maskirovka


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maskirovka

(ˌmæskɪˈrɒvkə)
n
(Historical Terms) the use, by the Soviet Union, of military deception intended to confuse Western intelligence
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* Engineer regiment: Standard horizontal engineering and possibly cover and concealment (maskirovka) units.
Incorporating MTI data with an activity map might uncover if the North Koreans are using maskirovka to hide from our ISR assets, or bar us from seeing the total picture.
Nowhere is this weakness more brutally apparent than in Russia's use of digital technology to reinforce its greatest tool of statecraft: maskirovka. The literal translation--"little masquerade"--disguises the density and importance of this elusive concept.
As part of Reflexive Control, Russia utilized a well-coordinated denial-and-deception plan, called maskirovka, through the use of "little green men" to establish checkpoints and secure key terrain in Ukraine.
It combines traditional maskirovka (deception) techniques with the use of irregular warfare units (like GRU spetsnaz) and Russian-trained separatist fighters.
In 2015, it looked as if Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign affairs strategists had succeeded in using the proven maskirovka (masking) tactics of the Soviet army and Soviet intelligence to deceive the West and distract it from Russia's actual goals.
Recent Russian efforts to magnify its Middle East influence have been accompanied by a seeming surge in Kremlin "reasonableness." In fact, Russian calls for new Syrian elections and sharing intelligence with Western powers are nothing more than exercises in "maskirovka," Russia's classic technique for disguising its real objectives.
The tactics of using covert action and subversion are part of, in doctrinal terms, the Russian tradition of maskirovka: misleading the enemy with regard to the presence and dispositions of troops and military objectives.
At the end of the day, the ongoing "Maskirovka," a deceptive shadow war, is all about keeping the chaos alive in Ukraine, but with much restraint, so as to destabilize the central government in Kiev and yet maintain plausible deniability.
Demonstrably nothing to deter his systematic campaign of destabilization, anonymous seizures and selective violence in the proxy-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, where Putin's "maskirovka'' (disguised warfare) has turned eastern Ukraine into a no man's land where Kiev hardly dares tread.
(33.) Mel'nikov, P.: Operatihnmaya Maskirovka [Operational Deception].