Russia Versus NATO. Who Will Win The Conflict?

Remember Vietnam? United States versus Soviet Union. The result? A communist government, decade long drafts and a loss swept under the rug.

Chris Lopez
8 min readSep 19, 2022


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The US intelligence community uses a complicated abbreviation. It’s a real tongue twister. DOTMLPF. The acronym stands for: doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities. The true performance of Russia is measured by this tongue twister. It’s an eye opener. Albeit not the one you’re thinking of.

These categories show Russian potential, struggle, and ability. These categories also show how Russia can make a comeback.

This article isn’t going to be bias. I see enough elementary level writers arguing for one point or another. Let’s try to be objective here. I’m tired of reading Ukraine is marching to victory. I’m tired of everyone saying Russia is invincible.

So much propaganda.

Where is the objective truth?

Losing more than a fifth of your country will never be seen as a victory in my book. Sorry. I don’t care how you spin it.

I am a veteran of the United States Air Force. When I was in service, I knew mission effectiveness, combat readiness, organizational doctrine, and training.

Our unit was taught theory. We understood application of theory. Often the two did not unite. Let’s start with Russian doctrine.


Russian doctrine. The theory of how an army should fight is clear. Russian doctrine is precise. All the tactics are evidenced. In concept the theory is an elegant one. Many military leaders agree Russian doctrine is far ahead of western military theory.

This is a challenge for intelligence assessments. Russian operations are spearheaded by higher military orders. The conclusion is often that they will succeed. A general planning an operation is supposed to be the best view on a picture.

Practice rarely matches theory.



Chris Lopez

Professional Hustler turned International Best Selling Author of “I Made it Then I Didn’t”. I write Truths today to combat yesterday’s falsehoods.