Georgia Pushing to Rebuild Shattered Army Even Bigger

Nation hopes for US help in building modern military to face Russia threat
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2008 5:25 AM CDT
A Georgian man stands near Russian troops leaving the Georgian army base of Senaki, western Georgia, last month.   (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
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(Newser) – The dust has barely settled from the catastrophic clash with Russia but Georgia's leaders are already keen to start rebuilding the country's pulverized army, the New York Times reports. Ambitious plans are being made to remake the military bigger and better than before—with plenty of US help. But Western military experts say the Georgian army is lacking more than just equipment.

Georgia's logistics and communications were poor, contributing to the military's panicked retreat in the face of the Russian advance, say Western officers. Pentagon officials have confirmed that the US is examining what will be needed to rebuild the Georgian army. But for now, worried about putting further stress on relations with Russia, the White House is choosing to highlight its humanitarian aid.