The video shows an example of some of the training being conducted in Latvia but is more important because it serves as a reminder that U.S. forces remain there as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate.
Russia held military drills near the border near Latvia last year. And on Feb. 3 the Telegraph reported that NATO would be unable to defend its eastern European members should Russia decide to attack.
The analysis by the army research division of the Rand Corporation used war game scenarios played out by serving and former military officers to estimate that the longest it would take for Russian troops to reach the outskirts of Tallinn or Riga would be only 60 hours.
The report concludes: “The games’ findings are unambiguous: As currently postured, Nato cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members.”