Accession Number : AD1038066

Title :   Strategic Assurance and Signaling in the Baltics

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLLEGE Maxwell AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Paulson,Eric C

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Report Date : 06 Apr 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : What show of force methods such as Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions, joint exercises, US forces deployments, or joint operations provide the most strategic assurance in the Baltic region? Assurance is not new. However, because of a changing security environment, there needs to be a departure from traditional nuclear umbrella assurance and a push toward tailored strategic assurance that employs all methods of national power to message a specific audience at a specific time in a specific scenario. The three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were all occupied by the former Soviet Union and are today surrounded by Russian territory and facing a resurgence of Russian military capability, both conventional and nuclear. Prior to recent Russian aggression across the region, the United States drew down dramatically in Europe after the Cold War, signaled their pivot to the Pacific, and has not modernized military capability in the region at the rate Russia has. Working to reverse this trend, the U.S. is pursuing recent efforts to assure the Baltic states and message to them that they will not stand alone in future conflicts.

Descriptors :   BALTIC COUNTRIES , LITHUANIA , LATVIA , ESTONIA , deterrence , military capabilities , nato , united states government , national security , international relations , RUSSIA

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE