As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq dragged on, it seemed to me that these wars were having a negative effect on the US military’s strategy. You would constantly hear about how future wars would be against non-state actors such as international terrorist organizations. As such, the wars of the future would be all about UAVs and vehicles adapted to the threat of IEDs or mines, typical insurgent weapons. If you read between the lines, it really seemed as though they were saying: “This is the war we are fighting now, so all wars will be like this.”
As the US military adapted to asymmetric warfare, I wondered what would happen if it were to get in a conflict with a conventional army like that of Russia or China. For one thing, I figured the US would still manage to get air superiority, but it would be nothing like what they were used to. For the first time since maybe the Korean War, US military personnel would face the very real threat of aerial attack. After moving to Russia and learning about how pervasive some of the Russian military’s problems were even years after I’d first heard about them, it became clear that while the US and NATO forces would easily beat Russia in a stand-up fight, they would not do so easily. Having become so adapted to fighting poorly trained insurgents who fight with very rudimentary weapons, they’d be caught off guard by some of Russia’s capabilities in electronic warfare(EW), artillery, and air defense.
At least that was the case until recently, when Russia’s dipshit dictator decided to start flailing his arms around wildly in a pathetic attempt to make his country seem relevant after 15 years of plundering it and preventing it from reaching its real potential. Some of you have no doubt heard how NATO is taking advantage of Russia’s sabre-rattling in the Baltic region by observing the latter’s air patrols and military exercises. The frequent military activity has been leaking secrets and insights like a sieve, giving NATO planners plenty of data on Russia’s military capabilities, procedures, and plans. Now, American strategists have plenty of real data on which to retrain themselves on dealing with conventional powers.
Take this article, for example. Candid US military personnel talk about how they were impressed by Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities, an insight gleaned from observing their tactics in Ukraine. Thanks to Putin, the US military has realized the error of its ways and is working hard to shore up its defenses based on the practical data they’ve acquired courtesy of Putin.
Wouldn’t it have been embarrassing if the US military found itself in a conflict facing these jamming capabilities, totally unprepared? How generous it is of Putin to piss away the only fleeting chance his military would ever have in a conflict with NATO, something he and his legion of vatniks so zealously desire! And with the sanctions and the worsening economy, Russia will have no chance of keeping pace with NATO when they develop measures to counter Russia’s current EW capabilities. Putin outfoxes them again!