Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Russian News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Russian Looking To Modernize The Officer Class Part Two

Experts say the severe reduction in commissioned officers in the Russian army will solve several nagging problems, allowing the Defense Ministry in Moscow to provide housing for 122,400 commissioned officer families that have been waiting for it for 10 years or longer, free up funds to increase military compensations and avoid boosting defense expenditure. It is impossible, however, to improve Russia's defense capabilities while losing many of the most experienced specialists.
by Nikita Petrov
Moscow (UPI) Oct 20, 2008
Commissioned officers in the Russian army are personally responsible for the fostering and training of subordinate soldiers. They lead attacks and organize defense and mobile dispersion. In peacetime, commissioned officers supervise day-to-day control of their subordinates' activity.

A number of Russian military experts believe a rapid cut in the number of commissioned officers is risky and could significantly decrease the military's combat readiness. Adjusting the Russian army to Western military standards should begin with the creation of a professional junior commander core, which could replace commissioned officers in the fostering and training of privates, as in the U.S. Armed Forces.

This task could not be accomplished within one or two years. Also, servicemen need training with sophisticated hardware, which could be achieved most effectively by professionals.

The Russian army also needs modern battle management and support systems, including intelligence, target acquisition, communications and navigation systems, science-intensive computers among others, which are a necessity for modern warfare.

Currently, the Russian armed forces don't have the above-listed advantages, and are unlikely to have them before 2012, because insufficient defense industry capacity and the low educational level of the soldiers will hinder the reforms. Two or three years won't be enough to improve the situation.

The Russian government's federal program aimed at filling sergeant positions with professional servicemen has not been approved yet. Relevant funding has not been allocated. There are no sufficient educational and training programs for professional sergeants, and no favorable social or financial environment with which to encourage them to serve for at least 10 to 15 years, allowing them to master their specialty and to effectively train conscript soldiers. Much work needs to be done to replace lieutenants with professional sergeants at the platoon commander level.

Experts say the severe reduction in commissioned officers in the Russian army will solve several nagging problems, allowing the Defense Ministry in Moscow to provide housing for 122,400 commissioned officer families that have been waiting for it for 10 years or longer, free up funds to increase military compensations and avoid boosting defense expenditure. It is impossible, however, to improve Russia's defense capabilities while losing many of the most experienced specialists.

The decision by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov could prove to be pure voluntarism not backed up economically or socially, causing a weakness in national defense capability that would take many years to reverse.

Meanwhile, the joint panel of the Russian and Belarusian Defense ministries made a series of other important decisions, including the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2009 ("West-2009") scheduled for 2009.

"By holding this exercise, we will take the next step toward ensuring the high capability of our armed forces and the military security of the Union State," Serdyukov said. The decision to cut the numbers of commissioned officers in the Russian army will not affect this exercise.

(Nikita Petrov is a Russian military analyst. This article is reprinted by permission of RIA Novosti. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.)

(United Press International's "Outside View" commentaries are written by outside contributors who specialize in a variety of important issues. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of United Press International. In the interests of creating an open forum, original submissions are invited.)

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
The Military Industrial Complex at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com

Kadhafi to visit Russia, arms on the agenda: report
Moscow (AFP) Oct 20, 2008
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi will visit Moscow October 31 for talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on arms purchases and other deals, the business daily Vedomosti reported Monday.







  • Russia could pull fleet out of Sevastopol: Ivanov
  • Russian Military Machine Running On Fumes Part Two
  • Swords and Shields: Russia's Med menace
  • China will play 'positive role' in financial crisis, Wen says

  • Australia says timing right for new nuclear talks
  • Russia sees clear path for Iran reactor launch: report
  • Russia, India lay groundwork for nuclear pact
  • Iranian Pilots Show Off Dogfighting Skills In War Games

  • Chandrayaan-I Passes Critical Endurance Test
  • Bangalore To Host India's Maiden Space Exposition
  • National Remote Sensing Agency Becomes An ISRO Centre
  • Analysis: Revolt in India rebel group ULFA

  • 1,500 jobless as another China factory shuts: report
  • China blames global woes as economy eases
  • Laid-off factory workers in China say prospects grim
  • China spells out landmark farm reforms

  • Contact sought with kidnappers of Chinese in Sudan
  • Oil well hot water used to make power
  • Nine Chinese oil workers kidnapped near Sudan flashpoint
  • New way proposed to make energy from waste

  • Expedition 18 Crew Docks With Space Station
  • Expedition 18 Crew Launches From Baikonur
  • Space station crew might not be expanded
  • Expedition 18 Crew To Launch From Baikonur

  • LockMart Delivers Key Hardware For US Navy's Mobile User Objective System
  • Boeing JTRS GMR Engineering Model Enters New Test Phase
  • Raytheon Reaches Milestone On Critical Communications Capability
  • Raytheon Awarded First Phase Of Integrated Battle Command System

  • Raytheon Receives Contract For Production Of Towed Decoys
  • Raytheon Air-to-Air Missile Enters Weapons System User Program
  • Smart Bombs Score Another Hit In Extended Range Tests
  • Boeing Awarded Contract To Continue Testing ATL

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement