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Soldiers hold their national flags during the official welcoming ceremony for NATO's Canadian-led Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) combat battalion in Adazi, Latvia, June 19, 2017.

NATO’s top officer says we’re living with ‘a more blurred line between peace and war’ — thanks to new Russian tactics

NATO has shifted its focus back to Eastern Europe to counter conventional threats posed by a more capable and ambitious Russia, but the challenges go beyond defeating Moscow on a traditional battlefield, the NATO chief said this month.
A multiple rocket launcher system fires during the Zapad-2017 war games, held by Russian and Belarussian servicemen, at an undisclosed location in Belarus, September 17, 2017.

Russia is getting ready for its biggest war games since the Cold War — a potential sign they’re worried about NATO

Russia is gearing up for what it says will be a massive military exercise in its far east, but those drills come amid rising tension with neighbors to the west — tension that may be getting to leaders in Moscow.
US Air Force F-15C Eagles, F-22 Raptors, and Romanian F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation over Bucharest, Romania, August 20, 2018.

The US Air Force is spending big to upgrade bases near Russia and testing out a ‘base in a box’ to make it easier

The Pentagon and partner militaries in Europe have focused on increasing their presence in Eastern Europe and boosting deterrence. Now the US Air Force is pouring money into bases there to make sure they can handle anything that happens.

Poland really wants the US Army there permanently to ‘scare away’ Russia, and it’s willing to pay for it

The US and NATO have been increasing their presence in Eastern Europe in order to deter an increasingly assertive Russia. Poland, which as a long history with Russia, wants to make that presence permanent — and it's willing to cough up the money to fund it.

NATO forces are relearning the lessons of the Cold War to face Russian threats

Over the past four years, the US and its NATO partners have been investing time and resources in relearning many of the warfighting capabilities that had dwindled in the decades since the Cold War.
US Marines assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, during a mechanized company attack rehearsal at Shiroky Lan training center in Ukraine during exercise Sea Breeze 2018, July 13, 2018.

Russia is warning NATO about exercises in Eastern Europe — the type of training Trump has said he could end at Putin’s request

In the days since President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US officials have said little about what was discussed, and there's concern that Trump could walk back US involvement with NATO at Putin's request.
President Donald Trump takes a sip of water while listening to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven during a news conference at the White House, March 6, 2018.

Trump reportedly is joking about pulling the US military out of NATO, and no allies are laughing

NATO officials are also worried by Trump's criticism of allies and what seems to be the increasing isolation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has been one of the administration's leading proponents of the world's foremost military alliance.

NATO may make major changes to its command structure amid ongoing tensions with Russia

NATO is looking to correct the erosion of some of its capabilities in Europe and bolster its ability to supply forces on the continent.
Russian armored vehicles participating in Zapad 2017 exercises.

Russia is training to take control of Belarus’ military in case war breaks out with the West

But Belarus wants to have options beyond Russia and therefore must walk a very fine line.

Russia took a jab at NATO on Twitter for close calls in the skies over Eastern Europe

Moscow claims that 20 foreign aircraft, six of which were intercepted, flew close to the Russian border this last week.