La guerra asimmetrica, o ibrida, dei russi in Ucraina e in Siria studiata dagli americani, su fonti russe.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a number of conflicts and reforms have shaped the Russian military into what it is today. Russia has observed the American lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their own from the 2008 invasion of Georgia, and applied these to the development of their forces. Several key changes have been implemented under Vladimir Putin (the current President of the Russian Federation) in the previous decade. These include a rapid modernization and increased complexity of equipment, attempts to professionalize military education, and a restructuring of the military to a more expeditionary model in order to project Russian influence into Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
The current state of Russia’s military is a modernizing force with an increasingly technological character. It aligns its units and capabilities to satisfy a mission requirement. Russia’s use of Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs) gives Russia the capability to project its forces regionally with high speed and intensity to achieve desired tactical, operational, and strategic goals. This focus on smaller expeditionary operations within Russia’s regional sphere of influence means a more agile and modular force than during the Cold War and even during the Chechnya conflict in the 1990’s. This was noticeably on display in their seizure of Crimea and the current conflict in Eastern Ukraine.