Friday, February 4, 2022

Scott Ritter On War...

... with Russia in a piece symptomatically titled: A war with Russia would be unlike anything the US and NATO have ever experienced. In it he not just analyzes but shares his experiences with Cold War correlation of forces. 

Just what would this defense entail? As someone who once trained to fight the Soviet Army, I can attest that a war with Russia would be unlike anything the US military has experienced – ever. The US military is neither organized, trained, nor equipped to fight its Russian counterparts. Nor does it possess doctrine capable of supporting large-scale combined arms conflict. If the US was to be drawn into a conventional ground war with Russia, it would find itself facing defeat on a scale unprecedented in American military history. In short, it would be a rout. Don’t take my word for it. In 2016, then-Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, when speaking about the results of a study – the Russia New Generation Warfare – he had initiated in 2015 to examine lessons learned from the fighting in eastern Ukraine, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that the Russians have superior artillery firepower, better combat vehicles, and have learned sophisticated use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for tactical effect. “Should US forces find themselves in a land war with Russia,” McMaster said, “they would be in for a rude, cold awakening.” In short, they would get their asses kicked.

It is a great piece, especially in a sense that it gives more power to my voice on these matters, because unscrupulous antagonists can always accuse me of being partial in these matters. You know, Russian, former Soviet military officer etc. In my latest video I go over this issue a little bit. But one can hardly accuse Scott Ritter, Douglas Macgregor or Lester Grau, or even Wilkerson of being partial to Russia and her military. Ritter concludes:

This is what a war with Russia would look like. It would not be limited to Ukraine, but extend to battlefields in the Baltic states, Poland, Romania, and elsewhere. It would involve Russian strikes against NATO airfields, depots, and ports throughout the depth of Europe.

The key word is "depth". NATO cannot defend against salvos of well aimed stand off weapons, many of which will be hypersonic. Nor can it fight under the circumstances of a radical disruption of C4ISR. But I am on record about this for years. Good that another American military professional warns about those realities too.

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