War Offers Lessons on Russian Military, Warfare

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War Offers Lessons on Russian Military, Warfare

The war in Ukraine illuminates several important features of the Russian military and warfare, according to the author of a new paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Ukraine Lessons Inform Army Capabilities Development

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Douglas Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, speaks during the  AUSA Contemporary Military Forum: Building the Army of 2030 - Modernization of Combat Capabilities at the AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)
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Ukraine Lessons Inform Army Capabilities Development

As Russia’s war on Ukraine enters its ninth month, U.S. Army leaders are watching carefully and gleaning valuable lessons about the realities of the modern battlefield, the challenges of sustaining an extended conflict and the capabilities of the foe. 

During a panel Oct. 11 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, service modernization officials described what they’ve learned so far about how to best support Ukraine in its fight for survival and how the Army can posture itself to be resilient in future conflicts.

Ukraine War Reveals Power of Information

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Ukraine War Reveals Power of Information

The power of information operations is one of the biggest lessons the Army can learn from the war in Ukraine, two Army special operations leaders said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been a “powerful” figure as he’s put the spotlight on Russia’s attack on his people and his country and sought to motivate the other nations of the world to support the Ukrainians’ fight, said Lt. Gen. Jonathan Braga, commander of Army Special Operations Command. 

AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in August

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AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in August

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcasts in August, including a soldier who turned his passion for fishing into a post-retirement business and an Army family that has given much during the war in Afghanistan.

First up in the “Army Matters” series is an interview with retired Sgt. Maj. Burnie Haney, who owns New York Fishing Adventures with Captain Burnie Haney in Henderson, New York.

Lessons from Ukraine Will Inform New Army Doctrine

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Lessons from Ukraine Will Inform New Army Doctrine

When the Army launches a final version of its Multi-Domain Operations doctrine by year’s end, it will be partly informed by the fighting in Ukraine, a senior officer said.

“We say lessons learned a lot, but we’re observing those lessons right now,” Gen. Paul Funk, commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, said at a recent breakfast event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army as part of its Coffee Series.

Lessons Captured on Russia-Ukraine Fight

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Lessons Captured on Russia-Ukraine Fight

The Army is trying to learn from Russian fighting in Ukraine, according to the Army chief of staff.

“This conflict is not over. It is very, very serious,” said Gen. James McConville in an interview with Government Matters. The fighting has now gone on for more than 100 days with no end in sight.