Russia Studies Program
CNA's Russia Studies Program provides critical analyses to U.S. leaders on Russian military capabilities and the Russian way of war. Program staff include analysts with native fluency in Russian and deep knowledge of operational and strategic issues. CNA’s experience in Russian-language analyses goes all the way back to studies on Soviet naval doctrine in the 1960s. The Russia Studies Program supports U.S leaders with classified and unclassified studies, workshops, conferences and wargames.
In The News
Ukraine’s Drones Spell Danger For A Vast Swathe Of Russia As New Airbase Strike ReportedForbes | 06 Dec 2022
Samuel Bendett says, “It could indeed be the Tu-141 drone that Ukraine used before. We know it can fly long distances since at least one crashed in Croatia. A few of them may still be in flying conditions in the Ukrainian military.”
Explosions at Russian Air Bases May Change Several Nations’ CalculationsDefense One | 06 Dec 2022
Samuel Bendett says that if the explosions were indeed a Ukrainian attack, the Tu-141 might well have been the weapon.
Ukraine strikes another Russian air base, showing vulnerability of defensesThe Washington Post | 06 Dec 2022
Samuel Bendett says, “Perhaps this points to some of the bigger problems within Russian air defense; maybe they’re not as safe and modern as they think. Whatever air defense assets are in Russia probably did not expect such an attack to be possible.”
UK says attacks on Russian bomber bases could be 'most strategically significant' force protection failure of the Ukraine warBusiness Insider | 06 Dec 2022
Samuel Bendett says, that Russia's inability to protect its airbases is "baffling." "Why didn't Russian air defenses track and identify the targets so deep inside the country?"
Russia's Deadliest Drones Not Designed for Winter Cold, Ukraine ClaimsNewsweek | 05 Dec 2022
Samuel Bendett says, "Not sure about Iranian UAVs, but I would assume some of them were not specifically designed for frigid temperatures considering where they operate now."
‘General Frost’ Will Be Fighting for Both Sides This TimeForeign Policy | 02 Dec 2022
Michael Kofman says, “I think the main difference is that Ukrainian troops are better equipped to deal with the conditions.”
Ukraine live briefing: Biden lays out conditions for meeting Putin; a third of Kherson without powerThe Washington Post | 02 Dec 2022
Samuel Bendett says, “Two main developments are going to impact future war. The proliferation and availability of combat drones for longer-ranged, more-sophisticated operations, and the absolute necessity to have cheap tactical drones for close-support operations."