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    MOSCOW, January 24, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent Alexei Berezin/. The military science gives very little attention to contemporary wars and conflicts, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said at the opening of the session of the Academy of Military Sciences.

    "I should say that few efforts were taken to understand or predict the nature of the future war. Contemporary wars and conflicts, including the Soviet and American experience in Afghanistan, the NATO operation in Yugoslavia and two wars in Iraq, are insufficiently examined," Ivanov noted.

    According to him, these conflicts differ from each other having their own dynamics and peculiarities.

    "Today the task of military science is to reveal their common regularities for the sake of reasonable forecasting of the nature of future wars and effective military planning," the minister stressed.

    "At the same time, we can view the future conflicts through the prism of the counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya. This is natural - many Russian commanders were tried in the furnace of this conflict and acquired the experience of military management and interaction with other power structures in special conditions of the anti-terrorist operation. However, we did not notice that our minds were fixed mainly at the tactical level," Sergei Ivanov said.

    We should not forget the operative and strategic levels which need profound knowledge and skills, the Russian Defense Minister stressed.

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