Accession Number : AD1038117

Title :   Roots Running Deep Arms Sales and Russia's Excursion into Syria

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLLEGE MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : MILLERO,RAYMOND Jr G

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Report Date : 06 Apr 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Reminiscent of the Soviet era, military arms exports have once again become a major instrument for projecting Russian power and influence, and are integral in bolstering a fragile economy and offsetting the damages caused by Western sanctions. Russia's involvement in the Syrian War on behalf of Bashar Al-Assad indicates a growing primacy of Putin's willingness to take calculated risks within the Russian sphere of influence and to use military exports as a political tool to achieve national security interests. In Syria, Russia utilized its military exports to enhance its image as a world power, maintain access, and counter Western influence in the Middle East. In addition to sending advanced weaponry to Syria, Russia showcased its military hardware against Western made weapons, sending a clear signal of Russian reliability and sophistication to nations wanting to upgrade, purchase or diversify their military inventory. The state owned and controlled Russian defense industry remains a fundamental instrument of national power and supports the achievement of Putin's national security goals. Military sales represents an important aspect to understanding the potential for future Russian adventurism. Hence, future Russian military expansion in what it considers its sphere of influence, with Putin's goal to reemerge as a great power, can be anticipated through looking at Russia's defense export sales. The inextricable link between foreign military sales and the achievement of Russia's national security interests is an important aspect in avoiding the next strategic surprise.

Descriptors :   national security , defense industry , market economy , ARMS CONTROL , russia

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE