS Example Row

Current And Potential Future Topics

Additional Russia-focused ThreatMinutes videos are currently in development and will be released as soon as available.  When interesting topics or observations arise, such as those being exhibited in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, these will be released in a category called “In the News” within an appropriate playlist.

Going forward, TRADOC G-2 will expand the range of topics covered in ThreatMinutes to include similar offerings based on upcoming ATPs focused on Iran and North Korea.   As ThreatMinutes continue to evolve and grow, they have the potential to play a pivotal role in shaping the knowledge and preparedness of the next generation of U.S. Army personnel.

ThreatMinutes – Russia’s Ground Forces (Playlist on YouTube)

See also:

ThreatMinutes – China’s PLAA (Playlist on YouTube)

ThreatMinutes – The Training Opposing Force – OPFOR (Playlist on YouTube)


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