NATO Was Playing With Fire In ‘Trident Juncture 18’
NATO Was Playing With Fire In ‘Trident Juncture 18’: Russia’s ‘Vostok 18’ Dwarfed NATO’s Exercises, Which Looked To Moscow Like A Sign Of Weakness By Dr Peter Vincent Pry – All News Pipeline
– Are these paltry exercises more likely to deter or invite Russian aggression?
NATO recently concluded a major military exercise, its largest in years, called Trident Juncture 18, involving 50,000 troops, 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and 65 ships from 30 countries. Officially neutral Sweden participated, for the first time, as an unofficial NATO ally.
NATO’s military exercise was supposed to deter increasingly aggressive Russia. Even Sweden broke decades-long neutrality to support NATO’s Trident Juncture 18, fearful of Russia annexing oil-rich disputed territories, including the arctic seabed.
Trident Juncture 18 exercised mostly on NATO’s northern flank, in Norway and the other Nordic countries, and the littoral arctic waters. The intended message to Moscow is “hands off!”
But Moscow was not intimidated or deterred.
Indeed, during Trident Juncture 18, Russia waged electronic warfare against Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) supporting NATO forces playing in the military exercise. NATO forces need GPS for navigation and precision strikes.
Bereft of GPS, NATO could lose World War III.
Russia’s electronic attacks on NATO’s GPS during Trident Juncture 18 is a very significant escalation, far more troubling than Russian jets buzzing NATO ships and aircraft, now routine aggression, vociferously protested but passively tolerated by NATO and the U.S.
NATO’s reaction to Russian electronic warfare against Trident Juncture 18? Impotent protests.
What is happening?
The balance of military and nuclear firepower between NATO and Russia is shifting so far in Moscow’s favor that deterrence is failing.
The “Peace Through Strength” formula that for decades averted World War III and enabled the U.S. to win the Cold War peacefully has been neglected for too long. For years, as U.S. and NATO military and nuclear strength declined, leaks have appeared in the “deterrence dam” that has been holding back the flood of a new world war.
Over the years Russian aggression has become increasingly bold. First starting small against Georgia, then annexing Crimea, the long crucifixion of Ukraine, challenging the U.S. in the Middle East, now electronic warfare against NATO.
If strength preserves peace, weakness invites aggression.
The number of main battle tanks (MBTs) is a convenient metric for summarizing the balance of military power shifting against NATO heavily in Russia’s favor:
— Russia has 22,214 MBTs.
— NATO’s Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) have 3 MBTs.
— NATO’s northern flank comprising Norway (52 MBTs), Finland (239 MBTs), and neutral Sweden (120 MBTs) has altogether 411 MBTs.
— Central NATO, the main invasion route from Eastern Europe to the English Channel, comprising Poland (1,063 MBTs), Germa
ny (250 MBTs), France (200 MBTs), Denmark (57 MBTs), Netherlands (18 MBTs), Belgium (0 MBTs), Luxembourg (0 MBTs), Liechtenstein (0 MBTs) has altogether 1,588 MBTs.