Artsrun HovhannisyanTuesday, October 13, 2020
Artsrun Karapeti Hovhannisyan (January 30, 1980, Tsoghamarg, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic) is the former press secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Armenia and a military expert and analyst. He has since March 2020 been the Head of the Command Staff Faculty at the Vazgen Sargsyan Military University.
Since 1997, Hovhannisyan has served in the Armenian Armed Forces. After graduating from the University in 2001 and being promoted to a Lieutenant, he was appointed as the Commander of Platoon of an anti-tank weapon in one of the Military Bases of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.
In 2002 Hovhannisyan was appointed as the Commander of the same anti–tank device. In 2004 he was appointed as the Guard Commander of Battalion of an airport's technical support. From 2010 to 2011 he worked at the Institute of Political Research of Armenia's President's Staff as a military expert. In 2002 he worked at Public Relations Center of President of Armenia's. In 2012 Artsrun Hovhannisyan became the press secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia. From 2010 to 2012 he studied at the International scientific-educational center of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with a major in history. In 2013 was an applicant of the Institute of History of NAS of RoA. Since September 2013 he has been lecturing at Yerevan State University, faculty of International Relations and from January 2014 teaches command courses at the Military Institute (MI) after V.Sargsyan. In 2014 he received the title of a candidate of history.
While studying at the Military University after V. Sargsyan, he developed a machine gun, which is currently housed in the University Museum.
In his studies Artsrun Hovhanisyan tries to bring a new viewpoint into the theory of wars and military operations of the 20th century, and to dispel widespread myths and stereotypes in order to keep the Armenian soldiers away from the danger of having heavy losses as a result of blindly following these myths and stereotypes, which can have serious consequences in real life. Many experts insist that Artsrun Hovhannisyan is one of the first military theorists of Armenia's independence period, whose activity is directed to use the military theoretic achievements of the 21-st century in the Armenian army. The author consistently approves the following theses in his works.
* Generally the imperial and especially Soviet military doctrine should not be blindly applied to the newly created Armenian army simply because they are designed for being practiced in a country with unlimited resources and does not suit the Armenian reality.
* In the future at the strategical level, the preference will be largely given to irregular military operations, At the operational level, electronic devices of defeat will dominate and at the general level the role of the air force will be primary. It was Artsrun Hovhannisyan who, the first in our reality back in 2010, insisted that we need a powerful air force, and specifically mentioned the need to acquire Su-30 fighters.
* Particularly in his recent work Artsrun Hovhannisyan tries to analyze and coordinate the role of Air Supremacy, the need for unification of air force and air defense forces, theoretical and practical components of irregular military operations and the so-called "hybrid war" of the twentieth century, issues of air superiority and the strategical features of the use of small armies.
* Artsrun Hovhannisyan insists that future wars will be "Network Platform Centred"
Artsrun Hovhannisyan is considered to be one of the new military scholars of the independence period, who refrains from the molded military stereotypes and who tries to understand and make an approximate realistic image of the future war. He emphasizes the importance of quality attributes, the accomplishment of great tasks with small forces, digital management, high-precision weapons, truculent strategy and other factors.