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Author Shlapak, David A., author.

Title Reinforcing deterrence on NATO's eastern flank : wargaming the defense of the Baltics / David A. Shlapak and Michael W. Johnson
Published [Santa Monica, California] : RAND Corporation, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (15 pages) : color illustration, color maps
Series Research report ; RR-1253-A
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1253-A.
Contents Summary -- Defending the Baltic Republics : a strategic challenge for NATO -- Military geography favors Russia -- Current NATO posture cannot support alliance commitments -- Russian fait accompli confronts NATO with unpalatable choices -- NATO needs heavy forces to deny Russia a quick victory -- The price of deterring disaster -- Appendix: Methodology and Data -- Notes -- Acknowledgments
Summary "Russia's recent aggression against Ukraine has disrupted nearly a generation of relative peace and stability between Moscow and its Western neighbors and raised concerns about its larger intentions. From the perspective of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the threat to the three Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania -- former Soviet republics, now member states that border Russian territory -- may be the most problematic of these. In a series of war games conducted between summer 2014 and spring 2015, RAND Arroyo Center examined the shape and probable outcome of a near-term Russian invasion of the Baltic states. The games' findings are unambiguous: As presently postured, NATO cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members. Fortunately, it will not require Herculean effort to avoid such a failure. Further gaming indicates that a force of about seven brigades, including three heavy armored brigades -- adequately supported by airpower, land-based fires, and other enablers on the ground and ready to fight at the onset of hostilities -- could suffice to prevent the rapid overrun of the Baltic states"--Publisher's web site
Notes Series from web site
"Arroyo Center."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 13-14)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF caption (RAND, viewed January 29, 2016)
Subject North Atlantic Treaty Organization
North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- Armed Forces.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Deterrence (Strategy)
War games -- Baltic States
War games.
HISTORY -- General.
Armed Forces
Deterrence (Strategy)
Military readiness
War games
Baltic States -- Defenses
Baltic States
Form Electronic book
Author Johnson, Michael (Michael W.), author.
Arroyo Center, issuing body.
Rand Corporation, publisher.
ISBN 9780833092984
Other Titles Reinforcing deterrence on North Atlantic Treaty Organization's eastern flank