Has a lot on its plate right now, but there is still a lot more that can be done.
Greenwald points out that the Russian battle group made a detour into the Mediterranean to pay a visit to the port of Tripoli in Libya-just a few weeks after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid a formal visit to that country to open "a new.
The President was also reported as promising impunity for such killings and bounties for those who turn in drug dealers dead or alive.Modern war makes certain cultural demands on the forces that fight it, and Russia is not capable of meeting those demands.Russia's military can intimidate its weaker neighbors and steamroller small countries incapable of resistance, but not even in ten years will they be capable of fighting a major conventional war.The Russian defense budget is opaque, but it is probably reasonable to say that they resemble other European countries in spending about 25 percent of their budget on "investment"-meaning procurement plus research technology (R T).The result would be a setback for freedom and human rights throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and a weakening of America's beneficial influence in those regions.How much new technology can it develop into workable systems on 2-4 billion per year?This means Russia will spend perhaps 20-22 billion on personnel next year (more, if they intend to improve professionalism and develop a real NCO corps about 12 billion on investment (let's say about 10 billion on procurement and about 9-10 billion on.More than 850 people have been killed since 10 May when Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines vowing to crackdown on crime.Same thing with sending a battle group on a grand tour of warm water ports.Much of its inventory is non-operational because of lack of maintenance.By Stuart Koehl, over at Commentary, Abe Greenwald is incensed by a Newsweek article by Christopher Dickey, John Barry and Owen Matthews, "The Realist Resurgence that claims "Russia is weaker than it looks, which is why nato's soft power strategy can still work." Greenwald.And British air defenses, but to do so means grounding most of the rest of the force, scrounging for parts, hoarding fuel (yes, the Russian military is short of fuel).That's really not that much for modernization, push come to shove and even taking into account Russia's low labor rates.
Claims to fight illicit drug trade do not absolve the Government from its international legal obligations and do not shield State actors or others from responsibility for illegal killings, Agnes Callamard, the new UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, stressed in a news release from.
There are a few Russian units, mainly Spetsnaz, Airborne and Air Assault, which are capable of more supple tactics, and may be able to wage counter-insurgency on something approaching the.S.And that brings us back to Newsweek article's contention about European "soft power which was not adopted after serious strategic reflection, but out of fear of military confrontation with Russia, which in turn is due to a gross overestimation of Russia's military capabilities on the.Note that the bulk of the Russian defense budget, like ours, goes to military personnel expenses-salary, pensions, benefits, etc.So the problems Russia's military faces are both endemic and systemic, and cannot be fixed by a relatively small infusion of cash.During his election campaign and first days in office,.So far, it has paid off.Duterte repeatedly urged law enforcement agencies and the public to kill people suspected of trafficking drugs who dont surrender, as well as people who use drugs.On the other hand, this same approach renders the Russian military incapable of fighting modern low -intensity warfare of the kind the.S.Greenwald's main point appears to be Russia is still dangerous.As for O M, Russia maintains an extremely large force of increasingly elderly tanks, APCs, artillery, aircraft and ships.Somebody told me they had a tugboat accompanying them in case they break down along the way.".Yet if you can get past the tone of the Newsweek article, its salient point is to assert the viability of the European policy of appeasing Russia into collapse.Callamard, underscoring that directives of this nature are irresponsible in the extreme and amount to incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law.What's left of the Strategic Rocket Forces has no first-strike capability at all.Success in the former would greatly strengthen Russia's position regarding the latter, which in turn would give Russia the leverage it needs to sustain itself as a "great power" in the midst of its ongoing economic and demographic decline.
It is effectively a license to kill, said.
Russian tactics remain crude and rely heavily on mass and firepower-which the Russian army no longer has in the abundance its tactics presume.
Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation.