BLUFFollowing Ukraine’s successful attack on the Kerch bridge, an embarrassed Vladimir Putin has ordered a new round of sackings of senior Russian military commanders.
This article by Mick Ryan, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- General Sergei Surovikin has been appointed as the commander of Russia's 'special military operation' in Ukraine.
- For now, however, Russia's failed strategy to usurp Ukrainian land continues.
- One of the classical principles of war is the unity of command*.
- In simple terms, all deployed forces should operate under a single commander.
- Until now, the Russians do not appear to have been operating under a single commander.
- However, the flaws in Russia's battlefield performance are more deeply rooted than just bad Russian command and control.
*........ unity of command facilitates concentration of force and economy of effort while enhancing flexibility. See: Sanu Kainikara WP31-Principles-of-War-and-Air-Power.pdf (airforce.gov.au)
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References from the Web:
- OCT 2022 ‘They hated him.’ Former subordinate recalls serving under Russia’s new top commander in Ukraine—CNN
- OCT 2022 General Sergei Surovikin: Who is Putin's hard-line new commander in Ukraine?—BBC