Here’s the last in my series on Lessons Learned from the Russia-Ukraine War:
Naval wars are rare, meaning immense analysis is devoted to very few datapoints. The 2022 Black Sea War likely won’t yield as many or as useful lessons as the 1982 Falklands War, but it will offer clues about how technologically advanced combatants fight today at sea.
We have already learned about how shore-based defenses, advanced surveillance technology, and unmanned vehicles can combine to contest sea control in free-fire environments.
Over the next few years we are likely to learn quite a lot about the difficulties of reconstituting naval forces after significant losses. This war will shape the maritime futures of Russia and Ukraine, and it will influence naval design decisions around the world.
In other news, I am currently in Seoul (fortunately I slept through the Brazil-South Korea World Cup match). I dunno how many LGM Denizens we have in South Korea, but if you’re about feel free to mention in comments, on twitter, or send an e-mail to the address in the left sidebar.