epa01716659 (FILE) A file photograph showing Russian troops marching in the village of Alabino outside Moscow on 22 April 2008 during the rehearsal of the military parade which will take place on the Red Square on 09 May 2008, devoted to the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the WWII . A plan to replace Soviet-era Russian military uniforms with ones by a leading fashion designer has been abandoned because of a lack of money, media reports on 01 May 2009. The plan to bring in the new uniforms, designed by Valentin Yudashkin, was supported by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. There is now only enough money to pay for uniforms for soldiers taking part in the forthcoming Victory Day parade.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

Podcast: Russia’s Armed Forces Today

michael_kofman_hr_0After a period of military reform and modernization, Russia’s armed forces today are a far more capable instrument of national power then they have been since the collapse of the Soviet Union. How do we assess Russia’s military today? What kind of wars and adversaries does it prepare to fight? What can we learn from recent combat operations in Syria and Ukraine?

Mr. Michael Kofman is a Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on security issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, specializing in defense and military analysis. Previously he served at National Defense University as a Program Manager and subject matter expert, advising senior military and government officials on issues in Russia/Eurasia and Pakistan. He has represented the Department of Defense in track one and track two efforts, through military engagement programs and strategic exchanges with Russian officials, the Chinese and Pakistani military, along with trilateral dialogues. At NDU he oversaw military-to-military engagements, training programs, and interoperability exercises for senior officers from the US and other countries.

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