Rand Report: Russia Defeats NATO in Baltic War Games

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February 8, 2016 | Source: John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes

STUTTGART, Germany -- A Russian offensive on NATO territory in the Baltics would overwhelm underarmed alliance forces in a matter of hours, leaving NATO with a harsh dilemma: Launch a long, bloody counteroffensive or concede defeat.

That is the conclusion of a new report by Rand Corp., which conducted a series of elaborate war games from summer 2014 to spring 2015 with the assistance of numerous American military commands and experts.

"As presently postured, NATO cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members," the Rand Corp. study says.