Observations on a Recent Trip to the Former Soviet Union
Final rept. Jul-Aug 1992
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
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Students and faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School NPS recently returned from a 21-day educational exchange visit to Russia and the Ukraine. The group led by the author, from the Schools Department of National Security Affairs, included four Navy, three Air Force, and one Army officer students who are specializing in Russian area studies. Funding was provided by the individual services under the Defense Advanced Language and Area Studies DALASP and the Quality of Analysis QofA Programs. The July 1992 trip to Russia and the Ukraine was made to help the students find out more about the current state of the former Soviet Union and the state of its military forces. The students hoped to determine whether the Bush administrations defense planning assumptions are still valid with regard to Russia and the Ukraine. Comments are presented in the following areas current political issues and personalities, Russian military science, Russian military history, the Western theater of war, the Russian military education system, how the Russians learn about the West, nuclear weapons capabilities, and what the Russians and Ukrainians want to know about the West.
- Information Science
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations