Military Capabilities

Estonian think-tank proposes reinforcement of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence

04 February 2019

A recent report by the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn, Estonia, proposes how NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in the Baltic states could be reinforced. The authors of ‘Contemporary deterrence: Insights and lessons from enhanced Forward Presence’, published in January, call for plans to be drawn up for strengthening the battalion-size eFP battlegroups, led by framework nations such as the UK in Estonia, Canada in Latvia, Germany in Lithuania, and the US in Poland, into brigades during crises.

The authors therefore propose storing brigade sets of heavy equipment in each of the eFP host nations for use during exercises, in addition to reinforcing the eFP battlegroups, with the additional costs covered by the contributing nations and their hosts (offseting the cost of storage at home for the former).

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