Russia's Peacetime Battlefield: Presidential versus General Staff Military Reform
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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President Boris Yeltsins restructuring concept approved in July 1997 for the armed forces under the Ministry of Defense is unpopular in the military and serious obstacles have caused several revisions. The concept may be further revised or even discarded over the next two years. Yeltsins indifference to the impact of military reform on readiness, and continual attempts by the General Staff to expand military and political control present serious problems for reform. Economic and political reformers, closely associated with Yeltsin, will continue attempts to weaken the militarys potential political influence and reduce the militarys economic burden on Russia. The General Staff is likely to publicly support reform even as it attempts to consolidate control over all of Russias military forces.
- Military Forces and Organizations