Undermining Combat Readiness in the Russian Military, 1992-2005

  title={Undermining Combat Readiness in the Russian Military, 1992-2005},
  author={Dale Roy Herspring},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={513 - 531}
  • D. Herspring
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Political Science
  • Armed Forces & Society
Focusing on four critical components of combat cohesion—leadership, morale, trust, and training—the author argues that under Boris Yeltsin, combat cohesion deteriorated to the point where the Russian military was not in a position to carry out combat operations—as demonstrated by the army’s poor showing in the First Chechen War. As a result, the military that Putin inherited was in shambles. Planes were not flying, ships were not sailing, and soldiers were not training. While the outcome is not… 

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