It’s pretty plain that Russia’s new assertiveness has huge implications for security in northeastern Europe. Moreover, the Russian Army could today bring to bear considerable quantitative and qualitative superiority in any campaign against Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The three small republics are naturally worried about that correlation of forces, and are taking varying actions to deal with it. In our new paper—Modernizing Baltic Land Forces: Recommendations for Meeting the Near-Term Russian Threat—we argue that all three Baltic States should upgrade their land forces equipment with heavier armor and longer-range artillery. This will both provide NATO forces time to mobilize in their collective defense, and signal their resolution to the Russians that the Baltics will not yield.
A biographical note about the authors
James Hasík is a William Powers Fellow in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and Clements Graduate Fellow in the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft, both at The University of Texas at Austin. Magnus Nordenman is a deputy director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, where Hasík is concurrently a nonresident senior fellow. Together they write apart from their official capacities, and the opinions expressed herein are entirely theirs. This study was underwritten by a grant from BAE Systems.