Finland’s entry into NATO significantly alters the security environment in Europe. Now that it and Sweden (provisionally) are members of the alliance, the Baltic Sea has been turned into a NATO lake. In addition, NATO proximity to Russia’s Kola Peninsula and Artic naval bases is much improved. But that also means the alliance has suddenly acquired a 1,300 km border with Russia. Recognizing that it has become a frontline state and seeing the importance of military preparedness underscored by the war in Ukraine, Finland is seeking to rapidly enhance its military capabilities. Its already capable military is adding U.S.-produced fighter aircraft, air and missile defenses, and long-range fires. I have written more on this subject here.
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