[Feral Jundi] One of my areas of interest these days are what is going on with other country’s PMSC industries?
I am very familiar with the US and the Western market of force, primarily because I have blogged about it for years and have worked as a contractor for US companies since 2004. So I have fingerspitzengefuhl or a finger tip feel for this market. But what about the other stuff out there? That is the eternal question for this blog that I like to explore. I try to answer that question based upon open source information and any input from the readership. I also look at it from a contractor’s point of view.
But I always make sure that people know that most of my stuff is derived from open source information. I am also limited by language and culture, and I leverage some tools like Google Translate and others to gain a basic understanding. But it is tough and I do not have a finger tip feel for these other markets‐at least to the level I am used to for this industry.
The other tough one is trusting folks online. In social media, I am constantly interacting with folks from all over the world. Most are legitimate, but there is a good percentage of folks that are not. Or they are pushing an agenda or some angle so to speak. This is what I have run into with my studies about the Russian PMSC market.
With that said, I try to gain consensus or find some kind of truth in the noise of all that is going on with this discussion. Or better yet, just collect it all up and let the reader decide. So this post is dedicated to some of the interesting things that I have found during my journey of understanding.
Academic: The point of departure for this journey is an academic one. The Jamestown Foundation had a fantastic conference last summer that included a pretty extensive discussion on all things Russian PMSC. Some points that stood out to me are listed below, and I took copious notes while watching this conference. The point they were making in the conference is that the Russians are playing by a different set of rules than the west, and they are experimenting with and exploring all the different things they can do with their industry. They are expanding and evolving. The Russians do not care about things like ROE’s. All they care about is if these forces will help achieve a strategic objective. This is what I had to say while listening to this talk and I recommend watching it. Don't neglect the informative videos.
It's got to be hard for them. They love everything muzz. The America hatred, the killing of our soldiers, ex-prexident Bath House Hussein Barry. But Muzz central is causing them problems. Go figure...
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