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May 29, 2013

Russia Learning US SOF Lessons, Stands Up Russian JSOC

It’s being reported that after watching our experiences over the last three decades, the Russians are adopting our approach to SOF. They have stood up the Силы специальных операций or ССО – in English this translates to “Forces Special Operations.” The new organization will at first include a special forces brigade, a training center and also helicopter and air transportation squadrons. It is believed that it will eventually assume at least operational control of Russia’s Spetsnaz (which currently work for the Russian’s General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU) and potentially Russia’s airborne divisions and marines.

Some are comparing this to SOCOM, but that’s a reach. This seems a closer comparison to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

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served over 20 years as an Infantry officer in Europe, the Middle East, Korea and Latin America. He has extensive experience in both light Infantry and mechanized warfare to include combat. He was selected to serve as a TAC at West Point and his final assignment was to the Infantry’s Battle Lab conducting research on tomorrow’s Infantry force. He concentrated in National Security at West Point, holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Leadership Development and is a graduate of the Combined Arms General Staff College. Born and raised in a tough section of New York City, Will lost his accent in the Army but kept the attitude. Read more from Will at

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  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Interesting synopsis. One salient factor to always keep in mind --- it is very important to understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with recognizing the positive aspects of your erstwhile opponent's weapons systems, strategies, tactics, TO & E, whatever, then adopting and improving or modifying them to suit your needs. One must recognize hard facts for what they are, and act pragmatically if one expects to eventually prevail, all else being equal. Excessive nationalistic pride --- and the "not made here" syndrome --- has usually proven to be a downfall in this regard. History is rife with numerous examples of this sort of thing, and the antecedents of that same history clearly illustrate in no uncertain terms have shown that the army that is flexible, adaptable, versatile and willing to use the most effective tools correctly in concert with its established objectives, even if said tools originated elsewhere and not organically,  will fight most effectively and inflict damage out of all proportion to its size.

  • Novocaine

    Retract that. They're actually Dutch. Taken during a training exercise in 06 with kjk and other Norwegian forces. Sorry to go on a bit about it, but it just annoyed me that I couldn't place them. I knew I remembered them from somewhere.

  • Novocaine

    That's actually a picture if kjk (kystjegerkommandoen) and not Russian soldiers. 99% sure. Will link a source when I get home if asked as I am writing on my smartphone at the moment.

  • Alex Larsen

    shooten  Up until the last King was deposed, Afghanistan had an elected tribal council not unlike our own Senate whose purpose was to advise the King. Our problem in trying to "fix" the areas we invade is that we don't delve all that deeply into the history of these countries and implement solutions that the locals can understand and support.

  • Abn_rngr

    Chippah This means what?