Accession Number : AD1031566


Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

Personal Author(s) : Powell,Nathan J

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Report Date : 01 Apr 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : This paper examines open source material to evaluate the claim that Russia poses an existential threat to NATO. The methodology focuses on Russian capability, capacity, and intention to threaten NATO members existence. While Russia does possess nuclear weapons, it does not desire nuclear war. Furthermore, the Russian military is comparatively inferior to NATO numerically, technologically, and economically; and faces an uncertain demographic crisis that will limit its capacity to threaten NATO members. Because of this Russia will use other instruments of its national power to protect its interests, such as engaging in hybrid warfare. As such, the current US and NATO foreign policy of punishment and disengagement requires a new strategy that focuses on strengthening the alliance against non-traditional attacks and a return to detente and cooperation with Russia.

Descriptors :   Russia , threats , nato , military capabilities , military forces (foreign) , foreign policy , alliances , demography , ECONOMICS , military budgets , criminal corruption , DEFENSE INDUSTRY , government (foreign) , leadership , strategy , National Security , MILITARY MODERNIZATION , united states government , international relations

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE