Lieutenant Colonel Charles K. Bartles is an Army Reservist assigned to United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). He has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and has served as a security assistance officer at embassies in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. Bartles has a BA in Russian from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an MA in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Kansas, and a PhD from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. As a civilian, he is employed as an analyst and Russian linguist at the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His specific research areas include Russian and Central Asian military force structure, modernization, tactics, officer and enlisted professional development, and security assistance programs. The views presented are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the US government.
Russian Military Modernization and Russia’s 2022 Invasion of Ukraine In recent years, there has been much interest in Russian military modernization due to Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula