Atlantic Council fellow offers plan for war with Russia, with nuclear weapons at core | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Atlantic Council fellow offers plan for war with Russia, with nuclear weapons at core

From an article in Defense News by Hans Binnendijk, Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council and former National Security Council Senior Director for Defense Policy, and Julian Lindley-French, chairman of The Alphen Group. Summary is abbreviated for reasons explained yesterday.

…Since the 2016 Warsaw Summit, NATO has deployed 1,000-person Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battle groups in the three Baltic states and in Poland.

The U.S. deploys a brigade-sized force in Poland and battalion-sized forces in Lithuania and Romania…[Although] These forces could be overrun quickly by a determined Russian onslaught given its time and distance advantages, but as was the case in the city of Berlin during the Cold War, eFP does provide a useful tripwire.

[M]ore can be done to complicate a Russian invasion and buy time to engage NATO reinforcements….NATO could deploy some regional air defenses, long range artillery, anti-tank equipment, armed drones, and additional special forces to the Baltic states to slow down an onslaught. The U.S. could also make its periodic deployments “persistent” and promote a stronger naval posture in the Black Sea.

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