Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
This year, heavy military equipment will once again roll down
Moscow's Red Square for the Victory Day military parade. Tanks,
missiles, and 6,000 troops will be joined overhead by fighter
aircraft and military helicopters. Last year, President Vladimir
Putin ordered a resumption of strategic bomber patrols deep into
the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The recent Russian TU-95
Bear fly-over of the USS Nimitz and intrusions of Russian bombers
which led to the scrambling of Japanese and British jets, were just
the latest Cold War-style incidents. In January for the first time
in 15 years, the Russian Navy staged a large-scale exercise in the
Bay of Biscay. Before presidential elections on March 2, Putin had
promulgated a massive military budgetary ramp-up for a five-year,
$200 billion modernization. In reality, this amount may be much
Putin has justified Russia's military resurgence by claiming
that the new arms race has been triggered "by the world's most
developed countries," in reference to the U.S. and the West. In
response, the Kremlin plans to deploy new weapons systems said to
be as good as or better than its Western equivalents, including
strategic nuclear submarines and mobile ICBMs. Russia is also
providing weapons and military technology to a number of
anti-status quo international players, including Iran, Syria and
What does the Russian military reform and modernization mean for
the US and NATO? To answer this question, Heritage has assembled a
panel of the leading Russian military experts.
More About the Speakers
Opening Remarks by:
Kim Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
and Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation
Followed by a Panel featuring:
Stephen Blank, Ph.D.
Research Professor of National Security Affairs,
Strategic Studies Institute,
U.S. Army War College
Dale R. Herspring, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor,
Department of Political Science,
Kansas State University
Eugene B. Rumer, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow,
Institute for National Strategic Studies,
National Defense University
Mikhail Tsypkin, Ph.D.
Center for Contemporary Conflict,
Naval Postgraduate School