Russian defense minister reintroducing divisions, signaling shift to large-scale combat capability

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and top Russian military brass are reintroducing several divisions to the order of battle (OOB), as he marks his fifth year in his current position. The structural-level shifts are a departure from former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who served from 2007 to 2012 and moved the OOB to a brigade-based model. [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.