Russia re-organises Soviet era command military structure
President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a radical restructuring of the Russian armed forces command system with an aim to reform the Soviet-era military behemoth.
Moscow: President Dmitry Medvedev has
ordered a radical restructuring of the Russian armed forces
command system with an aim to reform the Soviet-era military
behemoth into a `lean but mean` force capable of fighting the
modern network centric warfare.
The decree signed by Medvedev also aims to reform the
logistic support system of the armed forces.
"Under the Presidential decree existing six military
districts will be reorganised into four united strategic
commands (USC) and an integrated logistic support system,"
Chief of the General Staff, Army General Nikolai Makarov Wednesday
Under the reformed command structure The Moscow and
Leningrad Military Districts will be merged into the Western
Military District (USC `West`) and will now also include the
Northern and Baltic Fleets.
The North Caucasus Military District will be changed
to the South Military District (USC `South`) and will include
the Black Sea Fleet.
The Volga-Urals Military District and the western part
of the Siberian Military District will be merged to form the
Central Military District (USC `Centre`).
The remaining part of the Siberian Military District
will be merged with the Far East Military District into the
East Military District (USC `East`) and will include the
Deputy Defence Minister Col Gen Dmitry Bulgakov will
be chief of the Integrated Logistic Support System, while
former chief, Gen Vladimir Popovkin will control the
production and acquisition of weapons under the government
"In the past, two deputy defence minister level
officials used to look after the logistics, of which one had
the means of transportation, while another had the weapons and
they could not work independently," Gen Makarov was quoted as
saying by ITAR-TASS.
Gen Makarov said that earlier, 11 levels of command
have been abolished to accommodate the new three-level system
comprising of United Strategic Command, Operational Command
According to local defence expert Konstantin
Makiyenko, the new command structure was successfully tested
during the recent "Vostok-2010" war games in the far east of
the country, when thousands of men and machines were swiftly
redeployed from the central parts of the country to remote
areas in the east for practicing offensive and defensive