It is time to get serious about shoring up NATO’s defensive capabilities in Eastern Europe. Russian continues to undertake activities designed to intimidate NATO allies and undermine the stability of neighboring Eastern European countries. The Russian military is improving its abilities to deploy large, combined armed forces along its western border and to conduct short notice attacks anywhere from the Baltics to the Black Sea. Against this background, numerous experts and policy institutions have advocated for a more forceful approach to deterring Russian threats to Eastern Europe. One step that should be taken immediately is the deployment of additional U.S. and NATO forces close to the alliance’s eastern borders. The best solution would be a permanent U.S. Army presence in Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland. I have written more on this subject here.
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