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With Russia's $650 billion rearmament plan, the bear sharpens its teeth

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What can possibly go wrong w/ this plan?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/11961836/Nato-considers-sending-4000-troops-to-Russian-borders.html

 

and then this:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sec-carter-direct-u-s-action-ground-iraq-syria-n452131

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin "direct action on the ground" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive.

 

And then there is also SCS, it's no wonder we are recalling people back to AD.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/russian-aircraft-approach-uss-ronald-reagan-prompting-us-fighter-jet-scramble-1.375709

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and South Korean navy ships steam in formation during an exercise Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in international waters to the east of the Korean Peninsula. Two Russian aircraft flew within one nautical mile at a height of 500 feet, prompting the carrier to launch four fighter jets in response. The Russian aircraft left without further incident.

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More good news.

http://warontherocks.com/2016/04/outnumbered-outranged-and-outgunned-how-russia-defeats-nato/

While not likely (IMO) still food for thought.  What is more likely is what they did / are doing in Eastern Ukraine, a new Hybrid War using "little green men", info, cyber, and lawfare while the West dithers on what to do, they establish facts on the ground and it is done with no real chance of it being reversed anytime soon.

BBC on the "little green men" in Ukraine.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26532154 

Why not establish a policy like Kennedy did during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Except this time establish it as the policy of NATO, the EU, US and as many allies as we could sign up to regard the use of destabilizing clandestine action either leading to military conflict or not as attack requiring escalating responses to include direct military action.

Establish that it will be the sole prerogative of Allied Nations to determine when they or their Allies are under attack and use escalating diplomatic, economic, informational, electronic retaliation all while increasing your readiness and posture for direct action.  

On the next aggressive flyby or intercept, do a show of force with a suspension of commercial air & naval activity for 2 weeks, give travelers 72 hours to get out of dodge.  If that is not loud enough, take the amp to 11, and seize assets.

The West wants to avoid war and not be bullied then it needs to use what it can short of going to war to get the bully to respect them

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The Russians are shrinking in both population and economic power.  If they want to exhaust themselves with military ventures they cannot afford, I suggest we don't interrupt them while they're making mistakes.

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If NATO needed to fight, they'd have a hard time getting fighters there because they'd need to deconflict the their air show schedules first.

Make no mistake. If the US didn't stop it, Putin could roll into Europe no problem.

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8 hours ago, guineapigfury said:

The Russians are shrinking in both population and economic power.  If they want to exhaust themselves with military ventures they cannot afford, I suggest we don't interrupt them while they're making mistakes.

Maybe but it could be a longer road to get to that place than we think, hence my argument for immediate feedback to negative activity. 

2 hours ago, di1630 said:

If NATO needed to fight, they'd have a hard time getting fighters there because they'd need to deconflict the their air show schedules first.

Make no mistake. If the US didn't stop it, Putin could roll into Europe no problem.

No way, our allies are the tip of the spear ready to go at a moment's notice...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/nato-runs-short-on-some-munitions-in-libya/2011/04/15/AF3O7ElD_story.html

http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2015/06/nato-members-defense-spending-two-charts/116008/

NATO is a well balanced defense organization, sharing the burden amongst members pulling their weight and not overly dependent on the US...

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Revival.  I'm a bit surprised I haven't seen more discussion here about the mounting Russian threat.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-targets-soldier-smartphones-western-officials-say-1507109402

I'm not shocked that the average American doesn't care, it's all too far away and the media isn't selling it.  I can attest that Eastern Europe and the Baltics are justly concerned however.  If Russia advances, NATO won't even be a speed bump.  US, UK, and German airpower will be the only immediate response that's even remotely effective.

These guys are evolving modern combat employment faster than anyone on the planet.

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7 hours ago, FourFans130 said:

Revival.  I'm a bit surprised I haven't seen more discussion here about the mounting Russian threat.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-targets-soldier-smartphones-western-officials-say-1507109402

I'm not shocked that the average American doesn't care, it's all too far away and the media isn't selling it.  I can attest that Eastern Europe and the Baltics are justly concerned however.  If Russia advances, NATO won't even be a speed bump.  US, UK, and German airpower will be the only immediate response that's even remotely effective.

These guys are evolving modern combat employment faster than anyone on the planet.

For those not WSJ subscribers, how do we view it?

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