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NATO to Increase Mobility Capabilities

November 10, 2017
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In a move to counter Russian aggression, NATO is set to reorganize in an attempt to increase the organization’s mobility and increase the organizations capabilities to respond to perceived Russian aggression. This potential move would be the first reorganization of NATO’s command structure in thirty years.

While ongoing multi-national NATO training exercises continue to be conducted under Operation Atlantic Resolve, (an operation started by the Obama administration to reassure European allies of the United State’s commitment to its European allies after Russia annexed Crimea), NATO leaders will meet next week in Brussels to discuss the potential reorganization. NATO Defense Secretary Jens Stoltenberg recently stated the need for NATO to change “Our ability to move troops is essential to deterrence and collective defence,” he said. “The world is changing, so Nato is changing.” These comments come after a Russian show of force called Operation Zapad along various European borders. Both NATO and Russia have a joint agreement in which both parties agreed that exercises along the border would be limited to 13,000 troops or less. This was a goodwill agreement between the two parties, however NATO officials have accuses Russia of well exceeding that 13,000 troop agreement under Operation Zapad.

While this potential reorganization is being debated, the United States has already sent the newest apache helicopters to Europe in an attempt to increase the United State’s ability to respond to threats in the region. These helicopters will be used in various training exercises in Operation Atlantic Resolve. With this said, the helicopters took some time to clear customs in various countries in transit to their final destination which has lead many U.S. military commanders to ask for an U.S. – European joint legislation to reduce the customs paperwork on military equipment and to speed up the transit process.

In the end, there is no end in sight to the continuous saber rattling along the NATO and Russian borders. The U.S. and NATO simply want to ensure that their forces are able to respond as quickly as possible in the unlikely event that a conflict breaks out between the two parties.

Sources:

https://www.stripes.com/news/latest-apache-helicopters-arrive-with-1st-air-cavalry-in-europe-1.496781

https://www.ft.com/content/85c20d08-c3c3-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/02/23/US-Army-Apache-helicopters-land-in-Germany-for-NATO-support-mission/8841487858611/

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