Jacob W. Kipp

Jacob W. Kipp retired from federal service in September 2009 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas and a weekly columnist on Eurasian Security for the Jamestown Foundation. He received his PhD. in Russian History from the Pennsylvania State University in 1970. From 1971 to 1985 he taught Russian and Military History at the Kansas State University. In January 1986 he joined the newly founded Soviet Army Studies Office (SASO) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, as a senior analyst. In 1991, SASO became the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO). In 2003, Dr. Kipp became director of FMSO and served in that capacity until October 2006, when he joined the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) as Deputy Director. He has published extensively on Russian and Soviet naval and military history. Topics have included Russian naval reform in the 19th century, Soviet naval history and analysis, operational art in theory and practice, and foresight and forecasting in Russian and Soviet military affairs. From 1992 to 2001 he served as the US editor of European Security. His most recent publications are: “Military Theory, Strategy, and Praxis,” co-authored with Dr. Lester Grau, Military Review, (March-April 2011), pp. 12-22 and “Russian Military Doctrine: Past, Present, and Future,” in: Stephen J. Blank, Russian Military Politics and Russia’s 2010 Defense Doctrine, (Carlisle Barracks: PA: U. S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2011), pp. 63-153

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Articles by Jacob W. Kipp

Whither Russia: Looking East and Ready to Embrace It

The Arab Spring, especially the civil war in Libya and NATO’s “humanitarian intervention” in that conflict, has brought about much closer diplomatic cooperation between China and Russia. Their cooperation has

Russian Strategic Interests Expand In the Arctic

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been the chief proponent of Arctic development among the Russian elite, and he continues to be its booster. Putin promotes the creation of infrastructure

Russia Looks East and Sees Storm Clouds: Part Two

Attention to both combat capabilities and combat-readiness by senior officers in Russian military forces echoes comments made by retired Army-General Makhmut Gareev in early March during a conference organized by

Russia Looks East and Sees Storm Clouds: Part One

As Roger McDermott has already noted (EDM, March 16), Army-General Makhmut Gareev, the President of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, recently addressed what he called the “eastern vector” of

Russia’s Military Doctrine: New Dangers Appear

In the immediate aftermath of President Dmitry Medvedev signing the new Russian military doctrine most attention focused on the fact that a first preemptive nuclear strike was not mentioned in

Medvedev Approves New Russian Military Doctrine

On February 5, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev finally signed the long-awaited new military doctrine, intended to guide defense policy over the next decade. In the presence of the senior

More Reboot or a Real Strategic Overload?

On December 1, after lengthy consultations with his military and political advisors, President Barrack Obama announced an increase of 30,000 US troops for Afghanistan and sent his Secretary of State,