Military Innovation Under Authoritarian Government – the Case of Russian Special Operations Forces

Author
Bukkvoll, Tor
Date Issued
2015-08-26
Keywords
Russland
Innovasjon
Spesialstyrker
Spesialoperasjoner
Permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12242/4
http://publications.ffi.no/handle/123456789/4
DOI
10.1080/01402390.2015.1056342
Collection
Articles
Description
Bukkvoll, Tor. Military Innovation Under Authoritarian Government – the Case of Russian Special Operations Forces. Journal of Strategic Studies 2015 ;Volum 38.(5) s. 602-625
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Abstract
Russian Special Forces saw significant changes to both organization and doctrine in the years after 2008. The special forces of the General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate were reduced in number, the organization’s institutional autonomy and rationale were changed, and an entirely new Special Operations Command was established in March 2013. This article seeks to assess the nature, scope and purpose of these changes, and to explain them by drawing on scholarship on military innovation. In particular, the article looks at military innovation in the context of a non-democratic political regime.
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