May 09, 2017

Exercise reveals NATO vulnerabilities to Russian hybrid threats in North Atlantic

Featuring Julianne Smith, and Jerry Hendrix

Source: Jane's Defence Weekly

Journalist Nicholas Fiorenza

NATO is currently digesting the lessons of a tabletop exercise held at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, DC, in February 2017 that confronted participants - including former senior alliance officials - with Russian asymmetric threats in the Greenland-Iceland-UK (GIUK) gap, Jane's has learned.

The two-day exercise, dubbed 'Forgotten Waters', involved 70 participants divided into teams representing France, NATO, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States dealing with increasingly escalatory steps by Russia, played by Western experts. Among the participants were former NATO deputy secretary general Alexander Vershbow and General Philip Breedlove (ret'd), former Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Read the full article on Jane's Defence Weekly.


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