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russian military expenditures what s behind the curtain

Russian Military Expenditures:What’s Behind the Curtain

Vasily Zatsepin

The Institute

for the Economy

in Transition

10th Annual Conference on Economics & Security, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 2006

objective
Objective

To present an analysis of Russia’s current practice in military expenditures field based on experience accumulated by the Institute for the Economy in Transition (Moscow)

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outline
Outline
  • Russian military expenditures
  • Underlying institutional factors
  • Prospects for the future

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part i russian military expenditures
Part IRussian Military Expenditures

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learning the lessons of history
Learning the Lessons of History

International

CIA

Organizations

The Soviet

Defence

Enigma

Western

Academia

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components of military expenditures
Components of Military Expenditures

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what follows from this
What Follows from This?

Conformity equation*:

DefExtill1998 – MPtill1998  DefEx1999–2004 DefExafter2004+ CTExafter2004,

where MP – military pensions; CTEx – civilian-type expenditures.

* Valid for any from index years at least since 1994.

Civilian-type expenditures size problem:

1998 Military Health & Education  0.01% GDP

2006 Military Health, Sport & Education  0.26% GDP

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russian military expenditures in current roubles
Russian Military Expenditures in Current Roubles

Average annual nominal growth rate 34.1% (DefEx)

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*

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russian military expenditures in real terms base year 1999
Russian Military Expenditures in Real Terms (Base Year 1999)

Average annual real growth rate 11.3% (DefEx)

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*

* in 2004 budgetary classification, using GDP deflator for 2005 = 119.7%, for 2006 = 123.3 % (own estimate).

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russian military expenditures in current us
Russian Military Expenditures in Current US $

Calculated using official 1999–2004 purchasing power parity data

Own PPP estimates for 2005 = 13.09 roubles/$,2006 = 14.34 roubles/$

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russia s defence military burden
Russia’s Defence & Military Burden

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*

* in 2004 budgetary classification.

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2005 structure of russia s military expenditures reported to un
2005 Structure of Russia’s Military Expenditures Reported to UN

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part ii underlying institutional factors
Part IIUnderlying Institutional Factors

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what s under the hood
What’s Under the Hood?

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under the hood are
Under the Hood are
  • Federal budget and budgeting process
  • Secrecy problem
  • Defence planning
  • Quasi PPBS
  • Actors and goals

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federal budget and budgeting process
Federal Budget and Budgeting Process
  • The budget system is a subject to annual changes in its legal framework
  • Formal and openly published budget request of the Ministry of Defence is lacking
  • Weak or lacking parliamentary control

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secrecy problem
Secrecy Problem

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secrecy in russia s federal expenditures in 2003 2006
Secrecy in Russia’s Federal Expenditures in 2003–2006

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secrecy in federal expenditures for public order and safety in 2003 2006
Secrecy in Federal Expenditures for Public Order and Safety in 2003–2006

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defence planning
Defence Planning

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russian military planning
Russian Military Planning

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quasi ppbs
Quasi PPBS

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what is state armament program
What is State Armament Program?
  • Inherited from Soviet times
  • Introduced in 1980s when Soviet leadership had to react to PPBS success in the US
  • Instead being a means of control over military-industrial complex became a tool of special interest groups for control over considerable share of military expenditures

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comparison of two military programming systems
Comparison of Two Military Programming Systems

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actors and goals
Actors and goals

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actors on russian defence management stage
Actors on Russian Defence Management Stage

Not only size of military expenditures but its structure are determined by:

  • Ministry of Finance;
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Trade;
  • and at last Ministry of Defence

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one more actor
One More Actor

Chief of Russian General Staff Yuri Balouevski in November 2005:

“All the world develops according to the outline: about 60 per cent is spent on procurement, research and development; and about 30–40 per cent—on salaries and matters, connected with logistics and combat training of forces”.

Source: Rossiyskaya gazeta, 1st November, 2005, translated.

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goals
Goals
  • Back in 2000 the Security Council of Russian Federation has set a prospective goal for the MoD to achieve 50% share of capital costs in defence budget by 2010 following “best international practices”
  • In 2005 the goal was extended: to achieve 75% share of capital costs by 2015

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comparative military expenditures in 2004 operating vs capital
Comparative Military Expenditures in 2004: Operating vs. Capital

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part iii prospects for the future
Part IIIProspects for the Future

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future of military expenditures in russia
Future of Military Expenditures in Russia

Military expenditures in observable future will be determined not by level of threats or international environment but by interplay of group interests and inefficient defence management due to secrecy obsession and lack of high-grade military statistics i.e. by government failures

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tail wagging the dog or limited control over bureaucracy
Tail Wagging the Dog or Limited Control over Bureaucracy

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russia s military industrial complex dreams
Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex Dreams

Prospective structure of RF expenditure for Armed Forces

Source: Russian Military Review, 2006, № 1, p.18, translated.

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and realization of the dreams
…and Realization of the Dreams

Source: Military Industrial Courier, 2006, № 12, p.6, translated.

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pestilence 2005 or limited information
Pestilence 2005 orLimited Information

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mysterious disappearance of russian military pensioners in 2005
Mysterious Disappearance of Russian Military Pensioners in 2005

(according to publications in mass media)

Sources: Rossiyskaya gazeta, 4th May; Independent Military Review, 20th May; Red Star, 19th October; Red Star, 29th December

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conclusion
Conclusion

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instead of military reform still trying to be as before
Instead of Military Reform Still Trying to Be as Before

Federal

Russian

Assembly

Chamber of

Accounts

Defence

Enigma

Expert

Community

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any questions
Any Questions?

Vasily B. Zatsepin

Senior Research Fellow

Department for Military Economics

Phone: +7-(495)-629-0971

E-mail: [email protected]

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