Army Faces Wide Variety of Complex Threats, Experts Say
In today’s complex security environment, the Army does not have the luxury of a single opponent or threat and must be prepared to respond to all adversaries, a panel of experts said Monday during the 2015 Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.
“Unpredictable and unstable is the new normal,” said Lt. Gen. Mary Legere, who moderated an Institute of Land Warfare Contemporary Military Forum titled “Threats in a Complex World.” Legere, who has served as senior intelligence officer at Headquarters, Department of the Army since April 2012, said both state and nonstate actors are taking advantage of instability, increasing populations, dwindling resources and technology proliferation to strike at the U.S. and the Army in a variety of locations around the world and at home/…/
Phillip Karber, president of the Potomac Foundation, said that Russian aggression in the Ukraine is not abating, and the Army needs to be prepared to face the Russian military’s new strategies.
Known as “new generation warfare,” Russian tactics range from information war and subversion to threats to overt military action, said Karber, who recently returned from a stint in Ukraine embedded with local military.
“Unmanned aerial systems [UAS] are ubiquitous in Russia’s war in Ukraine,” he said, adding that at least 16 types of Russian UAS have been documented in Ukrainian airspace.
Additionally, the Russian military “favors mass fires over precision munitions…quantity over quality, which can cause catastrophic losses in minutes,” Karber said.
Both sides of the conflict have moved away from light, mobile units to tank-equivalent heavy infantry fighting vehicles. However, Karber said, “the Ukrainians to date have not recorded one single kill” on the T-90 tanks favored by the Russian military.
Finally, Karber said, Russian air defense systems – covering nearly the entirety of the country – are crippling the Ukrainian air force, and the U.S. may not be able to rely on superior air power in such a situation.