Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News on topics related to the Russian Military

3,000 Soldiers Deploying Amid Russia Tensions

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3,000 Soldiers Deploying Amid Russia Tensions

About 3,000 soldiers are deploying to bolster America’s Eastern European allies as Russia continues to mass troops on its border with Ukraine, the Pentagon announced Feb. 2.

About 1,000 soldiers from a Stryker squadron already in Germany “will reposition to Romania in the coming days,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. These soldiers belong to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, which is stationed in Vilseck, Germany, according to the Pentagon.

The soldiers will bolster the 900 U.S. troops already in Romania, Kirby said.

Retired US Generals Discuss Ukraine Situation

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Retired US Generals Discuss Ukraine Situation

While Russia has the combat power it needs to take out Ukraine’s defenses, a potential attack by Russia is not likely going to “be like Pearl Harbor,” a former senior allied commander in Europe said.

Addressing the current standoff at the border of Russia and Ukraine, where more than 100,000 Russian troops are amassed, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who was supreme allied commander Europe from 1997–2000, said Russia can effectively launch precision strikes.

Pentagon On Ukraine: US Forces Will be Ready

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Pentagon On Ukraine: US Forces Will be Ready

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Jan. 28 called for diplomacy and peace as Russia continues to mass “tens of thousands” of troops on its border with Ukraine.

“There is no reason this situation has to devolve into conflict,” Austin said in a briefing with reporters. He added that conflict is not inevitable. “There’s still time and space for diplomacy,” he said.

Milley echoed Austin’s remarks. “Ukraine has the right to be independent. We strongly encourage Russia to stand down,” he said.

Soldiers Among 8,500 On Alert Over Russia Tensions

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Soldiers Among 8,500 On Alert Over Russia Tensions

Soldiers from units such as the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division are among the 8,500 troops who are on heightened alert over rising tensions in Europe.

Also on alert are elements of the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 4th Infantry Division, as well as additional units from Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Hood, Texas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Stewart, Georgia, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said Jan. 27.

8,500 Troops Put on Alert Over Russia-Ukraine Tensions

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8,500 Troops Put on Alert Over Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Up to 8,500 U.S. troops have been put on heightened alert as tensions continue to rise in Europe over fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

If activated, the troops would support the NATO Response Force, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said Jan. 24. The alert, directed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, allows for the units to prepare to move quickly if needed, Kirby said.

Military Must Prepare For ‘A Lot of Challenges’

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Military Must Prepare For ‘A Lot of Challenges’

In the face of growing threats around the world, the U.S. military must remain ready for a range of challenges, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said.

“We’re going to have to deal with a rising China, we have to deal with Russia, we will have North Korea, we have Iran, we have terrorists, we have climate change, we have COVID, we have wildfires, we have a lot of challenges,” Milley said. “As a great power, we have to be able to do all of those simultaneously.”

Indo-Pacific, Especially Taiwan, Has Challenges for US

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Indo-Pacific, Especially Taiwan, Has Challenges for US

China’s growing aggression is forcing the U.S. to think more seriously about deterrence and competition in the Indo-Pacific region, a panel of experts said during a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. faces “unprecedented challenges” to its interests, particularly from China and Russia, said retired Gen. Robert Brown, AUSA executive vice president and a former commander of U.S. Army Pacific, who moderated the June 23 Thought Leaders discussion.

2014 Ilovaisk Siege Provides Lessons on Future Warfare

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2014 Ilovaisk Siege Provides Lessons on Future Warfare

A new Landpower Essay published by the Association of the U.S. Army looks at the changing landscape of future warfare. 

Maj. Amos Fox, an armor officer who frequently writes for AUSA, uses the siege of a 16,000-population Ukrainian town to show how proxy wars and manufactured insurgencies have changed modern warfare. The 2014 battle pitted Ukrainian military and paramilitary forces against pro-Russian insurgents, leading to the Ukrainian forces being encircled by the insurgents for several days and facing heavy casualties from artillery barrages.