Monday, March 16, 2015
Russian Spetsnaz forces.
Moscow will give priority in its military modernisation spending to the Spetsnaz -- Russian army special forces. Beyond being raiders and scouts in war, the Spetsnaz plays a crucial role in 'non-linear' operations short of outright conflict, combining covert military, intelligence and political operations. However, the need to invest in these forces, at a time of growing financial strain for Russia's government, will be at the cost of modernising other parts of the military.