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Mon Sep 19, 2022, 09:04 AM

Ukraine's Success Shows Mastery of 3 Essential Skills of Modern Warfare


Modern war takes place during an open-source intelligence revolution in which commercial satellite photos and a constant stream of social media facts and fiction bombard politicians, soldiers and citizens. This flood of information makes hiding large military formations increasingly difficult, if not impossible. Yet, Ukrainians have shown the world that a globally connected information environment does not mean the art of deception is dead.

Ukraine’s military planners used old concepts optimized for a new era in designing its counteroffensive. They employed a variant of the 19th-century military concept of “central position.” This concept is associated with Napoleon, who when confronted with two armies, positioned his forces between them to split the enemy. This allowed the French leader to concentrate his forces in one location, even when they were outnumbered overall.

In the recent counteroffensive, Ukraine used a central position to confront two concentrations of Russian forces, one in the east around the city of Kharkiv and the Donbas region – which includes portions of Donetsk and Luhansk – and a second in the south along the Dnieper River and Kherson. These Russian forces collectively outnumbered Ukraine’s army and possessed greater numbers of tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and attack aircraft.

While Ukraine was building up forces in Kherson in the south and using rocket artillery, sabotage and unconventional warfare to attack infrastructure to isolate Russian troops, it also maintained a large armored force in the east. This gave Ukraine the ability to fix Russian forces along one front while attacking on another.

Ukraine’s central position made Russia have to factor in the possibility of Ukrainian troops attacking in either direction.


https://theconversation.com/ukraines-rapid-advance-against-russia-shows-mastery-of-3-essential-skills-for-success-in-modern-warfare-190704





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orangecrush Sep 19 OP
Chainfire Sep 19 #1
orangecrush Sep 19 #2
secondwind Sep 19 #3
orangecrush Sep 19 #6
Wounded Bear Sep 19 #4
orangecrush Sep 19 #7
Kaleva Sep 19 #5
orangecrush Sep 19 #8

Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 09:18 AM

1. While Russian Generals were swilling vodka, Ukrainians were studying military history.

Now the Russians have lost General Morale and are being introduced to General Retreat. It is becoming evident that the Russian Army is one of smoke and mirrors. I would have never believed that the great Russian Army, the dread of the West, could not have defeated a smaller neighboring state in a matter of days. Shows what I knew!

Lesson here: Never put a former KGB agent in charge of your army; it will work out like putting a former corporal in charge.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 09:26 AM

2. Brilliant post



Thank you!



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Response to Chainfire (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 10:29 AM

3. Part of the problem is that regular citizens of Russia, who are not willing to fight, can get out

of serving by paying $5,000. A LOT of those who are "fighting" for Russia are the misfits, folks who live on the streets, drug addicts, etc. They are rounded up and shipped off to Ukraine.....

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Response to secondwind (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 11:21 AM

6. Sounds like

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The Vietnam war, where if your Daddy was rich, you got out of serving because "bone spurs."

Draftees were disproportionately black and or poor.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 10:39 AM

4. Good read...nt

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 11:21 AM

7. Thank you!




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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 10:46 AM

5. The UKR military of 2022 isn't the UKR military of 2014

Western training has made a big difference, especially with the NCO's. Back in 2014, the UKR military operated very much on the old Soviet model. A model RU still uses today and the results are telling.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 19, 2022, 11:23 AM

8. Goes back to the Romans



They invented the concept of the NCO, if memory serves.

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