Russia Struggling To Integrate Its Most Effective Unmanned System

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by Blair Battersby, TRADOC G-2 Analyst Russia’s Orlan unmanned aerial system (UAS) has proven to be its most effective unmanned system on the battlefield in Ukraine because its speed and flying altitude have made it difficult to defeat. However, observations of the Orlan’s employment suggest Russia is experiencing challenges integrating this complex system, which could…

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Red Diamond: Russia’s “Elastic Defense” Technique Slowed Ukraine’s Advance

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by Dorsel Boyer, TRADOC G2 Analyst and Jennifer Dunn, TRADOC G2 Supervisory Intelligence Specialist The Russian Army challenged Ukraine’s widely anticipated 2023 counteroffensive in Zaporizhia Oblast through a well-prepared positional defense.[i] As part of this defense, Russia has employed a technique referred to by the media as an “elastic defense.”[ii] Although touted by the media…

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Russia Addressing Missing Links in Kill Chain

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by WO2 Blair Battersby, UK LNO to TRADOC G-2 Observations from the Russia-Ukraine War provide insight into Russia’s remedies to address critical gaps in its kill chain, providing the U.S Army with the opportunity to prepare for an optimized adversary during today’s training events. Russia has struggled to deliver dynamic, precision fires with the efficiency…

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Russian Assault Groups’ Evolution in Ukraine

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by WO2 Blair Battersby, UK LNO to TRADOC G-2 and Dorsel Boyer, TRADOC G-2 Analyst Russia’s approach to war in its so-called “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine has evolved over the past 21 months, suggesting ways in which U.S. Army OPFOR training can evolve to match. Russian forces have faced several organizational and doctrinal limitations…

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LSCO Challenge: Russia’s Nuclear Messaging in the War in Ukraine (INTELINK-U)

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LSCO Challenge: Russia’s Nuclear Messaging in the War in Ukraine Available on Intelink-U at https://go.intelink.gov/jKMgAhl About This Series: The challenges that Russia has encountered as result of extended large-scale combat operations (LSCO) reveal key object lessons for TRADOC and the broader Army. This series—titled “LSCO Challenges”—will focus on issues that the Russian Armed Forces are…

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TRADOC: LSCO Challenge – Russia’s Nuclear Messaging in the War in Ukraine (INTELINK-U)

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LSCO Challenge: Russia’s Nuclear Messaging in the War in Ukraine Available on Intelink-U at https://go.intelink.gov/jKMgAhl About This Series: The challenges that Russia has encountered as result of extended large-scale combat operations (LSCO) reveal key object lessons for TRADOC and the broader Army. This series—titled “LSCO Challenges”—will focus on issues that the Russian Armed Forces are…

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LSCO Challenge: Russia’s Sensor-to-Shooter Challenges in Ukraine (INTELINK-U)

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LSCO Challenge: Russia’s Sensor-to-Shooter Challenges in Ukraine Available on Intelink-U at https://go.intelink.gov/jKMgAhl About This Series: The challenges that Russia has encountered as result of extended large-scale combat operations (LSCO) reveal key object lessons for TRADOC and the broader Army. This series—titled “LSCO Challenges”—will focus on issues that the Russian Armed Forces are presenting in Ukraine,…

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TRADOC: LSCO Challenge – Russia’s Sensor-to-Shooter Challenges in Ukraine (INTELINK-U)

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LSCO Challenge: Russia’s Sensor-to-Shooter Challenges in Ukraine Available on Intelink-U at https://go.intelink.gov/jKMgAhl About This Series: The challenges that Russia has encountered as result of extended large-scale combat operations (LSCO) reveal key object lessons for TRADOC and the broader Army. This series—titled “LSCO Challenges”—will focus on issues that the Russian Armed Forces are presenting in Ukraine,…

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