Lessons of Coalition Warfare as Treated in Western Military Theory


Maj. Gen. S.L. PECHUROV (Res.), Doctor of Military Sciences

Col. A.N. SIDORIN (Ret.), Candidate of Military Sciences

Abstract. This paper looks at issues of organizing coalition warfare, analyzes lessons learned and offers recommendations as to setting up and controlling multinational forces during operations.

Keywords: coalition military actions, multinational military coalition, joint command, national contingent.

The Armed Forces of Russia are actively participating in countering international terrorism, including outside its territory, in particular in the Syrian Arab Republic. In the operation of countering terrorist groupings in that country the Russian military contingent acts in close cooperation with Syrian troops, i.e. practically is a party to a military coalition. In the same region, pursuing similar goals, but in other sectors the United States leads a grouping of coalition forces.

Admittedly, the Western military theory pays particular attention to issues of interaction by the armed forces of various states, including to analysis of their activity as part of multinational military alliances or military coalitions, both on a permanent and on a temporary basis. The reason is the considerable experience accumulated over the last few decades in involving other countries' armed forces in various armed conflicts and solving the tasks they face both prior to and during active hostility phases, and also when carrying out stabilization measures once the latter are over.

In this connection, it appears expedient to learn certain lessons and work out some recommendations for the Armed Forces of Russia falling back on generalized and specified practice of Western countries that has lately been fairly well covered in detail in numerous works by foreign military experts, especially in the United States and Great Britain.

First of all, proceeding from the fact that military activity in the foreseeable future will of necessity be of a coalition (multinational) nature, one should begin

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by forming a conceptual-normative base for involving one's troops in military ...

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