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.
In February 2022, the Russian Federation led by President Putin and the leader of theChinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), President XiJingping, issued a joint statement asserting their alliance, branded as “The Sides”.2 Some(realists) argue that
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