Altair said:NATO without the US would still handle Russia rather easily. Biggest problem there might be Europe running low on ammo, as they did during the Libya bombing campaign, but that is a relatively easy fix.
Would NATO be as formidable without the USA, especially outside of Europe, no, no it would not. Which is probably what Putin is playing for, and in honesty, America is playing right into his hand.
Russia spends about as much as Saudi Arabia on defense, and I don't think anyone would bet on Saudi Arabia being able to beat the EU in a conventional war.PPCLI Guy said:Really. Leveraging European ISR, Space, Cyber and SOF dominance I assume? And using all of their aircraft carriers?
This is where lanes matter my friend. I enjoy your political polemics , hyperbole, and generally well-thought through commentary, mostly because these types of issues are mostly about marshalling facts to support an opinion, which you do quite well.
Geo-strategic military assessment? Not so much.
Altair said:France: 205,000 with 195,770 in reserves
Germany: 180,000 with 145,00 in reserves
Poland: 120,000 with 515,000 in reserves
Spain: 125,00 with 16,200 in reserves
Italy: 320,000 with 42,000 in reserves
Sweden: 14,000 with 26,000 in reserves
Netherlands: 50,000 with 32,200 in reserves
Romania: 75,000 with 80,000 in Reserves
Czech Republic: 21,100 with 11,000 in reserves
Ukraine: 160,000 with 1,000,000 in reserves (Already in a proxy war with Russia)
Denmark: 25,000 with 63,000 in reserves
Bulgaria: 35,000 with 302,500 in reserves
Belgium: 35,000 with 6,500 in reserves
Austria: 30,000 with 27,000 in reserves
Portugal: 40,000 with 211,000 in reserves
Finland: 36,500 with 357,000 in reserves
Croatia: 21,500 with 102,700 in reserves
Estonia: 3,500 with 60,000 in reserves
Greece: 180,000 with 280,000 in reserves
Hungary: 20,000 with 52,000 in reserves
Latvia: 13,000 with 11,000 in reserves
Lithuania: 15,000 with 4,260 in reserves
Slovenia: 7,500 with 8,300 in reserves
Slovakia: 13,500 with 0 in reserves
Including at least 1,600 Nuclear Weapons
Frontline Troops: 766,055
Including 8,000 Nuclear Weapons
EU combined military spending :226.73 billion
Russian Military Budget: 66.3 Billion
The Russian bear isn't quite as scary as everyone is making it out to be.
When Russia is able to effectively project beyond their borders with more than little green men, maybe I'll at that point I'll bet on them on any Russia Europe conflict.Eye In The Sky said:I've heard the Royal Saudi Navy has some capable nuclear attack, guided missile and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile submarines and their Naval air size and capabilities are matched; your comparison of the Russian and Saudi Arabia forces based on 'spending' is valid.
Should we begin to compare them in the land, air force, space and cyber categories as well?
Yes, I'm sure that would allow Russia, a country with the GDP of Italy, to outfight Europe, with a potential army twice its size.Eye In The Sky said:Maybe you'll change your mind, or consider other things than simple old numbers, once you get some time working in a coalition and/or NATO TF and see what happens sometimes when every country has different ROE and 'national command directions/goals', etc.
Russia has none of those concerns (or, at least, different ones at only a national level vice *many nations* level) and it makes it easier for them to send flying telephone poles thru the air at targets. :nod:
I don't see a "united" Europe. :dunno:Altair said:I don't see how they would be able to engage in a conventional war with a United Europe.
What he said. :nod:daftandbarmy said:Your list of 'assets' doesn't include the levels of political will to resist as a collective, which is always in doubt without a strong US leadership presence.
Altair said:Yes, I'm sure that would allow Russia, a country with the GDP of Italy, to outfight Europe, with a potential army twice its size.
Loachman said:...It's likely not going to pussy-foot around worrying about civilian casualties, endangered species, carbon footprints, gender-based analysis, and world opinion if it did attack. It will just blast everything in its way...
when you have the president of the united states musing about america leaving NATO, or pulling its troops out of Germany, one should probably talk about it.Loachman said:If GDP was the only factor, sure.
But it's not.
Russia is buying its own kit, made in its own country, at prices relative to its own economy. And it's buying in bulk.
It's paying its troops relative to its own economy, and likely not spending anywhere nearly the same percentage on other personnel-related costs such as pensions and whole-family postings and generous allowances.
It's likely not going to *****-foot around worrying about civilian casualties, endangered species, carbon footprints, gender-based analysis, and world opinion if it did attack. It will just blast everything in its way.
It's going to choose the time and place of its attack.
Think 1939. I'm not going to compare populations of Germany to the combined UK and European populations in detail, but the Nazis did not have the advantage there. They capitalized upon aggressive and innovative tactics, all-arms co-operation, and shock.
Now, would Putin actually attempt this? Unlikely. Russia still remembers - much better than we do - what the last Great Unpleasantness cost its society, and a nuclear exchange remains a pretty good deterrent, and he's not that crazy.
Russia is not to be feared unreasonably, no, and neither was it during the Cold War, but that is no excuse for complacency and underfunding our own armed forces (in collective NATO terms). This was the focus of the first quarter-century of my career, including three years spent in West Germany. Was I worried then? No - but we (NATO) were a lot better prepared for such an eventuality then than we are today.
President Trump is not attacking or risking NATO, or helping Putin. You are spouting nonsense in that regard. He is attempting to get the slackers (which includes us) to pay their fair - and agreed-upon share.
"We" are not talking about "a NATO without the USA or Europe alone versus Russia."
Altair said:When Russia is able to effectively project beyond their borders with more than little green men...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Don%27t_Impress_Me_MuchEye In The Sky said:I just wanted to added a few things to this part of your earlier post...
Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic has reportedly 'increased tenfold,' May 2018
Royal Navy frigate shadows Russian warships in North Sea - June 2018 (A couple of Steregushchiy's out for a cruise...)
Russia fires first submarine missiles against Isis targets in Syria Dec 2015
4 times in 4 days: Russian military aircraft fly off US coast - April 2017
Russia's Massive Military Exercise in the Arctic Is Utterly Baffling - Mar 2015
Maybe I'm looking at things incorrectly, but I'm not seeing a lack of ability for the Russians to conduct operations outside of their borders, or with them being able to use more than their little green men.
What? it's a good song by a good Canadian artist.Remius said:Come on Altair. I normally like what you post.
Russia has always tried to test NATO's mettle by doing exactly what you say it can't. be it what EIS just posted or sending bombers over or near our border to remind us that they can project.
Remius said:Come on Altair. I normally like what you post.