Please join the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and its Forward Defense program for “Game-changers or Little-changed? Implications of Ground Combat in Ukraine” on Monday, April 3, 2023 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET in person and via Zoom. This event will feature the launch of an Atlantic Council issue brief by Dr. T.X. Hammes which discusses how the performance of the Russian and Ukrainian armies should shape the strategies, operating concepts, programs, and plans of the United States and its allies and partners. To attend virtually or in-person please REGISTER on the right.

Does the record of combat in Ukraine herald an important shift in the character of ground war? A year into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, defense analysts are split on whether the conflict manifests transformative change or merely reinforces the verities of ground combat. On the one hand, over ninety percent of each armies’ forces and equipment were formed and trained by twentieth-century standards. However, both forces are adapting, and the Ukrainian military is demonstrating an impressive propensity to improvise and innovate. In particular, Russia was not prepared for Ukraine’s convergence of new capabilities in command and control, persistent surveillance, and massed, precision fires which are changing the game of ground warfare.

Issue Brief

Apr 3, 2023

Game-changers: Implications of the Russo-Ukraine war for the future of ground warfare

By T.X. Hammes

T.X. Hammes describes the most significant gamechangers for ground warfare from the Russo-Ukraine war and the lessons that US, allied, and partner policymakers should draw from the conflict for their own force posture and development.

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The event will feature keynote remarks by Brigadier General Mark H. Clingan, the deputy commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. The event will also include a presentation of the paper by Dr. Hammes, and a discussion of the papers findings by a panel of experts including Dr. John E. Whitley, Lieutenant General Leopoldo Quintas, Dara Massicot and Gary Dunow. The panel will be moderated by Jen Judson.

Keynote remarks by

BGen Mark H. Clingan, USMC
Assistant Deputy Commandant, Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration;
Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command

A panel discussion featuring

Dr. John E. Whitley

Former Assistant Secretary of the Army, US Department of Defense

LTG Leopoldo “Lee” Quintas, USA (ret.)

Former Deputy Commanding General, US Army Forces Command

Dara Massicot

Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Gary Dunow

Senior Director, Maxar Technologies

Dr. T.X. Hammes

Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Moderated by

Jen Judson

Land Warfare Reporter, Defense News

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Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.