NATO is showing it’s ready to ‘fight tonight’ with military drills near Russia


On May 4, US Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumed command of NATO’s Allied Command Operations from US Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, who retired after 39 years of service.

Upon taking his post, Scaparrotti wasted no time in stressing the importance of a ready, agile force that could “fight tonight” against a “resurgent” and threatening Russia.

Indeed, Russia has engaged in propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad, had Russian planes fly aggressively toward US ships and planes, and threatened military retribution should Finland join NATO.

In response, the US is leading a series of military drills in Russia’s backyard to increase readiness should Russia cross the line.

Among these exercises are Dragon Pioneer in Moldova, and Noble Partner in Georgia. Additionally, the Army has performed its first Sealift exercise in 15 years. – Business Insider

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