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Blueprint For A More Effective NATO

Posted by Rachel Ellehuus on


More ruthless prioritization, a laser focus on filling key capability shortfalls and better alignment of national, regional, and NATO plans will allow the alliance to solidify its place as the alliance of choice for decades to come.

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Beyond INF: Countering Russia, Countering China (Analysis)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Long-range precision fires… would provide us the capability (to) either, for example, support the Air Force by suppressing enemy air defenses at hundreds upon hundreds of miles or support the Navy by engaging enemy surface ships at great distances as well,” said Army Secretary Mark Esper. But those examples are two distinctly different missions, each most relevant to a different theater of war.

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NATO Ops Center Goes 24/7 To Counter Russians: Gen. Scaparrotti

Posted by James Kitfield on


NATO is dusting off Cold War concepts such as deterrence, rapid reinforcement and battle readiness as it faces a Russian destabilization campaign. Our contributor James Kitfield is traveling with Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, as the Marine general attends the NATO summit in Warsaw. Kitfield spoke with Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, about the Russian threat… Keep reading →

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Mattis in Europe Shows His Influence, And Challenges of Translating Trump

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Fresh from the drama of Brussels, Defense Secretary Mattis visited NATO allies across Europe to preach stability, forward progress, and friendship. He remains a popular figure on the continent, but rumblings from Washington have the NATO alliance concerned.

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Can’t Spend? Won’t Spend? 4 Lessons From NATO’s Bottom Lines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Most NATO nations don’t pay much. Most nations CAN’T pay much. Most spend on the wrong things. But most of them are moving in the right direction.

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NATO Has A Good Story To Tell, But Is Its Audience Of One Listening?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Allies from Norway to Romania are buying big-ticket weapons systems produced by the American defense industry, and more NATO countries are inching toward agreed-upon defense spending goals. But is it enough?

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Generals Worry US May Lose In Start Of Next War: Is Multi-Domain The Answer?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“There is a good chance… we’d lose the opening stages of this war,” said one speaker. “Parts of the Pacific, parts of Europe are probably going to be overrun before we can gather ourselves.”

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Poland Struggles With HIMARS Buy

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The $250 million package for the rocket launcher along with guided warheads and other tactical missiles was seen as a way for Poland and NATO to push back against the Russian military buildup in neighboring Kaliningrad, which gives Moscow the ability to track and knock down Polish aircraft over Polish airspace.

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Trump Says Troops Heading to Border

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Will Trump rip a page from the Obama playbook in sending troops to the border with Mexico?

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Top NATO General (A Czech) To Europe: ‘Grow Up’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: After two decades of watching the American share of the NATO budget grow from 50 to 75 percent, the alliance’s leadership is determined to learn how to operate without the usual American help, even as nationalist movements roil the capitals of the transAtlantic alliance and Vladimir Putin hacks his way through democratic elections. Meeting… Keep reading →

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