Ways to Improve Territorial Defense

Author: I.L. KARDASH

Col. I.L. KARDASH, Doctor of Military Sciences

Igor L. KARDASH was born in Omsk, Siberia, on April 14, 1964. He graduated from the M.V. Frunze Higher Combined Arms Command School in his hometown (1985), the Defense Ministry's Military University (1995), and the M.V. Frunze Military Academy (1999), and completed a full-time postgraduate course at the Armed Forces' Combined Arms Academy (2002), and a doctorate course at the Land Forces' Military Education and Research Center, the Armed Forces' Combined Arms Academy (2012).

He served in command positions with field units and at the Defense Ministry's educational institutions of both the U.S.S.R and Russia, and in staff positions with the Russian Interior Ministry's forces. He has held teaching positions at the Armed Forces' Combined Arms Academy since 2002.

Today, he is chief of the tactics (interior troops operational employment) department at the Defense Ministry's Military University. Igor Kardash is an associate professor.

Abstract. The author examines some of the latest innovative approaches in efforts to improve the territorial defense system and enhance its effectiveness.

Keywords: territorial defense, motivational component of the system, organizational component of the system, territorial forces, functional component of the system.

Military conflicts fought by the NATO countries' armed forces in recent years provide evidence of a turnabout in the views on combat operations from the traditional deterrence to anticipation in strategy and tactics. Political and military leaders in the U.S. and the world's other advanced countries believe that the events unfolding on the world scene justify the threat of military force and its use for its direct purpose to uphold their national interests and further their political and economic objectives.

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The principal objectives to be achieved in the opening phase of military operations are knocking out the adversary's state and military command and control (C2) system and destroying its economic potential. The attacker's damaging thrust is to be directed ...

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