The U.S. military used the lessons learned from the Ukraine war to help with its own training

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In the dusty California desert, US military trainers are already using the lessons learned from Russia’s war against Ukraine to prepare soldiers for future battles against a major adversary, such as Russia or China.

Participants in this month’s training at the National Training Center speak Russian. The opposition, which controls the fictional city of Ujjain, is using a constant stream of social media posts to make false accusations against U.S. forces preparing to attack.

In the coming weeks, a planned training scene for the next battalion will focus on how to fight an enemy who is ready to destroy with a rocket and missile to capture a city.

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If the images were familiar, they are now playing on television and websites around the world, with Russian forces attacking Ukrainian cities with airstrikes and killing scores of civilians. Information war on social media shows the emotional nightly speeches of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, and Russian attempts by Ukrainian forces to blame fake massacres in cities such as Pucha – the massacre that the West blames on Moscow’s troops.

“I think now the whole army is trying to learn lessons from what is happening in Ukraine,” said Secretary of Defense Christine Wormut. He said those lessons would range from Russia’s equipment and logistics issues to communications and the use of the Internet.

Soldiers of the 2nd Regiment and 1st Cavalry prepare for an attack during an early morning training session on April 12, 2022 at the National Training Center in Fort Irvine, California.
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“The Russia-Ukraine experience is a powerful example for our military of how important the information field is,” said Wormut, who spent two days at a training center in the Mojave Desert, watching the military battle against fiction. “Denovian” forces.

“We’ve been talking about it for about five years. But when we actually saw it, and saw that Zhelensky was incredibly powerful … it’s a world war that can be seen and seen in real world.”

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In the center, Commander, Brick. General Kurt Taylor and his staff tore pages from the Russian sports book, confirming that American soldiers were ready to fight and win against a sophisticated close enemy.

This is a common tool. For example, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars both his base and the Joint Preparatory Training Center in Louisiana turned to counter-insurgency training. Military services focus on other exercises on how to fight the cold weather, reflecting conditions in Russia or North Korea. But these recent changes took place rapidly in the early months of Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.

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About 4,500 soldiers from the 2nd Regiment and 1st Infantry Division in Fort Hood, Texas are stationed in the vast desert training area in Fort Irwin, where they will spend two weeks fighting the NTC’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, which acts as an adversary. Military. Known as the Black Horse – the regiment’s soldiers are stationed in and around Ugen, including local role-players.

At the National Training Center in Fort Irvine, California on April 12, 2022, Secretary of Defense Christine Wormouth speaks with Colonel Ian Palmer, commander of the 1st Regiment, 1st Regiment.

At the National Training Center in Fort Irvine, California on April 12, 2022, Secretary of Defense Christine Wormouth speaks with Colonel Ian Palmer, commander of the 1st Regiment, 1st Regiment.
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As the sun was rising early last week, Army Commander Ian Palmer stood on Crash Hill on the outskirts of the city and prepared his troops for the attack. Rows of tanks stretched out in the distance. The strong wind of the night before had hindered his progress, so the attack was somewhat delayed.

He said the exercise would use more drones by allied and enemy forces for surveillance and attacks. So his forces try to use camouflage and infiltrate the land to be invisible. “You know when you look, you can shoot anywhere.”

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Opposition forces are hopeful that Palmer’s battalion will be able to retain control of the provisional city, despite differences in size. The Denovians have only about 1,350 troops, but they throw everything they have on the battalion, from jamming and other electronic battles to insurgent attacks and propaganda.

Roll-players are ready to shoot their phones and quickly post on social media.

Taylor said the Denovian forces want to portray the unit in the worst possible light, and are constantly turning the story around on social media so Palmer’s troops feel they are in a real war of attrition.

On April 12, 2022, Secretary of Defense Christine Wormut was surrounded by soldiers at the National Training Center in Fort Irvine, California.

On April 12, 2022, Secretary of Defense Christine Wormut was surrounded by soldiers at the National Training Center in Fort Irvine, California.
(AP Photo / Lolita C. Baldor)

This is a challenge because “even though I have had so many casualties and I’ve had too much on my left side, my supply trains are not where they should be, the bulldozers could not be found, it’s hard to think of what someone said about me on Twitter.

The training goal, Taylor said, is to teach how to combine all the elements of combat power into one integrated attack.

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“Everyone can play a musical instrument, but it’s making music – bringing it all together in a synchronized style. , “He said.

Again, they can look at Ukraine to see how Russia failed to do it in the early weeks of the war. During Russia’s initial multi-pronged offensive in Ukraine, commanders repeatedly failed to provide air strikes and U.S. leaders repeatedly stated that they would support their ground forces needed to move to major cities such as Kiev.

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That defeat left Russian troops bombing cities from the suburbs, attacking hospitals, apartment buildings and other structures, killing civilians.

So when the next regiment arrives at the training center, Taylor said, by doing so he will face the enemy on board.

Brigadier General Kurt Taylor and Secretary of Defense Christine Wormut oversee training on April 12, 2022 at the National Training Center in Fort Irvine, California.

Brigadier General Kurt Taylor and Secretary of Defense Christine Wormut oversee training on April 12, 2022 at the National Training Center in Fort Irvine, California.
(AP Photo / Lolita C. Baldor)

“We focus a lot on how to fight an enemy who is ready to destroy the infrastructure because we think our opponents will fight,” Taylor said. “We have to be ready for urban warfare, where we have an enemy that can shoot indiscriminately.”

Secretary of Defense Vormuth said the exercise underscores other lessons the United States can learn from the war in Ukraine.

“As we look at what is happening to the Russians now, it gives us information about what’s right from a modernization standpoint,” he said, adding that some U.S. tanks are too heavy and Europe’s terrain is muddy. Like the hard sand of the desert.

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The military said, “We need to determine what the right balance is between the movement of a tank, the survival of a tank and the death of a tank. If you want to make it more mobile, you make it easier, but it does. It survives. So you know where you’re going to take the risks.” To be determined. “

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