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Pentagon estimated Georgian army2008-12-18 13:32
According to the Pentagon report published today in The New York Times, Georgian army that was so quickly defeated in August, during Russian peace enforcement operation, suffers from widespread mismanagement and unqualified leadership, and is in need of extensive reforms to become a modern fighting, RIA-Novosti informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The assessment gives the evidence of the US servicemen, which were training Georgian soldiers from Tbilisi in October-November 2008. In the view of American military officers, Georgian army suffers of poor combat readiness.
According to the report worked out this fall, even after Saakashvili's heavy investments into the defense and after more than a decade of American training, Georgia's military remains immature and ill prepared.
According to the report, Georgia's armed forces are highly centralized, prone to impulsive rather than deliberative decision making, undermined by unclear lines of command and led by senior officials who were selected for personal relationships rather than professional qualifications, The New York Times states.
Moreover, "Georgia's military lacks basic elements of a modern military bureaucracy, ranging from a sound national security doctrine to clear policies for handling classified material". the assessment claims.
According to the newspaper, combat actions against Russian units "quickly broke down" Georgian army. "Many units fled, abandoning equipment, ammunition and their own dead", The New York Times states.