On November 15 at the meeting on Military Education the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin explained what caused the failure of the Great Patriotic War , and endorsed the idea of a double issue of diplomas to graduates of military academies .
“The state can not effectively develop and feel independent without a modern army,” said the President. Military technology improved and are more complicated now, but “without people who are willing to work on this equipment, to fight, to use it, it all just iron”, he said.
The system of higher military education is the foundation of the armed forces. Referring to the assessment of military experts, Vladimir Putin said that the failure of 1941-1942 was connected with military education.
“We must not forget the lessons of these heavy days”, the President said. The next year optimization of the network of military schools should be completed, they should bring it in line with the parameters of personnel order.
“I consider it critically important to preserve a number of military academies as independent educational institutions “, Putin said. This is Mikhailovsky Artillery Academy, Military Academy of Air Precautions, Academy of Aerospace Defence, Academy of radiation, chemical and biological protection. Putin added that officers should be taught new skills on the basis of existing schools.
In March next year the head of state is waiting for proposals from the Defence Ministry and other concerned agencies to improve military education until 2020. “The graduates of military schools must be ready to solve the challenges”, he explained. This requires effective education programs, they need to be adjusted after analyzing the service of graduates, innovations should be introduced, taking into account possible changes in the process of fighting.
Military education has always been a fundamental, not inferior to civil and in some areas even surpassed it, Putin stressed. He called to encourage healthy competition with civilian universities, to develop scientific capacity, enhance international cooperation. During 70 years more than 280,000 foreigners from 108 countries were trained, now they occupy high positions – there are presidents and prime ministers. “This is the evidence of the quality of our higher military education”, concluded the President.
The head of State supported the proposal of the MSU Rector Viktor Sadovnichiy to give graduates of military academies two diplomas – military and civilian. “I did not think of the double degree”, he nodded approvingly. “Methods of warfare are becoming complicated … It will take an intellectual nature more and more. If there is any war, I hope there won’t any, but if it is , it will be like a computer game with the minimum loss of life. This will be a war of technologies”, predicted the President.