Report: Russian Military, Command Control
Exceeds NATO Capacities
November 21, 2019
Russia's ongoing development of an advanced
command-and-control military system using
sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI)
has surpassed the existing capacities of
NATO, an analysis by the Washington-based
global research group Jamestown Foundation
The breakthrough, announced by the Russian
Defense Ministry, means that Russian field
commanders can make real-time military
decisions faster than their potential
Called automated command and control, the
system uses "AI and Big Data technologies to
analyze the battlefield situation and
through the automated system to rapidly
provide commanders in the field with several
possible solutions," the analysis, published
on November 20, says.
To use the system, a commander must enter
numerous battlefield-related factors into a
computer software program based on the
Russian armed forces combat regulations on
decision making: the number of one's own
forces and equipment, intelligence on the
enemy, road conditions, weather, amount of
ammunition, fuel, and many more.
Then the AI system in a matter of seconds
makes calculations using special programmed
formulas or algorithms to provide commanders
with a battle plan consisting of how much
force to use on a particular combat mission.
"NATO militaries and planning staffs must
now adjust to a new reality, that Moscow has
developed the capability to plan and develop
its military decision-making process to
stage well beyond the existing standards and
capacities of Alliance standards," the
Jamestown Foundation analysis says.
For example, the system could be used to
"prioritize the time it takes to complete a
combat mission, forecast losses or consume
system was first tried and tested during
wide-scale military exercises in September
at a yearly strategic and operational drill
involving 128,000 personnel, 20,000 pieces
of equipment and weapons, 600 aircraft and
helicopters, and 15 warships.
Earlier, much of the planning into military
operations was done manually.
The new system reduces time and increases
The special software can be used for at all
levels: "from tactical to strategic."