This is the U.S. Army’s Handbook for Defeating Russia in a War

    Michael Peck


    The handbook recommends that U.S. forces train to fight in an environment where electronic warfare jams GPS and radios.

    The U.S. Army has published a handbook on how to defeat Russia’s hybrid-warfare strategy.

    The Russian New Generation Warfare Handbook, published in December 2016 and recently released over the Internet, examines Russian hybrid military tactics and how the U.S. military can counter them.

    The handbook, a slick sixty-eight-page publication packed with photos and data on Russian equipment that might be used to wage asymmetric warfare focused on Russian operations in Ukraine and the Crimea, which involved small special-operations troops—sometimes operating undercover—and small, heavily armed formations of regular Russian troops backing local separatist groups. It concludes that Russian strategy is based on achieving regime change through teaming up with local proxy forces, rather than conventional military victory by Russian troops. “Because the new objective is the change of an entire system of government, the RNGW approach can use any lever of influence in their reach to achieve this change,” the Army study explains. “Not all regime changes have to be resolved with a military option, but when a military lever is activated, it is done by, with, and through segments of the local population. The involvement of locals gives validity to military action on the world stage.”

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    The handbook notes that Russia has embraced the U.S. approach of covering the battlefield with manned and unmanned sensor systems to detect enemy forces, which can then be destroyed by airpower and artillery. “At the tactical level, Russian Forces’ approach to modern warfare can be summed up through ‘target acquisition,’” the Army says.

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