US Military Analysts Recognized Strength of Russian Army
The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency has released a new assessment of Russian military power – reviving a Cold War-era practice. The agency concludes that the modern Russian military builds upon its Soviet heritage but has modernized its capabilities and doctrine for the present day.
"The Russian military has built on the military doctrine, structure, and capabilities of the former Soviet Union, but the Russians have modernized their military strategy, doctrine, and tactics to include use of asymmetric weapons", the DIA report states.
According to the authors of the report, Russia has been building its conventional force capability along with modernizing its nuclear forces to create a more balanced military. Moscow has stressed development of conventional precision-strike weapons, a critical gap in its inventory, and recently has tested them in combat in Syria, providing it with an advanced non-nuclear capability to impact the battlefield.
"Russia is rapidly fielding a modern force that can challenge adversaries and support its great power aspirations. Moscow’s long-term goal is building a military prepared to conduct the range of conflicts from local war through regional conflict to a strategic conflict", the military analysts concluded.