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In Georgia, Russia saw its Army’s shortcomings

October 10, 2008

By Fred Weir
Christian Science Monitor

The global perception of the Russia-Georgia war this summer is that an armored juggernaut of old Soviet military proportions rolled over its puny rival after a five-day conflict.

But the view from Moscow is different. Many Russian military experts are still shaking their heads in dismay over a catalog of delays and mistakes that plagued the Russian Army’s thrust into South Ossetia.

Russian peackeeping soldiers drive military vehicles out of ...

“The war made it clear that we have all kinds of shortcomings in equipment, training, battlefield coordination, and intelligence,” says Alexei Arbatov, a military expert with the Carnegie Center in Moscow.

The Russian Army’s questionable performance has prompted urgent debate here over Russia’s need for a modern, mobile, professional army capable of rapidly responding to challenges that might erupt along Russia’s long borders with its unstable post-Soviet neighbors. In fact, the August conflict is giving fresh impetus for a 30 percent jump in defense spending, and a military modernization plan.

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Rice: NATO-led Afghan mission ‘bumpy’

February 6, 2008
By Anne Gearan, AP Diplomatic Writer

LONDON – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the NATO-led military mission in Afghanistan is “bumpy,” and the international aid effort needs firmer coordination among the many nations participating.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice  gestures during a joint ... Rice said she hopes a new candidate will be chosen quickly to replace a respected British diplomat who had accepted a job as overall international coordinator of aid, government and economic projects in Afghanistan but backed out because of objections from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The choice for the job would probably be a European, not an American, Rice said as she traveled to Britain….
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