Defense Training and Meetings
The Training/Education/Human Resources Sub-Working Group met in Colorado Springs October 12 – 13. The meeting was chaired by Lernes Hebert (Principal Director, Military Personnel Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense) and Yekaterina Priyezzheva (Chief, Education Directorate, Ministry of Defense).
The Sub-Working Group’s discussions focused on planned cadet exchanges between U.S. Service academies and Russian counterpart institutions and establishing a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) training case for U.S. military courses. The Russian delegation also received briefings and a tour of U.S. Air Force Academy facilities.
Related to this meeting, a Russian delegation (consisting of a faculty chief from Voronezh Air Force Academy and two cadets) participated in the U.S. Air Force Academy's International Week, October 15 – 19.
The Logistics Cooperation Sub-Working Group is scheduled to meet in Moscow October 30 – 31. Discussions will focus on supply-chain management information systems, fuel operations to support the force, and professional Development of Military Logistics Officers.
Defense Technology Sub-Working Group Meets in Washington, DC
Mr. Frank Kenlon, Acting Director for International Cooperation, hosted the second meeting of the Defense Technology Cooperation Sub-Working Group in Washington on August 14-15. COL Oleg Vaschenko, Chief of the MOD's IPR and Military Technical Cooperation Directorate, led the Russian delegation. The meeting focused on identifying mutual areas of interest for defense technology cooperation. The next meeting will be planned for Spring 2013.
U.S. and Russian Delegations Discuss Military Education and Language Training
The Defense Relations Training, Education, and Human Resources Sub-Working Group met in St. Petersburg on June 7-8. Director for Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Lernes Herbert, led the U.S. delegation and the Director of Education in the Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD), Yekaterina Priyezzheva, on the Russian side. The Russian delegation addressed recent education and training reform efforts within the MOD, training Russian contract service members for enlisted and officer specialties, language training, and also gave an overview of the Russian Naval Academy. The U.S. participants provided the Russians with an overview of the three U.S. Service academies and spoke about opportunities for English-language training for international military personnel. Both sides discussed possibilities for military academy cadet exchanges.
Two Sides Exchange Information and Best Practices on Veterans’ Benefits
The Social Welfare Sub-Working Group held its third meeting in St. Petersburg, June 9-11, with delegations led by Peter Verga (OSD Policy Chief of Staff), Jerilyn Busch (Director, Military Compensation Policy, OSD Personnel and Readiness) and Igor Savenko (Deputy Director, Department of Financial Planning, Russian MOD). Discussions included benefits for service members, veterans, retirees, and their families; centralized payroll systems and databases; and centralized pension support. The meeting included a site visit to the Slavyanka Housing Complex outside of St. Petersburg, which includes 5,000 housing units built for the MOD in the past year.
U.S. and Russian Defense Officials Talk Global and Regional Security
On March 27, the Russian Ministry of Defense hosted the third meeting of the Global/Regional Security Sub-Working Group in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Celeste Wallander, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, headed the U.S. delegation, which included David Sedney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia, and Major General John Nicholson, the Deputy Director of Operations/Intelligence Integration, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). Sergey Koshelev, Chief of the Main Directorate for International Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defense, led the Russian side. Bilateral discussions focused on terrorism, the continued U.S. commitment to Afghanistan after 2014 and the transition of responsibility to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and the politico-military situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Military Police School the Focus of Russian Delegation's Visit
The U.S. Army Military Police School hosted a Russian Ministry of Defense delegation led by its Chief of Education, Ekaterina Priyezzheva, March 5-6. The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of standing up a new military police-type organization as part of Russia's ongoing defense reform efforts. The delegation's visit to the Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri-based school supports efforts to develop a military police training program for Russian military members.
MOD Visits U.S. MP Training Program
From March 5-6, the U.S. Army Military Police School hosted a Russian Ministry of Defense delegation led by the MOD's Chief of Education Ms. Ekaterina Priyezzheva. The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of standing up a new military police-type (MP) organization as part of Russia’s ongoing defense reform efforts and requested the visit to the Fort Leonard Wood, MO.-based school as part of the MOD's effort to develop a military police training program for Russian military members.
Experts Discuss Defense Technology Cooperation Agreement in Switzerland
From January 23-27, a Defense Technology Cooperation (DTC) Agreement meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland. Both sides noted longstanding efforts to conclude the DTC Agreement and the need to expedite efforts to agree on final text, given the high priority of the Agreement for both sides.
Second Meeting of the Logistics Cooperation Group Held on U.S. East Coast
On November 9-10, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Material Readiness Alan Estevez hosted Lieutenant General Sergey Zhirov, Chief of the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) Logistics Planning and Coordination Department, for the second meeting of the Logistics Cooperation Sub-Working Group. The first day’s events took place in the Pentagon and consisted of sharing logistical best practices and discussions on the Russian MoD’s current efforts to reorganize its military logistics system to reflect today’s organization and missions. On the second day, Gen. Zhirov and his staff visited the Defense Logistics Agency’s large New Cumberland Distribution Center in Pennsylvania. The Russian MoD delegation met with the Center's leadership and saw firsthand how the Defense Department provides logistical support around the globe. The co-chairs agreed to continue their dialogue on logistics cooperation, including further discussions on establishing an Acquisition Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), and to explore the possibility of Russian MoD participation in bilateral or multilateral exercises that emphasize logistical interoperability.
Russian, U.S. Sides Come Together for First Meeting of Maritime Cooperation Group
The Russian Federation Navy hosted the inaugural meeting of the Maritime Cooperation Sub-Working Group in Moscow on November 10. The U.S. delegation was chaired by Rear Admiral Ken Norton, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Resources, and Plans for U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, with assistance from Ann Dailey of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. Rear Admiral Vasiliy Lyashok, Chief of the Russian Navy’s Development and Planning Directorate, represented Russia. Discussions centered on the general structure and agenda for the group going forward. In addition to traditional maritime roles and missions such as submarine rescue, counter-piracy, and Arctic security, the U.S. delegation proposed a future focus on broader maritime security issues, including (but not limited to) law enforcement on the high seas, trafficking in persons, and port security. The delegates agreed to convene the next meeting in late-spring 2012.
Defense Officials Chair Meeting on Key Security Issues
The Russian Ministry of Defense hosted the second meeting of the Global and Regional Security Sub-Working Group in Moscow on September 12. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Sergey Koshelev, Chief of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defense, co-chaired the meeting. The two sides discussed the current developments in the Middle East, security in and around Afghanistan, and NATO-Russian cooperation. Talks highlighted commonalities and differences in U.S. and Russian thinking on these issues, and concluded that politics should not stand in the way of ongoing and future U.S.-Russian bilateral efforts.
Social Welfare Sub-Working Group Convenes in Indianapolis
The U.S. Department of Defense hosted the second meeting of the Social Welfare Sub-Working Group at the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) center in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 24-25. Steve Galing, Deputy Director for Military Compensation within the U.S. Department of Defense, and Aaron Gillison, Deputy Director for DFAS Indianapolis, led the U.S. delegation. The Russian delegation was headed by Anna Kondratyeva, Director of the Social Protection Department within the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Russian delegation toured DFAS facilities and received a series of briefings on the American military and civilian payroll systems.
Missile Defense Cooperation
On June 1 to 2 in Brussels, Belgium, the Enhanced Missile Defense Cooperation Sub-Working Group held its fourth meeting. The Sub-Working Group further discussed the concept for two missile defense centers and a missile defense joint analysis as potential areas for cooperation.
Logistics Sub-Group Meeting
On May 19 to 20, the Logistics Sub-Working Group held its inaugural meeting in Moscow, Russia. Following the delegates’ discussion of respective logistics structures, acquisition authorities, life-cycle logistics, inventory management, and distribution processes, participants commented on the significant commonalities in the challenges that logisticians face.
Defense Officials Discuss Strategic Issues
On April 27, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces Dr. Kathleen Hicks presided over a Defense Policy Sub-Working Group meeting with her Russian counterpart General Lieutenant Andrei Tretyak, Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff. Discussion focused on the military strategy development process, perspectives on the strategic environment facing each country and the resulting policy implications, and force development. The Co-chairs agreed to hold a follow-on meeting in Moscow, later this summer, where they will exchange ideas about military social welfare systems, efficient Military Police operations, and force planning.
Training, Education, and Human Resources Sub-Group Meeting
On April 12-13, the Training, Education, and Human Resources Sub-Working Group held its second meeting in Moscow. The Sub-Working Group discussed officer commissioning, officer military education and officer training programs. The U.S. delegation also toured the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and the Moscow Military University.
Social Issues Sub-Group Meeting
On April 14, the Social Issues Sub-Working Group held its inaugural meeting in Moscow. The Sub-Working Group discussed pay and compensation for military members, the civilian pay system, and benefits for military members and their families.
Discussion on Defense Reforms and Other Issues
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Russia’s Minister of Defense Anatoliy Serdyukov met in Moscow on March 23 to discuss defense reforms under way in both nations, as well as missile defense cooperation, relations with NATO, and New START treaty follow-up issues. Secretary Gates also met with President Medvedev. In addition to his official meetings, Secretary Gates also spoke to students from the Kuznetsov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg.
First Meeting of the Global and Regional Security Sub-Working Group
On February 18, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, hosted the first meeting of the Global and Regional Security Sub-Working Group of the Defense Relations Working Group at the Pentagon. Colonel Yelena Knyazeva, Acting Chief of the Main Directorate for International Cooperation Directorate at the Russian Ministry of Defense headed the Russian delegation. Read more»
Meeting of the Defense Relations Sub-Groups
The Enhanced Missile Defense Sub-Working Group, established as part of the U.S.-Russia Defense Relations Working Group met on Friday, January 21, in Moscow. The U.S. delegation was led by Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Alexander Vershbow. The delegations discussed future U.S. and NATO cooperation with Russia on missile defense, consistent with the joint commitment of President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev to pursue such cooperation. The working group exchanged ideas on potential cooperation, including information on their respective systems, and the role a joint analysis could play in determining the objectives and parameters of cooperative European missile defense.
Defense Relations Sub-Working Group Meeting on Training and Education
As part of a focused effort to improve U.S.-Russian defense relations, the Training, Education, and Human Resources Sub-Working Group of the U.S.-Russian Defense Relations Working Group met from December 14-16 in Washington, D.C. Read more»
Signing of MOU
On September 15, 2010, Secretary Gates and Minister Serdyukov signed the MOU between U.S and Russian defense agencies, creating the Defense Relations Working Group. Read more»