The newest issue of Military Review, published by the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center offers an interesting critique of the Soviet military operation in Georgia.
The Russian military performed solidly if not spectacularly, but lost a lot of aircraft to Georgian SAMs. According to the report, elite Russian paratroopers and SpecOps guys did a lot of the heavy lifting and helicopter support was not very well coordinated.
Why is this important? Well, the Russians are on the prowl again and the situation is getting tense with Ukraine and Georgia again. Since Obama threw the Eastern Europeans under the bus over missile defenses, what effect will that have on Putin and his cabal? Time will tell.