Thursday, July 31, 2014

NATO Unprepared To Face A Russian Invasion

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, April 1, 2014. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/Reuters

Nato 'Unprepared' For Possible Russia Attack -- SKY News

Nato troops should maintain a presence in "vulnerable" member states to counter possible threats from Russia, says a UK report.

Nato is badly prepared for a potential attack by Russia on a member state, a parliamentary report has warned.

An influential group of MPs says that the recent conflict in Ukraine has revealed "serious deficiencies" in Nato's preparedness to counter threats.

The report - by the Commons Defence Committee - suggests a "radical reform" is needed.

It suggests that the risk of a conventional military assault by Russia on a Nato member state remains "low".

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More News On A British Report That NATO Is Unprepared For A Russian Invasion

NATO Unprepared For Potential Attack by Russia, Although Risk Is Low – Report -- RIA Novosti
'Complacent' NATO Unprepared for Russian Threat: British Lawmakers -- Reuters
Nato 'unprepared' for Russia threat, say MPs -- BBC
Nato 'unprepared' to repel Russian attack, MPs warn -- The Week
UK Lawmakers Urge Gov't To Lead Charge for NATO Changes -- Defense News
Nato unprepared for potential threats from Russia, say MPs -- The Guardian
NATO Needs Shake-Up Amid Russia Threat, U.K. Panel Says -- Bloomberg Businessweek
NATO Ill-Prepared To Face Threat From Russia, U.K. Lawmakers Warn -- WSJ
‘Ukraine should be a wake-up call for NATO and the UK’ – Defence Committee -- RT
British MPs ask NATO to adjust for Russian ambiguous warfare -- Business Standard/AFP
Brits Say Putin Shows NATO Is Useless -- Newsweek
Breedlove: NATO must redefine responses to unconventional threats -- Stars and Stripes
Ukraine crisis: is Nato ready for Russia? -- Charles Crawford, The Telegraph
Is NATO a busted flush? -- David Blackburn, The Spectator

My Comment: I can say this unequivocally .... the polls in Russia have always been consistent .... the biggest fear in Russia is a Third World War. To defend the motherland and fellow Russians .... no problem (there will be wide Russian support) .... to launch and initiate a global war .... a war of choice .... maybe 2% will support it (maybe). But even if Russia made the decision to invade just one member NATO state .... the risk of this becoming a global war are there .... and Russia will end up fighting NATO. There may be some headway .... the Baltics, Ukraine,  parts of Poland .... but any sustainable offensive will peter out .... and the blow-back will be intense and immense. From my perspective .... this British report is just an attempt to get more money for defense budgets and programs.


James said...

I think there is a lot of truth in this report. In my opinion Nato has been a more of a social club than an alliance in the last 15yrs. Excluding the US, the only countries in Nato with any military muscle are Britain and France. Britain is essentially demobilizing after Afghanistan and France is somewhat tied down in Sub Saharan Africa. That leaves some east Europeans with basically home guards, the same with Scandinavia. Germany is the wild card. Though possessing as usual a lot of military potential, it's not very realized for obvious reasons. This is not to imply that Russia can throw it's weight around willy nilly, but it is definitely a match militarily for Nato.

James said...

This is interesting, haven't had time to look into it.

War News Updates Editor said...

NATO is a fraction of what it use to be .... fortunately .... so is the Russian army.

Having a German officer commanding U.S. troops .... yup .... the times are a changing.