Military Capabilities

NATO reinforcement capabilities hampered by infrastructure and transport limitations

01 November 2017

NATO faces major challenges restoring its reinforcement capabilities, UK members of parliament (MPs) heard during an oral evidence session on US, NATO, and UK defence relations in Westminster on 31 October.

Elisabeth Braw, non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, said NATO lags behind Russia in reinforcement and mobilisation capabilities. Adam Thomson, director of the European Leadership Network who served as the UK permanent representative to the NATO in 2014–16, added that Russia could take the Baltics and make incursions elsewhere.

He described the alliance's enhanced Forward Presence as a “tripwire” but said NATO knows this is not enough and is therefore discussing the establishment of logistics command and control and an Atlantic and Arctic command to protect its sea lines of communication.

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