Many senior Pentagon leaders, experts and observers are likely to have taken a very close look at the Russian invasion of Crimea and Ukraine as far back as 2014.
One of the things army futures command, former Commanding General, John Murray said was that it was a bit of a wake up call for the US to recognize some of the sophistication of Russian tactics and weaponry.
Russia's Electronic Warfare
One thing in particular that caught attention was their use of electronic warfare, drones and cyber attacks. All of these are expected to now be much more evolved, right? It's not to 2014 or 2020 to about eight years later.
So there may indeed be concerned about the sophistication of an ability to jam or effectively blind an enemy with EW
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Russians are also well known and tracked very closely, obviously, for cyber attacks. The most significant one is often talked about as denial of service essentially, attacking and shutting down or overwhelming a network.
There can be other kinds of attacks, malware, intrusions, phishing, all of these things are very much likely to be on the radar. In fact, Ukraine is already been victimized by a massive Russian cyber.
Lastly, there's the question drones and unmanned vehicles. Russia is very well known to be reasonably evolved according to their newspapers when it comes to drones and manned unmanned teaming.
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Kris Osborn is the Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.