Senior Policy Director John Erath spoke with Newsweek about Putin’s military strategy.
Any country will play to its perceived strengths in such planning, said John Erath, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
He told Newsweek that U.S. and Russian military ideology differs in that regard, as the U.S. emphasizes advanced technology and industrial superiority while Russia tends to rely more on territory and superior numbers.
“That’s how Russia has approached war in Ukraine, by sending in lots of troops and vehicles hoping to overwhelm,” Erath said. “When that didn’t work, they had no plan B. Ukraine understood how Russia would approach a conflict and prepared accordingly.”
Russian emphasis was on the principles of economy of force and operational maneuver, he added, allowing for effective resistance.
Erath said a bigger question remains regarding Russia’s desperation and its consideration of nuclear force as a substitute for its failed conventional military.