Accession Number : ADA319850

Title :   Russia's Air Power at the Crossroads,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Lambeth, Benjamin S.

PDF Url : ADA319850

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 291

Abstract : This report is an assessment of trends and prospects in Russian military aviation. It is based in large measure on the extensive reportage on air power and other military matters that has pervaded the Russian defense literature since the onset of glasnost in 1986. It also benefits from limited first-hand contacts between the author and senior Russian Air Force and aviation industry leaders. The roots of this undertaking go back to a Project AIR FORCE study initiated at RAND in 1987 for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, aimed at providing a comprehensive look at how tactical aviation fitted into broader Soviet concepts for theater warfare in Europe. That project, entitled "Soviet Tactical Air Power in Strategic Perspective," sought to examine the USSR's fighter force in terms of its historical origins, organizational development, training and tactics, operational style, mission tasking, and role in overall theater campaign strategy. Soon after work began, most of the original questions posed, along with the geostrategic setting of Soviet force planning, underwent a fundamental change as a result of then-President Mikhail Gorbachev's doctrinal innovations and the ensuing end of the cold war. At the same time, Gorbachev's domestic reforms created new issues of interest with regard to Soviet military aviation. They also opened up some unprecedented sources of insight into the inner workings of the Soviet defense establishment. As a result, the sponsoring office, Project CHECKMATE, agreed to Put the study on hold so that these developments might be taken into proper account.

Descriptors :   *USSR, *AIR POWER, MEASUREMENT, AIR FORCE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, UNITED STATES, AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), AERONAUTICS, COLD WAR, JET FIGHTERS, MILITARY PLANNING, TACTICAL WARFARE, TACTICAL AIRCRAFT.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE