Naval War College Review


Stephen Blank


The study of the Russian armed forces has, like those armed forces themselves, fallen upon hard times in the contempo- rary world. Therefore, this study is most welcome. The editors and authors Americans, Europeans, and Russians— are all acknowledged experts, so it is not surprising that all the essays are of uniformly high quality. The editors also deserve praise for including a chapter on the defense economy; its evolution is a telling indicator of Russia’s defense policy and overall political economy.