NATO, the supposedly powerful body protecting its allies against what it determines as Russian aggression, fall short in military capability. Russia could easily annihilate the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany or any other country. This realization came from the very mouth of the commander of US troops in Europe.
Lt-Gen Ben Hodges said NATO does not have the capacity to deploy large forces in an instant notice. Even with America allotting as much as $3.4 billion to improve Europe’s military arsenals, this falls short in bridging the military gap between Russia and the whole of NATO alliance.
For starters, NATO lacks combat aircraft and short range defense. While Russia, on the other hand, not only possesses large military arsenal, the nation is also capable of deploying such in a very short notice even at a very long distance.
“The Russians are able to move huge formations and lots of equipment a long distance very fast. Three days’ notification, we (NATO) ought to be able to do that,” he said.
Hodges further said that Russia is capable of deploying as many as 20,000 troops plus military weapons and vehicles because of its “freedom of movement” – something the NATO alliance does not have.
“The Russians have what we call freedom of movement on the interior lines. They can move anywhere inside of Russia, as fast as they want,” Hodges told BBC, adding that the 28 NATO members should also be given the same freedom of access.
On top of all this Hodges said the most terrifying threat that Russia brings is the possibility that it can obliterate the US, the UK, Germany and any other nation.
“I see it [Russia] as the only potential threat… because of their nuclear force. And they talk about nuclear weapons a lot,” Hodges said.
In an answer to the immense Russian threat, the US and NATO have been conducting large military drills left and right along different Russian borders.
According to Marines, there are more than 10,000 service members from the U.S. and 12 NATO partner nations, who are taking part in Saber Strike exercises. The exercises are taking place across Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland between June 11-20.
Troops are in the midst of practicing realistic training scenarios, and are being assisted by their allied U.S. Marine partners in Latvia. There was nearly 430 Marines, who supported live-fire exercises along with mechanized assets and helped their NATO Allies.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, US and NATO have also engaged in a war exercise dubbed as Anakonda. Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom are also participating.
This exercise involved different simulated attacks from chemical weapon attack and counterattack to building a bridge that can allow 300 vehicles to make its way to Baltic countries in the smallest amount of time possible.