Ukraine War Lessons Update 10-8-2022

By | October 8, 2022

[October 8, 2022]  Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces on February 24th of this year, the war has demonstrated that what we believe about the conflict is often proved wrong by facts on the ground.  Since my article titled Lessons Learned from the Ukraine War, several lessons have come forth.

The article identified five lessons; the importance of leadership/training/discipline, the importance of logistics, reducing electronic signatures, defense against drones, and keeping your troops stocked with munitions.  These are classic lessons and no real surprise.  I want to add ten more based on what has happened in the past few months.

  1. Economic warfare can cut two ways.
  2. Propaganda is best measured by how effective it is on battlefield morale.
  3. Combine arms warfare is crucial to winning battles.
  4. The importance of trained, motivated, and disciplined fighters.
  5. Adherence to the Laws of Land Warfare (and the post-war outcome).
  6. The West’s willpower is key to the defeat of Russia.
  7. Attrition warfare works.
  8. Any technological advancement in weapons can be defeated.
  9. Russia’s war crimes will affect the outcome of the war.
  10. Creative use of good intelligence and deception is key to operational battlefield wins.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is convinced that Ukraine cannot survive without help from the West, specifically the United States.  That is why Putin has declared that he will use nuclear weapons to “defend Russian territory” and “voluntarily annexed portions of Ukraine” into mother Russia.  Putin is gambling that the West’s willpower is weak and inconsistent (especially that of the United States) and can be turned if the war drags out.

At this time, all indications are that Russia will lose the war.  But war has a nasty habit of turning out differently than recent trends indicate.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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17 thoughts on “Ukraine War Lessons Update 10-8-2022

  1. Max Foster

    If you google, “Ukraine War” you will get all the major liberal organs like CNN, CBS, NYT, etc on their take how the war is going. Of course, everything for them is Russia Russia Russia, so don’t trust a thing they write. Nothing becuase everything they do is filtered thru the anti-American filter first and, for them, anti-Americanism is their new religion. Never ever trust a reporter or news man.

    1. Unwoke Dude

      Yes, good link to Gen. Satterfield’s article on Sun Tzu and says a lot about people too.

  2. Tom Bushmaster

    2. Propaganda is best measured by how effective it is on battlefield morale [ and on the people who have a military ]. There, fixed it.

    1. Boy Sue

      Unless you are transgender, and then you can be all you can imagine you can be.

  3. Mark Evans

    Just another reason to come to this leadership website by Gen. Satterfield and read what he has to say. Keep up the work you are doing to help us see the world for what it is … dangerous. And, there are lessons from those who face evil.

    1. Tracey Brockman

      Got that right Mark, and I will add that if you’ve not purchased Gen. Satterfield’s book, “Our Longest Year in IRaq,” then you should do so. And, leave a comment on Amazon. The link is at the end of his article. Come on, folks, go there now. 🤞

      1. Dale Paul Fox

        Got my copy a year ago when the book came out. Enjoyed reading it three times. Now, my son has my copy and he’s read it too. Next up, my grandson.

        1. Karl J.

          Dale, you da man. Well actually Gen. Satterfield is da man, and you are second.


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