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The Abilities of the British, French, and German Armies to Generate and Sustain Armored Brigades in the Baltics

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica 90401 United States

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In previous RAND Corporation studies, we examined how key North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO countriesespecially Britain, France, and Germanyhad been cutting their military budgets and restructuring their forces in light of perceived risk, with the net result that they have reduced their abilities to generate and sustain forces while also reducing their capacity to engage in high-end conventional warfare against peer or near-peer opponents. They made these reductions by balancing the desire to preserve as much capability as possible against fiscal exigencies and their views of the kinds of operations in which they would most likely be engaged. Since then, however, the Russian intervention in Ukraine has revived the possibility of a land war against a peer adversary while also suggesting scenarios in which the three countries might need to deploy highly capable forces quickly to potential flash points, such as the Baltics.

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