NATO exercises play a vital role in ensuring that Alliance forces can respond to any contingency quickly and effectively. In light of new threats along NATO’s eastern and southern borders, exercises have become increasingly important. Alliance exercises improve militaries’ operational skills, reassure member states, and deter NATO adversaries. Despite its importance, NATO’s exercise program as it currently stands is not as efficient and effective as it could be.

In “Train, Hone, Deter,” Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Matt Brand outlines eight specific steps the Alliance can take to make the program more effective in assuring allies, deterring adversaries, honing interoperability, and preparing Alliance and partner militaries for NATO’s next operation.


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