The Russia Research Task Force pursues research which examines the Great Power Competition and future National Security Strategy as it relates to Russia's economy, environment, and technology sector, and its complex and changing relations with NATO, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Managed by the Office of Sponsored Programs, Research Task Forces (RTF) are two-term elective courses taken by a mixed group of AWC and ACSC students, recruited early in the school year and selected by faculty for what they bring to the discussion. This joint, collaborative environment allows researchers to bring their expertise and experience to formal academic scholarship guided by available AU faculty.
The Russian small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is anemic. The expectation forthis project was that Russia’s unique capabilities in the aerospace field would translate to thecommercial UAV sector. Russian military drones are well known. There are many reasons acommercial small-UAV
The author selected the topic of satellite internet and its challenge to the stability ofVladimir Putin’s regime due to professional experience. During the timeframe from 2017throughout 2021, the author executed orders in Europe as a military operational plannerspecializing in information
This research stems from my passion for space and the continued development oftechnology that makes humans a multi-planetary species. As countries like Russia and the UnitedStates continue to move toward conflict, I wanted to shed light on a few areas of progress whereboth countries have advanced
As the United States shifts national attention to peer and near-peer adversaries, abelligerent Russia, conducting threatening exercises on Ukraine’s border, has the potential todestabilize the region. Though a second-rate economic power, Russia is the United States’ onlynuclear peer.
Russian leadership’s space investments, organizational choices, and actions indicate theirviews on spacepower most closely align with the western survival school of spacepower theory.US strategists should therefore expect Russia to prioritize investment in counterspace weapons,reduce
In February 2022, the Russian Federation led by President Putin and the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), President Xi Jingping, issued a joint statement asserting their alliance, branded as “The Sides”.2
Maj David AndersonRussia’s failed attempt at regime change in Ukraine will require it to reduce its ambitionof being recognized as the leader of Eurasia and to increase its cooperation with new centers ofpower to mitigate isolation from the west and avoid economic dependence on China.
LCDR Stephanie Wexler:Given the current security situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s concept of escalation management is focused on minimizing both vertical and horizontal escalation abroad in order to achieve its strategic goals. The Kremlin’s implementation of escalation management is
LCDR Stephanie Wexler:Recent changes to Russian domestic law regarding protesting and information sharing represent a fearful Kremlin. Russia’s two major periods of government destabilization and collapse in the twentieth century were preceded by the easing of information and censorship laws.1
Maj Patrick McGetrick: Russia’s new way of war is riddled with oversights and assumptions of easy victories based on a history of military actions. Russians fought conflicts for defensive purposes throughout history, yet most of their recent efforts have been offensive. Historic lessons
Maj Patrick McGetrick: Global sanctions on Russia are meant to apply economic pressure long enough to force them to stop their invasion of Ukraine. Russia survived sanctions before following its invasion of Crimea. New sanctions on Russia are meant to impose even greater costs on their economy.
Maj Maggie Ballard:As Russian forces drawback from Northern Ukraine, they leave behind evidence of their way of war. Prior to the Russian retreat, as reports surfaced of Ukrainian hospitals and theaters serving as shelters being hit by Russian artillery, the West was concerned but accustomed to the
Maj Maggie Ballard:The Kremlin’s concept of using chemical and biological weapons given the current conflict in Ukraine is that these weapons are a tool that provides an asymmetric advantage and may be used covertly or overtly as required to achieve political objectives. The west’s
Maj Frank Perry:Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022 provided a significant data point regarding Russian forces’ readiness, tactics, techniques and procedures, and escalation management. What was once conceptual and only captured in Russian doctrine has now seen “first
Maj Frank Perry:Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022 was met with international criticism and outrage throughout the globe. The Kremlin is acting swiftly to shield the Russian public from dissenting voices, both inside and outside of the country. The censoring of social media, news
LCDR Ryan A. Fisher:The Russian Federation’s concept of escalation management during the current securitysituation in Ukraine can be roughly divided into periods of demonstration, adequate damageinfliction, and retaliation.1 In November 2021, satellite imagery showcased
Major Melissa Jamison: Vladimir Putin is undoubtedly described in the most gratuitous terms today, some complimentary and most scathing. This spectrum points to the ironic success of Putin's foreign policy as it has evolved from the day Yeltsin stepped down, opening the floodgate for his
Maj David “Cookie” Anderson: Russia’s counterspace weapon initiatives provide a comparative advantage for conflicts with the West near Russian territory. Over the past several years, Russia has developed an arsenal of kinetic and non-kinetic counterspace weapons capable of
No two nations consume U.S. defense and foreign policy bandwidth like Russia and China. They dominated the latest National Security Strategy (NSS), including prominent place in the analysis of “the Competition Between Democracies and Autocracies” and separate discussions of each as a
The recent NATO accession of Finland, and future accession of Sweden, complicates Russia’s access to and use of the Baltic Sea. Finland’s membership in NATO also further constrains Russian access to the Kaliningrad Oblast.
The Russian Federation traditionally maintained a sizeable defense industry, both for domestic supply and foreign sales. Some arms-exporting relationships date from the Soviet era. The effect of sanctions, materiel losses in Ukraine, and the performance of some Russian weapons systems will constrain
“The sides oppose further enlargement of NATO” and demanded the alliance abandon its “cold war approaches” according to the Sino-Russian Joint Statement signed just before Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.2 They failed spectacularly on that goal when Finland
The massive increase in the Wagner Group’s numbers recently came from their recruitment of some 40,000 prisoners from Russian jails.2 That increase in manning, made the Private Military Group (PMG) an appetizing supplement for Russian leadership who are struggling to make gains in their war of