by Guillaume Lasconjarias
American Enterprise Institute
June 10, 2014
Analysis
In recent years, NATO’s land forces have been professionalized and transformed, but their ability to carry out a variety of potential future missions is at risk due to a shortage of men and key materiel. More than any other service branch in NATO, ground-based forces have borne the brunt of declining defense budgets. Viewed in context with planned cuts to America’s land forces, this decline places NATO on the verge of losing a traditional, key strategic capability – the ability to control territories and populations. War weary or not, NATO members are ignoring tactical and strategic realities – and, indeed, history – if they believe that continuing to drain their land forces of numbers and capabilities is either wise or sustainable.



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