Europe is closer to war today than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. During his recent press conference, U.S. president Joe Biden asserted that Moscow had the necessary forces in place to conduct a major conventional land assault on neighboring Ukraine. Even if warnings from Biden and Western leaders can deter Moscow from acting on Putin’s threats this time, it is clear that both the United States and its NATO allies will have to enhance their conventional forces if they want to maintain the ability to deter Russia. NATO countries can build up their military forces and simultaneously send a message to Moscow by acquiring additional U.S. military equipment. A number of NATO allies are buying the fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighter. But it would help if more of them acquired U.S. land systems such as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), M1 Abrams tanks, the HIMARS rocket system, and advanced air and missile defenses. I have written more on this subject here.
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