"It has always had far more equipment than its total manning can actually operate," he said. "You have an army with some 25,000 regulars and some 25,000 conscripts, attempting to man a force with over 2,000 tanks and something on the order of 2,000 other armored vehicles and 2,500 artillery pieces. It frankly is a structure that exists in a dream world."
"Could you freely fly in this kind of environment without suppressing the air defense, which means attacking it? No you couldn't," Mr. Cordesman said.