Anticipating a New Russian Military Doctrine in 2020

Anticipating a New Russian Military Doctrine in 2020
Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Russia's last military doctrine was released on Christmas Day in 2014. Since then, Moscow has been busy — it intervened in Syria, meddled in U.S. elections, and showcased a half-dozen developmental weapons, to include a nuclear-powered cruise missile and a transoceanic torpedo. In addition, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty collapsed, and the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) faces an uncertain future. Given these recent developments — along with the further deterioration of ties with Washington, and the military's considerable operational experiences in Syria and Ukraine — it seems the time is approaching for Russia to update its military doctrine.

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