The Russian Imperial Military is an independent branch from government responsible for implementing the national defence and security policy set by Her Imperial Majesty Empress Katalina I, the Commander-in-Chief.
The Military’s principal objectives are to defend the Russian Kingdom and the Imperial Empire, and any other of Her Majesty’s military interests which involve strengthening international security and stability. With the increase of foreign tyranny and the resurrection of the Cold War, the Russian Military Command does foresee conventional military threat; as well as the threat of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism infiltration, cyber warfare, and unstable regions and volatile countries that are considered threats to Russian national security. The Chancellor of Arms and military administration and support staff manage the day-to-day affairs of the military, which includes contingency planning and defence procurement.
The Joint Chiefs Council is composed of the most senior military personnel in the Russian Imperial Military who advise on operational military matters and the preparation and conduct of military missions. The council consists of the Supreme Commander who is the superior head of the military, the Viceroy Commander of the Military Districts, who is the superior head of military operations, and the superior heads of each branch of the military: the General and Chief of Her Majesty’s Army, Admiral and Chief of Her Majesty’s Navy, and the General and Chief of Her Majesty’s Air Force.
Principal Minister and other senior military figures
The Russian Imperial Military is supported by a number of civilian, scientific and professional military advisors. The Principal Minister of State Defence (generally known as the Minister of Defence) is the senior civil servant at the military command headquarters. His or her role is to ensure that the military operates effectively as an independent branch.
The following positions will have people selected to fulfil the responsibilities and together Her Majesty Tsarina Katalina and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will make their choices on December 24 2015.
- Principal Minister of State Defence
- Chief and Deputy Chief of Her Majesty’s Army
- Chief and Deputy Chief of Her Majesty’s Navy
- Chief and Deputy Chief Her Majesty’s Air Force
- Chief Justice of Her Majesty’s Military Tribunal Court
- Chief Inspector of Her Majesty’s Military Law
- Surgeon General or Admiral of Military Medicine
- Oversight Minister of Military Procurement
- Oversight Minister of Military Finance
- Oversight Minister of Veteran Affairs
- Chief Scientific Adviser
- Chief Administrator for Military Services
- Chief Administrator for Military Heritage
- Goodwill Ambassador for Military Personnel
- Commandant of Army Headquarters
- Commandant of Navy Headquarters
- Commandant of Air Force Headquarters
Crown Estates for the military
The crown estates that are designated for the Russian Imperial Military are among the largest with over 400,000 hectares. The military also has “rights of access” to a further 140,000 hectares. The defence estate is divided as training areas & ranges (78.1%), airfields (7%), research & development (4.9%), storage & depots (3.1%), barracks & camps (3.1%), miscellaneous (1.8%), radio sites (1.7%), and naval bases (0.3%). These estates are managed by the National Defence and Security Council. The headquarters of the military is located at Vanguard Palace in Saint Petersburg (formerly the General Staff Building). The headquarters is to provide an efficient and convenient structure of command and administrative offices that also provide suitable comfort.