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    America’s Dangerous Narcissism

    Chapter I:
    The True Measurements of Military Power

    Chapter II:
    The Birth of Modern American Military Mythology

    Chapter III:
    The Many Misinterpretations of World War II

    Chapter IV:
    American Elites’ Inability to Grasp the Realities of War

    Chapter V:
    Educational Deficits and Cultural Caricatures

    Chapter VI:
    Threat Inflation, Ideological Capture, and Doctrinal Policy

    Chapter VII:
    The Failure to Come to Grips with the Modern Geopolitical

    Chapter VIII:
    The “Hollow Force” Specter

    The Threat of a Massive American Military Miscalculation

    Putin’s Game-Changer:  Peace Through Strength
The Myopia of American Strategic Planning
ANDREI MARTYANOV is an expert on Russian
military and naval issues.  He was born in Baku,
USSR in 1963. He graduated from the Kirov Naval
Red Banner Academy and served as an officer on
the ships and staff position of Soviet Coast Guard
through 1990. He took part in the events in the
Caucasus which led to the collapse of the Soviet
Union. In mid-1990s he moved to the United States
where he currently works as Laboratory Director in a
commercial aerospace group. He is a frequent
blogger on the US Naval Institute Blog and on
“Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare – air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace,” General Mattis said. “And it is continually eroding.”


    American exceptionalist culture has deep roots in the American
    founding, which even Alexis De Tocqueville observed in his
    seminal work in 1837. While exceptionalism is not unique to
    America, the intensity of their conviction and its global
    ramifications are. This view of its exceptionalism has led the US to
    grossly misinterpret—sometimes deliberately—the causative
    factors of key events of the past two centuries. Accordingly, the
    wrong conclusions have been derived, and very wrong lessons
    learned. Nowhere has this been more manifest than in American
    military thought and its actual application of military power.
    Time after time the American military has failed to match lofty
    declarations about its superiority, producing instead a mediocre
    record of military accomplishments. Starting from the Korean War
    the United States hasn’t won a single war against a technologically
    inferior, but mentally tough enemy.

    The technological dimension of American “strategy” has
    completely overshadowed any concern with the social, cultural,
    operational and even tactical requirements of military (and
    political) conflict.  With a new Cold War with Russia emerging, the
    United States enters a new period of geopolitical turbulence
    completely unprepared in any meaningful way—intellectually,
    economically, militarily or culturally—to face a reality which was
    hidden for the last 70+ years behind the curtain of never-ending
    Chalabi moments and a strategic delusion concerning Russia,
    whose history the US viewed through a Solzhenitsified caricature
    kept alive by a powerful neocon lobby, which even today
    dominates US policy makers’ minds.

    This book
    •        explores the dramatic difference between the Russian and
    US approach to warfare, which manifests itself across the whole
    spectrum of activities from art and the economy, to the respective
    national cultures;
    •        illustrates the fact that Russian economic, military and
    cultural realities and power are no longer what American “elites”
    think they are by addressing Russia’s new and elevated capacities
    in the areas of traditional warfare as well as cyberwarfare and
    space; and
    •        studies in depth several ways in which the US can simply
    stumble into conflict with Russia and what must be done to avoid it.

    Martyanov’s former Soviet military background enables deep
    insight into the fundamental issues of warfare and military power
    as a function of national power—assessed correctly, not through
    the lens of Wall Street “economic” indices and a FIRE economy,
    but through the numbers of enclosed technological cycles and
    culture, much of which has been shaped in Russia by continental
    warfare and which is practically absent in the US.

    An understanding of these serious, fundamental problems may
    help mitigate the mayhem that an Empire in decline may unleash
    globally out of both desperation and ignorance.

The coming of the revolutionary S-500 air-defense system may
completely close Russia and her allies' airspace from any aerial or
even ballistic threats. These developments alone completely
devalue the astronomically expensive USAF front line combat
aviation and its colossal investment into the very limited benefits
of stealth, a euphemism for primarily “invisibility” in radio diapason,
the mediocre F-35 being a prime example of the loss of common
engineering, tactical and operational sense. Radiophotonics
detection technologies will make all expenditures on stealth,
without exception, simply a waste of money and resources. No
better experts on how to waste resources exist than those
sponsored by the US military-industrial complex.

The situation is no better at sea. The introduction into service in
2017 of the 3M22 Zircon hyper-sonic missile  is already dramatically
redefining naval warfare and makes even remote sea zones a “no-
sail” zone for any US major surface combatant, especially aircraft
carriers. Currently, and for the foreseeable future, no technology
capable to intercept such a missile exists or will exist. The US Navy
still retains a world-class submarine force, but even this force will
have huge difficulties when facing the challenge of increasingly
deadly and silent non-nuclear submarines which are capable,
together with friendly sea and shore-based anti-submarine forces,
to completely shut down their own littorals from any kind of threat.
Once access through littorals and the sea and even some oceans
zones that matter are shut down, as they are being now, one of the
main pillars of American naval doctrine and strategy—the ability to
project power—collapses. With it collapses the main pillar of
American superpowerdom, or, at least, of its illusion. The late Scott
Shuger formulated an American naval contradiction:

    Because navies can go quietly over the horizon in ways
    armies can't, naval development presents a country with
    unique opportunities for going wrong. When a continental
    power like the United States disregards its natural defense
    barriers and builds big battle fleets, it has turned from
    geopolitical realities towards a troublesome kind of make-
    believe. This kind of navy exists only to defeat other navies
    that are similarly inclined. That's justifiable only if other
    navies like that already exist.  

No carrier-centric navies, other than the US Navy, exist, nor will
they exist in the nearest future since all major naval players in the
world, with the exception of the US and Royal Navies, took the
doctrine of distributed lethality to heart and continued to invest
into serious anti-shipping capabilities across a huge variety of
platforms, with the Soviet Union, and today's Russia, leading the
way in the development of deadly super- and hyper-sonic weapons.
New very long-range land attack cruise missiles become very
effective deterrent and power projection tools against any kind of
adversary. The United States is not, as of yet, in this league and it
may yet occur to many American experts that Russia's
procrastination in building her own aircraft carriers is not just the
result of a lack of expertise or of shipbuilding facilities, but
primarily it is a result of a recognition of the dawning of the
realities of modern anti-ship weapons and how they can instantly
change the balance of naval power by the mere threat of their use.
In fact, the future of navies is anything but a carrier-centric
paradigm. This is an equivalent of a doctrinal Stalingrad, with
carrier-centrism being born in 1940s and 50s not so much out of
actual strategic necessities but as an instrument of institutional
survival—this is not a good way to develop an actual, as required
by strategic reality, military capability.

The day of reckoning is upon us. Even the staunch American
nationalist, Pat Buchannan, bitterly observed: “Nobody's quaking in
their boots, anymore.”  The United States, both willingly and not, in
the last 20-plus years, through a series of badly-conceived and
largely falsely-premised military adventures, exposed the dramatic
limits of its military, and as a consequence geopolitical, capabilities
and power, and the world took a notice. Short of nuclear exchange,
the United States cannot conventionally defeat Russia or China in
their immediate geographic vicinities. A military superpower—
which the United States certainly still remains—which cannot
defeat any other superpower is hardly a good embodiment of the
superlative military terms it uses to describe itself. Constantly
proclaiming itself militarily omnipotent without presenting
universally accepted evidence of such omnipotence does not
make a good case for such claims. This is not how things work in
reality, as with anything in life—reputation, which is a first
derivative of a record, matters a great deal. Spin and propaganda
campaigns can go only so far and become increasingly less
effective the more time passes by without presenting a real record
of achievement.

The problem with the US military, however, is even deeper than

    "Marytanov explains why and how the US armed forces have lost
    the military supremacy they thought they once had and how Russia,
    which supposedly had been defeated in the Cold War, succeeded
    not only in catching up with USA, but actually surpassing it in many
    key domains such as long range cruise missiles, diesel-electric
    submarines, air defenses, electronic warfare, air superiority and
    many others. Andrei Martyanov's book is an absolute 'must read'
    for any person wanting to understand the reality of modern warfare
    and super-power competition."
    The Saker