Accession Number : ADA195001

Title :   A New Look at an Old Foe - The Soviet Officer.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Richard, Ronald G

PDF Url : ADA195001

Report Date : 01 Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The Soviet officer has been portrayed as inflexible and very rigid in executing tactical operations. For many years we have been told his inflexibility was our (the Western allies) greatest asset. This assumes that U.S. officers practice innovative tactical procedures as well as boldness of action on the battlefield in order to take instant advantage of the Soviets predictable ways. There are a considerable number of U.S. Marine officers who question the accuracy of the previous two statements. This study contends that the senior Soviet officer at the operational level of war (corps, front, and army level) will be extremely flexible and will take risks in the form of bold actions in order to secure military objectives. Based on this review, U.S. military officers must reexamine Soviet doctrine at the operational level of war.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *OFFICER PERSONNEL, *TACTICAL WARFARE, ACCURACY, ARMY, BATTLEFIELDS, DOCTRINE, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, METHODOLOGY, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY TACTICS, USSR, WARFARE, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN)

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE