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Subject: Iraqi defeat jolts russian military
tank    3/16/2004 11:02:18 PM
The iraqi army-which is cloned from the red army in the final decades of the soviet union- mounted only a feeble defense before falling apart. The key conclusion we must draw from this is that the obselete structure of the russian armed forces has to be urgently changed,says vladimir dvorkin,head of the russian defense ministry's offical think tank on strategic nuclear policy.The gap between our capabilities and those of the americans have been revealed,and it is vast.We are very lucky that russia hasno major enemies at the moment,but the future is impossible to predict,and we must be ready. Twelve years after the ussr's collapse, the most unreformed branch of russian society remains its armed forces.Though it numbers still remain at about 1.2 million personnel,and its annual budget has dropped to about 10 billion,the structure,weaponry,the doctrines still remain the same as in the past.Each russian defense minister since 91 has plegded sweeping reform,yet more than half of the armys combat forces,remain ill trained conscrips REQUIERED to serve at least 2 years for just 100 rubles the equivelent to 3 bucks a month..
 
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Panther    RE:Iraqi defeat jolts russian military   3/17/2004 5:20:10 AM
"Each russian defense minister since 91 has plegded sweeping reform,yet more than half of the armys combat forces,remain ill trained conscrips REQUIERED to serve at least 2 years for just 100 rubles the equivelent to 3 bucks a month." There's half the problem right there. So here's my very humble opinion: Conscription eats into those very few & precious defense funds. Volunteers would need to be paid more, but by eliminating atleast 750-800,000 conscripted troops from the army roster would free up alot of those funds to pay for a bit more professional army. Of course with russia's immediate security concerns at an all time high, what with many whacko terrorists to the south, uncertainty of the chinese temperment towards the far eastern region of russia, the schizophrenic leadership in north korea, & not the least of their fears of having my countries military on her european & southern asian borders. That a russian defense minister would have a tough sell in the russian congress is without a doubt. He'd have to be a salesman extrodinaire who understood russia's chaotic politics, the military's stubborness to change & an ability too soothe & charm a skeptical Putin into not having a very bruised & shattered ego! Oh and by the way, he would also have to be very physically fit in order to dodge all the bullets that would be shot at him from some disgruntled generals that he had forced into an early retirement because of their extreme age! Yeah, we all get a bit crotchety in our old age... go figure !
 
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