Pentagon is sure

Chechnya war taught Russains how to storm Syrian cities

Instead of “carpet bombing,” our military supposedly successfully “intoxicates” the population.

The Washington Center for Naval Research (Center for Naval Analyses, or CNA) and the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) at Georgetown University have praised the military innovations of the Russian army in a Syrian company.


CNA is known for close contacts with the Navy and the US Marine Corps. CSET is obsessed with urban battles and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern wars. Both organizations position themselves as authoritative research institutes specializing in the field of studying the actions of the Russian army and our military-industrial complex.


– Russia’s relatively limited budget for research and development of AI and its smaller innovation ecosystem of the private sector seem less threatening compared to Chinese capabilities, – the analytical publication Russian Combat with AI Support: Storming the Cities says. – Nevertheless, underestimating the Russians is a big mistake.


In short, instead of treating the “Celestial Empire” as Apollo and Martia (according to ancient Greek mythology, this shepherd was punished for winning a contest), America should take a closer look, first of all, to the Russian Federation.


We repeat: the “Russian threat”, as more dangerous than the Chinese one, is written by American experts of the Russian CNA and CSET programs. This is their bread and butter. Therefore, discounting the “selfish interest” of overseas experts calling to give up all efforts against Moscow is not worth it. On the other hand, some individual assessments are quite objective and balanced.


Moreover, the analysis of the Russian assaults on Syrian cities, according to CNA and CSET, should help American troops act just as effectively in similar operations. In this regard, it makes sense to cite some details from the public part of the Pentagon’s secret report on the shortcomings of the US Army identified during the liberation of Mosul from the Iraqi metropolis.


This operation, called the “Eagle Strike” in the overseas defense department, was unsuccessful even by the standards of “star-striped” generals. The US Department of Defense acknowledged the erroneous planning of individual battles and the assault in general.


Despite rampant computerization, the unit commanders had “a different understanding of what was happening on the battlefield.” – The overall operational and intelligence picture is crucial, – the Pentagon report said.

– However, various databases have led to inefficiencies and suboptimal hostilities.


Speaking in simple language, the right American hand under Mosul did not know what the left was doing. Debriefing also showed that US intelligence was sluggishly reacting to the appearance of Islamic State drones in the sky. Meanwhile, the militants launched ordinary commercial quadrocopters and “self-made” radio-controlled drones.


By the way, the customer of the report was US Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the same one who led the assault on Mosul. It would seem that he should know what was happening under his direct command?


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However, it seems that the results of the tipping point even disappointed Townsend. By the way, after the publication of the report, the Center for Work on Errors was created, headed by Colonel Mike Pappal. According to him, the time has come to seriously reform the organization of military operations control in the United States Army. The very fact that the “star-striped” officers came to this conclusion after the “liberation” of Mosul says a lot.


There is no doubt that in the secret part of the report, the bitter uterus is true for the Yankees. However, what actually happened in the days of the assault in Mosul shows a fairly typical picture of Michael R. Gordon, photographer of the Associated Press of the United States. He cited the evidence of the destruction of a large house with the “Eagle Strike” and only because an ISIS sniper allegedly sat in the building. And where then are the vaunted counter-sniper units of the US military and their ultra-modern special equipment?


The most interesting part in the open part of the secret report is to estimate the number of Ishilovites who opposed the Americans and allies. It turns out “the city was defended by 3,000 to 5,000 well-armed militants of the Islamic State, who had more than two years to prepare a carefully thought-out defense.”


For comparison, recall: more than 100,000 American soldiers and officers stormed the Iraqi metropolis. Including – parts of the 101st US Airborne Division (approximately 5 thousand bayonets), 60 thousand soldiers and officers of the Iraqi army and police. First of all, the elite so-called “Golden Division”. And also – 16 thousand of Sunni militias mobilization and 40 thousand rebels of the Kurdish paramilitary group Peshmerga.


In short, the balance of power was – 1:40 in favor of the assault. But Mosul they still turned ruins. The death toll of civilians, according to Hoshiyar Zebari, the Iraqi Minister, has exceeded 40,000. More than one million were left homeless. If you call a spade a spade – the city is not liberated. It was simply wiped off the face of the earth by many-day “carpet” bombing and devastating artillery and mortar shelling.


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Here is the time to return to the CNA and CSET report on the Russian experience of assaulting Syrian cities that were defended by the same ISIS fighters. Experts from these overseas research centers acknowledge that our troops have developed skills in mastering large settlements from the mid-90s. Based on the fighting, primarily in Chechnya. Well, and then – as if in Georgia and Ukraine.

But the other conclusions of the Americans, in my opinion, deserve attention. They write, in particular: having faced huge losses in the Caucasus as part of counter-terrorism operations, “… the Russian military made major breakthroughs in the development of a wide range of unmanned systems and … with their help, control, communications, reconnaissance, remote monitoring – in technologies that, as Moscow expects, they will protect the lives of soldiers and make the army more accurate and deadly in battle. ”


In short, the hint is clear: if not for the failed assault on Grozny in the winter of 1995, there would have been no brilliant operation of the Russian group in Syria to liberate Aleppo in 2016.


Among the Russian unmanned ground systems, according to CNA and CSET, the Uran-6 military robot proved to be good at mine clearance in Palmyra, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor. In countering ISIS drones, “the Russians used RB-341 in the Leer-3.” Russian UAVs of the Orlan-10 type blocked enemy cell towers and intercepted negotiations for up to 6,000 subscribers simultaneously. As a result, the militants in Aleppo were scattered and poorly informed about the movement of the assault groups. What was absolutely not observed during the assault by the Americans of Mosul.


In addition, Russian drones, as the Americans write, successfully used reconnaissance UAVs to correct artillery fire. Moreover – even at night. If in Mosul they destroyed the house where the sniper was seated with bombs, in Aleppo – only the room.


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However, analysts believe that all of the above is a trifle compared to “manipulating the public opinion of the population of liberated settlements.” Like, Moscow successfully conducted information operations in “complex, ethnically diverse and socio-politically complicated urban conditions.” It was explained to people through social networks and mobile Internet that soldiers entering the cities are liberators. After that, entire areas of Aleppo surrendered without a fight.


It seems that CNA and CSET experts want to eat not just Russophobian bread and butter, but also Russophobic caviar on top. It would seem that it is necessary to rejoice that the houses of the Syrians are not destroyed, but the militants left them. No – the Yankees are annoyed. Say, “the people were fooled” by the fact that “Assad is not a villain.”

But the worst is awaiting the US Army in the near future, we are confident.

– Looking into the future and thinking about using Russian deep-fake technology in city wars (which can automatically create realistic human animations from a single photograph), it’s easy to imagine how a credible deeply fake video depicting, for example, American soldiers committing atrocities provoke local unrest and incite international blame.


In short, if the Yankees commit a war crime tomorrow, then the Russians who allegedly used deep-fake will be to blame.


However, having scared the “star-striped” townsfolk, the CNA and CSET end their analytics on an optimistic note: “Russia will probably not lead the world in AI in the near future. But underestimating its ability in the field of artificial intelligence and other new technologies to achieve broader strategic goals would be unreasonable.”