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Title: Transformation of the Russian military : the relationship between the transformation process and the concept of future war
Author: Boli, Fred Clark
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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This study investigates and proves the continuity between Tsarist, Soviet, and current Russian military thought which is predicated on the twin conceptual pillars of voennyi nauk (military science) and buduschchaia voina (future war); identifies the integral military-civilian commission consensus/decision process; defines the context for Aleksandr Svechin's 1920s works; and contributes original General Staff source materials. The continuity of process for developing Russian military doctrine is documented in three parts: 1) The Imperial Russian Army Reforms 1856 to 1914 are linked with the issues of forming and training a standing "professional" conscript army that first became significant in the mid-19th century. The Ridiger and Miliutin Reforms advanced the process of creating a modern Russian military establishment in the wake of humiliating Russian defeats in the Crimean War (1853-56) and the Russo-Turkish War (1877-78) 2) Lessons from the The 1921-1923 Interregnum, and the 1924-1930 Frunze Reforms are pertinent due to the striking economic and geo-political similarities between this time period and the present Russian situation. For a decade up to 1930 within the Red Army there transpired an open debate - the first and only such open debate for nearly 60 years - about the nature of Budushchaia voina. 3) Findings: Past, Present, Future investigates the nature of the current Russian Budushchaia voina concept which must reflect the vastly altered political-military, geo-strategic, social, economic, and technological situation in which Russia finds itself in the aftermath of the December 1991 disbanding of the Soviet Union; and then project into the 21st Century the type of threats, the most likely nature of warfare, and hence the deployed military force structure required to defend Russia.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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