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Filling in the Gap of U.S. Deterrence Policy: Poland and the Future of U.S. Military Posture in Europe.

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Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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The collapse of the Berlin Wall serves as a visual reminder of the beginning of the end of the Cold War. From the 1990s until the present, NATO has attempted to reap the peace dividend from this decades-long conflict. However, much like the path of the Berlin Wall still scars Berlin, lines remain drawn throughout Europe between east and west. Similar to the Cold War, the United States remains committed to countering Russian subversion and aggression as outlined in the 2017 National Security Strategy. The ongoing debate centers on how or if NATO can counter Russian aggression activities that fall below the threshold of full-scale war. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO has implemented enhanced Forward Presence in eastern Europe. In this paper, the author focuses on the role of the U.S. in deterring Russia and uses the context of Poland to compare the strategic impact of rotational forces versus permanently based forces to achieve the strategic objective of countering Russian aggression.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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