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Project 1721: A U.S. Army War College Assessment on Russian Strategy in Eastern Europe and Recommendations on how to Leverage Landpower to Maintain the Peace

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U.S. Army War College -Strategic Studies Institute Carlisle United States

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In early 2015, the U.S. Army War College USAWC, at the request of the former Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno, published Project 1704, a study that discussed the changing strategic environment in Europe spawned by Russian aggression against Ukraine. The chief questions addressed by Project 1704 included 1 What is the Russian strategy in the region 2 What is the appropriate North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO and U.S. response 3 What are the implications for NATO and U.S. Landpower The positive response to Project 1704 across NATO and the U.S. made it one of those rare assessments used to inform and shape strategy. Although much of Project 1704 is still relevant in its view of the emerging Russian strategy toward NATO, the environment has changed. Since the publication of Project 1704, Vladimir Putin announced the modernization of the Russian armed forces and deployed forces to Syria, Russian aircraft aggressively buzzed a U.S. Navy vessel in the Baltic Sea, and Putins political proxies threatened NATO members with nuclear war. Project 1721 takes up where Project 1704 left off.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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