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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2018 10:01 a.m. PST

"Naturally, Russia's military maneuvers and annexation of the Crimean peninsula have many Pentagon analysts likely wondering about and assessing the pace of Russia's current military modernization and the relative condition of the former Cold War military giant's forces, platforms and weaponry.

Russia has clearly postured itself in response to NATO as though it can counter-balance or deter the alliance, however some examinations of Russia's current military reveals questions about its current ability to pose a real challenge to NATO in a prolonged, all-out military engagement.

Nevertheless, Russia continues to make military advances and many Pentagon experts and analysts have expressed concern about NATO's force posture in Eastern Europe regarding whether it is significant enough to deter Russia from a possible invasion of Eastern Europe.

Also, Russia's economic pressures have not slowed the countries' commitment to rapid military modernization and the increase of defense budgets, despite the fact that the country's military is a fraction of what it was during the height of the Cold War in the 1980s…"
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Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Russia would win because it won't be a conventional war. They are better at subterfuge. Liberal minded, politically correct, lawyered up societies cannot accept the moral compromises of war that are required. Russia and China for that matter are much less affected by this. This is why they don't want free press and an open internet.

I don't see a hot war as likely. Nuclear deterrence is still there. If anything we would balk and Russia would win by our inaction.

CalypsoCommando Inactive Member23 Jan 2018 2:35 p.m. PST

I have to think it would depend very much on the nature of the war. In the unlikely event of an all-out Russian invasion of a NATO member country like Poland I believe the Russians would be stomped flat. In most other scenarios I'm guessing the 'victor' would likely be determined by political and economic factors more than military ones. Unlike Snafu I don't believe the automatic winner in such circumstances would be the Russians, even autocratic regimes have to deal with the realities of resource allocation and an unconventional war can only be successfully prosecuted if a viable proxy can be found in the region of conflict. It could be argued that the current situation in Syria is exactly such a war.

Sobieski Inactive Member23 Jan 2018 4:21 p.m. PST

Public opinion has shown itself more of a force in Russia than some people remember.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member24 Jan 2018 1:30 a.m. PST

It could easily come down to another leak of our troop positions and strengths by our "ally" Turkey.


Personal logo Choctaw Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 1:37 p.m. PST

Isn't another one of their submarines on fire? When they have maintenance issues they really have maintenance issues.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member25 Jan 2018 3:33 p.m. PST

They might be saying something similar about all the wrecked vessels we have. :(


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