On January 24, 2004, the RF Defense Ministry hosted a military-scientific conference organized by the Academy of Military Sciences, titled The Military Command and Control System Today and Ways of Improving It in Light of New Defense Tasks and Changes in the Character of Future Wars. The conference was attended by the leading lights of the military science; senior personnel of the Defense Ministry, the General Staff, and military academies; representatives of public, scientific and research, and national media organizations; and military leaders and prominent scholars and experts from a number of CIS states.
RF Defense Minister S. B. Ivanov presented a special message of greetings to members of the Academy of Military Sciences from the RF president, who is also supreme commander of the Armed Forces.
Participants in the conference discussed problems of military command and control, considered possible changes in the character of future warfare, analyzed the nature of contemporary military threats and defense tasks arising from them, and also addressed such matters as the effectiveness of military organization in peacetime and in wartime, the future makeup and composition of command and control agencies and facilities on the strategic, operational, and tactical level, command and control communication, including automated communication, systems, and the role of headquarters staffs within the military command and control system.
Following are the texts of conference presentations by RF Defense Minister S. B. Ivanov; Army Gen. A. V. Kvashnin, chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces; and the report by Army Gen. M. A. Gareev, president of the Academy of Military Sciences.
S. B. IVANOV
Defense Minister of the Russian Federation
Further development of the RF Armed Forces and the creation of a professional military of the 21st century are impossible without a military science meeting the finest contemporary standards.
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