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Russian Military Deception Post-Soviet Union

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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Deception has long been practiced by military leaders. The ability to disguise and deceive has been a vital portion of a campaign plan from the Trojan War to modern times with the use of technology. This monograph focuses on the Russian military deception theory called maskirovka and how the Russian Federation actioned this technique against the countries of Georgia and Ukraine. The United States and its allies are currently at a crossroads against this Russian capability. Russia has the training environment, technology overmatch, and determination to remain relevant as the world continuously becomes more complex. Reviewing Russian doctrine, theory, and actions in Georgia and Ukraine, a scenario emerges of how Russia might utilize this timeless tactic again.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]